Happy May my friends. The first week of the month is my favorite! One, it’s almost summer, which this Florida girl can’t get enough of. And second, the first week of May always has two of my favorite celebrations, Cinco de Mayo and The Kentucky Derby. I am literally dying waiting on a client to design their wedding around one of these two themes. Can you say margarita or mint julep bar? Truthfully the possibilities for each are endless.

I’ve got something special planned later in the week for Cinco de Mayo so today I wanted to share some inspiration for a Derby wedding. Every year, we gather around the TV, sip mint juleps, snack on pimento cheese, and make a little bet on who we think will win. It’s always a blast to break out the big hat, put on a fancy dress, and enjoy the most exciting two minutes in sports. But, the Derby is about more than that.

It’s full of tradition and strives to bring people together in celebration much like a wedding. Plus with all it’s southern charm, it would make the perfect decor theme. Before I show the full inspiration board, I want to share some top online resources for Derby wedding decor. Because, after all, most rental companies aren’t going to have 200 mint julep glasses.

Online Resources for Derby Wedding Decor

The Decor Inspiration

Derby Wedding Inspiration from @theidolist

How to Execute the Theme

Alright, now that you’re successfully inspired, it’s time to execute. For colors, I would stay away from big and bold instead opting for a more subtle peach, blush, light turquoise, and greens. Bring in warm neutrals through accents like farm tables. Welcome guests with mint juleps and encourage them to wear their best derby hat. Let the southern influence continue through the food by serving up classics like pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, and Kentucky Hot Browns. At the end of the night send guests home with Mint Julep supplies (including the glass an mini bottle of bourbon) or even a horseshoe engraved with their name.


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