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[[caption-width-right:346:[[ActionGirl The Warden]]'s wedding didn't go quite as planned...]]

->''"I saw you in your wedding gown, the prettiest dress\\
I came into your room that night and made such a mess\\
In my own way, I lovingly kiss the bride\\
With your ring in your hand, your eyes and your mouth open wide\\
In my eyes, blood drops look like roses on white lace..."''
-->-- '''Music/AliceCooper'''

There's something about seeing a [[WomanInWhite Woman In a White]] [[VirginInAWhiteDress bridal gown]] which is covered in blood. The juxtaposition of the joyous event the wedding dress is supposed to signify with the brutality or tragedy that the blood indicates makes for a striking image. The fact that the red of the blood stands out well against the white of the dress adds to this.

This can be used either to evoke sympathy in us if the bride has gone through something horrifying, or to alienate us from her if she has committed a horrific act herself. Or a [[SympatheticPOV bit of both]]. Sometimes just used to add some surreality to a scene.

What a bride might wear when her WeddingDay goes ''really'' bad. Compare with WhiteShirtOfDeath, BloodstainedGlassWindows and SnowMeansDeath. See also WeddingSmashers, which more often than not causes this. May overlap with WidowedAtTheWedding.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''MurderPrincess'' has an archetypal "Disney Princess" dress that gets repeatedly covered in blood, that evokes much the same striking image.
* In ''CodeGeass'', seeing the sweet, naive [[spoiler:Princess Euphemia massacring innocents in her frilly dress]] was a ''[[WhamEpisode wham]]''. The [[FanNickname fan nicknames]] "Genocide-[[{{Honorifics}} tan]]" and [[spoiler:Euphinator]] cannot begin to summarize the impact of the scene.
* In GunXSword, the bloodstained wedding dress is ''all'' we see from Van's late bride.
* ''HaouAiren'', we see [[spoiler:Hakuron, the ''groom'', in a blood-splattered white suit after [[LaserGuidedKarma karma catches up with him]] and he's shot to death.]]
* In ''DarkerThanBlack'', an AxCrazy MafiaPrincess wore a white dress to her birthday party, [[NastyParty where she intended to have her father and most of his officers killed]]. [[spoiler:Then her "pet Contractor" turned against her, and since his power was [[BloodyMurder blowing a hole in anything he got blood on]]...]]
* The imagery is used in DetectiveConan when [[http://www.detectiveconanworld.com/wiki/File:EP18_Case.jpg a beautiful bride]] is the victim of the week, [[spoiler: having been poisoned by her groom in revenge for her OverprotectiveDad's part in the (accidental) death of said groom's mother, 20 years ago.]] Unusually for this trope, [[spoiler:said bride survives and ultimately gets better.]]
* In {{Gunnm}}, Alita kicks some mecha ass wile wearing a wedding dress at one point. She wasn't going to marry anyone though.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* After Marine Rachel Cole-Alvez has her wedding shot up by members of The Exchange during Creator/GregRucka's run on Comicbook/ThePunisher she's left standing in one of these surrounded by the bodies of her friends and family. She survives, but the trauma drives her to team up with Frank to try and take down The Exchange herself.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/KillBill'' -- unsurprising, given that the main character is a {{Badass}} [[KatanasAreJustBetter Samurai-swordswoman]] called "The Bride". (A chapter of the film is even called "The Blood-Spattered Bride", a typical Tarantino filmgeek ref to the Spanish vampire film 'La Novia Ensangrentada'). The final battle was ''supposed to'' involve her fighting in a wedding dress, but due to time constraints, we get the AnticlimaxBoss of [[spoiler:her using a heart-exploding technique on Bill, without him even getting up]].
* ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' features this, although because at the last second a new ending was tacked on, the blood appears and disappears depending on the shot.
* It wasn't a wedding dress, but the horrific humiliation of the titular character of ''{{Carrie}}'' with the pig's blood saturating her prom dress is real close.
** Another not-wedding-dress example: Bette Davis' character in the flashback opener of ''Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte.''
** And yet another, Creator/HelenMirren's character in ''Film/{{Red}}'' is shot in the gut and bleeds on her white dress (she survives, though).
