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Fourth of July Wedding

Fourth of July Wedding

Fourth of July Wedding

The Fourth of July not only celebrates our great nation’s independence, but it also marks the middle of summer for so many Americans. For those of us who endured the “Polar Vortex” that midpoint is arriving all too soon. But as anyone knows, no matter what your locale, The Fourth really is all about quintessential summer fun, perfect weather, and of course long weekends. We know so many couples use this time to share their special day with guests, but here are just a few other great reasons why this holiday is a perfect time to say “I do.”

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Fourth Of July WeddingSimply Stunning Nashville

It has it’s own color scheme! Nothing is more patriotic and brightly colored than that American flag. Carrying through that theme alone with flag food pics and miniature flags lining the lawn, and also scattered in planters just screams festive. The primary color scheme is bold enough that white linens and chairs and very minimal décor is almost essential, saving so many time and money on florals and over-fussy tablescapes. Pairing the red, white, and blue with lush white hydrangea ( perfect for July!) and oversized white roses takes the entire affair to an elegant and timeless place. Adding lanterns with large pillar candles is also a great, Americana way to focus attention on the main theme.

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Fourth of July WeddingA Bryan Photography

Sparklers! We all love that classic black and white shot of the Bride and Groom leaving the reception with throngs of guests lining their path with sparklers. The illuminating effect is so beautiful that they often make the best shots of the night. But for the Fourth of July, that already requires sparklers as a tradition, it ties right into the whole wedding vibe and are readily available. Not only that, but they are a super affordable addition!

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Fourth of July WeddingSaskia Paulussen Photography

Hello, Fireworks! This one is a no-brainer. While other couples getting married pretty much any other weekend are spending a small fortune for a custom fireworks show, yours is on the house. Whether the venue already has their own or you are close to a municipality that provides one, it’s pretty much impossible to miss the sky light show that night.

Chicago Wedding Summer Favorites

With the weeks of Chicago summer fleeting and fall creeping in, we can’t help but stop and think about some of our favorite summertime wedding trends we’ve seen this season.  Not sure if it’s the heat of the weekend or the summertime rays, but we just can’t get enough of these five things.

Mason jars.  These glass beauties make the perfect partner for summertime weddings.  They are a great way to showcase a signature cocktail or fruit infused water and add an extra ounce of décor if your drink matches your wedding color scheme.  Mason jars can be ordered from most restaurant supply stores, but we’ve also seen tons at flea markets and garage sales.  And for an extra punch of fun, add an old fashioned swirly straw.  Can a drink get any better?

Yellow.  Nothing says summer like the color yellow.  And this summer, we’ve loved the color pair with just about everything.  Yellow and teal, yellow and coral, yellow and navy; its hard to go wrong, really.  And because yellow is such a contagious color, a little goes a long way!

Sparklers.  Maybe we’re still reeling from the 4th of July, or maybe we’re just suckers for anything shiny, but a sparkler exit is still one of our wedding favorites.  We often hear couples asking about the perfect sparkler length, and we’re fans of the 14 inch sparkler.  Long enough to last for a prolonged exit, but not so long that they feel overwhelming or scary.

Multicolored bridesmaid dresses. Like bridesmaids everywhere, we love letting bridesmaids choose their own dresses, but having each bridesmaid choose a different color, creates a fabulous summertime effect.  Even if you might not expect the colors to go together in normal settings, having them sprinkled throughout attendants creates a fun and lighthearted effect, perfect for summer.

Ice cold treats.  This summer, we’ve seen an emergence of frozen treats throughout weddings.  Ice cream bars and popsicle stands have caught our attention as the perfect summer wedding addition.  As the dance floor gets going and guests heat up, be ready to cool them down with the perfect summer frozen treat.  Talk with your reception vendor about options for incorporating ice cold treats into your reception. Wedding Dessert Options.