The colour of passion

When it comes to styling your wedding and adding those perfect finishing touches, go no further than the colour that represents love, romance, happiness and sacrifice – red.

  • Story by Photography Amanda Amundsen & Words Natalie Cyra


When it comes to styling your wedding and adding those perfect finishing touches, go no further than the colour that represents love, romance, happiness and sacrifice – red.

• Pops of red will add a sense of drama and vibrancy to any rustic theme. Don’t feel obliged to use roses, instead mix vibrant dahlias, peonies or ambrosial calla lilies in your floral arrangements, or go with gorgeous red bridesmaids dresses to contrast with other nature-inspired tones.

• Garden weddings are always great occasions to add injections of colour. Consider adding bunches of tomatoes, capsicums, cherries and chillis to white or silver bowls on your tables – and herbs weaved with rosemary or sage to make eye-catching and edible centerpieces! This will look great on wooden, rustic tables.

• If you’re taking a subtle approach to a red hue, intertwine black and white tones and to create a balanced, elegant and subtle look. Sprinkle red rose petals across white tablecloths, and instead of mixing your floral arrangements with blooms in other colours, and vary the depth of reds with  deeper crimsons and garnets.

• Ask about any family heirlooms you may be able to use as your something borrowed. Ruby or garnet studs are timeless and beautiful, as are rosary beads. Featuring them in your bridal bouquet makes an eye-catching adornment. 

• Achieve a ravishing bridal look by keeping your hair and makeup soft and natural, and add a pop of old Hollywood glamour with a red lip. 

• For your groom and groomsmen, a red tie or buttonhole paired with a black and white ensemble shirt makes for a graphic impact. 

• Drape red lanterns from your venue's rafters  or hang from trees.  Pair these with glistening golden candles on tables to set a romantic scene as the sun sets.  

• The classic white-tiered wedding cake can be vamped up in all sorts of ways, such as topping it with fabric or real flowers. Think about adding fresh fruits like strawberries, pomegranates or cherries and place simple chocolate hearts on seats as favours for your guests.


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