Upgrade your summer wedding to an event no one will forget with these patriotic ideas full of red, white and — what else? — blue!

When it comes to your wedding, we know that themes are totally played out, but that doesn't mean you can't include subtle nods to the season, your favorite movie, or even a specific holiday. As far as inspiration for your big day décor and style goes, anything is fair game in our book, including Independence Day!

Sure, it may not be the sexiest of holidays, but if there's one thing we know for sure, it's that red, white, and blue is a winning combination of colors that will never go out of style. Plus, 4th of July traditions just so happen to blend seamlessly into many of the most popular wedding trends as of late. Wedding fireworks? Check. Fun-hued (and tasty!) signature cocktails at your reception? Check. A relaxed and laidback atmosphere? Check, check, check.

Whether you're hosting a July 4th wedding or just looking to add a touch of independence to your nuptials, there are a lot of fun ways to let the summer holiday inspire your style. If you're thinking of an on-trend naked wedding cake, consider playing with colors or flavors to get a confection inspired by the hues of our nation's flag. Even better, consider asking your bartender to shake up a signature cocktail with a mix of flavors that will result in a red, white, and blue concoction. The secret to getting those clear layers? For alcoholic sips, you'll need to find the density of each liquor, but for mocktails, simply pour the juices with the highest sugar content first and the rest will float above.

You can incorporate red, white, and blue into just about anything when it comes to your big day: The groom's accessories, your wedding invitations, and your reception tables. Feeling particularly festive? Grab a flag and use it as a prop for photos, your wedding ceremony backdrop, or mini versions for guests to wave as your wedding send off.

Although the ideas are certainly endless, we rounded up 22 photos of unique and pretty 4th of July wedding inspiration to help get the inspiration flowing. Read on to see how you can incorporate touches of Americana into your big day.

Photo: While we love Americana style for your reception, we also love when couples incorporate red, white, and blue into their portraits. This vintage flag made for one stunning photo prop.

Photo: Sarah Sotro

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