Monday, October 31, 2011

Wedding Favors and Gifts - Planning a Kentucky Derby Wedding: Part 5 –

The Kentucky Derby is a wonderful celebration. It focuses not only on the horse races but more on the traditional elegance and style of the wealthy and glamorous in their silks, linens and dramatic hats. Definitely sounds like a great wedding theme right?! Here are a few wedding favors, party favors and accessories that compliment a Kentucky Derby theme.

(1) MINT JULEP The mint julep is the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby. Share bit of this time-honored southern hospitality and enhance your d├ęcor with some of these silver mint julep cup wedding favors. You can have these cups engraved with your wedding date and have them served during cocktails or reception or use them to hold candy or bourbon treats at each place setting.

Silver Mint Julep Cups

You can also find and buy more selections for mint julep cups in Jaf Gifts.

(2) HORSESHOE The horseshoe is one of the symbols of luck. So give your guests some “good fortune to go” with these dazzling horseshoe favors. You can also give some luck to your bridal party with these stunning horseshoe jewelry for your bridesmaids and horseshoe cufflinks to your groomsmen. Actually, some brides can carry a horseshoe for good luck (see the garter below).

Horseshoe Key Chain Favor

Lucky in Love Collection Horseshoe Bookmarks

Horseshoe Charms

Dashing Horseshoe Cufflinks

Bridal Garters with Crystal and Horseshoe Charm - Lucky Horseshoe Soap

(3) HORSES/HORSE RACING What is Derby without the stunning horses?! Share the racing spirit with your guests with these horse-inspired favors.

Horse and Jockey Cufflink and Stud Set

Sterling Silver Horses Cufflinks

Derby Treats by
 (4) BOURBON A simple way to incorporate Kentucky at the reception is to offer THE Kentucky tradition: Bourbon. You can opt to serve Kentucky bourbon at the reception or you can include mini-bottles of bourbon or bourbon balls in their wedding favors. This is a surest way to welcome your guest to the Bluegrass in true Southern Hospitality style.

(5) DERBY HATS Kentucky Derby hats are not only a fashion tradition; they're also said to be good luck. Traditionally, Kentucky Derby hats have been worn by women, but over the last few years many men have been taking part in the tradition as well. Women generally wear wide-brimmed, Southern-Belle inspired Derby hats that can be decorated with silk flowers, bows, and ribbons among other things. The most important thing is that a woman's Derby hat matches her outfit. Men's Derby hats are generally solid in color and in styles that are reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties. You can also actually have your bridal party wear hats in your wedding and it can also serve as wedding gifts to them. You can get some of these hats from some of our local Louisville vendors below.
Dee's Crafts – Derby Hats
Attitudes by Angie – One of a Kind Derby Hats that Roar with Sophistication
All You Need is Love Hats and Veils – custom ladies hats
Lady Diane Hats – extravagant Derby hats

Other resources for wedding favors and derby items

A Taste of Kentucky-Derby products

Elegantly Handled – Derby Gift Baskets

Sat'n Spurs - one-stop shopping specialty store for all your western wedding needs

American Bridal - quality wedding favors and bridal party gifts with a lowest price guarantee

Beaucoup - wedding favors and personalized gifts

Muth's Candy – Handmade Bourbon Chocolates & Fine Candies
Especially For You From Kentucky - handcrafted gifts and decor

Kentucky Derby Museum - Derby gift shop and party supplies

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

{DIY Wedding Project } Autumn Leaves Table Runner

Autumn Leaves Table Runner
One thing that I love about fall are the crisp colors of falling leaves and I thought that this DIY from Sweetest Occasion would be great for any autumn gatherings. All you need are some glitter, adhesive and of course, fall leaves. You're just a few easy steps away from making this table decor.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

{DIY Wedding Project } Embossing

Embossed Gift or Party Tag via Sugar and Charm

I came across this post in Sugar and Charm about embossing. Embossing is a great and fun way to personalize and add design to invitations, cards, gift tags, boxes, (even hard-boiled eggs for those Easter parties) and many more. It adds a special touch to any party or event (like weddings). I never thought that we can actually do it ourselves. All you need are the following: your favorite stamp of the design you would like to emboss like this Small Rose Outline Rubber Stamp, an Embossing Heat Tool along with a VersaMark Watermark Inkpad and Wild Plum Embossing Powder - 1 oz. You can get all these at Paper Source.

You can watch the short tutorial below on how to emboss a card.

