Next to romantic gondola rides, the city of Venice is famed for its era of extravagant masquerade balls. Grandiose settings, ornate decor, lady guests in elaborate ball gowns, wigs, and bejewelled masks were all part of the scene. And they can be again, if you are considering a Venetian masquerade ball theme for your wedding! See what key elements you will need to recreate such a grand event, from these gorgeous style inspiration photos we’ve gathered for you.
7 Key Styling Elements for a Masquerade Ball Theme
It all begins with a jewel-toned palette inspired by the dazzling gemstones worn from head to toe by ball guests of old. We chose the purple of amethysts, the blue of sapphires, and the turquoise of aquamarines all set against opulent gold. And now, we show how this luxurious motif can be carried throughout the ball-inspired scene.
Announce the grand event with an ornate gold-foil wedding invitation suite (1), letting everyone know that an extra-special masquerade theme is in store.
To simulate a grand ballroom, have the wedding reception venue draped in a purple-colored marquee and decorated with matching florals, greenery, lanterns, and fairy lights (2). And for a modern take on traditional ball gowns, select a sparkly beaded creation in gorgeous lilac (4) to change into for the “masquerade ball” festivities.
Set out masquerade masks in purple, blue, and turquoise (6) to give each guest as they arrive. In true Venetian fashion, have these encrusted with sequins, beads, crystals, feathers, and gold-painted designs.
Your wedding cake (5) must, of course, be equally ornate. A vision in turquoise fondant, gold leaf, and ruffles – displayed on a cake stand of purple glass. Serve matching wedding signature cocktails (3) as well, like these color-changing concoctions that will amaze guests as they transform from blue to purple.
Finally, as luxurious wedding favors, give dainty blue-and-white porcelain slippers in white gift boxes (7) – much like the Victorian era shoes that genteel ladies once wore. Fill these with purple candies or gold confetti in keeping with the chosen palette.
For a more modern, edgy take on a masquerade-themed wedding, see our “Phantom of the Opera” inspired post in black, white and silver.
Sources: 1 – Bella Figura, via Wedding Chicks / 2 – Complete Chillout Company / 3 – Tales of the Cocktail / 4 – BHLDN / 5 – Amanda Stephan Photography, via Kiva Club Weddings / 6 – Amber Michelle Photography, via Pinterest / 7 – Bellenza