Wedding Dress Colors
For Your Scottish Wedding

Wedding dress colors for the Knights and their Ladies, Victorian brides, and modern bride’s using color psychology ~ some have had similar meanings down through the years, some are very different.

As the colors of Heraldry developed in Medieval Ages, colors all had meanings ~ for the knight, for his lady…especially the wedding dress colors for his bride. Here’s some of them

  • Gules, or red, signified military strength, martyrdom, and a warrior
  • Sanguine, or maroon, announced patience in battle and victory
  • Tawny Orange signified worthwhile ambition
    This is the only age that seems to give qualities to orange
  • Vert, or green, proclaimed hope and loyalty in love
  • Azure, or blue, announced strength and loyalty
  • Purpure, or purple, signified regal, justice, and sovereignty
  • Sable, or black, told of grief and constancy
  • Or, or gold, could originally only be worn by princes, implying nobility and the sun
  • Argent, or silver, spoke of sincerity and peace, as the moon imparts on a summer’s night
You can see these wedding dress colors applied in the following illustrations of Anne Dauphine d’Avergne and her maid.

14th century Heraldric costumes
Historical Encyclopedia of Costumes
Albert Racinet, 1825-1893

These 1371 gowns reflect Medieval styles, plus the growing importance of Heraldry and wedding dress colors.

The colors chosen Anne Dauphine d’Auvergne and her maid are primarily red, blue, gold, and white to honor their husbands.

The red is for the warrior and military strength. The blue honors their loyalty and strength. The gold symbolizes the nobility of Anne’s husband. The maid wears no gold as her husband is not of noble birth.

During the Victorian Era, the meanings of wedding gown colors actually became a poem.

A red wedding dress is no longer honoring the husband’s military strength as a warrior, but blue still symbolizes loyalty in wedding dress colors.

Where green proclaimed hope and loyalty in love, among the wedding dress colors, it now expresses shame.

Black, once a symbol of grief and constancy, is now an expression of ruing the day.

Married in White, you have chosen right,
Married in Blue, your love will always be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Brown, you will live in (or out of) town,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink,
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back.

In our more “enlightened” times, colors have been given psychological meanings which are no more nor less true than the meaning previously believed to belong to colors…except now there are scientific implications as well.

The Victorian wedding dress colors as a poem are far more intriguing, but there is some scientific basis for the modern attributes assigned to colors. Whether or not you choose your wedding dress colors based upon superstition, science, or what you like, it’s still fun to read about wedding dress colors.

  • Red stimulates the heart rate and breathing, and is considered an extreme color. Red clothing gets noticed, but it also makes the wearer look heavier.

    Interior decorators say that red furniture should be perfect because it will attract attention. I’d say the same holds true for a red wedding dress…make sure it’s perfect in every detail, cause it’s gonna show!

  • Pink reduces the heart rate, being soothing and relaxing…so much so that sports teams sometimes paint the guest locker room a bright pink, hoping the other team will lose energy.

    Pink is also the most romantic color.

  • Yellow speeds up our metabolism and is the most difficult color for the eye to absorb.

    Cheery, sunny yellow gets our attention, but the pale yellow of legal pads helps us concentrate.

    Yellow is the color of optimism, but it can be overpowering if overused.

    People lose their tempers more often and babies cry more in yellow rooms.

  • Green is the easiest color on the eyes and can actually improve vision.

    It’s the most calming and refreshing color. The room for TV guests to wait in are painted green and called ‘green rooms’. Hospitals often paint patient’s rooms green because it relaxes the patients.

    As the color of nature, it is seen as a symbol of fertility and verdency, which is why Medieval brides wore green wedding gowns.

    Others see green as the color of bad luck ~ seamstresses refuse to use green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.

    Green no longer signifies the shame of the Victorian Era, nor the hope and loyalty of love as it did for the Medieval Knights.

    Dark green is considered masculine and conservative, while implying wealth.

  • Blue produces the opposite chemical reaction from red. Blue rooms increase productivity…weight lifters can lift heavier weights in a blue gym.

    Blue is one of the most popular colors. We associate blue with the calmness of the sky and ocean, thus we see it as peaceful and tranquil.

    Some blues can be cold and depressing, as the roaring sea or a driving rainstorm.

    Blue is still seen as the color of loyalty, so job consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews.

  • Purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication and is seen as the color of royalty. At one time, only royalty could afford or were allowed to wear purple.

    Purple commands respect, such as ”when I grow old, I shall wear purple”. It’s also the most feminine and romantic of colors.

    Job consultants say don’t wear a purple dress on job interviews…you’ll come across as thinking you’re too good for the job, as in royalty.

    Depending on the shade, and because it rarely occurs in nature, purple can appear artificial.

  • White is the color of purity and cleanliness, doctors and nurses wear white to give a confidence of sterility and cleanliness, even though it shows dirt and is harder to keep clean than other colors.

    Because white reflects light it appears lighter and fresher, thus a popular, cooling summer color.

    Brides wear white to symbolize innocence and purity, though ivory is a strong second choice as more people can wear it well.

  • Brown is more often a man’s favorite color than a woman’s. Brown is considered solid and reliable, due to it’s abundance in the soil and throughout nature.

    Light brown implies genuineness. Darker browns can be seen as sad and wistful.

  • Black has gone from the color of grief and constancy, through the Victorian color of regret, to a popular fashion color.

    As a fashion statement, black is timeless and stylish, probably because it makes people appear thinner than reality.

    Seen by some as the color of authority and power, as in the Mafia and motorcycle gangs.

    Others see black as the color of submission, as in priests and nuns in their submission to God.

    Black can also be overpowering, making the wearer seem aloof.

    It is also associated with evil, dark deeds, and villains, such as Dracula and The Shadow.

So what does it mean when your wedding dress colors are black, white, yellow, red, blue, and green woven together in a tartan plaid? And your groom wears similar colors in his kilt?

According to the Indians who fought some kilted Scotsmen in our Wild, Wild West, they’re crazy men in skirts!

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