Saturday, May 3, 2014

Kentucky Derby Inspired Wedding

Can't make it to Churchill Downs this year for the Kentucky Derby? Then bring a little thoroughbred tradition to your big day! Read on for the Kentucky Derby inspired wedding ideas that will leave guests feeling like they just won the Triple Crown.
Kentucky derby wedding                                    Photo by: Mike Larson Inc. on Panacea Event Floral Design 
Make your wedding best in show. Give your guests an equestrian-themed escort card that also doubles as a favor. Create custom horse ribbons with their seat assignments or display mini lucky horseshoes with table information tied on.
Serve a Southern-inspired signature cocktail. Traditionally, attendees at the Kentucky Derby sip on mint juleps (a mix of bourbon, mint, and simple syrup) in a pewter cup. If you're not into a sweet signature drink, give guests a taste of Kentucky with a bourbon bar. Serve up different bourbon brands with ginger, simple syrups, flavored water, and soda as mixers.
Don your best hat. Derby style is all about wearing a proper topper! Invite guests to wear their favorite hat or fascinator to your reception for a fun vibe. 
Incorporate vintage Derby details. Search flea markets or eBay for vintage horse racing tickets and betting cards and antique trophies to make a part of your wedding decor.
Earn your racing stripes in the photo booth. Provide Derby-themed props and let guests strike a pose. We recommend having jockey helmets, horse ribbons, trophies, and red roses available for photos.
Take a victory lap. Celebrate the end of your wedding in true Derby style by decorating your getaway car with a lush blanket of red roses. You just married your love -- that's a major win, right?
chalkboard horse place cards {home modern via my hands made it} 
                                            Photo LisaMae Cakes & Unknown Via Loverly

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