Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Themed Wedding

A red, white and blue wedding? It’s not for everybody, but for those who have a deeper love for America, a patriotic colored wedding might be perfect. Whether you or your spouse-to-be has served in the military or are having a military wedding, a Fourth of July wedding, or you’re just a fan of the red, white, and blue, here are a few ideas inspired by the colors of the American flag.

 Bride and Groom Kissing behind an American Flag- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com{Photo Credit: T3 Photography}

With the current trend of an old school and vintage-y feel wedding, a patriotic wedding can be executed with elegance, while still having that personal feel that most brides want. One neutral color paired with two bold colors can be easily overdone and can make decor look tacky and outdated. However, as the weddings below will show you, old school and outdated are very different things.

Bridal fashion must be kept simple when paired with strong colors like red, white, and blue. A bride won’t have to worry about her dress being in the wedding’s color scheme, but she can add an extra pop of color with a layer of blue or red underneath her dress. Because these colors can be retro or modern, feel free to wear a modern wedding dress or a short ’50’s style dress.

Modern White Bridal Gown- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Loft Photographie}

Retro Bridal Dress with a Pop of Red- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com{Photo Credit:Feather and Stone Photography}

Generally, bridesmaids in a red, white, and blue wedding will wear a dress in blue. Navy or royal blue looks good on practically any figure or skin tone. No matter the length of the dress, your favorite girls will look stunning.

Navy Blue Bridesmaids Dresses- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Dyanna Joy Photography}

Fashion for the men isn’t hard either! Dress the groom and his men in all white like in the last wedding (see more from this all American wedding here) or in a handsome mix of all three colors like this groom below.

Partiotic Groom's Suit- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Studio 1208}

A bouquet of red, white, and blue colored carnations are a popular older wedding bouquet trend. Sure, they’re pretty, but it’s something everyone has seen over and over. Break out of that traditionalist box with more natural and rich reds and blues, with a touch of softer whites. Don’t be afraid to play with your wedding colors- they’re bold, but they don’t bite!

Deep red or bright white roses are always a good choice and a bouquet with mixed colors of flowers can look like you picked them fresh out of your garden.

Dark Red Rose Bouquet with Pearls-Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com

Red and White Bridal Bouquet- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com

{Florals by Studio Stems. Photo by Kate Osborne}

Decor for your red, white, and blue wedding can vary depending on how much you want stick to your theme. Do you want the emphasis on the colors or the theme of America, or even Americana? Do you want an old school, vintage look to your reception, or are you having a modern wedding from start to finish?

A beautiful way to start your wedding is with aisle decor in designs of flower petals. A swirl design like this would look best in red or white. Also, make sure to tie off the center aisle before your guests arrive so that the only one to walk through the flower petals is the bride.

Red Rose Petal Design Down Aisle- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com

For the classic all-American wedding with a major dose of nostalgia, get your inspiration from this styled shoot set in Virginia. You could even treat your guests to an informal reception with a picnic on the grass complete with classic glass Coca-Cola bottles and blueberry pie.

Americana Themed Wedding- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Rebecca Keeling Studios}

A traditional red, white, and blue wedding can easily start to look overdone. Keep your wedding elegant by keeping the neutral color, the white, as your base color. A tent draped in white is not only a beautiful space to have your reception in, but also provides cool shade for a hot summer wedding, like this Fourth of July wedding featured on The Knot.

White Tented Reception- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Brinton Studios}

A very dark navy blue can serve as a base color like in the tablecloths in the reception below, but don’t go overboard with contrasting large elements of both dark blue and red together in your decorations.

Elegant Red, White, and Blue Wedding Decor- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Bound By}

And last but not least, don’t forget dessert! From a candy bar, to the all-American pie buffet, to  traditional cake with a red, white, and blue twist, your dessert options are practically limitless.

A super simple wedding cake is a small layered cake frosted with white buttercream and decorated with blueberries and strawberries, or other red fruits. This gorgeous cake is from the wedding featured on The Knot above.

White Buttercream Cake with Strawberries, Raspberries, and Blueberries- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Brinton Studios}

A more traditional and modern cake that features red, white, and blue doesn’t have to be boring or tacky. Even though it has an eclectic flair, this cake keeps the colors and designs similar enough to avoid overwhelming visual contrasts.

Eclectic Red, White, and Blue Wedding Cake- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com

{Cake by: Anna Cakes. Photo Credit: Claire Pacelli Photography}

Or go full out with a dessert bar featuring whatever desserts you like best on red, white, and blue stands and plates with some fresh flowers and props for a pop of color. This dessert bar was for a styled shoot at Retro Ranch in Temecula and uses props to accentuate the old school patriotic theme.  You can use any number of desserts from a traditional cake like the ones above, to cupcakes, cake pops, doughnuts, gourmet desserts, or your choice of old fashioned apple, cherry, or blueberry pies.

Red, White, and Blue Dessert Table- Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Wedding on Earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit:Kaysha Weiner Photographer}

Whether you’re having a military wedding or just into red, white, and blue, let these colors make your wedding unique, elegant, and patriotic.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Red, White, and Blue Ideas for a Patriotic Wedding

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