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The good old red, white, and blue is a classic color combination that will never go out of style, especially if you're hosting your wedding over the July 4th weekend. And doing so is certainly trendy: Celebrity couples like Julia Roberts and Danny Moder and Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher tied the knot the weekend of Independence Day. Plus, plenty of our real couples selected the already celebratory weekend for their weddings, and all of them did it in serious style.
A Giant Flag
This couple took their photos beneath a huge American Flag, adding patriotic drama to their portrait session.
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Patriotic Welcome Bag
This couple welcomed their guests with hand-painted burlap bags containting wedding weekend information and snacks—potato chips, granola bars, chocolate bars, and, of course, microbrews—for a fun day outdoors. The bride and groom finished off the gift with an American flag as a nod to their Fourth of July wedding weekend.
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Nautical Americana Stationery
For their nautical wedding, it was only appropriate that the stationery from Papel Press matched the theme, showcasing nautical elements, airmail details, and earthy kraft envelopes. An illustrator designed a hand-drawn font for typeface, and a calligrapher lettered addresses on the envelopes, keeping with the red, white, and blue color scheme.
We're loving these Americana bridal party gifts, including red, white, and blue items like espadrilles, bangles, a nautical knit lovey, and more.
The Details: Espadrille Store "Lola Saint-Tropez" platforms, $83.50, EspadrilleStore.com; "The Strongbox" storage box, $28, BestMadeCo.com; Hand towel, $6, BestMadeCo.com; Aurélie Bidermann "Copacabana" bangles, from $120, AurelieBidermann.com; Herb Lester Associates' How to Read the Menu guide, $12 for set of 3, Amazon.com; Security blanket, $30, Estella-Nyc.com; "Sky Blue" espadrilles, $27.50, EspadrilleStore.com.
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Red, White, and Blue Dessert
This couple served up a plethora of desserts at their wedding, including these mini jars of patriotic strawberry shortcake panna cotta.
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This bride found a three-dollar veil The Salvation Army and glammed it up with a handcrafted hairpiece made from paper, wire, silver glass glitter, glue, and a bobby pin. She also made a pair of earrings out of paper, glitter, and glue to match the shooting stars in her hair.
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This tablescape is the perfect example of how to do red, white, and blue without going overboard. The pretty table hits the sweet spot between relaxed and refined, with menus featuring a custom crest, and glass bottles filled with bright red anemones, tulips, ranunculus, and cyclamen.
The Details: "Shell Bisque" plates (top), $18 each, CanvasHomeStore.com; "Abbesses" plates (bottom), $21 each, CanvasHomeStore.com; "Maryclare" tumblers, $12.50 each, CanvasHomeStore.com; Collins glasses, $12.50 each, CanvasHomeStore.com; "Pattern 451" flatware, $50 for four 5-piece place settings, CB2.com; Serving tray, $36, FalconEnamelware.com; Mini tumblers, $9 each, FalconEnamelware.com; Leafware mini sporks, $10 for 100, Leafware.com; Striped fabric, $14/yd, GraylineLinen.com; "Elly" dish towels, $4 for 4, Ikea.com; Calligraphy, price upon request, DeborahNadel.com.
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This couple held their rehearsal dinner on the Fourth of July, so to get into the holiday spirit, the groom sported patriotic socks.
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This couple sent out lift ticket-inspired save-the-dates for their Vail wedding, including some red, white, and blue as a nod to their July 5th wedding date.
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Red, White, and Blue Cocktail Hour
Play up the patriotic color combo at your cocktail hour with customized coolers stocked with drinks for your guests and a striped awning to keep them cool.
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This couple served a gin fizz as their cocktail hour signature drink—each garnished with chevron straws, a cherry, and gold pom-pom stir sticks that look like Fourth of July sparklers.
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Classic American Snacks
This couple served up classic American snacks at their cocktail hour: french fries and sliders.
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This bride and her sister crafted hundreds of glittery silver stars, and hung them above the rows of tables at the reception. The table numbers matched, made with leftover matte board and white glitter, and were mounted on sumac saplings taken from the yard.
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Red, White, and Blue Stationery
Send out invites like these that use a lighter hue of blue for a softer effect, but still totally fitting with the Fourth of July theme.
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Red, White, and Blue Wedding Cake
Sweet Layers Cakes & Pastries created this vanilla bean confection, frosted with white poppyseed buttercream icing and topped with fresh red and blue fruit.
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Red, White, and Blue Place Settings
Using white and red flowers, a nautical red-patterned tablecloth, blue napkins, and white candles, this couple created a breezy and fun patriotic dinner setting.
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This handsome pup was dressed up in a star-spangled bandana.
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This couple walked down the aisle and into wedded bliss through a path of guests holding festive sparklers at the end of the evening.
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Show your state pride by giving away favors native to your state, or even in your state's shape, like this couple who gifted California-shaped cookies to their guests at the end of their reception.
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End the night with a bang, like this couple, to celebrate Independence Day and your first day as a married couple.