When you hear “red wedding,” maybe your first thought goes to Catelyn Stark’s foreboding demise. But actually, red wedding dresses are the norm in other regions and cultures. For example, in India and China, brides often wear red to signify good luck, happiness and prosperity. And—fun fact—the whole white wedding dress thing is more of a recent trend that dates only as far back as Queen Victoria. So if you’re looking for a red gown (or suit) to wear when you say “I do,” consider these 16 options that can take you from courthouse chic to black-tie ready.

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1. Edwin Maxi Dress by Song of Style

Usually we’d say to pick one: Puffed shoulders, a crystal buckle accent or highly textured Jacquard fabric. But when it’s your turn getting married, we say pick all three.

Buy It ($278)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

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2. Cape-Effect Silk-Satin Gown by Brandon Maxwell

This silk-satin gown does come in white, but the red is just so damn striking in its simplicity. The graceful bias-cut and gathered neckline work divinely with the cape-effect sleeve.

Buy it ($2,795)

Available in sizes 0 to 12


3. Lolita Gown by Lovers + Friends

This reminds us a whole lot of Reformation’s white version a few seasons ago. We love the balance of structure and draping in this gown; the asymmetrical mermaid hem and flutter sleeves are a match made in heaven with the structured bodice with boning.

Buy it ($238)

Available in sizes XXS to XL


4. Keyhole Neckline Gown by Eloquii

Sometimes less is more. Case in point is this bodycon floor-length silhouette in lust red with a peekaboo keyhole. The fact that this gown is machine washable will make your friend who spent $500 cleaning and preserving her Vera Wang only to be buried in the back of her closet rethink her life choices.

Buy it ($140)

Available in sizes 14 to 28


5. Stacey Polka-Dot Chiffon Maxi Dress by Eywasouls Malibu

It’s the Zooey Deschanel of wedding dresses—just the right amount of twee. Yes, there are polka dots, but the light pink spots are lovely against the red-orange wispy chiffon. The body-skimming silhouette, drop waist and subtle ruching also make this dress more than meets the eye.  

Buy it ($445)

Available in sizes XS to XL


6. One-Shoulder Draped Silk-Crepe Gown By Carolina Herrera

From the front, this one-shouldered gown is straightforward and elegant. Turn around and all of your guests will see that gorgeous draped panel trailing behind you.

Buy it ($4,999)

Available in sizes 0 to 8


7. Elizabeth Gown by Marjorelle

We’ve seen a million and one brides rock this frock in white. But because it’s red, it’s about a million dollars cheaper. Plus, who can say no to a peplum?

Buy it ($288)

Available in sizes XXS to XL


8. One-Shoulder Sequin Lace & Crepe Gown by Tadashi Shoji

We are gathered here today to gawk at this sparkling lace gown with a draped crepe panel. Don’t get us talking about the fabric pooling at the bottom or else we’ll be here all night.

Buy it ($588)

Available in sizes 4 to 16


9. The Joelene Gown by L'Academie

The super-sleek silhouette has just the right accents: puff sleeves and a billowing bow falling over an open back. It says, “I’m serious about getting married, but I’m here to have fun.”

Buy it ($228)

Available in sizes XXS to XL


10. Linda Jacket and Pant by Michael Costello x Revolve

What Wonder Woman would wear down the aisle, no? This rocket-red crepe “faux” suit is as if a jumpsuit and power suit had a baby. It cinches in at just the right spot and accentuates the décolletage, but you can also kick some butt make serious moves on the dance floor.

buy the blazer ($228)    buy the Pants ($168)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

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11. Heliconia-Print Silk Chiffon Gown by Emilio Pucci

When I say “regal” you say “yas queen.” With that gauzy chiffon overlay, tropical print and knotted one-shoulder detail, this gown is royalty on vacation.

Buy it ($3,025)

Available in sizes 4 to 14


12. Monterey Top by NBD

Because c’mon, where can you actually wear this top if not down an aisle? This puffy one-shoulder top is definitely a statement piece, and if you’re worried about tripping on the train after a couple glasses of Cava, don’t worry, it’s removable.

Buy it ($188)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

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13. Silk Faille Off-The-Shoulder Bow Gown by Alexia Maria

Sweetheart necklines and mermaid trains are basically tenets of the contemporary wedding dress. But make it fire-engine red with off-the-shoulder architectural bow sleeves, and you’re suddenly a one-of-a-kind bride.

Buy it ($1,313)

Available in sizes 2 to 12


14. Dallas Top and Eaton Midi Skirt by Song of Style

For the bride eloping in Cabo, this skirt and top combo are genius: First of all, the outfit has wow factor (just think of your photos). Second, the pieces are wrinkle-resistant and you can wear them as separates, which is huge for travelers on the move.

Buy the top ($158)     Buy the skirt ($198)

Available in sizes XXS to XL


15. Evelyn One-Shoulder Draped Silk-Satin Gown by Ong-Oaj Pairam

This mesmerizing silk-satin gown is sculpted to move with you so you look like like a walking Grecian marble statue. While there’s ample fabric, the spliced front, one-shoulder silhouette and front slit easily take this dress from sober ceremony to lit-up reception.

Buy it ($5,125)

Available in sizes 2 to 8

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16. Marchesa Notte Strapless Satin Ruffle Ball Gown

Is there anything more luxurious than crimson satin? We think not. Add to it elegant draping, thoughtful pleats and a flattering banded waist and you’ve basically constructed the perfect gown. Oh, did we mention there are pockets? (Mic drop.)

Buy it ($1,095)

Available in sizes 0 to 14

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