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Patriotic Wedding Ideas

Updated on February 12, 2022
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Online wedding planner for over 10 years. My goal has been to show everyone the best way to plan their wedding without breaking the bank !

Best Ideas For An Americana Themed Wedding

If you are looking for a fun wedding theme, then an americana or a Fourth of July Wedding is for you ! Why not plan a whole weekend arounbd the holiday. This theme is great for millitary folks or anyone who enjoys this holiday.

Generally this wedding theme would be more casual than most. It might be held outdoors, in a barn or in a tent. It might include a lighter, more barbeque type of foods.

But even indoors this theme can just be plain fun ! This theme evokes wildflowers, daisies and sunflowers. while you might thinks of gardens and outdoors, this theme can be translated into an indoor setting very easily.

Think Lemonade and a buttercream cake with a vintage cake topper ! Think penny candy and lots of fun ! This theme is one that your guests will long remember !

Keep Your Patriotic Theme

Just Don't Overdue It

Keeping your patriotic theme in mind, you will want to start with crisp white in your linens, chair covers Add some accents in silver. You might want to use silver chair sashes, for example. The best flowers to be used for your patriotic wedding decorations would be either carnations, daisies, roses or orchids.

Your favors might be a white votive candle with silver stars inbedded in them. You could put them in white tulle with a red, white and blue ribbon.

Military Weddings

Military weddings are considered formal and as such, guests should be advised.

They're meant to honor anyone who has served or is currently serving in any branch of the U.S. military, including those enlisted, active and retired officers, and cadets at an academy.

both veterans and retirees of the military can wear their service dress uniforms for weddings and other special occasions of the same caliber. Guests who are not in the military should wear clothing that matches the dress code and formality of the event.

For those couples who choose to marry at a military chapel, a military chaplain will officiate the ceremony. Chaplains are commissioned officers who are paid by their branch of service, so the couple does not have to pay them, though a donation to the chapel is encouraged. Couples may choose to have a civilian clergy member assist the chaplain in the ceremony.

During the ceremony, commanding officers should sit near the front, either with or directly behind the couple’s families. At the reception, military members should be seated by rank (captains with captains, sergeants with sergeants, etc.). Military personnel may also be seated together at a table of honor near the head table, or they can sit with the civilian guests if the couple prefers.

An American flag and the bride or groom's unit standard are usually on display during the ceremony as a sign of respect. Protocol dictates that this should be displayed to the left of the officiant when viewed by the gathered guests. In addition to the flag, the couple may choose to incorporate other patriotic decorations and colors into their ceremony and reception.

If either or both partners are in the military, they have the option of wearing a full ceremonial dress instead of civilian clothing. For the groom, this might be dress whites (in the summer) or dress blues (in the winter). For the bride, this could be a ceremonial uniform or a traditional wedding dress.

If either is an officer, their evening dress uniform is incredibly formal and should be reserved for a white-tie affair while dinner or mess dress uniforms are appropriate for black-tie events. Dress blues are the best choice for a wedding with a cocktail or formal dress code.

Out of respect, boutonnieres are not allowed to be pinned onto uniforms, no matter the formality. This applies to both the groom and groomsmen. Any military decorations they might have will serve as the "boutonniere" in this case. The bride, however, may carry a bouquet, even if opting to wear a uniform instead of a traditional wedding dress.

Any member of the wedding party in uniform who is carrying a saber or cutlass, whether an officer or enlisted personnel, must wear white gloves. This is typically required of military members for most ceremonial events. The groom and best man are exempt, however, as they will be handling the rings.

If one or both of the newlyweds are commissioned officers, they may exit the ceremony beneath an archway of sabers held by other military members, known as the Arch of Sabers (or the Arch of Swords if they're in the Navy or Marine Corps). If the partners are noncommissioned officers or enlisted personnel, they will instead use a variation known as the Arch of Rifles.

The sword cake-cutting is perhaps one of the most recognizable military wedding traditions. If the bride or groom is an officer, they will use a ceremonial military sword to cut their wedding cake instead of a knife or cake server.

Traditionally, the military spouse presents the sword to their partner before they cut the cake. Then, customarily, the bride places a hand underneath the groom's on the handle of the sword, and they cut through the cake together; however, this can be updated according to the couple's preferences.

Patriotic Wedding Tip 1

Why not put your bridesmaids in red, white and blue dresses? Make them cocktail length. They will photograph perfectly

Bridal Party Apparel Ideas For A Patriotic Wedding

The patriotic theme is all about bright colors. So why not add some color to your wedding apparel.

Shoes

Why not use red or blue shoes instead of a muted color. Either match the bridesmaid's dresses or contrast them. It is up to you

Dresses

Either put the Maid/Matron of honor in red or blue. Have the Bridesmaids in blue or you could reverse the color scheme. The dresses don't have to match. Find dresses in the colors you like in a style that flatters the person.

Bouquet Idea

Finish off the bouquets being carried by the bridal party with red, white, and blue striped ribbon or thin pieces of each. Make sure that all flowers to be carried are arranged minimally three days before the event or sooner to the wedding.

