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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.

For example:

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. 

Conclusion

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. 

Do you need some help deciding on a dress? 

Would you like to bounce some wedding decor ideas around with people who literally help to plan these types of events every day? 

Feel free to stop by or give us a call.

We’d love to chat, hang out, and talk about your amazing wedding ideas!

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If you’ve either attended or taken part in a significant number of weddings in your life, then you’ve probably become aware of the fact that June is a very popular wedding month. 

Now, contrary to popular belief, June actually isn’t the most popular month to get married in.

According to the Dallas Oasis, the most popular month for weddings is actually September—which is followed by June for second place—and then comes October, which takes the third spot. 

But we’ve all heard the sound bites. 

June is the best month for weddings. 

But why? 

Well, in this post, that’s exactly what we’re going to explore. 

Let’s dive into the mystery and ask the all-important question. 

Why is June such a popular month for weddings? 

1. Examining The Origins Of The Word ‘June’ 

At first glance, we need to take the name of the month into account. 

There’s actually a lot of superstition surrounding the month of June and its relationship to love, romance, fertility, and marriage. 

The name June, in fact, is derived from the name of the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno

In Roman times, families had a firm belief that when a couple got married in the month of June, the goddess of marriage would bless their marriage with happiness forever. 

So as you can see, this isn’t necessarily a modern phenomenon. The practice of associating June with blessed wedded matrimony dates back at least as far as the ancient Roman Empire. 

But that’s just the first clue. 

2. Health, Wellness, And Sanitation

Now, let’s fast-forward through time a bit to examine life during the middle ages in Europe.

Here, we find another reason for why June may be associated with weddings, even to this day.

Back then, bathing happened much less frequently than it does in our convenient modern-day culture. 

And this was especially true during the winter. 

Back then, since it was so cold in the winter and so difficult to keep a living environment warm (and since it took so much time, effort, and energy to warm enough water for a decent bath), people rarely bathed during the winter months.

But bathing was much more commonplace during the summer months, with June really being right in the middle of the summer season.

In fact, among the poorer common folk, it was often standard practice for people to only take one bath the entire year—and June would have been the ideal month for it! 

Thus, we can see how getting married in June was perhaps the cleanest and freshest time to do so—because everyone would have likely had the opportunity to bathe in preparation.

And so, for health, wellness, and overall sanitary reasons, this would have made June an ideal time of the year to celebrate wedded matrimony.

3. Family Planning

Another reason for why June has likely become so closely associated with weddings, even in our modern western culture, is due to the practicality of family planning and how it relates to the wedding ceremony. 

For example, if a bride got married in June, and then became pregnant with her first baby soon after—that baby would go on to be born sometime in the spring. 

And there would have been a myriad of benefits to such a timeline in terms of family planning, safety, and survivability. 

For many reasons, spring would have been an ideal time for the birth of a baby. This was especially true 200 to 300 years ago, before our society possessed many of the modern technologies and conveniences that we enjoy today. 

In the spring, the weather is milder. Thus, there’s less danger of harsh, cold weather negatively affecting the baby’s health and development.

Plus, with harvest time right around the corner in the fall, this really sets the child up for the greatest potential odds for health, wellness, and survival during the early stages of life. 

And so, we can see that even dating back just a few hundred years, there’s a very practical application for associating June with being a great time for marriage and starting a family. 

Conclusion

Hopefully, you found this post interesting. 

History is always fascinating to explore! 

And it’s obvious that the tradition of the ‘June wedding’ is steeped deeply in history, tradition, folklore, and even superstition. 

Are you thinking about planning your own June wedding?

If so, make sure to contact us as soon as possible so that we can help you get a head-start on the wedding planning process!

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Shopping for bridesmaid dresses is a big job.

And not surprisingly, many people are turning to the Internet to help them accomplish it. 

Let’s be honest—we all like to order things online. 

It’s convenient, it’s easy, and it’s fast. 

