Pop babe Britney Spears has rejected the traditional white wedding dress in favour of a bright red gown.

The TOXIC star - whose engagement to Kevin Federline was confirmed last week (ends25JUN04), following the pair's three-month relationship - is desperate to avoid the stereotypical images associated with weddings, and is adamant she won't be walking down the aisle in white.

However, she's planning to exclude her famous pals from the wedding party, preferring instead to enlist her old school pals as her bridesmaids, according to Britain's DAILY STAR newspaper.

A source says, "Britney wants to wear something different and has refused a white dress. She has been dropping hints that she will wear bright red.

"And she is toying with the idea of having five bridesmaids, who she will pick from her school friends. Everybody who is playing a part has been asked to keep it quiet, but two of the groomsmen are thought to be dancers from her tour.

"No expense is being spared, and it's building up to be the wedding of the century."

02/07/2004 13:58