When it comes to planning a 4th of July wedding, one of the most important decisions you will have to make is your wedding style. Choosing it early in the process will help you organise a wedding that feels consistent and allows your wedding to be a reflection of who you are. We suggest that you choose your wedding style even before trying on a wedding dress & tasting a cake! In today’s blog, we want to help you in this process, so read on to find out How To Choose The Perfect 4th of July Wedding Style!
Whether you want a formal or casual wedding will deeply influence the style that you will choose. A backyard BBQ DIY wedding will obviously call out for a more casual wedding, while a reception in a ballroom would be more formal. If you are having a dress code at your wedding, it will also influence the style of wedding that you will have for example a Black-Tie dress code usually means a formal affair while semi formal or lounge suit will be less formal wedding.
Here’s some 4th July wedding themes that your guests will remember fondly for years to come…
- BBQ and Booms
- Firework Frenzy
- Let Sparks Fly
- Love remains free
Choosing a colour Palette:
You might just go for the good ol’ red, white and blue colour palette with stars and stripes as accents…but maybe not.
The colour palette of red, white and blue Independence Day weddings usually don’t stray much from the patriotic colours of the flag. You could opt for a slight alternative red by substituting the red with burgundy . Or you could add a dash of yellow and orange for a fun twist.
Primary colours (red, yellow and blue) all work together, which means that they can be mixed to create secondary colours that can still live in harmony with the palette. In this case, orange and purple are brought into the mix. The result? A totally chic wedding with a hint of whimsical garden charm and Fourth of July flavour.
If you wish to opt for red, white and blue colour scheme consider using the muted tones if you wish to avoid your wedding looking like it stepped out of a Hallmark card.
Independence Day Stars, stripes, fireworks, flags…there are lots of patriotic motifs that you can include in your wedding day details but perhaps not all together!
Instead, try to pick one or two motifs. Your guests will recognize that it’s themed, but in a way that doesn’t distract from your wedding day. You might like to stick to highlighting these motifs in smaller details of your wedding.
4th of July Menu
When it comes to the task of creating an appealing wedding reception menu, great to be little creative & inventive with some wedding food ideas that aren’t tired and predictable. Choosing the right options can be influenced by your setting/ venue/ theme, and your wedding budget. Here are some ideas to consider for your 4th of July Wedding Menu.
- Fried mozzarella & caramelised peach caprese salad.
- Avocado tomato salad.
- Jalapeno popper crisps.
- Pulled pork burger.
- BBQ grilled chicken.
- Grilled beef tenderloin
- Grilled Salmon
- Strawberry shortcake trifles.
- Berry (strawberry/ blueberry) red velvet cake.
- Blueberry cobbler.
- Fourth July Eton Mess.
4th of July Cocktails
Signature Wedding Cocktails are beginning to be a feature of Irish & UK weddings, a fabulous trend we have taken from the US. Wedding Cocktails add an extra fun & personal option for those guests who don’t like champagne but will also be popular with those drinking champagne! They can really add some character & wonderful colour to the reception décor, just by sitting on the bar, cocktail station or tray. Here are a few of our favourite 4th of July inspired cocktails.
- Red, white and boozy margaritas
- Mermaid lemonade
- Strawberry daiquiri
- Watermelon sangria
To add another subtle 4th of July twist to your wedding day you could add berry ice cubes to your drinks as seen below.
Its all in the Small Details
Wanting to celebrate Independence Day without it taking over your personal celebration? Celebrate it by adding in subtle little details. Why not gift your wedding party matching red, white and blue robes?
This would be a subtle way of adding the 4th of July colour scheme to your wedding day preparation photos. Another option would be to include a little sweet American touch that your guests will love. Don’t you just love these little 4th of July S’more kit…your guests will too!
Let Sparks Fly
“There is a spark between them that they have never felt with anyone else.” What better way to send the happy couple off other than a sparkler send off?
The ultimate 4th July wedding feature of course is fireworks, a high octane display once dark hits ! However you will need to check that your venue permits them & the operator does need to obtain a license which for most part once venue permits them the license usually follows!
To all our previous 4th of July weekend couples out there happy anniversary from the Dream Irish Wedding team .
We hope this blog will help you figure out how to choose the perfect 4th of July wedding style.
If you are thinking of a destination wedding in Ireland please don’t hesitate to send us an email. We will be more than happy to help you plan and design your dream wedding.
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