** Also Kim's white dress in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''.
* Visually invoked in ''Film/LaReineMargot'' when [[spoiler: King Charles]] bleeds all over her white gown. Said gown is not Margot's wedding dress, though.
* Cady's Halloween costume in the teen film ''Film/MeanGirls''.
* After everything goes to hell at the end of the obscure horror film ''The Stepfather II'', the female main character staggers in a daze down the aisle in a blood-drenched wedding dress.
** That's not a typo by the way: there were three of the films. And there's a remake as well.
* In the Film/JamesBond film ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' featuring the first and only time to date where Bond marries, his wife Tracy is [[spoiler:gunned down]] on their wedding night while driving home following the service.
* In the obscure AnnaNicoleSmith thriller ''To The Limit'', a bride and groom are machine-gunned as they're leaving the church following the wedding ceremony.
* The Hong Kong action movie ''Film/BlackCat'' (based on the original ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'' movie) has a scene where the titular assassin bursts into a Jewish wedding and shoots the bride in the head.
* In the old (1941) Jeanette [=McDonald=] movie ''Smilin' Through'', [=McDonald's=] character is shot dead at her own wedding.
** This was the third remake of a movie based on a 1919 play (written by and starring Jane Cowl). Norma Talmadge (1922) and Norma Shearer (1932) also had...unfortunate wedding scenes.
* In ''Film/TheDeerHunter'' some not-so-subtle foreshadowing occurs during a wedding when a bride accidentally spills red wine on her dress during a drinking ritual. (The ritual was to ensure luck, of course and since this is a movie about the horrors of Vietnam the groom's fate should come as no surprise.) Yeah, it's not exactly ''blood'' that spills on the dress per se, but the imagery and the resulting bad luck echo this trope.
* In the Hong Kong action movie ''Queens's High'' Cynthia Khan's wedding is disrupted by a shootout, and she runs around with an Uzi in her blood-stained wedding dress chasing the attackers.
* In opening sequence of the comedy zombie movie ''{{Film/Zombieland}}''.
* A mild example in ''Film/{{Pusher}}'', where one of the characters has a nosebleed from taking too much cocaine.
* Spanish horror film ''[REC][[superscript:3]] Genesis'' is about [[ZombieApocalypse an outbreak]] of a [[NotUsingTheZWord demonic]] [[TheVirus virus]] at a couple's wedding reception, at one point the bride Clara [[ChainsawGood gets her hands on a chainsaw]] and mows down some monsters leaving her dress covered in blood. This image was used for the films poster as can be seen [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REC_3:_Genesis on it's page]] over at TheOtherWiki.
* In the film version of ''Film/ReeferMadnessTheMusical'', Mary Lane appears in a blood-spattered wedding dress when she and Jimmy Harper both sing the reprise of "Romeo And Juliet" after she was killed by a gun during a struggle between Jimmy and Jack the dope dealer.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* As part of his motif of blood-splattered white things to emphasize how the violence of World War II affects a rural Quebec village, Roch Carrier includes a blood-splattered wedding dress in ''La Guerre, Yes Sir!''.
* ''{{Twilight}}'':
** In ''Breaking Dawn: Part 1'', Bella has a nightmare in which Edward eats all the wedding guests. Not only is her wedding dress bloodied, but ''everyone'' is wearing white dress clothing (suits, tuxes, dresses, etc.) and covered in blood.
** Rosalie Hale's {{Backstory}} reveals that after being turned into a vampire, she took revenge on her {{Jerkass}} ex-fiancee and his friends after they gangraped and left her for dead in an alleyway. She wore a wedding dress to do so.\\
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A notable aversion though. Rosalie specifically made sure to NOT spill blood because she was a newborn vampire and would not be able to avoid drinking their blood if she did. She didn't want ANY part of them inside her.
* In the last act of Federico Lorca's ''Bodas de Sangre'' (''Blood Wedding''), the bride enters the church where her wedding was to have taken place; her white dress drenched with the blood of both her groom and her true love who have slain each other over her.
* The titular heroine of ''LornaDoone'' is shot at the altar as she is about to marry the man she loves. [[spoiler:She survives.]]
