What Colors Are Appropriate for an Indian Wedding?

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Indian weddings are steeped in tradition. Because of this, Indian brides choose wedding color schemes based on the ideas they represent. Red is the most traditional color at Indian weddings. Gold and other bright colors are also popular choices. Whether you choose red, gold or other colors for your wedding, choosing bright colors will reflect the joyful feeling important at Indian weddings.


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In Indian tradition, the color red signifies purity, joy and celebration. Indian culture considers red the color of happiness and prosperity and believes red attracts good luck. For these reasons, Indian brides traditionally wear red at their weddings. Brides wishing for an unconventional color scheme choose other bright colors for their wedding gowns, but red is the favored color for most brides. Use red on wedding invitations to set the celebratory tone.


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Gold provides a rich complement to red wedding decor. The combination of gold and red represents wealth and good fortune and provides a dramatic color scheme for wedding activities. Consider draping gold and yellows fabric throughout the wedding location. The draping will brighten the space, and the bride's red gown will take center stage. Typical Indian weddings include flowers in shades of gold as well as other bright colors.

Other Colors

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Tone down the warm reds and golds of your wedding gown with accents in cooler colors. Teal blue, white, silver, and various pinks complement the fiery red hues used elsewhere in your wedding color scheme. These bright jewel tones look beautiful paired with dark complexions and hair. Decorate the space with flowers in bright hues that look good with other colors in the wedding scheme. Bright pink is another popular choice for dresses and flowers. Grooms traditionally wear white.