10 Ideas to Inspire a Kentucky Derby-Themed Wedding
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10 Ideas to Inspire a Kentucky Derby-Themed 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.

1. 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. While there are several trendy variations (think: blueberry and pineapple), we love the classic version. (via Lover.ly)

2. Give Guests a Taste of Kentucky With a Bourbon Bar: If you’re not into a sweet signature drink, serve up different bourbon brands along with a variety of simple syrups, flavored waters and sodas as mixers. (image via Southern Weddings)

3. 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. (image via Southern Weddings)

4. Add a Lucky Touch to Your Stationery: Horseshoes are the perfect accent on paper products like escort cards and invitations. (image via Snippet + Ink)

5. Make Your Wedding Best in Show: Hit flea markets for antique trophies to use as vessels for your flowers. (image via Panacea Flowery)

6. Offer Free Pony Rides: Bonus points if you actually have a real pony at your wedding! (image via Snippet + Ink)

7. Make Sure Everything’s Coming Up Roses: Red roses, that is. The red rose has been the official flower of the Kentucky Derby since 1904. (image via Bella Rose Photography)

8. Horse Around With Vintage Race Details: Search eBay for vintage horse racing tickets and betting cards that you can use as part of your table decor. (via Lover.ly)

9. 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. (image via Paper and Pancakes)

10. Take a Victory Lap: Celebrate the end of your wedding in true Derby style by decorating your getaway car with a lush wreath of roses. You just married your love — that’s a major win, right? (image via Elizabeth Messina)

Got any other Derby Day wedding ideas? Let us know in the comments below!