Winter Wedding Idea: Marsala Touches

Updated 02/19/15

Lani Elias

Each year the creatives at the Patone Color Institute select one hue to define the year. For 2015, chip 18-1438, better known as Marsala, earned the top honors. While it's no surprise that their selection ultimately sets a trend in fashion, beauty, and design, there's another place that feels the influence of the year's crowned color: weddings! And we have to say, we love warm, rich Marsala for all things wedding-related — especially in the winter.

This rich red shade is dramatic and bold yet still earthy and romantic, meaning it's the perfect statement-making color to use throughout your cold-weather wedding ceremony and reception. Pair it with amber, golden yellows, turquoise, teal, and vibrant blues for unexpected combinations that will transform any space. To help you get inspired by this sultry hue, we found five marsala-themed wedding style ideas.

Reception Tables

A mixed centerpiece of flowers is the perfect place to add pops of Marsala as seen above. Continue the color into your dinnerware with opaque red glasses and rich linens. Since the colors are so vibrant and eye catching, you can skip the tablecloth all together.

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There's no shortage of deep red flowers, but we can't stop looking at these fluffy Marsala-hued peonies. A few go a long way too, especially when they're in this bold shade, so offset your costs by fluffing up your arrangement with greenery.

Photo: Elisa Bricker

Wedding Stationery

Go all out with a deep Marsala-colored invitation suite or use subtle hints, like seen here, throughout your paper products. An envelope liner in the rich red shade and an accent card is all you need to make a big statement.

Photo by Jen Huang

Ceremony Décor

No matter what time of year you're tying the knot, rich Marsala-hued flowers, like these beautiful dahlias, will add tons of color and interest to your ceremony aisle. Paired with lots of lush greenery, the blooms really pop and give your space that special something extra.


Although it's in the red family, Marsala is still a surprisingly masculine color. We love it for your groom's boutonniere or tie.

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