Happy Flag Day! We wanted to take this day dedicated to flags to share ways you can incorporate these whimsical wavers in your big day. Flags are definitely one of the hot wedding trends this season, and they have been spotted in all kinds of unexpected ways, from bunting garlands to ceremony props to cake toppers. And while you can always keep them in your big day's color scheme, you can also get patriotic by using American flags. The sky's the limit! We've gathered together 37 inspiring photos of flags in weddings, so check them out now!
I pledge my allegiance to Old Glory, but I do love the look of Union Jack. Trending for a while now, the charming flag can be seen in nearly every shelter mag as accent pieces or main staples in international homes. From red, white, and blue stoves to flag adorned settees, there are countless ways to bring the charming pattern home. While I love the Leather Nail Trimmed Chair ($784), I feel a bit odd pretending I have a connection to the British icon. Perhaps if I spent some time in Prince William's neck of the woods or had family ties across the pond, I could pull it off. Since neither of those is the case, I'm sticking with the stars and stripes. Do you decorate with Union Jack?
The brand-new Sydney International Food Festival has garnered worldwide attention with an appetizing marketing campaign that showcases flags made out of food. The designs, created by Sydney advertising agency WHYBIN/ TBWA, pay homage to symbols of state by composing them out of various countries' most representative ingredients.
We've included a gallery below with more photographs. Which one is your top pick?
See if you can match all the foods and flags to the right countries when you keep reading.
Whether it's an American flag on your sofa, or the Union Jack on your wall, flags are found in many homes around the world. Do you have one in yours?
Students protested by wearing red, white, and blue duds to school after a fellow student was punished for wearing an American flag shirt. The sophomore wore the tee, which featured a tie-dyed flag motif and the words, "United States of America, Washington, DC" on the school's "hippie day," part of their homecoming festivities. The school's assistant principle deemed the shirt a violation of the school's dress code which forbids, "shirts/blouses that promote specific races, cultures, or ethnicities."
For wearing the flag shirt, the student was forced to remove it and wear a bright yellow tee in its place that read, "DCV: Dress Code Violator." His sister said the punishment shirt was pretty traumatic, "It was really embarrassing and humiliating to have to wear that all day — and just for supporting your country." The school has since reversed its decision amid the protest and publicity. The superintendent says that the assistant principle felt it was in violation of the dress code, but they've now changed their interpretation of the clause. He says, "Certainly we are taking responsibility for it and it will not happen again. A shirt that has an American flag, a shirt that has a Chinese flag or a Mexican flag, is certainly not a violation of that part of the dress code." District officials have apologized to the student, and the student body turned out fully clad in red, white, and blue the following day.
Was the administrator right to interpret the clause as she did?
American Flags as Big as Fields
Once the gaudy lure of attention-seeking car dealerships or other roadside attractions, big flags have found a comfortable home inside the ballparks, arenas and raceways of American sporting events. A small industry has formed to supply the flags, usually at a cost of a few thousand dollars an appearance. The trend began nearly 25 years ago, spiked after 9/11 and now seems simply part of the cultural backdrop in American sports. Where there is a big game, there is a big flag, often the size of the playing field itself.
Three seniors in Bloomington, MN, missed walking in their graduation last night as punishment for displaying the Confederate flag on their trucks. For displaying the flag, the three were suspended from all school activities including their own graduation ceremony.
"The Confederate flag is a symbol of, in some cases, hatred, bigotry and it has the potential to create a very disruptive environment," said a spokesperson for the Bloomington School District, on the decision to punish the three. Officials say the Student Code of Conduct prohibits behavior that may provoke or offend other students.
The Confederate flag controversy isn't new, but this part caught my attention — to see how the students defend the actions and the flag, read more
New mom Christina Aguilera is politically active — and getting her son involved early — by appearing with him in an ad for Rock the Vote due out this summer. The message of the ad is great — but is the image chosen to trumpet the cause reason to sound the alarm?
Aguilera's son appears in the ad, swaddled in the American flag.
Aguilera said of her decision to make the ad, "This election in particular is such an exciting and historical one, and so I was proud to have my son and I stand together for such a powerful moment and message in time." Rock the Vote, which turns 18 this year, isn't a stranger to controversial imagery. Madonna made a similar Get Out the Vote ad in 1990 showing the Material Girl wrapped in a flag of her own. Is this just what's required to get the young 'uns attention?
Though this rule from USFlag.org is quite clear, "The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything," does the fact that she possibly did it to bring attention to the cause of voting make it less outrageous? Rock the Vote has given out 850,000 voter registration cards this year. Is that a good trade off?
Thanks to kikidawn for the tip!
If hearing about Angola's "Miss Landmine Survivor" contest didn't teach you enough about the civil war-surviving country, just check out an interpretation of its flag!
Virango has a bunch of other flags used as social commentary. Believe it or not, flags can offer a quick snapshot of a country's crises. Do you find the flags funny, or too close to truth to get a laugh?
As an extra bonus, to see what the American flag represents, read more