Red Wedding Dress Meaning, Weddings performed during and rigtht after the Middle Ages were often more than merely a union between two people. They could be a union between two families, two businesses or even two nations around the world. Many weddings were more a matter of national politics than love, particularly one of the nobility and the higher social classes. Brides were therefore expected to dress in a manner that cast their families in the most favorable light, for they are not symbolizing only themselves throughout the wedding ceremony. Brides from wealthy households often wore rich colors and exclusive fabrics. This was common to see them wearing bold colors and layers of furs, velvet and silk.