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Independence Day is the absolute best of summer... I am talking warm summer days, cookouts, fireworks and how could I forget the stars and stripes? Fourth of July is just around the corner and I thought I would send you off into the holiday weekend with some wedding inspiration.

I think a rehearsal dinner and reception would be tons of fun with a 4th of July theme, with everything all decked out in red, white and blue. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning a holiday-themed wedding:

1. Choosing the right invitation. There are so many unique invitations out there to choose from, but here is one that could be used for a more subtle 4th of July celebration and you could change the ribbon color to a white, silver or burgundy ribbon to keep the theme going:

2. Keep it simple. Crisp, white linens and plates are the perfect backdrop for a patriotic wedding. You don’t want to go overboard with the red and blue. I really like the way that food stands out on bright white plates. Shiny silver utensils are the perfect accompaniment to the white dishes. If you want to add red and blue to the tables, consider using white linen napkins, with navy or bright red trim or a solid colored napkin. Consider using red flowers in the centerpieces, mixed with greenery, but I wouldn’t suggest mixing in blue and white flowers. Simple and inexpensive favors to go with the theme would include small white boxes of blue M&Ms on each plate.

3. Planning a wedding on a holiday such as Independence Day is an opportunity to let your fun-loving side come out! If you want to incorporate some whimsy into the wedding, consider these options. Have the ring bearer wear a top hat! Perhaps your flower girl could even pull a classic red wagon filled with flowers up the aisle. Serve red, white and blue cocktails during the cocktail hour. Give out packs of sparklers as favors, with a personalized matchbox. Guests will love playing with them; the photographs will be amazing; and they make a great sendoff for the bride and groom!

4. As for the food - Go picnic-style with fried chicken and potato salad. Or grill out fancy steaks and spicy corn on the cob. An ice-cream sundae bar would be a thing to remember if it’s a hot July day, but may be a bit messy as well so you can never go wrong with apple pie!

5. And I think it goes without saying that a patriotic wedding has to go out with a bang - literally! Fireworks are a must have for a Fourth of July wedding.

While it’s possible and tempting to be totally fun and child-like with this wedding theme, years later you’ll appreciate that kept it on the classy side. Make it a wedding the bride, groom and guests will always remember and be thrilled to have been a part of.

Photo Credits and Where to Buy:
Bridal Accessories: Hortense B. Hewitt (available special order from
Favor Boxes: Carlson Craft (available special order from
Cake: Whipped Baker, Philadelphia, PA
Dishes: Pottery Barn, nationwide
Navy Shimmer Wedding Invitation:

By Anne
Anne has been with since 2004 and came to us already knowledgeable about social stationery after previous employment with a wholesale printing firm.
Anne is mom to two young children who keep her busy and dreaming of sleep. But she wouldn't have it any other way!


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