Marsala – so last year but always loved

Marsala may be the of 2015, but I still love it.

This mood board shows how Marsala can be used to create a wedding scheme. Teamed with soft peach and earthy tones, the Marsala sits prominent to create the focal point of the palette. Rather than overload the scheme with Marsala colour blocking I have focused on how it can be complimented and made prominent using its surroundings. Marsala is a deep, rich and elegant colour with a strong, warm comforting feel. Put together with the shades shown, it romanticises the colour and makes it appear pinker rather than red.

Elegant, Warm, Sensual, Romantic, Rich, Sophisticated, Earthy


1. Marsala Moodboard.jpg

Marsala Inspired Invitations:

The invitations immediately communicate the colour. This would be first point of impact to give to your guests, allowing them a glimpse of the wedding day. The invites are simple, sophisticated and elegant, again, setting the tone for the wedding day. The envelope and card is high quality and adds a tactile element as guests are presented with the invite. The gold inner lining envelope emphasises this quality and richness to the forthcoming event. The envelope is sealed and finished with an intricate, vintage brooch. This is something really unique and special as each piece is sourced from a local vintage market and adds a bit of sparkle. The black calligraphy font on the front of the invite gives a personal, whimsical yet modern feel. The richness of Marsala is introduced again in the floral graphic, already setting the tone of the details to come.


To really emphasise the deep Marsala colour, the rustic venue back drop of bare brick and timber will provide a contrasting platform for the colour to really sing. Burgundy peonies, Helbore and Burgundy Dahlias will be matched with dusty pink and peach roses and dreamy Astilbe to create opulent romantic floral arrangements for table centrepieces. These will be layered on top on cream, crochet table runners which will create a bohemian twist to the traditional wedding setting.

Soft Marsala toned chiffon fabric drapes from the floor to ceiling in sections to the bare brick back drop. This effect is repeated to frame the top table to create an interesting back drop during the reception.

Lighting and Effects:

The back drop of timber and brick will be illuminated with deep Marsala wall uplighters positioned to the perimeter walls. This will add a warm atmospheric glow to the room and pick up the detail in the material textures. Tinted candle holders will be nestled within the centrepieces to add an intimate glow at low level.

The white dance floor will be lit with different Marsala toned spot lights, layered to make an inviting and flattering atmosphere to encourage guests to dance the night away. The ceiling above the dance floor will be made a feature by using textured fabric drapes with a sprinkling of fairy lights to add a magical glow.

The bar will be framed with delicate filament pendants suspended from the ceiling. The warm glow from these will highlight the cocktails and the overall low level lighting will be cosy and intimate.


Guests are greeted into the evening reception with a loud roar from the pumping yet sensual live Jazz band. During tracks the band chats with the guests making them part of the show.  The music oozes charisma and guests soon get in the mood for drinking vintage cocktails and dancing to the lively off-beats.

Marsala inspired Food and Beverage:

Guests will be greeted by a smile and Bramble Gin cocktail. The Bramble will be served in a vintage crystal cocktail glass and decorated with Rosemary, fresh blackberries and a slice of lemon.

A formal dinner will be served. A starter of beetroot, feta and rocket salad will be presented delicately with a balsamic glaze. A hearty dish of roast beef and complimenting, seasonal vegetables is served elegantly, looking too good to eat. The tender beef is paired with a full body Malbec wine. Dessert is a velvety black forest chocolate ganache wrapped in a tampered chocolate cradle and garnished with cherry and mint.

The food on the table adds more rich colours and flavours to the setting and the meal is a feast for all the senses.

Image Credits

Invitations: Wedding Party, Lighting: Omg Events, Transport: LehaKok , Dessert: Happy Wedd, Feathers: Design Seeds, Place Setting: Accent on Events, Cocktail: Xaaza Style, Venue: Chic, Flowers: Xaaza Style, Bar: Green Wedding shoes, Table Decor: Little Lending Company 

2015 may be sooo last year, but Marsala was too inspiring not to share with you. Emily



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