The first thing that comes to mind when I hear ‘marsala’ is, obviously, wine that is good for cooking (and generously sipping). It also happens to be Pantone’s color of the year for 2015, so you know what that means- expect to see a lot of this rich wine hue in plenty of weddings this year!

Marsala is a great contrast to the brighter, jewel-like shade of last year’s radiant orchid. This deep red-brown evokes a warmth and earthiness that pairs well with classic shades like ivory and other neutrals, and a variety of metallics as well. What’s nice about this year’s pick is that it appropriate for any season, making it rather easy to incorporate into a wedding (unlike some past choices – remember 2009? Yikes).

Here are some ideas on some marsala-colored accessories that a bride could wear on her big day.



Sephora has their own Pantone Universe line, where they release a lipstick each year in the shade Pantone has chosen. You won’t find a more exact marsala lipstick than this one!

Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme ($18)




Garnet is the closest gem you can find to a marsala color. A sparkly pair of garnet earrings adds a nice touch of deep red to any look.

Victoria Townsend 18k Gold over Sterling Silver Garnet Rectangle Drop Earrings ($120)



A pretty marsala sash decked out in gems will make sure that all eyes stay on you. It’ll look extra glam as it catches the light all night.

Burgundy Bridal Sash ($37)



Red heels may not be something you want to wear down the aisle, but they’re more than appropriate for the reception. What’s more fun, anyway, besides dancing the night away in a pair of deliciously deep red heels?

G by GUESS Women’s Valora Platform Ankle Strap Pumps ($65)


Nail Polish

Want just a touch of deep red? Swiping your nails in a marsala-esque color is a subtle way to incorporate the color into your look.

Single Ladies, Deborah Lippman ($18.00)


What do you think of Pantone’s color pick? Plan on using it in your own wedding? Let us know! We’ll have a new feature every month until April on how to incorporate marsala into your wedding (besides putting a bottle on each table).


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