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Running of the Brides

7/12/2008 6:27:05 AM ~ Posted By Lei Lydle

Have you been to the Filene's sale? Tell us about it...


Alcohol Alternatives

You will find that one of the most expensive costs of the wedding reception is the alcohol…


Wedding Guest & Gift Etiquette

Etiquette tips and information for wedding guests. If you are wondering what to buy, how much to spend, what to wear, if you can bring your family, etc. You should read this article. It is also an informative article for engaged couples.


A Refreshing Reception Theme Idea: Patriotic / July 4th

The original news article I referenced in this article from the Gary Post Tribune is no longer available online but it was about this couple who had a patriotic themed wedding over the 4th of July weekend in 2005.

According to the article, the groom “loves the 4th of July”. I should say so! The couple got engaged on the 4th of July last year and were married close to the 4th this year.

The ceremony was traditional but the reception picked up the patriotic theme with red, white and blue table decorations and a complete fireworks display.

The article doesn’t go into much detail about the reception but I am envisioning flags as favors and guests lighting sparklers as the couple leaves for their honeymoon.

Considering the state of our country right now, I find this wedding theme very refreshing! No, it certainly isn’t for everyone but it shows support for our nation – which is something we don’t see a lot of in our media these days.

Since the original article is no longer available online, I found some more articles to give you some more ideas for patriotic weddings. Here are some links to help you:

  • Red White and Blue Ideas from the Editors of Martha Stewart Weddings
    This one has some beautiful photos (of course) of red, white and blue bouquets as well as some favor ideas.
  • I Went to an America-Themed Wedding Michael Drucker blog post on 23/6
    Clearly not Martha Stewart inspired but an American themed wedding nonetheless. This one has some photos of the decor which included the silverware wrapped in American Flag napkins, tied with a ribbon and placed in a drinking glass. Lots of American flags at this wedding.
  • How to Plan a 4th of July Themed Wedding from
    No pretty pictures on this one but interesting ideas and tips.
  • Planning A Fourth Of July Wedding from Budget Dream Weddings
    This one does have some interesting pictures and ideas. One idea I like, especially for weddings in the South, is to have barbecue for the reception. If you are in the Atlanta area, check out Lydle Brothers BBQ for your Atlanta barbecue - it is delicious!
  • That’s One Patriotic Party: Your Fourth of July Wedding from
    I actually don't love the actual favors this article is pushing but the article itself has some good ideas as well as the comments.
  • Patriotic Wedding Accessories from
    Candles, plates, napkins, glasses... that sort of thing for a patriotice wedding.

While trying to find some photo ideas for you, I came across this blog article which I thought was interesting because it lists the pros and cons of having a wedding on the 4th of July. If you are considering this wedding date, have a look at this article: What Are the Merits of a July 4th Wedding Date?

I hope this helps you plan your 4th of July wedding. I will keep searching and adding to this article as I come across new information! ~ Lei


Wedding Cake Traditions

Two traditions have become standard in most wedding celebrations: cutting the cake and saving the cake top for the 1st anniversary…


The Grooms Cake

Article dicusses everything you need to know about the Groom's Cake and proposes creative ideas for this special cake.


Dressing the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom

The dresses of the bride's and groom's mothers should be in harmony and within the overall look of the wedding in regard to style and color…


Wedding Photography: The Basics

Before you go out to meet with photographers, you need to know…


The Wedding Aisle - Who is Walking You Down it?

Choosing who should walk down the aisle with you is not as easy at it has been in the past. In the past, it has always been assumed that the father of the bride is to be the one...


A New and Fun Twist on Save the Dates: A Movie Trailer!

I came across this new service for weddings and I love it! This company, Blue Blanket Productions, creates movie trailer type videos to use as either a Save the Date type of notice to your guests or possibly to announce your wedding.

Apparently, you supply the company with the photos and the information about your wedding and they pull together these awesome video trailers complete with dramatic music, special effects, and a commercial narrative "voice" - you know they one I am talking about - there is something like this man's voice in every movie trailer.

Anyway, check out their web site for a variety of samples - they are HIGHLY entertaining. The cost varies depending on what you want and, although the company is based in the Atlanta area and are a great choice for Atlanta weddings, they can also provide this service nationwide. I love it and definitely would have considered this for my own wedding if it had been available then...

Here's a sample (you might have to click the play arrow twice):


Dressing The Men: The Basics

Although it may not take as long to choose the Groom's and Groomsmen's attire, it is just as important…

Bride Reviews of Virginia Wedding Vendors

6/17/2008 3:18:49 AM ~ Posted By Lei Lydle

Virginia Brides Rate and Review their Wedding Vendors. This is a great source of reliable information from other brides.

Virginia Bridal Shows and Events

6/13/2008 2:52:05 PM ~ Posted By Lei Lydle


Wedding Photography: Shopping Tips

Following are some basic guidelines to help you find the wedding photographer that best suits your needs…


Inspiring Wedding Cake Toppers

Creative cake toppers are one way to make your wedding cake unique.…

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