* The second ''{{Firekeeper}}'' book, Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart starts off with a wedding between the new heir to Bright Bay and Hawk Haven, former enemies. Lo and behold, it is interrupted by assassins from the former ruler of Bright Bay not happy with losing her kingdom to a proper leader. The bride takes a massive wound, bleeding all over her dress, while her husband suffers only a very minor wound. Which, you know, is bad, because the weapons were poisoned, and bleeding all over her dress allowed the bride to get the poison out of the blood stream.
* Inverted in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', in which Magrat's mail-order Queen dress gets reduced to bloodied shreds ''before'' the wedding, due to her kicking arse during the elves' invasion of Lancre Castle. She could've changed clothes afterwards, but she and Verence decided not to wait a moment longer and got hitched in what they were wearing at the time. Bonus points for wearing the wedding dress over a suit of armor.
* The eponymous character in the book ''Literature/AnnaDressedInBlood'' died in the dress she was going to wear to an school dance, which, of course, was white.
* When Ellony marries Valraven in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagravandias'', an old wound reopens and bleeds all over her gown. Played with in that women wear red wedding dresses and Pharinet first thinks the color of the fabric has come off on Ellony's hand.
* Worn by a member of a bloodthirsty war party of Indians in the Main/CormacMcCarthy novel ''Main/BloodMeridian'' that they had stripped from one of their previous victims.
* In Katherine Kurtz' Deryni ''Histories of King Kelson'' Princess Sidana of Meara, on the point of being married to King Kelson, is stabbed at the altar by her own brother.
* A variant in ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'': Vin proposes to, and marries, Elend while bleeding from at least three severe wounds, including one in her left boob.
* It's not Sophia's wedding dress exactly in ''Literature/KingdomOfLittleWounds'', but the nightdress she dies in on her wedding night gets very messy.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' - Mac tries to fake his own death by driving his car into a wall and is badly shaken/concussed by the event. Disappointed that the car doesn't blow up, he takes his friend Charlie to go get something to help things along, he finds a wedding dress in a pawn shop which he is completely enamored with. When he and Charlie return to the car, Mac is wearing the dress and bleeding all over it.
* ''Series/{{Mash}}'' - In the episode "Margaret's Marriage," Head Nurse Margaret Houlihan is being married in the MASH's mess tent, when the ceremony is interrupted by incoming wounded, and after the ceremony is sped up, Houlihan, still in her wedding dress, and the rest of the doctors and nurses, still in their dress uniforms, have to rush to operate on the wounded. They all end up with blood on their clothes. Appeared on Houlihan, during a DreamSequence as well.
* The season 3 finale of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' ends with a drop of Dexter's blood from his injured wrist falling onto the back of Rita's wedding dress as they dance at their wedding. Possibly a foreshadowing of how marrying a serial killer is going to [[spoiler: get Rita killed by Trinity at the end of season 4]].
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' - [[spoiler:Chloe Sullivan in season 8, ''Bride'' and ''Legion''. Becomes a component of strong horror when she is possessed by Brainiac.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "A Day In The Death", [[spoiler:Maggie, a woman Owen later talks to, was covered in blood following the fatal car crash an hour after her wedding.]] Also, in "Something Borrowed" [[spoiler:Gwen's wedding dress gets splattered with some black alien blood]].
* The UK ''Crime And Investigation Network'' has a {{Trailer}} for the show ''Snapped: Women Who Kill'' which shows us a bride. The narration asks us what we would do if we were getting our wedding dress fitted when our groom-to-be phoned up telling us the wedding was off. The camera pans back to show that the bride is holding a gun and that her gown is covered in blood.
** Also, in the episode where she actually got married, she immediately has to go into the OR, and is only wearing a scrub apron over her wedding dress as a bit of protection.
* An episode of ''Series/LieToMe'' has a bride spattered with blood when her new husband is shot at the reception.
* Kamen Rider has done this once in [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kiva]]. [[spoiler:Mio attempts to kill Taiga during their wedding ceremony. However the blood is later shed on her by Bishop.]] It should be noted this is the only time we see a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Fangire]] bleeding, and even then its [[BlackBlood blue]].