Planning a Kentucky Derby Wedding: Part 4 – Food and Drink

Photo by Greg Blomberg Photography via Style Me Pretty
Kentucky has plenty of regional foods that can be enjoyed at a Kentucky Derby themed wedding. Here are some food and drink ideas you can serve at the reception.

Mint Julep
Photo via Southern Living
During cocktail hour, you can pass around and serve the official drink of the Derby, the Mint Julep. Click here to see the drink recipe. It is an exotic combination of fine bourbon, mint, and sugar that is served chilled in these attractive silver cups. You can actually consider making these cups as your wedding favor, with your wedding date firmly engraved on them. For non-drinkers, try pouring ginger ale and a tablespoon or two of mint syrup over ice and garnish with a fresh mint sprig. You could also serve a cool mint iced tea instead.One other thing that is a key part of the Kentucky Derby celebration is Champagne, so be sure to keep it flowing!

As for the main dish, you can have the Burgoo. It is pork, beef and chicken stew simmered in savory spices served with vegetables. Other food items that you can serve are Southern classics like buttermilk biscuits, country ham, Kentucky Hot Brown, cheese garlic grits.
Red Velvet Cake with Gold Horse Topper
Photo by Greg Blomberg Photography via Style Me Pretty

As for those Southern desserts, Derby Pie and Red Velvet Cake is a Must! You can also serve some bourbon balls or bread pudding with bourbon sauce.

The delicious Derby Pie is a Kentucky bourbon chocolate walnut pie that is traditionally served at the annual Kentucky Derby Horse race. It is best served warm with a scoop of ice cream. Yummy! For your wedding cake, I would suggest having the Famous Red Velvet Cake. This elegant cake is the legendary ruby colored red velvet cake with heavenly creamy rich frosting.

You may also want to look below at some of the desserts, wedding cakes and other tasty treats for ideas.

Hat Box Themed Cake

Kentucky Derby Trophy Cake
Photo via Cake Central

Kentucky Derby Hat Bridal Shower Cake
Photo via Cake Central

Derby Treats
Photo courtesy by Sweets by Millie

Twinspired Cake 
(Twinspired is a race horse)
Photo courtesy by Sweets by Millie

Bourbon Balls
Photo via Southern Living

Baby Hot Browns
Photo via Southern Living

If you are looking for wedding cake makers here in Louisville, visit our local wedding cake vendor list.

If you are looking for wedding caterers here in Louisville, visit our local caterer vendor list. 

For more food information, confections and recipes, here are a few resources: 

A Taste of Kentucky - Kentucky candy and food items
All Recipes – Top 20 Kentucky Derby Recipes
Babykakes - horse racing cake decorations
CBS News – Derby-Inspired Delights, on a Budget
Glass Cake Tops - Custom hand blown glass horses wedding cake tops
That's My Topper - Wooden horseshoe cake topper 
The Chocolate Vault-chocolate horses 
Fancy Flours – Horse Cookie Cutter 
Kentucky Derby – Food and Entertainment Recipes
Kitchen Krafts - Horseshoe Cake Pan

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Friday, October 28, 2011

{Wedding Picks and Finds of the Week}

Love You Tiles via Lovely Bride

I've been playing Words with Friends in Facebook, so these scrabble tiles caught my eye. I'm thinking of looking for magnet scrabble tiles for my desk (which are also great wedding favors from couples who spend time playing Scrabble-like games.) Anyways, Happy Friday everyone and a great weekend ahead! 

Sweet and simple wedding save the dates or some round and round save the dates.

This Halloween party invite is awesome.

Some white and gold inspiration and wedding ideas for you.

A wedding aboard the Queen Mary! This might spark some inspiration for you if your planning a wedding aboard the Belle of Louisville.

Multicolored layer cake.

My favorite detail in this elegant outdoor rustic wedding is the dessert table. The cupcake flower toppers are gorgeous.

If your thinking of a garden wedding soon, here are 5 ways to decorate your garden ceremony.

I love the spring-citrus color details of this Palm Springs wedding. This is a great inspiration for a spring/summer wedding.

Add some elegance to a party with some Tiffany Blue inspired desserts.

Lots of pops of color in this wedding.

An intimate urban wedding affair in NYC. Watch the short clip at the end of this post.

Real Wedding Inspiration!

I love looking at this Kentucky bride's dress from Dolce Vita Bridal Shop.

Rooftop wedding ceremony and reception at the Frazier Museum in downtown Louisville. 

Some posts you might have missed:

Wedding Video Inspiration!
I like the idea of taking your guests to a private concert after the wedding reception...

