As a bride-to-be, you’re probably full of ideas for how you’d like to plan your wedding.
And if it’s scheduled to take place in July, then you may be asking yourself:
“Should I consider using the colors red, white, and blue, and integrating them into my wedding decor?”
This is a great question.
For this time of the year, our patriotic colors can be a fantastic way to add some depth and direction to your wedding theme.
However, it isn’t always so easy to figure out how to incorporate them for maximum effect.
See, the thing about a red, white, and blue color combination is that it can threaten to be really bold…
In fact, it can actually end up being a bit too bold.
So in this post, we’re going to explore some simple patriotic wedding-themed ideas to help you incorporate these colors without going overboard.
Let’s dive into it.
1. Honor Your Family’s Heritage
If you and/or your husband-to-be come from a military, police officer, or fire-fighter family—then you know that these colors probably mean a lot to all of you.
In fact, this might be the number-one reason for why a family would want to use this particular color scheme in their wedding decor.
So with this taken into account, think to yourself:
“How can I honor my family’s patriotic heritage while still staying true to other desires I have for my wedding?”
For example—how can you weave these things together while still making your wedding elegant, luxurious, and/or traditional?
Keeping this question in the forefront of your mind can do a lot to help you overcome the tendency to ‘drift away’ from the most important area of focus…
Honoring your family’s legacy without compromising on how you want your ‘special day’ to look and feel.
2. Combine Them with an ‘Old-Fashioned Summer’ Theme
One fairly common way to integrate red, white, and blue colors into your wedding is to combine them with decor that throws back to an ‘old-fashioned country summer’ theme.
With this option, you can even go as far as to simplify the dress code.
Instead of a black tuxedo, the groom could wear a really nice blue suit, and the bride could wear a white dress with a red ribbon around the waist.
One of the great things about summer themes, especially when they’re combined with ‘country’ or ‘cottage’ elements, is that you can really loosen up a few of the more stringent ‘formality’ rules without sacrificing on charm.
3. Go Vintage
Another great way to incorporate patriotic elements into your wedding decor without going too far with red, white, and blue is to focus on a vintage theme.
Think of a style that throws back to the 1950s.
Vintage cars, Coca-Cola signs, old-time rock ‘n roll, etc.
One interesting thing about vintage decor in this time period is that a lot of it was fashionable and trendy during the post Second World War ‘high point’ of the American patriotic spirit.
This blending of cultural historic elements with the traditional ‘old-fashioned’ way of American life can serve as a vehicle to capture a really classic romantic vibe—and this can be used extremely effectively when decorating for a wedding, especially a wedding where you’d like to incorporate some of those patriotic elements without making them seem out of place.
4. Combine ‘Old World’ Style with ‘Minimalism’
Old-world style is probably best described as a blend of aesthetics that exist somewhere between ‘rustic traditionalism’ and ‘rugged minimalism.’
Imagine getting married in a beautifully crafted, romantic, aged wood log cabin church—lit with lanterns and candles—and you’ll get a pretty accurate picture of what this style derives its core elements from.
But you can weave patriotic elements into this style fairly easily (and without making them stand out too much) by choosing accent decorations that fit within that red, white, and blue color scheme.
For example—some simple red and blue flower arrangements, situated atop white tablecloths, could be a great way to bring those colors together without straying too far from the ‘old world’ theme or distracting from the more romantic elements.
Hopefully, this post has helped to inspire just a little bit of creativity in helping you to figure out how you might be able to incorporate some of these patriotic color schemes into your own special day.
Obviously, we’ve only scratched the surface of the many possibilities at your disposal.
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