A July 4th wedding often brings up mixed feelings. Of course, it makes the color scheme really easy, but do you really want to share your wedding with a national holiday? There are definitely pros to it, for example, it’s a day that family often gets together, so your family is guaranteed to be at your wedding! Personally, I am all for a July 4th wedding, if it’s done the right way; where the focus is on the wedding and not on the holiday. Here are some of my favorite patriotic themed touches to add a bit of holiday feel to the day without going overboard.
Engagement photos are a great place to show some love for the red, white, and blue while also showing love for each other. Whether it’s posing with a flag or sporting the colors, your guest will love the photos and it will get them ready for the holiday. So if you’d love an American flag dress, wear it for the engagement photos, rather than having your ‘maids in it at the wedding. (Photography via: Lovely Leaf Studio)
Don’t go over top with the red, white, and blue. Instead of getting striped flag dresses for your bridesmaids, have various dresses in red and blue. And for their bouquet, why not have them carry colorful pinwheels instead? If you’re a more traditional bride, choose red, white, and blue blooms and give the pinwheel to the flower girl to carry down the aisle. (Photography via: Tiny Water)
A subtle yet fun way to include some patriotic love with the groomsmen is with flag socks! Show them off for a picture, but then they are hidden during the ceremony. Another idea is to have the groomsmen wear navy blue suits instead of the typical tuxedo. (Photography via: Leise Jones Photography)
And of course, you can’t forget the most important part of July 4th, fireworks! Fireworks are a great way to finish off the celebraion and make a beautiful backdrop for photographs. And your guests will love them! If you can’t afford fireworks or they aren’t appropriate for your venue, use sparklers for your exit. They make great photos and add that same sparkling effect. (Photography via: Gia Canali)
So if you’re considering a July 4th wedding, there is no need to shy away from it. Just remember, moderation. And don’t forget that it may be Independence day, but more importantly, it’s your wedding day.