2015 Color Of The Year – Marsala

There are two posts that I write every year, and they have easily become my favorite ones to write. One is a Wedding Trends of the Year post, in which I reveal the years trendiest wedding patterns, gown styles, themes, venues, etc. The other is a Color of the Year post, which is reserved for my thoughts about Pantone’s Color of the year as well as how to incorporate into your wedding.

Color of the Year

Color of the Year

This year I’m incredibly excited to blab on about the color of the year because it’s pretty much the same shade as one of the main colors I have chosen to use in my upcoming Fall wedding!  Pantone has chosen a dark rich red, Marsala as it’s color this year and I am as happy as a clam about it. Pantone describes it as:

Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.

~Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®


Celebrities in Marsala Gowns

Pantone boasts that this color is robust, hearty, and full-bodied like that of a delicious glass of red wine. Frankly, I couldn’t agree more. But I am obviously heavily biased here since one of my wedding colors is so similar. Just look at how elegant and feminine the women below look in these Marsala colored evening gowns.

The color I picked for my wedding is based heavily on my bridesmaid dresses which are made by Alfred Angelo. He’s one of my absolute favorite designers, and I love his style so much that I even bought one of his wedding gowns. Alfred Angelo’s color Claret (also a type of wine), similarly to Pantone’s Marsala, is a gorgeous dark red hue that emits an earthy and sexy vibe. Any woman would feel beautiful dressed in a gown of this shade, and it’s dark enough that it would still compliment most men too. Alfred Angelo-Claret Bmaid Dress

This is the dress I selected for my bridesmaids in the color Claret. It has everything I listed as a feature that I wanted to include; a keyhole back, illusion neckline, and length. This elegant evening gown will set the tone for an early evening Fall wedding, with an 18th Century Manor house sitting on 816 acres of breathtaking farmland as the backdrop. Can you tell I’m a little excited for my wedding?

Pantone’s color of the year pairs well with other earthy tones such as golden yellows, ambers and greens, and combines dramatically with neutrals like warmer taupes and grays.


I love it with golds and dark chocolatey browns and can’t wait to see people start using it in their weddings this year! I might even order some swatches of Marsala to see how closely it resembles my AA Claret swatches. It might be easier than I expected to get my own wedding planned that I thought!! Thank you Pantone! You have definitely made my year. marsala-sandstone2

Are you getting married this Fall or Winter? If you haven’t picked your colors yet, I highly recommend you at least consider Marsala. If you need help with color pairings, or just executing the coordination of your Marsala themed wedding, I’m here for you!

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