Your Wedding Color — How to Choose Between Teal, Turquoise and Aqua

Teal … Turquoise … Aqua  – Three lovely colors in the blue-green family … and if this is the color family you are considering for your wedding color, which of the three do you choose?  If you want a dark blue-green then it would be teal; a bright, medium to light tone with more blue than green is turquoise; and a soft color that is often called Tiffany blue is Aqua.

However, since the screen you are viewing them on could affect the colors, you may not even be seeing what I am seeing! In one sense it may not even matter what the color is actually called, but just that you are drawn to one of the three. Choose the one you like and then you can coordinate your wedding around that one based on what it looks like rather than what the actual name is.

These three colors are similar and I often see one color called the other. I’ve done quite a bit of research on these colors and have come up with what I think they look like!

Teal is a dark blue-green and can really work for weddings in all seasons, depending on the color you pair it with. For example, Teal with pale pink can be summery but teal with gold may be best for fall or winter. It is such a classic wedding color and it really pairs well with so many colors. I especially love teal with copper.  It also looks great paired with red and I’ve seen it with coral for beach weddings. And for an elegant look, combine teal with silver.

Turquoise is usually seen as a vibrant color and is one that is perfect for beach weddings. If you were to keep making it darker, it would eventually get very close to teal. Turquoise is a color that looks good on just about everyone, so your bridesmaids will likely enjoy wearing it. It pairs well with a lot of colors from pink to yellow to vibrant red. I have a prior blog post featuring collages with turquoise in combination with seven other colors.

Aqua is the color that is sometimes called Tiffany blue. It is often seen in shabby chic designs paired with a mauvy-pink. For a classic combination, choose aqua with white.  Aqua is not seen as much as teal and turquoise and might be a good choice if you want a color that is more unique.

Collages Created by Sher Silver.

[Click each collage to see the full-size version.]

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Photo Sources: Teal:[1]Daniel Chin for Traverse Photography [2]hello baby cakes [3]Wildflowers Photography [4]Southern Weddings [5]Nancy Ray Photography [7]Apryl Ann Photography [8]Peaches & Mint by Pia Clodi [9]sweet table Turquoise: [1]Touch of Class Bridal [2]flower & FLOUR [4]Sand Petal Weddings [5]Sand Petal Weddings [6]Garrett Holden Aqua: [2]Weddings Illustrated/Chris Joriann Photography [3]MacArthur Cup Cakes [5]Southern Weddings [6]Cakes by Graham [7]Style Me Pretty/Stewart Leishman


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  • Corrine

    I feel like turquoise & aqua should be swapped. Turquoise runs more green & aqua more blue.

    December 11, 2017 at 7:29 am

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