Plus, you have access to literally a world full of products right at your fingertips. 

But some items are just better shopped for in person. And bridesmaid dresses absolutely fall into this category.

Here’s the thing. Your wedding is a very important day. And the bridesmaid dresses are one of the more essential pieces to the puzzle.

If they’re not quite right, you’re really going to notice it—and it’s going to make you wish that you had taken the time and made the effort to ensure that they were perfect for the occasion. 

In this post, you’re going to learn five different, specific reasons for why it’s always better to buy bridesmaid dresses locally, as opposed to online.

1. They Seldom Look Or Fit As Advertised

If you’ve ever ordered clothes online, then you probably know exactly how often this happens. 

You see a dress, a nice top, or a pair of shorts or a pair of shoes while shopping online. 

You order them. 

They get shipped to you—fast and on schedule.

Except, when you put them on for the first time, they just don’t fit.

Or even worse, they don’t even look like they did in the pictures.

Very rarely does this work out to your advantage. 

Then, it can really only be solved with a time-consuming return and refund process. 

By contrast, buying bridesmaid dresses in person assures that you’ll get to not only see what they look like on the bridesmaids, but this process also gives you the power to compare different options to see which one looks the best. 

2. You Can’t Feel The Material

When you order online, you’ll be taking a somewhat wild guess as to the quality of the material

Pictures only do you so much good. 

And even then, they can be deceiving. 

It’s always better to shop for such an important dress in person—because it’ll allow you to actually put your hands on the fabric to feel what the dresses are made from for yourself. Trust us, your bridesmaids will thank you!

3. You Can’t Account For Body Style

Anyone who’s ever purchased a dress knows the underlying frustration that comes from trying to match different types of dresses to different body styles. 

We’re all different and unique.

And yet, it’s nearly impossible to tell how a particular dress will look on someone until they’ve had the chance to try it on. 

And online dresses are the worst for this, because it feels like they’re really only made for one specific body type (in slightly different size variations).

It’s always a better idea to try all of the potential bridesmaid dresses on all of the bridesmaids before making your final choice. 

This will allow you to get a great sense of what everyone thinks about them, how they feel while being worn, how they match with the wedding gown, etc.

Remember, we have in-house alterations to take care of all those little adjustments, so the dresses fit perfectly!

4. Bridesmaid Dress Disasters Are Costly

Imagine ordering three bridesmaid dresses with plenty of time to try them on for the wedding. 

But then, shipping runs late—or the dresses get back-ordered (yikes). 

Then, a month later, they arrive late—and you realize that not only do they not fit well, but that they’re strangely sized about three sizes too small

Plus, the material is a slightly different color than the pictures displayed—and they’re just different enough to not really match with the gown.

These types of disasters can actually be really costly.

They can cut into the valuable time you need to properly plan your big day. 

Shopping in person, however, really helps to eliminate this potentiality. And depending on how many bridesmaids are in your wedding party, it could have been a major disaster. So why risk it?

5. You Could End Up Wasting Money

While many online retailers do offer returns and/or exchanges, it’s not always such a simple process. 

We’ve talked to more than one bride who, in the bustle and the stress of trying to get ready for the big day (and replacing those awful online bridesmaid dresses), forgot to send back the ones she ordered. 

And guess what? 

That can add up to hundreds of dollars just wasted on dresses that nobody is going to be able to wear.

This just isn’t acceptable. 

The way we see it, your hard-earned money should actually go to things that’ll help you to have an amazing, beautiful wedding—and not wasted on dresses that arrive late, three sizes too small, that are a different color than what you ordered.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this post has helped you to understand some of the dangers of ordering bridesmaid dresses online. 

Don’t get us wrong—we love online shopping just as much as the next person. 

But there are just some things that are better to shop for in-person.

We at MK Bridal would love to help you pick out the perfect bridesmaid dresses for your big day. 

You can browse our selections online — then schedule your appointment to see, feel, and try them on!

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