Bold brides see red when it comes to wedding dresses #In the news#red dress Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jan 17 2008) Ariel arielmstallings I was interviewed by a Canadian newspaper for an article about the red wedding dress trend: Bold brides see red when it comes to wedding dresses. "I'm not saying that all nontraditional weddings should be reactionary, or that your wedding is a place to be rebellious," the Seattle-based writer told the Georgia Straight. "But I think red wedding dresses are a superficial expression of a deeper commitment to doing what you want to do. The woman wearing it shows that she's willing to do what she wants to do, and take on the challenges and criticism that comes with that." Read the article. Ariel Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and the brand-new From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. To follow her latest work, join join The Afterglow, for exclusive access to essays, videos, online courses, and more. PREVIOUS Who pays for bridesmaids' dresses? NEXT Handspun yarn from a wedding dress Show/Hide comments [ 19 ] My cousin wore a gorgeous red wedding dress, and it was the first time many in our family had seen one. But it fit her perfectly, and I think your comments decribe her attitude perfectly. Reply Ive been trying to find a red dress since November! Where did she find hers?! Reply while red is definitely a bold and beautiful color for a wedding dress, I'm confused as to why it's the assumed choice for someone looking for a colored outfit. Or that it's assumed she's being "rebellious". Some girls just don't look good in white and want something else, what's so rebellious about that? I'm a big fan of the orange and teal dresses I've seen in the flickr pool, how's that for unexpected! Reply I totally agree, and I am very excited and proud of my choice of a red gown! ^_^ And, Scunshine, anything NOT white or ivory is a rebellious choice of gown color in North American culture. That's why off-beat brides kick so much ass! (Especially those who are lucky enough to have off-beat grooms ^_^) Reply so if someone goes with a pale blue dress that's considered rebellious too? maybe I've just been looking at offbeat bride sites and in the "alternative" category for too long because honestly that seems rather tame to me 😛 and it would definitely depend on the family. I was okay with a white dress because it was the only time I would ever pull it off, but my family expected something else from me entirely. so I was offbeat for myself by going with tradition, lol. Reply I'm going with a red wedding dress, not because I want to be 'rebellious' or what have you, but because I adore dark red gowns, and have always wanted to get married in red. Also, I do NOT look good in white. Reply I am in THE SAME BOAT but am having a horrible time finding a red gown…Where have you found some? Reply I attended a bridal show in Columbus, OH recently, and told the person at a dress booth that I was planning on getting married in red. His response? "OH! Color is SO in this year!" He went on to tell me that he had a all black bridal party in the fashion show, and that he sold 9 black bridal dresses on the first day of the show. Strangely, I think I may have decided upon a white-ish dress… although I feel like I'm not a good little offbeat bride if I decide on the white frock! Reply Pfft: there's no such thing as a good little offbeat bride! Wear white, wear black, wear nothing — offbeat is a frame of mind, not necessarily a color choice. Reply Actually, the practice of wearing white originated from the Victorian era. The color white indicated that the bride was of an affluent status. http://www.abc.net.au/tasmania/stories/s986862.htm I personally LOVE seeing brides and grooms cast "traditions" out of the window. Reply I wore white because I never do, so it was a pretty offbeat thing for me to do! I also discovered that the white wedding dress became popular in the Victorian era, when the color was known to symbolize purity of heart. Reply I'm wearing red because white looks awful on me, I'm too pale and my hair is too dark. I've always looked better in red. I've always dreamed of having ruby slippers. My grandmother wore pink to her wedding in the 1930s. The fact is, this is my second marriage and we've been living together for almost 8 years; wearing white, pretending to be pure, would be dishonest, in my opinion. Reply Red is a very traditional color in Indian weddings. Though Indian brides often do pick other colors, the default one is red. Reply I love that I found this. I've been dying to wear a red sari to my wedding, and on telling people…all family and friends have been incredibly supportive. "Go for it! Whatever, it's your day, do what you want!". I look fantastic in red. (And no, red saris are in no way part of my German/English heritage!) Reply I chose to wear red because white makes me look like a jet puffed marshmallow! Red slims me and I have a pinkish skin tone that makes red look amazing on me. In my family though I've had problems, since red usually meant in olden days 'harlot' or 'saloon girl'. That color was reserved for 'scarlet women'- unclean, dishonored, outcast, etc women. And my German family is really upset with me for choosing a red dress with black bridesmaid dresses. But I hate pastels and going along with what my family deems traditional. I say Get rid of traditions! Follow your heart or head and go with it-Whatever it may be! We all KICK-ASS! Reply I am also wearing red- not because I wanted to rebel- but because I wanted to be ME- I'm not a white dress kinda girl- and plus I look GOOD in red:) I actually am wearing a Justin Alexander dress very similar to the one in the photo! I say do what makes you happy! Reply I don't consider myself so much an offbeat person in life, altough deep down I aspire to be. So as tradition goes I did buy the traditional wedding dress, and then found this website. After seeing all the beautiful red wedding dresses and thinking about how my wedding should be about what I want, I went and got a red wedding dress to wear! 🙂 I love it! It is more fun and us as a family too, besides I really look terrible in white! My mom found out that the dress is red and kinda crinkled her nose, but you know what, that is fine. My bridsmaids and kids love it and can not wait for the wedding, because not only am I wearing red, but it now a non traditional wedding, it is a rock-a-billy themed wedding and everyone can be who they are! Thank You so much for this blog site, it gives a lot of girls like me the insiration to break out of the norm that we have tried to do for everyone and be ourself and know that we are not alone. Reply It's rebellious, because it's not traditional. Traditional is considered white. Rebellious is ok too. Rebellious doesn't have to mean breaking laws, just traditions. Reply I just bought a red dress for our wedding. I was feeling so disheartened as all the images I come across are (totally gorgeous but not me) white weddings. Search "red dress" here and BOOM! ALL THE RED DRESSES! Thank you Off Beat Bride for keeping me enthusiastic about being me! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. 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