Kentucky Derby-Themed Wedding- Ideas and Inspiration!

By Azure Nelson, Published Aug 10, 2011

I'm gearing up for the Arlington Million (a Kentucky Derby-themed summer sports party in Chicago) this weekend. And since my outfit is still TBD, I thought a little Kentucky Derby wedding inspiration would go a long way!

If you're planning a Spring or Summer wedding, have your heart set on an outdoor venue, and love the idea of incorporating a theme, why not plan a fabulous affair inspired by styles seen at Churchill Downs?! Timeless prints like plaid, houndstooth, polka dot and florals are perfect for a Kentucky Derby wedding. And a customized Mint Julep signature cocktail is a must! Invite your female wedding guests to don festive wide-brimmed hats, pearls and bright cocktail dresses, and encourage dapper accessorizing for the men (think suspenders, straw hats, needlepoint belts). Your groom can wear a seersucker suit, coordinating bow tie (we love Etsy seller Xoelle), and two-tone wing-tip shoes, and your bridal style can be infused with Kentucky Derby chic with a feather-adorned fascinator and classic pearls. Have you considered planning a Kentucky Derby-themed wedding? If so, do these photos and ideas inspire you?

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