12 Festive Red, White and Blue Wedding Ideas

In honor of our country's birthday, we've rounded up our favorite red, white and blue ideas to put a chic, Americana twist on even the most classic of weddings. Read on for some fun patriotic inspiration.
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Elizabeth Wieck
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Updated Oct 17, 2018

1. Nautical Bouquets

Navy Bridesmaids Holding Red and Blue Bouquets
217 Photography

These preppy bouquets are the perfect complement to classic navy bridesmaid dresses. White hydrangeas, persimmon roses, blue thistle, delphinium and blue nigella give the stems a hint of Americana, while navy and white striped ribbon make them well suited for a seaside celebration.

From A Seaside Chic Wedding at Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey

2. Festive Formalwear

Groomsmen and Groom Wearing Red Pants Gingham Shirt Navy Jacket
Maypole Studios

Bridesmaids aren't the only ones who can have fun with color! We love this "New England prep" look, which pairs a navy jacket and gingham button down with bright red pants.

From A Heritage Prairie Farm Wedding in Elburn, Illinois

3. Peony Boutonniere

Red Peony Groom Boutonniere And Matching Plaid Tie
Justin Wright Photography

Wrap a bright peony in lace and twine to get this sophisticated lapel-look, which pairs especially well with the coordinating check tie and pocket square. For an extra-sentimental detail, match the boutonniere lace with the wrap on your bouquet.

From A Hachland Hill Vineyard Wedding In Joelton, Tennessee

4. Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

Flower Girl and Ring Bearer in Patriotic Outfits Carrying a Sign
Brinton Studios

Who could be better to announce your walk down the aisle than these two cuties? For a more casual affair like this outdoor ceremony, ditch the fluffy dress and mini-suit and outfit the flower girl and ring bearer in ensembles that match your wedding colors.

From A Fourth of July Wedding in Sedalia, CO

5. Striped Stationery

Red and Light Blue Striped Floral Stationery Suite
Mademoiselle Fiona Photography

This stylish stationery set manages to be both vintage and modern with the bright illustrated flowers and clean diagonal stripes. Backers and envelope liners are a great place to play with pattern and incorporate accent colors.

From A Fun Relaxed Wedding in Bridgehampton, NY

6. Jazzed Up Cocktails

Red and Lime Signature Cocktail With Blue Striped Straws
Amber Davis Photography

Bright printed straws are an easy and inexpensive way to spruce up cocktail hour. Add them to a colorful signature drink for a fun finishing touch. Or turn sip into an instant escort card by adding flags to each straw with guests' names and table numbers.

From A Retro Red and Blue Wedding in Nashville, TN

7. DIY Centerpiece

Hydrangea Dahlia Red White and Blue DIY Centerpiece
Hartman Outdoor Photography

Can you believe this floral centerpiece is a DIY? Turn a utility light upside down to create this beach-inspired look, which is filled with red dahlias and blue hydrangeas. Don't worry about flowers wilting–this imitation vase holds water too!

From A Timeless Oceanfront Wedding at Southern Charm Beach House in Holden Beach, North Carolina

8. Mixed-Pattern Table Settings

Red White and Blue Floral Ikat Place Setting With Cream Flower
Jeanne Mitchum Photography

We love the bold mixing of pattern in this place setting—a fresh take on the usual white table linens. Don't be daunted by recreating this perfectly mismatched look! Start with a more large-scale pattern, like the blue ikat, and pair with a smaller print.

From A Rustic Americana Style Wedding at Storm Pointe in Goose Creek, South Carolina

9. Naked Red Velvet Cake

Naked Four Tiered Red Velvet Cake With White Icing and Poppies
Jenny Haas Photography

Naked cakes are having a moment—so why not choose a crowd-pleasing flavor, like red velvet? The vibrant poppy hue and clean lines of vanilla frosting create a fun and modern stripe motif. Top it with a few flowers like these red poppies for an elegant finishing touch.

From A Bright Military Wedding at Magnolia Estate in Miamisburg, Ohio

10. Berry Parfaits

Blueberry Raspberry Strawberry Fruit Parfaits With Whipped Cream and Chocolate Straws
Saybre Photography

Summer berries topped with whipped cream, sauce and chocolate straws are a refreshing snack for guests who might want something sweet aside from the cake.

From A Garden Charm Wedding in Lilburn, GA

11. Pretty Parasols

Red White Blue Parasol Favors In Truck At Outdoor Wedding
Jen Lynne Photography

Outdoor summer weddings can be scorchers. Give guests the gift of shade in the form of parasols–both chic and practical. Psst: We sell them at The Knot Shop.

From A Fourth of July Wedding in Centreville, MI

12. Fireworks Show

Bride and Groom Standing Watching a Fireworks Show
Carlino's Photography

What could be a more appropriate ending for your celebration than fireworks? Talk about going out with a bang! If this pyrotechnic display is out of the budget, opt for long sparklers which guests can wave as you exit as newlyweds.

From A Modern Formal Wedding in Richmond, TX

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