The colour technologists at Pantone have spoken and (drum roll please)…. ‘Marsala’ is the shade of 2015. Named after an Italian wine, this soft red tone is a clever choice for wedding details and décor. With undertones of earthy brown Marsala is very versatile, siting well beside both light and airy neutral colours and bright summer blooms. Here’s how to introduce rich and rustic marsala tones into your wedding….
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Bridesmaids - Your ladies in waiting will look radiant in floor skimming Marsala bridesmaids dresses paired with rose gold or copper jewellery. This brick red shade adds warmth to every skin tone and is the perfect partner to metallic and neutral colour schemes. Marsala is traditionally associated with Autumnal months but summer brides shouldn’t be afraid to combine its luxurious red with shades of fuchsia and indigo or pastel pinks and greens.
Groomsmen – From trouser braces to bow ties and socks, your groomsmen will have fun experimenting with Marsala and its many varieties. A neatly folded pocket square brightens up a traditional grey suit and a carefully placed rich red buttonhole adds the finishing touch to a suave black tuxedo. Coordinating ties and cufflinks are one of the best ways to add colour to any grooms outfit, just make sure the wedding party shops together to get the correct shade!
Bouquet – Sophisticated and simple hand-tied bouquets of burgundy roses or calla lilies make for a timeless bridal bouquet. A Marsala themed arrangement of deep red peonies and dahlias surrounded by forest greens and pale pink roses is a great option for spring brides. If your wedding is later in the year you might want to incorporate some autumnal oranges and yellows into your bouquet or even experiment with holly in winter and its rich red berries.
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Centrepieces – Marsala evokes a real sense of decadence, accentuating the moody quality of stately homes, gothic cathedrals and historic buildings. Achieve full scale wedding drama with tall tonal floral centrepieces overflowing with Marsala orchids, large roses and dark brown branches. This full bodied shade also works well on its own within a monochrome colour scheme, where clear vases filled with deep red roses stand out against crisp white table linens.
Beauty – Introducing pops of Marsala into your bridal make-up achieves instant impact with minimal effort. Before the wedding, ask your makeup artist to compare a variety of Marsala lipsticks to determine which shade suits your skin tone. Warm, wine-coloured lips are the ultimate in bridal opulence. Keep the rest of your make-up neutral and let your lips do the talking.
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