How to Use Marsala in Your Wedding

The rich shade is Pantone's Color of the Year.

Marsala Pantone Color of the Year

Photo courtesy of Pantone

Raise a glass—red, if you please—to marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year. Described as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red that enriches the mind, body, and soul,” how could you not embrace this color on your wedding day? Just a few classy shades away from burgundy—a true wedding classic—marsala can be easily translated into your big day through your fashion, beauty, décor, and floral arrangements.

  1. As an Italian wine, we normally would not recommend getting any marsala on your white wedding gown. But spills aside, we’re changing our tune. For a pop of this rich color, ask your tailor to sew in a deep red lining at the bottom of your gown. As you walk down the aisle, every step will give a little glimpse.
  2. If your venue allows candles, use those table toppers to incorporate Pantone’s color trend. Your guests will sip their red wine while light flickers from gorgeous marsala-colored candles.
  3. Incorporate flowers into your bouquet such as ranunculus, peonies, cymbidium orchids, or dahlias. Or have your hair stylist incorporate an ethereal touch in your hair with sprays of tiny buds in marsala.
  4. Add a vintage twist to your makeup with lips in marsala. A rich, wearable color for both caramel and pale tones, your skin will glow and take on a romantic vibe.
  5. Instead of rocking a full-on marsala-dipped nail, try the new “negative space” trend. Have your manicurist do a reverse French manicure, using a marsala polish for the tips and leaving a natural color on the rest of the nail. A couple of choice colors: Lauren B. Nail Couture in The Chateau or OPI in Malaga Wine.
  6. Sure, Dorothy had ruby slippers, but since you’re the gal of the moment, click together a pair of marsala heels for your big day. Just little peeks of their rich color hiding under your gorgeous ivory gown will add the perfect colorful surprise.

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