Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala Wedding Inspiration

by Anchal Bhatia

Recently, Pantone crowned Marsala as its 2015 color of the year.  And like always, we think this is a hue that will work beautifully when it comes to so many wedding related details- invitations, decorations, flowers, favors, and more.

Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala Wedding Inspiration

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Marsala-the color of an Italian wine can be described as red informed with a brownish hue. A close cousin to burgundy and maroon, it indicates elegance and formality that other shades of red usually lack. Even though such dark shade of red is usually associated with fall and winter weddings, the color of the year 2015 is a very versatile hue especially when paired with neutrals or complimentary colors. So, if you dare to be bold, here are some interesting ideas to incorporate Marsala into your wedding.

Wedding Invitations

Incorporate the hue into your wedding by selecting a design that symbolizes the color Marsala such as a bottle or a glass of red wine. If the budget allows, consider letterpress or laser cut invitations as it will help to achieve a perfect, elegant design. Alternatively, opt for Marsala colored stock paper and have the wordings printed in gold. If you would rather prefer a more subtle look, opt for classic white or off-white invitations and just include the hue on the envelopes.

Wedding Decor and Centerpieces

If yours is a formal event, pair Marsala with black as the other main decor shade or else use white to accompany the hue. For decorations, tie bows of black and wine red satin or tulle around the chair backs. String matching paper lanterns around the room. To create a romantic ambiance, hang twinkling white lights wrapped in wine colored tulle from the ceiling, throughout the edges of the dance floor.

For centerpieces, deep, wine colored flowers such as Queen of Night tulips and Black Magic roses would look elegant especially when contrasted nicely with light colored linens. White colored candle placed inside wine glass candle holder, or on top of gold colored candle holder decorated with wine flowers is another interesting centerpiece option.

Wedding Attire

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To complete the wedding theme, it’s essential that you incorporate it onto yourself. Consider a solid colored floor touching charmeause dress or a gorgeous full-length printed gown. In case, a traditional white gown takes your fancy, accent your wedding dress with a wine colored sash, earrings, and other bridal accessories.

Wedding Flowers

While roses remain a safest bet when it comes to wedding flowers, there are many other options to complement you Marsala wedding theme. For instance, burgundy or dark red calla lilies will make a simple yet elegant bridal bouquet. You can carry a bunch of five to seven calla lilies tied with a plain white satin ribbon as a bouquet, or hand over each of your bridesmaid a single bloom to carry when walking down the aisle. For a more affordable option, consider burgundy colored carnations. Have your flower girls sprinkle real or faux carnation petals along with the white aisle runner to further feature Marsala during your wedding ceremony.

Wedding Cake

The wedding cake is usually the focal point of the event, so make sure that it screams Marsala. Wine colored flowers either real or sculpted can trail down the sides of a cream colored cake or vice versa. Instead of flowers you can also opt of red grapes to truly live up-to your theme. For a bold and modern option, consider a red wine velvet cake. Let the Marsala cheer come from inside!


Overall, Marsala is an elegant, hearty hue that embraces warmth and has a sophisticated earthiness with an undeniable stylish edge. Do let us know what you think about the color of year 2015 and if you would like to stage your big day around it?

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