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 One neutral color paired with two bold colors can be easily overdone and can make decor look tacky and outdated. However, as the weddings below will show you, old school and outdated are very different things.

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7 Tips for Your Vintage Wedding

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the top wedding trends of the year. This has been the year for many firsts- it’s been the year of the wedding hashtag, naked cakes, macaron favors, wooden crates, and birdcage decorations. But the most popular trend for the year has by far been the vintage theme. Here’s a few tips to help you have the perfect vintage wedding.

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I know this seems obvious. You probably started planning your wedding as soon as you got engaged (or since you were 8, like most girls), but vintage weddings take a little more preparation than most other weddings. You can take a vintage theme in a number of different directions. How much do you want to DIY? Do you want to rent or buy your own decor? Do you want actual vintage items or new items with a vintage flair?

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TGIF! Alcoholic, Appetizer, and Desert Bars

The weekend is upon us! What better way to celebrate the weekend than with a wedding? This weekend is jam-packed for me: I’m setting up a wedding at Retro Ranch and modeling at Premier Bridal Show’s Cerritos Convention this weekend. But before I go, I want to show you one of my favorite elements of a wedding- the bar!

Alcoholic Bars

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Whether you’re having a few drinks before the wedding, a morning ceremony and reception, or a morning after brunch before the honeymoon, this mimosa bar is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Decorations are light and whimsical and set up couldn’t be easier! All you need is champagne, juices of your choice, fruit, and glasses. Let your guests DIY their favorite drink! Read more about this fun mimosa bar here.

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Here’s a lovely cocktail bar designed by Night Owl Productions. When you hire a bar tending service for your wedding, your bar will be constantly stocked, your guests will be quickly served, and your drinks will be mixed perfectly!

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Photo credit: Sweet Little Photographs

A self-serve beer bar might be the perfect bar if you’re going for the retro look- or even better if you brew your own beer! Reusable cups, or in this case, mason jars, provide a eco-friendly alternative to all those empty beer bottles. Refills, anyone?

Non-Alcoholic Bars

What fun is a non-alcoholic bar? Lots of fun! Bars aren’t just about drinks anymore!

Pick-Your-Potato Bar - Unique Wedding Bars- Alcoholic, Appetizer, and Desert Bars on earlyivy.wordpress.com

Here’s a new twist on a buffet line- a potato bar! A design-your-own potato with every way to serve a potato and with all the trimmings will satisfy any hungry guest. This bar includes potato skins, wedges, french fries, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, and tater tots, and four kinds of sauces for drizzling and dipping, and toppings like chives and bacon. Read more about this Pick-Your-Potato Bar here.

S'mores Bar-  Unique Wedding Bars- Alcoholic, Appetizer, and Desert Bars on earlyivy.wordpress.com

Photo Credit: Les Amis Photo

This s’mores bar looks like so much fun! When the sun goes down, the fire comes out and guests get to create their favorite campfire treat. Set up and creation are simple and the results are delicious!

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On an equally sweet note, candy bars are not only enticing to eat, but also captivating to look at. You can easily find or order candy to coordinate with your wedding’s color scheme. Candy bars can be placed along with your cake (hint: you may not want to serve cake to your guests if you have a candy bar), combine it with a desert table, or arrange it on its own. To learn more, read The Knot’s guide to make your own candy bar.

And of course, I must add one last (alcoholic) bar that I helped set up with Night Owl Productions at Retro Ranch. I love the florals and the marquee sign!

Cheers Bar at Retro Ranch-  Unique Wedding Bars- Alcoholic, Appetizer, and Desert Bars on earlyivy.wordpress.com

So here’s to a great weekend! Cheers!

Ceremony Decor- Roses and Lanterns

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I adore these hanging lanterns decorating the ceremony arch at Retro Ranch. Katie Doyle of Studio Ooh La La is the best! The roses and hydrangeas pair perfectly with the wood and metal lanterns hung with rope at varying lengths.

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That’s me (the blonde) and my best friend Abbie with the almost finished ceremony site. On this day, we had a unpredicted storm roll in in the late morning and the reception site was rained out! But the floral team set up everything at the ceremony site through the rain, wind, and thunder. The wedding must go on!