It is Carneval folks! In the streets of Venice, everyone is celebrating this exciting time. After the gloomy Winter, people finally step out of their houses in colorful garments and party day and night.
Of course, that the most exciting elements of the venetian costumes are the fabulous masks people wear. They come in many shapes, colors and designs and are all exquisite works of art. These masks are so well known to the rest of the world, that they are in fact an iconic symbol of Venice and can be purchased year round at the local markets and souvenir shops.
Inspired by this month’s wonderful celebration I chose a Masquerade Wedding theme to share with you.
This wedding theme is the perfect excuse for a black-tie event. As for the location, choose an old castle, palace or mansion if you are out in the countryside or perhaps by the waterfront, or pick a gorgeous hotel ballroom or library room if you wish to have your big day in a cosmopolitan city.
For the wedding palette, pick rich and dark colors such as deep reds, black and gold. Decorate the reception with red velvet curtains or drapes, hang elaborate chandeliers from the ceiling, have gold silverware and gold rimmed glasses at the guests tables and use candelabra for your centerpiece decorations.
Hire violinists and cellists to play throughout cocktail hour and dinner. It will create a dramatic atmosphere and guests will feel as if they are in an italian opera!
For the wedding cake, I am sharing above two different styles that will fit the theme. The first one is a stunning multilayer red and gold cake with an exuberant edible venetian mask. The second one, is a simpler, classier white cake with beautiful delicate gold ornaments and a lovely mask adorning the top – the latter style might be my favorite!
To ensure that your guests enjoy the full experience of the masquerade, offer them masks during the cocktail hour. They can wear them all night and keep them as a reminder of such a fabulous and eventful evening!
But what about the bride? For such an opulent theme, the perfect wedding dress fit is a ball-gown garment with a corset. For a fun take on the more traditional styles, make sure the skirt has a lot of texture and many different layers – a wonderful example of this, is the gown from Lazaro on the top left corner of this montage.
Maybe the most unique piece the bride will be wearing in this particular wedding, is her own mask. I much prefer a mask that covers only her eyes instead of the whole face. Is is definitely more delicate and classy and it won’t look like it is “eating” her face. For a touch of originality, it can also be drawn around her eyes. Either way, it should be an accessory that is worn only after the ceremony for the party portion of the wedding.
Instead of a bouquet, the bride may pick a glamorous feathered fan. As for the shoes, the occasion demands them to be sophisticated an slightly over the top! I absolutely love the golden shoes above with rose appliqués.