More Wedding Attire Ideas

Just a touch of red and white. Then have the groom and groomsmen wear blue suits and your theme is complete
Just a touch of red and white. Then have the groom and groomsmen wear blue suits and your theme is complete | Source

Patriotic Wedding Décor

  • Flowers of the season, in red, white, and blue, may include roses, delphinium, daisies, and orchids. Ask your florist for flowers that are both in season and fit within your theme
  • For table decorations, you might use blue tablecloths with large white pillar candles wrapped in red ribbon
  • Fill large Mason jars with red, white, and blue jellybeans.
  • Adding some bunting to the festivities is great fun, but remember not to overdo it. You might want to use it on a cake table, or a gift table. You could definitely use it on a candy buffet table.
  • Mason jars with red, white, blue led lights
  • Chinese lanterns with red white and blue stars glued onto them
  • A mason jar with several flags in them
  • Hang a flag against any bland background

Just A Touch Of Color For Your Flower Girls

A simple red or blue sash on a simple dress is just enough color and theme for your flower girls. Use a corresponding bow of their basket and they will be adorable. Want to carry it farther? Add a few flowers in their hair !

Soft colors in your wedding bouquet compliment your patriotic themed wedding
Soft colors in your wedding bouquet compliment your patriotic themed wedding

Americana Buffet

Delicious Option No Matter What The Location

An Americana Buffet is the perfect choice for your theme. Think about the foods that are purely American. It could be as simple as hot dogs and burgers for the fun feature plus salads and roasted corn.If you are having an outdooe event , plan a bonfore with a somemores station

Or you could lean towards a more formal buffet with ham, turkey, london broil, sweet potatoes, and or salads. The menu should depend on your biuget and the number of people that are attending.

Add Some Fruit To Your WEdding Meal

Add some colorful fruit that follows your theme. They are perfectly fresh and have great colors. Use them as a before dinner appetiser ir on a dessert buffet
Add some colorful fruit that follows your theme. They are perfectly fresh and have great colors. Use them as a before dinner appetiser ir on a dessert buffet | Source

The Red, White And Blue Cocktail

Create a themed cocktail with this yummy red, white and blue coctail
Create a themed cocktail with this yummy red, white and blue coctail | Source

More Drink Ideas

To add to your theme, think about the beverages for your guests. Upgrade your signature cocktail with a red-colored base, juicy blackberries, and our very favorite: edible flowers. These summery sips are a refreshing (and photogenic) addition that guests will clamor for.

Mixed Drinks

You could of course serve a nice white, blueberry and red wine choice

Non Alcoholic Beverages

Lemonade is one idea and colas are always popular.

Pies are the perfect dessert for patriotic weddings
Pies are the perfect dessert for patriotic weddings

Patriotic Wedding Tip 2

Use small flags in your centerpieces. 3-4 small flags will add ambiance and color to your reception

Traditional Wedding Cake

Think Buttercream or Strawberries

The wedding cake for your Americana/4th of July Wedding could be as simple as a traditional buttercream wedding cake or yellow cake with stawberry filling . For your theme you could go with a vintage topper or a more patriotic theme. It's all up to you.Traditional white icing gives a good base for your decoration in your theme. Add red, white and blue flowers in either icing or real flowers. Arranged artfully, they will be a wonderful statement of your style.Flag draped cakes are another option for your wedding cake. It add distictive color to your cake, keep the table that the cake is on relatively plain. Let the cake stand out for itself !

Add Some Sparkle To Your Wedding Cake

How about sparklers on the wedding cake. Incorporate sparklers to be lit at the time of cutting and you’re sure to get some oohs and aahs.

A Fun Candy Buffet

Here is a fun candy buffet following the theme of red, white and blue
Here is a fun candy buffet following the theme of red, white and blue

Wedding Cake Alternative Or Add On

Americana Desserts

There is no law that says you have to have a wedding cake, but most brides really prefer to have one. But consider your Americana theme and think about other desserts in addition to or in place of a traditional cake. You might consider pies, cobblers or cookies in lieu of or additional to your cake. Ending with your special desserts and coffee is just plain comforting. Consider the location of your wedding and the climate when you are considering your desserts

Berries are a perfect addition to your cake to give it just the right patriotic touch
Berries are a perfect addition to your cake to give it just the right patriotic touch

Patriotic Pinwheels and Favors - Wedding Fun

Use these pinwheels as decoration or as wedding favors-your choice. I like the idea of lining a walkway with these and having them going when the bridal party arrives. Or having the bride walk down a beach wakway with them spinning.

Easy Table Decor

Use runners, and table cloths that compliment your theme. If your chairs are white, use red and blue on your tables. No matter the color of the chairs at your reception, you can always use chair covers if neccesary
Use runners, and table cloths that compliment your theme. If your chairs are white, use red and blue on your tables. No matter the color of the chairs at your reception, you can always use chair covers if neccesary | Source

Patriotic Wedding Wand - Great Favor-Easy To Do

Patriotic Wand
Patriotic Wand

This is the most simple, but exciting favor ever ! It would look outstanding for your photos ! These are made up with a dowel, an eyelet and some ribbon. Click on the picture to get more directions

Patriotic Wedding Tip 3

Use red geraniums in pots as your centerpiece. Add a couple of small flags and some white ribbon. These are comfortable centerpieces that you can plant afterwards in your new home

Formal Or Fun Patriotic Wedding

There are different levels of formability when it comes to patriotic weddings. When it comes to the actual wedding service, a certain level of formality should always be met. You will want to meet with the venue or religious coordinator to know and understand the rules for the actual wedding ceremony itself.

After that, it is up to you where you want your reception or celebration to go. You and your future spouse need to decide how many elements you want to include in your wedding day,

We hope some of these ideas will be helpful to you as you plan your special memorable wedding. May you be blessed with joy and love in the years ahead.

© 2012 Linda F Correa

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