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Best Ideas For An Americana Themed Wedding
If you are looking for a fun wedding theme, then an americana or a Fourth of July Wedding is for you ! Why not plan a whole weekend arounbd the holiday. This theme is great for millitary folks or anyone who enjoys this holiday.
Generally this wedding theme would be more casual than most. It might be held outdoors, in a barn or in a tent. It might include a lighter, more barbeque type of foods.
But even indoors this theme can just be plain fun ! This theme evokes wildflowers, daisies and sunflowers. while you might thinks of gardens and outdoors, this theme can be translated into an indoor setting very easily.
Think Lemonade and a buttercream cake with a vintage cake topper ! Think penny candy and lots of fun ! This theme is one that your guests will long remember !
Keep Your Patriotic Theme
Just Don't Overdue It
Keeping your patriotic theme in mind, you will want to start with crisp white in your linens, chair covers Add some accents in silver. You might want to use silver chair sashes, for example. The best flowers to be used for your patriotic wedding decorations would be either carnations, daisies, roses or orchids.
Your favors might be a white votive candle with silver stars inbedded in them. You could put them in white tulle with a red, white and blue ribbon.
Military weddings are considered formal and as such, guests should be advised.
They're meant to honor anyone who has served or is currently serving in any branch of the U.S. military, including those enlisted, active and retired officers, and cadets at an academy.
both veterans and retirees of the military can wear their service dress uniforms for weddings and other special occasions of the same caliber. Guests who are not in the military should wear clothing that matches the dress code and formality of the event.
For those couples who choose to marry at a military chapel, a military chaplain will officiate the ceremony. Chaplains are commissioned officers who are paid by their branch of service, so the couple does not have to pay them, though a donation to the chapel is encouraged. Couples may choose to have a civilian clergy member assist the chaplain in the ceremony.
During the ceremony, commanding officers should sit near the front, either with or directly behind the couple’s families. At the reception, military members should be seated by rank (captains with captains, sergeants with sergeants, etc.). Military personnel may also be seated together at a table of honor near the head table, or they can sit with the civilian guests if the couple prefers.
An American flag and the bride or groom's unit standard are usually on display during the ceremony as a sign of respect. Protocol dictates that this should be displayed to the left of the officiant when viewed by the gathered guests. In addition to the flag, the couple may choose to incorporate other patriotic decorations and colors into their ceremony and reception.
If either or both partners are in the military, they have the option of wearing a full ceremonial dress instead of civilian clothing. For the groom, this might be dress whites (in the summer) or dress blues (in the winter). For the bride, this could be a ceremonial uniform or a traditional wedding dress.
If either is an officer, their evening dress uniform is incredibly formal and should be reserved for a white-tie affair while dinner or mess dress uniforms are appropriate for black-tie events. Dress blues are the best choice for a wedding with a cocktail or formal dress code.
Out of respect, boutonnieres are not allowed to be pinned onto uniforms, no matter the formality. This applies to both the groom and groomsmen. Any military decorations they might have will serve as the "boutonniere" in this case. The bride, however, may carry a bouquet, even if opting to wear a uniform instead of a traditional wedding dress.
Any member of the wedding party in uniform who is carrying a saber or cutlass, whether an officer or enlisted personnel, must wear white gloves. This is typically required of military members for most ceremonial events. The groom and best man are exempt, however, as they will be handling the rings.
If one or both of the newlyweds are commissioned officers, they may exit the ceremony beneath an archway of sabers held by other military members, known as the Arch of Sabers (or the Arch of Swords if they're in the Navy or Marine Corps). If the partners are noncommissioned officers or enlisted personnel, they will instead use a variation known as the Arch of Rifles.
The sword cake-cutting is perhaps one of the most recognizable military wedding traditions. If the bride or groom is an officer, they will use a ceremonial military sword to cut their wedding cake instead of a knife or cake server.
Traditionally, the military spouse presents the sword to their partner before they cut the cake. Then, customarily, the bride places a hand underneath the groom's on the handle of the sword, and they cut through the cake together; however, this can be updated according to the couple's preferences.
Bridal Party Apparel Ideas For A Patriotic Wedding
The patriotic theme is all about bright colors. So why not add some color to your wedding apparel.
Why not use red or blue shoes instead of a muted color. Either match the bridesmaid's dresses or contrast them. It is up to you
Either put the Maid/Matron of honor in red or blue. Have the Bridesmaids in blue or you could reverse the color scheme. The dresses don't have to match. Find dresses in the colors you like in a style that flatters the person.