Now this was my kind of urban affair! Courtney & Bronson decided to have a wedding that they considered "their perfect night out in New York City." It started out with getting ready in a fabulous suite at The Greenwich hotel, followed by an intimate ceremony in Duane Park near their home in Tribeca. Next came dinner in the private room of one of their favorite restaurants, Locanda Verde. And finally, town cars picked up their 50 guests to take them to a private concert of their favorite singer/songwriter, David Ford at the Rockwood Music Hall. Such a perfectly amazing day/evening!

Song: David Ford "Song for the Road"

Plus Size {aka Curvy Girl} Bridal Fashion Trunk Show {October 28 - 30}

Couture Closet is hosting their 1st Curvy Girl {Plus Size} Trunk Show on OCT 28 to OCT 30 featuring their Private Label Carrafina. They will have a selection of gown styles from classic to couture with samples ranging from size 18 to 28, and prices ranging from $900 -$1800. 
You can go to their website by clicking here to schedule your appointment!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

{DIY Wedding Project } Wedding Cake Pops

Wedding Cake Pops from Bakerella
Learn how to make these divine cake pops here
And read what SHE said here...
One of the sweetest proposal ever!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

{DIY Wedding Project Find} Rope Words

DIY Rope Words
Hello lovelies! I came across this DIY decor over at Green Wedding Shoes. Don't they look great. Reading through the procedure and materials used, it kinda reminds me of the string chandeliers I saw last month. (Actually, I'm making those chandeliers for Christmas decor right now. So excited to see the final product.)

It looks to good to be CAKE!!!

Yes! It's a suckling pig made out of sponge cake and sugar paste! I came across this photo at Beyond Beyond and couldn't believe my eyes. No wonder Michelle Wibowo won awards for her work. See more of her cakes in her website.
Still can't believe it? Watch the making of the cake below:

Planning a Kentucky Derby Wedding: Part 3 – Wedding Decorations

Rose-Covered Horseshoe

In planning you wedding with a derby theme, a lot of couples usually stick with the horse racing theme. You can include horses and other related items in their various forms like a horseshoe covered in roses, racehorse or jockey ice sculpture or a chocolate horse poured from a mold. Also, since the Derby is known as the “Run for the Roses”, be sure to display bouquets and vases of roses, and in the bouquets and boutonnieres as well. You can incorporate both the horses and roses into your table centerpieces. As part of this tradition, women wear hats on Derby Day (the bigger and more embellished the better), while men wear seersuckers attires. You can actually incorporated hats as centerpieces too. Overall, the derby theme is a mix of southern style in a country setting. Be sure to have mint juleps and bourbon on hand. Coming soon on my next is more of food and drinks for this theme. Horses, roses, mint juleps, cocktail dresses, high heels and fabulous big hats are key decoration for this wedding theme. What could be more creative and bigger than a Kentucky- Derby-inspired wedding? Here are a few photos for more inspiration.
Rose Table Centerpieces

Table Card Names (Tables named after past Derby Winners)

Place Cards Race Flags in a Mini-Racetrack

Outdoor Jockey Statue

Flower-filled Trophy and Mini-Horse Bronze Statue

Rose and Derby Hat Centerpiece

Handmade Ribbon Escort Cards

Horse Balloon Statue

Horse Glass Coaster
Photo by Christina Carroll Photography via Style Me Pretty
Hanging Roses
Derby Hat Centerpiece
Rose Aisle Chair Decor
Photo by Melanie Mauer via Style Me Pretty
Trumpet Player Performer
Photo by Melanie Mauer via Style Me Pretty

Red Rose Bouquet
Photo by Lyndah Wells Photography via Style Me Pretty

Sunday, October 23, 2011

{DIY Wedding Project} Simple Autumn Decor

I found this simple way to style for autumn via Joy Ever After. Just buy a few bunches of mums (you can order some at Home Depot), a small pumpkin and add a chalkboard welcome sign. Viola! A Fall greeting for guests.

Votive Candles in glasses with corn accent (also by Joy Ever After)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Planning a Kentucky Derby Wedding: Part 2 – Choosing your Invitations

A Kentucky Derby wedding oozes class and sophistication, so your invitations should have the same feel as well. Some key items that are related to derby are roses, horseshoe-shaped floral arrangements, lucky horseshoes, Churchill Downs, southern style, mint juleps, and horses. You can theme your invitations with images of these items. Below are a few save the dates and invitations that I found.

Lucky Horseshoe Save the Date
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