With the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, I thought it would be fun to pull together a race day inspired wedding board. Roses, mint juleps, ladies in hats and men in seersucker suits… Embellish bouquets with prize ribbons and use trophies or silver julep cups as vases for centerpieces. Decorate stationery and cakes with horseshoes, serve Derby pie, and hire a bluegrass band to serenade the cocktail hour. And if you hold your wedding on Kentucky Derby Saturday, be sure to provide your guests with cards so they can place their “bets” on the winning horse.

Mood: race day festivities
Palette: rose red, grass green

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Top row from left: bridal hat from Martha Stewart Weddings, ribbon seating card and trophy both from Wedding Style Guide, bouquet from Well Wed
Row 2: mint juleps via Brown Turtleneck Sweater, dessert buffet from Well Wed, tent from David Beahm
Row 3: wreath via Real Weddings, d.Sharp cake topper and confetti both from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Leigh Miller
Row 4: seersucker suit photo by Liz Banfield, horse photo by Punam Bean, bluegrass musicians photo by Jose Villa, horseshoe invitation by Greenwich Letterpress

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  1. Gabrielle

    oh so perfect! i love the races especially the atmosphere and this board captures just that.x fromhttp://summerpicnicwedding.blogspot.com/

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  2. Colleen

    As a horsewoman, I’m bowled over – I LOVE IT!!!

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  3. Molly Jean

    that hat/veil is stunning! thanks for sharing!

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  4. jessica lynn

    what a lovely board! :)

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  5. Amanda

    Because I’m a Louisville, Kentucky bride, I especially love this board!!! It hits very close to home. Great job!

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  6. {The Perfect Palette}

    we love this! It’s perfect!

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  7. Natasha

    Love it!

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  8. Camille Styles

    What a gorgeous, all-American board! So much inspiration for a Kentucky Derby PARTY that anyone can have, bride-to-be or not!

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  9. alli michelle

    Like others said, it’s a perfect little board. Was just looking at some photos of the races this morning.

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  10. Mademoiselle Frou-Frou

    i wish i could step into that inspiration board!xox

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  11. Alicia

    Love it – so fun! One of my favorite weddings featured in MS Weddings was the one held in Saratoga Springs with the horse theme…so cheerful & whimsical!

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  12. Nicole

    I looove this one! Ritzy Bee did a cute photo round-up for the derby today, too. I wish I lived in the South sometimes!

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  13. Maria @ {ritzy bee}

    We did it again with our themes :) This is SO cute! Miss you last weekend!

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  14. Jessica Latimer

    Great hat!

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