Plan your wedding colors around the tradition red, white and blue with plenty of white lights, paper lanterns, beautiful decorations and even add in some yellow for that good ole’ summertime feeling. Think about setting up your reception under a white tent that is patriotically decorated.
Rather than a sit down meal, consider having a old fashioned barbecue of corn on the cob, grilled meats, fruits, ice-cream, and other holiday fare foods such as a lobster bake.
For the non-traditional wedding, try cupcakes, strawberry shortcake, or even caramel apples for dessert instead of the traditional wedding cake.
Have a signature red and blue cocktail, beer, old fashioned root-beer floats, lemonade, tea, and unique soda pops served in wood crates or metal buckets of ice.
Instead of traditional serving dishes, think about using different service settings of antique ware depending on your theme (i.e. patriotic, homey barbecue, rustic retreat, beach, etc.).
For your favors, the book, “I Like You” buy Sandol Stoddard Warburg retails at approximately $6-$7 per book. Another option could be a printed card of the following verse from the book with a pack of sparklers.
"... I like you because I don’t know why but
Everything that happens is nicer with you
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then
I like you because because because
I forget why I like you but I do
So many reasons
On the 4th of July I like you because it’s the 4th of July
On the fifth of July, I like you too
If you and I had some drums and some horns and some horses
If we had some hats and some flags and some fire engines
We could be a HOLIDAY
We could be a CELEBRATION
We could be a WHOLE PARADE
See what I mean?
Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
Even if it was no place particular in January
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again
That’s how it would happen every time
I don’t know why
I guess I don’t know why I really like you
Why do I like you
I guess I just like you
I guess I just like you because I like you."
For a grand finale, look into hiring a company to perform a firework show or instead of the traditional rice for your send-off, consider sparklers such as these http://www.myweddingfavors.com/wedding-sparklers.html.
After a celebration like this, your guests won’t feel like they missed any of their independence day celebrations!
Note: Due to the fact that this is a holiday event, makes sure you send “Save The Date” to your guests in plenty of time prior to the holiday.