More Wedding Attire Ideas
Patriotic Wedding Décor
- Flowers of the season, in red, white, and blue, may include roses, delphinium, daisies, and orchids. Ask your florist for flowers that are both in season and fit within your theme
- For table decorations, you might use blue tablecloths with large white pillar candles wrapped in red ribbon
- Fill large Mason jars with red, white, and blue jellybeans.
- Adding some bunting to the festivities is great fun, but remember not to overdo it. You might want to use it on a cake table, or a gift table. You could definitely use it on a candy buffet table.
- Mason jars with red, white, blue led lights
- Chinese lanterns with red white and blue stars glued onto them
- A mason jar with several flags in them
- Hang a flag against any bland background
Delicious Option No Matter What The Location
An Americana Buffet is the perfect choice for your theme. Think about the foods that are purely American. It could be as simple as hot dogs and burgers for the fun feature plus salads and roasted corn.If you are having an outdooe event , plan a bonfore with a somemores station
Or you could lean towards a more formal buffet with ham, turkey, london broil, sweet potatoes, and or salads. The menu should depend on your biuget and the number of people that are attending.
Add Some Fruit To Your WEdding Meal
The Red, White And Blue Cocktail
More Drink Ideas
To add to your theme, think about the beverages for your guests. Upgrade your signature cocktail with a red-colored base, juicy blackberries, and our very favorite: edible flowers. These summery sips are a refreshing (and photogenic) addition that guests will clamor for.
You could of course serve a nice white, blueberry and red wine choice
Non Alcoholic Beverages
Lemonade is one idea and colas are always popular.
Traditional Wedding Cake
Think Buttercream or Strawberries
The wedding cake for your Americana/4th of July Wedding could be as simple as a traditional buttercream wedding cake or yellow cake with stawberry filling . For your theme you could go with a vintage topper or a more patriotic theme. It's all up to you.Traditional white icing gives a good base for your decoration in your theme. Add red, white and blue flowers in either icing or real flowers. Arranged artfully, they will be a wonderful statement of your style.Flag draped cakes are another option for your wedding cake. It add distictive color to your cake, keep the table that the cake is on relatively plain. Let the cake stand out for itself !
A Fun Candy Buffet
Wedding Cake Alternative Or Add On
There is no law that says you have to have a wedding cake, but most brides really prefer to have one. But consider your Americana theme and think about other desserts in addition to or in place of a traditional cake. You might consider pies, cobblers or cookies in lieu of or additional to your cake. Ending with your special desserts and coffee is just plain comforting. Consider the location of your wedding and the climate when you are considering your desserts
More Patriotic Wedding Food Ideas
- 4th of July Strawberries
Delicious strawberries with a patriotic flair
Patriotic Pinwheels and Favors - Wedding Fun
Use these pinwheels as decoration or as wedding favors-your choice. I like the idea of lining a walkway with these and having them going when the bridal party arrives. Or having the bride walk down a beach wakway with them spinning.
Easy Table Decor
Patriotic Wedding Wand - Great Favor-Easy To Do
This is the most simple, but exciting favor ever ! It would look outstanding for your photos ! These are made up with a dowel, an eyelet and some ribbon. Click on the picture to get more directions
Patriotic DIY Ideas
- 17 Festive 4th of July Wedding Ideas
Check out our favorite ideas for Fourth of July wedding decorations, favors, cakes, and more!
- 4th Of July Korker Hair Bows
Cute and easy to make flower girl DIY
- Fourth Of July DIY Star Streamers
Fun and easy idea for your wedding. Use it behind a dessert table, a candy buffet, a gift table or any place you need a punch of color
- Patriotic Starbursts
Nice little touch especially for an outdoor wedding
Formal Or Fun Patriotic Wedding
There are different levels of formability when it comes to patriotic weddings. When it comes to the actual wedding service, a certain level of formality should always be met. You will want to meet with the venue or religious coordinator to know and understand the rules for the actual wedding ceremony itself.
After that, it is up to you where you want your reception or celebration to go. You and your future spouse need to decide how many elements you want to include in your wedding day,
We hope some of these ideas will be helpful to you as you plan your special memorable wedding. May you be blessed with joy and love in the years ahead.
© 2012 Linda F Correa
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anonymous on October 10, 2012:
Lovely wedding ideas.