Red, White, and Bride

No colors are more appealing and no design is more memorable than the red, white, and blue stars and stripes that wave proudly on the United States flag.

Today we pay tribute to the men and women who bravely served in the armed forces and lost their lives. In honor of Memorial Day, we are paying tribute to America and the land that we so boldly love. We have compiled unique ways to pay homage to our brave soldiers and the love of our nation, on a bride and groom’s special day.

With a color palette of patriotic reds, whites, and blues, we proudly give you wedding ideas inspired by our armed forces!

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When brides and grooms begin crafting their wedding invitations, they should ensure that they carry through with their theme. In this case, implementing different shades of red and blue, into their save-the-dates and invitations,  allows the patriotic theme to tie in seamlessly with all of the details of their wedding day!

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For a one-of-a-kind centerpiece, create red, white, and blue glass sand candles. These candles serve as unique, eye-catching, and inexpensive decorations that add flare to an otherwise drab surface. To create these sand vases, you will need a glass vase, colored sand, and a funnel. Creating these candles is a quick and simple process that leaves you with a patriotic piece. First, take your colored sand and place each color in a bowl. Once you have your sand separated, place the funnel over the vase. Begin to layer the colored sand in the order that you wish, continue to layer until you are three to four inches from the rim. Place a votive candle in the center of the sand. Light your candle and enjoy the glow!

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Another centerpiece that adds an American flare to a table is setting up fun facts regarding the branch of service or displaying antique army photos. Fun facts are a great way to keep guests entertained and tease their knowledge. In addition, antique photos help portray our nation’s history and adds a traditional touch to any wedding table. Include vintage photos of grandparents and other family members in uniform to make it personal.

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Mason jars have made a comeback in crafts due to their rustic and antique appeal. To achieve a simple, country feel at your wedding use mason jars instead of cups. To incorporate the Americana theme into your dishes, tie red and blue ribbons along the rim and add red and blue straws for your guests! These small details of color will make a huge difference in the overall ambiance of your wedding.

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When it comes to the sweets and treats that will be served at your wedding, have fun with it! Create a candy bar complete with red, white, and blue M&M’s, jelly beans and rock candy. Decorate the table with additional Red Vines, Hot Tamales, and Hershey’s kisses to ensure your candy bar pleases every guest. While a candy bar is a great way to display sweets, all eyes will be on the wedding cake. While a traditional, tiered wedding cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser, step outside of the box and choose a classic American dessert such as apple pie. Have an ice cream bar set up to accompany the pie. Allow your guest to top their ice-cream with strawberries, blueberries, nuts, and sprinkles. With a variety of options, these sweet treats are sure to be the sweetest part of the day!

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Whether you are incorporating subtle hints of patriotism to your special day or you are planning an all-out red and white soiree, remember that every bride and groom deserve to bask in the fireworks and grandeur of their wedding day.  This memorial day we give thanks to all the brave men and women who have served our country and continue to fight for our freedoms.

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To honor those who so bravely serve our country in the U.S. military, Las Brisas Farm in Fayetteville, Texas, will host Weddings for Warriors on November 10, 2013. Three weddings will be performed separately and privately with a joint reception for all of the active military couples that day. To learn more about Weddings for Warriors, to nominate a couple, or to volunteer, please visit the Weddings for Warriors page at www.lasbrisasfarm.com

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