** [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Decade]] where in her visions Natsumi is always wearing a white dress. It is revealed it the last episode to be a wedding dress. It also crosses with ''Blood Spattered Innocent'' as she is forced to watch either [[OmnicidalManiac Decade]] kill everyone or Decade get killed. [[spoiler:The season finale hints at the latter, though he survived for two new movies to end the series in December]]
* ''RizzoliAndIsles'': "Cuts Like a Knife" opens with a bride staggering into a wedding chapel, he dress soaked with blood from her cut throat.
* ''Series/BreakoutKings'': In "Off the Beaten Path", Erica is captured and dressed in a wedding veil by the escapee after she has freed his original victim. Charlie rescues her by shooting the escapee, splattering Erica and the veil with his blood.
* ''Series/DocMartin'': [[spoiler:Louisa]], after a man's carotid artery is cut in the course of her honeymoon from hell.
* The promotional website for Showtime's series ''Penny Dreadful'' displays pictures, poems and items with a "Victorian horror" theme, including a wedding dress on which bloodstains appear if it's clicked.
* In ''Series/OrphanBlack'' Season 2 episode 4, [[spoiler: Helena appears like this after she is forcibly married to one of the [[ReligionOfEvil Prolethians]]. She manages to escape and slashes Daniel's throat in Rachel's apartment to prevent him from harming Sarah further.]]
* In a Season 4 episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', a Patient of the Week becomes ill at her wedding. One of the symptoms is a mild version of this.
* On ''Series/{{Revenge}}'', the third season InMediasRes opening has Emily in her wedding dress aboard a yacht being shot twice by an unseen assailant and falling overboard. When events catch up to the opening, the bloody dress washes ashore without Emily in it and is discovered by Jack and Aiden, alerting them that something has gone horribly wrong.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Non-wedding-dress example: about half way through TheBirthdayMassacre's song ''Happy Birthday'', the speaker's black-and-white dress becomes a black-and-red dress. It should be noted that this is the song that gave TBM their name.
* Music/AliceCooper's "Roses on White Lace" is a very literal example
* The covers of MyChemicalRomance's "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge" and "Life On The Murder Scene" feature a woman in a blood-spattered wedding dress (though it's much easier to tell she's in a wedding dress on the cover of the latter).
* Kate Bush's "The Wedding List": "God help the bride / She's a widow, all in red / With his red still wet."
* There is an English ballad called "The Rose and the Lily" that invokes this trope. Done by Eliza Carthy and Norma Waterson on the album "Gift".
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[[folder:Opera]]
* OlderThanRadio: Used in Donizetti's opera ''Lucia di Lammermoor''. Female lead Lucia [[spoiler: snaps after her BreakTheCutie ordeals, goes insane and [[ArrangedMarriage kills the guy she's been forced to marry]] on their wedding night, then comes downstairs from their room [[TheOphelia in her bloody gown, singing about the guy she truly loves]] while all the assembled wedding guests stare in horror]]. The aria she sings is named [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyEtkMWmFL4 "Il dulce suono" ("The sweet sound")]].
** While it's certainly more effective on stage and with a lot of coloratura soprano singing, let us not forget that Donizetti's opera is based on Creator/WalterScott's novel ''[[http://www.walterscott.lib.ed.ac.uk/works/novels/lammermoor.html The Bride of Lammermoor]]'', which in turn is apparently based on a real-life story passed down in Scott's family.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One of the sample characters in the ''[[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil Hunter: The Vigil]]'' sourcebook ''Slasher'' is the Painted Bride, a woman possessed by the spirit of a murdered bride who manipulates other brides into murdering their groom-to-be. For her, the blood splattered dress look is permanent; if she wears other clothes, the colors turn white after a couple hours, and red streaks begin to appear on her chest after that. Likewise, as a Legend (think ''Film/{{Candyman}}''), her means of possession/summoning usually involves the bride getting something red on their white dress.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The Bride's wedding dress becomes this by the end of "Blood Wedding".
