A patriotic theme is a great way to create a festive and memorable wedding reception. When using a patriotic theme in your wedding reception go all out. The sky should be the limit. Your wedding reception is a time to enjoy with family and friends after all the hard work and stress of planning your wedding. A patriotic theme is sure to make your wedding reception fun, spectacular, and best of all a great way to honor your country.
One of the first ways to incorporate a patriotic theme in your wedding reception is to take advantage of the casual nature of the groom’s cake. While the groom’s cake is traditionally a Southern addition to the wedding reception, it is growing in popularity and showing up nation wide. The groom’s cake is traditionally a flavor beside vanilla and usually reflects the personality of the groom. A chocolate cake with a flag design created on top in icing is fun, festive and tasty. Cup cakes often substitute for groom’s cake in the past few years. These are a hot trend at many weddings. Add miniature American flags to the cup cake to carry on a patriotic theme at your wedding reception.
The tablecloths and chairs are a great way to carry out a patriotic wedding reception theme throughout the reception room. For a more understated look use patriotic material as the base fabric and drape white line fabric that allows the patriotic fabric to peak through. This can tone down a busy fabric. On the other hand reversing this combination is a great way to create a patriotic accent. Make sure you choose an accent fabric that is not too busy. Large flags would be a good option versus fabric covered in tiny American flags. You could also use red and blue base fabric on all of your tables, alternating as you go, and top each off with the crisp white linen topper. The flower centerpieces could incorporate some more red and blue.
Crisp white table clothes could be accented with chairs that are slip covered in patriotic fabric. For a more subdued look use the traditional white slip covers and tie large ribbons or strips of patriotic material around the back of the chair and tie a bow.
Candles are a great way to incorporate a patriotic theme into your wedding reception. Most formal affairs have small tea lights on the dinner table. Use glass votive in red, white and blue for a subtle and classy look. For an over the top look try finding candle votive that look like American flags.
For a show stopping way to add a patriotic theme to an outdoor wedding reception why not have fireworks. Nothing is more patriotic than fireworks. Incorporate a red, white, and blue theme and your guest swill catch on for sure. You could also have fireworks shot off as you and your new spouse leave the reception hall. You will be going out with a bang! If you trust your guests and don’t have a lot of children at your wedding reception you could hand out sparklers for everyone to wave as you and your groom leave. This would substitute for the traditional birdseed and bubbles so common today. This would be beautiful at night. If you don’t think this is a safe idea or your venue does not allow sparklers, you could give each guest a box of sparklers as a wedding favor. They can enjoy them at home and carry little of your patriotic wedding reception home with them.