Since red is the colour of passion and love, a deep red such as burgundy will only make your wedding look even more romantic. Burgundy is a dark shade, so it can be overpowering. Keep this colour in mind when visiting reception venues. A ballroom with dark walls and carpets can look depressing and bleak when you fill the room with burgundy decorations.
Since burgundy is a rich colour it can't be paired with just any accent shade. Use the theme and season of your wedding to choose accent colours. In fall, pair burgundy with burnt orange and golden yellow. In winter, pair it with metallic silver or gold. In spring, use cream or sky blue as the accent colour. Burgundy is often too dark for summer weddings, so use it as an accent colour and use lighter colours such as pink or cream as your primary colour.
Dark red food looks rich and flavourful and it fits into your colour scheme. Serve red peppers or roasted beets spread on toasted bread as appetizers. Serve roasted tomato soup as a starting course, and dark red meat such as beef or lamb for the main course. Order a red velvet cake or cupcakes for dessert, along with fresh strawberries dipped in red-dyed white chocolate. If you have your heart set on a white or chocolate cake, ask your baker to dye the frosting deep red and decorate the cake with flowers or pearls.
Burgundy is not only a colour but a region in France that's known for its wine. Many of these wines are a deep red colour, fitting for your theme. In addition to your bar, set up an additional wine-tasting area in your reception. Serve only wines that originate in the Burgundy region. Your vendors may know of a wine expert who can come and guide the wine-tasting, or you may need to hire an outside wine expert to come in. Hire an extra bartender to pour small servings of a variety of wines. The wine expert can explain each variety as guests enjoy them.
Deep red flowers are easy to find, so you'll have no problem decorating your reception. Many common flowers can be found in dark red shades, such as roses, carnations, Gerbera daisies or amaryllis. If you're using dark tablecloths or vases, lighten up the floral arrangements by adding in baby's breath or other brightly coloured flowers into your arrangements. Use glass or silver vases for a formal wedding. For a more casual wedding, arrange burgundy flowers in light ceramic pitchers.
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