* Magda's white nightgown in ''TanzderVampire''.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* The backstory of the character Bloody Mary from the game ''TwistedMetal Black'' tells how she finally snapped at a friend's wedding, tired of always being the bridesmaid and never the bride. She stabbed the bride to death and stole the bloodstained dress to wear herself.
* Aya Brea is found wandering around New York in one in ''VideoGame/The3rdBirthday''. You don't find out why until the end.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''.
** Especially unique is that you can get that dress as equipment if you [[spoiler: don't attack Dan in the martial arts tournament]]
* Perhaps not quite the same, but in ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'', Emilia spends the last scenes of her quest (including the boss fight and following violent scenes) in the wedding dress she never got to wear after her fiancee was murdered. [[spoiler: Of course, if it ends happily, her dress is put to correct use and is completely clean.]] The official artwork of her in her dress and veil, holding a large gun, makes for a striking juxtaposition.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', where [[spoiler: Yuna]] wears a very white dress as she attempts to make [[spoiler: Seymour]] un-undead.
* As pictured above, during the city elf origin in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' the Warden (if female) [[spoiler: is kidnapped by the arl's son during her wedding, which results in this as she proceeds to slaughter the entire guard of the castle she was held captive in.]] While you get better armor almost immediately, nothing stops you from playing through the entire scenario in the wedding dress for some extra badassery. It's really just a bit fancier looking clothing though (unlike the one shown in the concept art), but given that the character is a commoner in a medieval era it is probably closer to reality.
* The ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' DLC ''The Passing'' features a Witch in a wedding dress. Playing the wedding music [[BerserkButton startles her]], and startling her provokes a [[OhCrap Horde]] attack.
** There's an [[BraggingRightsReward achievement]] for playing the song, [[SchmuckBait designed to trick players into that trap]].
* In ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying,'' Lizbeth wears one of these.
* Male example: as a consequence of the events of the "Wedding" story mission in ''Videogame/SleepingDogs'', Wei Shen gets a blood-covered white tuxedo.
** The mission itself involves the Sun On Yee [[spoiler:getting attacked by rival gang 18k]] during a Wei Shen's boss Winston's wedding day. [[spoiler:The shootout ends with Winston cradling his dead wife who was fatally shot in her bloody wedding dress, before he succumbs to his own wounds.]] Cue RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* InjusticeGodsAmongUs has some pretty strange endings, but Harley Quinn's [[JustForPun takes the cake]]
-->''The defeat of Superman filled Harley with confidence. She knew what she was capable of, and knew what she wanted. She traveled to the visitors' Earth and freed The Joker from prison. Returning to her world, they married in a ceremony that set Gotham ablaze. At the reception, the cake cutting ceremony took a gruesome turn. As her new husband playfully mashed her face into the cake, years of abuse took its toll. Something in Harley snapped. She used the ceremonial knife to slash Joker's throat. Still in her wedding gown, Harley now resides permanently in Arkham Asylum.''
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* While it's not a lot of blood, Oasis still qualifies in [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/000528 this]] ''SluggyFreelance'' strip.
* A blood-spattered bride is not actually seen, but [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/6/22/ in this strip]] we see that ''PennyArcade''[='=]s Tycho and Gabe are well aware of the power of this trope.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* [[http://wedinator.com/2010/08/22/funny-wedding-photos-celebrate-the-divorce/#comments This set of photos]] on Wedinator submitted by the lady pictured, she decided to wreck her wedding dress this way to celebrate the finalisation of her divorce. It appears to be cow blood.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* AngelinaJolie decided she wanted one of these when she married Creator/JonnyLeeMiller, so she wrote the groom's name on the white shirt she wore to her wedding, in her own blood.
* The sad case of Estrella Carrera, who was found [[http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8660925 stabbed to death]] shortly after her wedding, still dressed in her wedding gown.
* During the worst periods of the pogroms in Imperial Russia, it was not uncommon for anti-Semites to seek out new brides specifically as targets for their violence as a symbolic gesture (since the brides would eventually bear the next generation of Jewish children). Since custom in the brides' communities dictated that the dead be buried in whatever they were wearing when they died, several of these young women were laid to rest in their bloodied wedding gowns. (This, incidentally, was the origin behind the folk tale that inspired ''CorpseBride''.)
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