DIY Derby Style

So excited to be able to share another amazing wedding story with you all from the latest issue of Vermont Vows. This one is inspired from by the Kentucky Derby and has loads of great visual ideas anyone can borrow from.

Here's a few DIY tips to help you replicate this look:


Love this dress by Watters  - the editors added in a few key details (super easy to replicate) with a simple addition of a chocolate velvet bow, striped grosgrain ribbon and snug riding jacket.

Etsy seller Just Something I Made makes similar ribbons that would tie in the look pinned to your wedding bouquet.


This theme really lends itself to a daytime wedding- keep your eye out for a local park area or country barn where you can take advantage of a beautiful summer backdrop.

To add authenticity to the decor, scavenge local garage sales for similar silver serving pieces and pickup yards of seersucker fabric in blue or red. Add a few dozen mason jars to the mix, allowing your guests to enjoy the signature cocktail in style.


Old trophies are perfect to hold monochromatic floral arangements and can be found in so many sizes and shapes at flea markets or on eBay.

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And don't forget to keep your eye out for old horseshoes - attach them to each escort card with taffeta or grosgrain ribbon!

Posted on March 20, 2009 .