July 4th is just around the corner, and we’re brimming with excitement here at Brodie Homestead! We love Independence Day traditions, from neighborhood parades and patriotic colors to stunning fireworks bursting across the Texas sky. There’s a lot to love about this summertime holiday, but we’d also like to take a moment to pause and consider the sacrifice of military men and women who have walked through our Texas barn venue doors.
As Independence Day draws near, we are feeling especially grateful for heroes who have served our country. Many of our brides and grooms have a special connection to military men and women—a brother, grandfather, aunt, or even the bride/groom themselves. If you have a serviceperson in your family, considering honoring their sacrifice in a special way on your wedding day. Remembering our heroes certainly puts things into perspective, and we hope you’ll consider honoring them on your big day. Take a look at a few ideas for recognizing these special people:
- Toast: during toasts, raise a glass to family members who have served our country through the military. If any men or women have recently returned from deployment, be sure to celebrate their wellbeing in particular. Keep speeches short and sweet, but honor veterans in this special way as a part of your celebration.
- Flag: Consider flying an American flag at your ceremony. It doesn’t have to be a décor focal point; in fact, it may just be a small flag placed above the drinks table. A subtle nod to our family’s (and our country’s) heroes is a lovely way to honor military loved ones.
- Reserved seat: If a loved one is currently deployed, honor them by reserving a chair in their honor. Drape a yellow ribbon over their seat, or place a small placard atop the seat cushion with their name. Even if they cannot be with you in person, surely they are there in spirit.
- Candle: We think it is absolutely beautiful when couples light memorial candles for family members who are fallen heroes. Candles offer a simple, elegant gesture that keeps honored loved ones present in heart and mind on the special day.
If you have a military member in your family, we hope you will pass along our sincerest thanks for their service. And to our service-brides and -grooms in particular, thank you for your sacrifice. We are honored to host your special day here at Brodie Homestead—thank you for allowing our Texas barn venue to be part of your story.
Now, break out those sparklers and Pinterest-perfect American flag cakes! It’s time to celebrate this wonderful weekend with good company, fun festivities and patriotic style. Keep our heroes, of today and of years gone by, in mind as you enjoy the excitement. We wish you all a happy 4th of July!