The use of turquoise & gold as wedding colors

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The use of turquoise & gold as wedding colors
Used as an accent, turquoise compliments gold. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

There's a reason why Pantone LLC, the world authority on colour, named it the hue of 2010, and why Native Americans honour it; as a stone and colour, turquoise inspires tranquillity and vibrancy and is, therefore, popular with brides-to-be. Yes, if you're planning a beach/waterfront wedding, turquoise is a flattering choice for attire and accessories, among other things, but when paired with gold, turquoise takes on a chic, poised aesthetic --- one that is appropriate for any wedding theme.

Wedding Attire and Acessories

Everybody knows that the wedding day offers a chance for the bride to shine; therefore, bridesmaid dresses need to complement the bride, not overshadow her. Although gold carries connotations of refinement and elegance, as a colour, it is not overpowering. Thus, gold should be used as the dominant hue for the bridesmaid's attire, while turquoise best serves as an accent. For example, turquoise slashes, headbands, jewellery, footwear and handbags are all stylish wedding accessories for females. For guys, bow and neck ties, cravats and pocket squares are popular. Keep in mind that there are different shades of either colour, so you may have to shop around until you find the right hue for you.

Reception Details

When it comes to reception decor, there are multiple ways in which you can make use of your turquoise and gold colour scheme. For menus and place cards, use gold stencilling with a turquoise motif in the background, and have your guest book follow the same theme. Fillable glass cylinder centrepieces are also ideal for exhibiting your colour palette. After spray-painting pebbles gold, place them inside the cylinders, top cylinders with water and float naturally coloured turquoise orchids on top. Alternatively, and if you're going for a more rustic theme, spray-paint long pieces of driftwood in gold and place --- once dry, of course --- inside the cylinders.


Your wedding cake is a blank canvas on which to express your colour scheme, so don't be coy or restrained when it comes to deciding upon a design. Aside from the bride, the wedding cake should be the main focal point of the reception. For a simple yet sophisticated look, rim the outer edge of each cake tier with turquoise ribbon and place a gold monogram on top. For a more intricate design, have your cake covered in turquoise fondant and patterned in gold Victorian motifs. Turquoise or gold sugar flowers, or both, are always a nice way to accentuate your cake.

Food and Drink

Both food and drink can be garnished or decorated in accordance with your wedding colours. Edible flowers are a natural way to embellish entrées, salads, desserts and cocktails, but if you want to go with a more permanent fixture, miniature turquoise and gold cocktail umbrellas are a nice touch.

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