5 Ways to Throw a Refined 4th of July Wedding
A 4th of July Wedding Doesn’t Have to be Kitsch
The 4th of July is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. Whether you love that there’s extra time off for your guests to attend or just the color scheme, you might be debating on hosting your wedding on this date. While you’ll likely want to incorporate a patriotic theme, you also don’t want the reception to look like a casual outdoor barbecue.
Sophisticating an Independence July Wedding
1. Select Muted Decor Colors
If you’re throwing a wedding with a 4th of July theme, it’s practically a requirement that you incorporate red, white, and blue into the event. However, the bright shades typically associated with the holiday are likely to lessen the formality of your event. Whether you are on the search for bridesmaids dresses, floral arrangements, or linens, opt for muted shades of red and blue. Deep shades of burgundy and navy blue, for example, help to keep both the spirit of the holiday and the sophistication of the event.
2. Plastic Won’t Make Perfect
Since you might typically be getting ready for a barbecue at this time of the year, you may lean toward casual 4th of July wedding decorations even when it comes to table linens. Decorating the space as though you were throwing a barbecue is going to seriously decrease the formality. As tempting as it may be, don’t just throw plastic or vinyl tablecloths onto the table. From basics including polyester or satin, select a table linen to accentuate the sophistication of the event but not break the bank. These table linens will help set the tone. Keep in mind that you don’t have to host the event outdoors either, you can still infuse touches of the holiday at an indoor affair at a chic venue that keeps everyone cool and comfortable.
3. Save the Hot Dogs and Chips for Labor Day
Throwing hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill will make your wedding seem too casual, and guests may be put off if they are dressed formally for a cookout. While you don’t necessarily need to opt for the traditional wedding food, you could find a balance in between the two. You may want to hire upscale vendors who serve pulled pork on brioche buns, gourmet macaroni and cheese, or a variety of burgers at a burger bar. You can still bring in the flavors of the summer barbecue season without sacrificing your style.
4. Avoid Lawn Games
If you love to play lawn games consider saving them for your other summer events. Chances are that you want people to pay attention to the major events of the reception, such as the cake-cutting ceremony and the dances with the parents. You probably have also spent a significant amount of time and money on music for the event and would prefer if people enjoy that. Lawn games are easily hit or miss and that part of your budget can easily be relocated somewhere else.
5. End the Night With a Fireworks Display
Tempting as it is to only give out sparklers toward the end of your affair, let your surrounding area work to your advantage. Instead of what are essentially casual 4th of July wedding decorations, opt for a real fireworks show! While it will take a bit of pre-planning on your end, speak with your venue beforehand to find out if any shows are already planned for near or at the venue. You can easily find out the location and time of scheduled firework shows so you can ensure your guests are gathered in the right spot for a wedding surprise they won’t forget!
A Closer Look at Our 4th of July Wedding Mock Up
Difficulty Level: ★★★☆☆ (easy)
Set Up Time: Approx. 35 minutes with drapes
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