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 décor 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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