Marsala is a deep vibrant red, with hints of burgundy, merlot and blackberry. It is deep, vibrant, warm and opulent. Voted Pantone colour of the year 2015, Marsala is perfectly on-trend for your seating plan colour scheme. We take a look at how you can incorporate it into your seating plan and reception décor.
Wedding seating plans and escort cards
These pretty marsala seating plan cards (above) have coordinated borders and a mixture of coordinating and contrasting miniature flowers. Simple to DIY, it could be mounted on a marsala coloured backboard, or simply hung from colour-coordinated ribbon across a prominent feature in your reception area.
Alternatively, simple touches of vibrant marsala will subtly add colour coordination to your theme. Print your seating plan in a deep burgundy instead of black, with your chosen motifs in marsala and complementing colours. For example, the floral printed seating plan shown below is printed in a marsala coloured font, with flowers in warm burgundy and orange colours.
Simple touches – such as adding a marsala coloured bow to each of your escort cards, or a marsala coloured border to your seating plan or escort cards – will mean that whatever design you choose, it is possible to tie it into your theme.
Table names and numbers
A marsala colour scheme ties in beautifully with an autumnal theme, meaning that you can take inspiration from the warm, vibrant autumn colours when designing your table names and numbers.
Print your table names or numbers in an opulent gold on a dark marsala red background, or in a marsala red font on a crisp white background for a delightful contrast.
An unusual marsala themed alternative to a table name holder is a pomegranate! Use a sharp knife to cut across the top of the fruit, and place your table name or number cards in the slit. Coordinating well with an autumnal theme, pomegranate place holders could also double as a useful addition to the wedding meal for particularly hungry guests…
Many flowers, such as deep red roses, tulips and dark chrysanthemums are perfect matches for your colour scheme.
Marsala is an earthy, rich and appealing shade which, according to Pantone,
“… combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.”
This wide variety of complementary and contrasting palettes provides a huge choice of colours for your table décor. Ask your florist to create Marsala hued floral centrepieces with autumnal orange highlights, or arrange for your table décor to include subtle contrasting turquoise highlights.
You can read more about Pantone’s choice of Marsala for Pantone Colour of the year for 2015 on their website.