My lack of updates last week was actually due to the fact that I was getting ready to go to Louisville for my first-ever Kentucky Derby. We drove up on Friday and were honored to go to the Governor’s Ball that night, and then the 136th Kentucky Derby the following day. We had SUCH a great time despite the lousy weather (even though the sun did come out just in time for the 11th race. It was amazing!). While we didn’t win any money on the races, I did score a ton of ideas for a fabulous Kentucky-themed wedding. Even if you don’t live in the commonwealth, you can still steal some of its’ charm for your big day. Check out my inspiration board, below.
1. Speciality Drink: The Mint Julep
2. Horseshoe decorations
$17.50 for a 10 pack
Spread these out along your reception tables for a unique touch. (They’re good luck, too!) I found this cool website where you can order old ones in bulk.
3. Get a Bluegrass band
Hiring a bluegrass band to play music before, during, and after your ceremony (particularly during cocktail hour) adds a unique twist to your Kentucky-inspired wedding. Go to GigMasters.com to find one in your area.
The Goldenrod (Solidago altissima), a wildflower, is the official state flower of Kentucky. Ask your florist for an assortment of yellow wildlflowers (or pick your own!) for your table and bouquets, but make sure you’re not allergic to any of them first!
5. Derby-chic wedding dress
This Ivory silk crepe gown from Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2011 collection (it’s called ‘Berenice’) is perfect for balmy Kentucky days. And, if you mimic this Carolina Herrerra look and include a statement hat in lieu of a traditional veil, you’ll be paying homage to the Kentucky Derby.
For more info on the dress, click here.
Browse through derby dress hats here.
6. Use a bourbon barrel as a guestbook
$85 and up
Instead of a traditional guestbook, have guests sign an old (or new) bourbon barrel. Shipping might get a bit expensive, but how cool would it be to have an old barrel displayed in your home to remind you of your big day?
Click here to buy old and new barrels
Stay tuned for more inspiration boards!