Perfectly Styled: Equestrian Wedding Inspo

Loyal followers, I’m sorry my presence has been spotty (at best) this week — keeping up has been TOUGH recently (totally my fault), and I’ve been a little too human for my own liking! That said, we missed Wedding Wednesday this week (which y’all KNOW is my secret favorite), and I wanted to make up for that today.

Let’s talk about Equestrian: not only is horse sport one of the oldest pastimes in the books (since medieval times, no pun intended), it’s also one of the most beautiful. Not everyone rides or loves a horse of their own, but most people inherently appreciate the history and class that lives in the Equestrian aesthetic. (Hermes built a business upon it in Paris, and girls everywhere don riding boots each winter as a style statement).

Refined riding has always been popular among a select set of citizens, but recently, we’re seeing a revival of equestrian design in the public eye – specifically in the wedding industry. I’m starting to ride again at a local barn in September, and last weekend, Kaella Lynn Events pulled off a wedding in Los Altos with an equestrian vibe – so I’ve got horses on the brain! Here are some of my favorite inspirations for an equestrian wedding that is equal parts girly, classic, and traditional:

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A gorgeous floral horse wreath on a pretty mare // Photo by Corbin Gurkin via Style Me Pretty

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Derby inspired cocktails in silver Julep Cups // Photo by Jodi Miller via Style Me Pretty

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An orchid adorned leather saddle // Photo via This Is Glamorous

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Horseshoe escort cards // photo by Jessica Lewis Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Bridal Portrait //Photo by Heather Rowland Photography via Southern Weddings

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Pretty pink place settings // Photo by Kristin Moore via Style Me Pretty

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Trophy centerpieces // Photo by Al Gaulik via Burnett’s Boards

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Prize ribbons vignette in shades of blush // Photo via Grace Bonney

Wedding Wednesday: The 10 BEST Wedding Favors

When you read the words ‘Party Favors’, what does your mind immediately recall? For me, I remember the incredibly thoughtful and creative goodies my mom would help me customize for all of my childhood birthdays. We’re not talking about plastic baggies from Party City filled with $0.89 cent plastic toys – that would not fly in our household. I’m referring to things like craft frames she had kids decorate at my cowboy party, and then filled with photos of them taken at the event in western garb. THAT level.

So it’s no surprise that when it comes to wedding favors, I’m of the opinion that they should be completely tailored and customized to the bride and groom, as well as their event. I’m an eater – so edible gifts are my very favorite! A lot of couples opt for home items or small styled tokens instead – which, when done well, can be lovely. Here are three rules of thumb to keep in mind when choosing your wedding favors:

1. Is the favor either immediately edible or mainstream useful (like a bottle opener or dishtowel)? If not, it’s likely to end up in a junk drawer somewhere.

2. If you’re customizing or personalizing the item with a monogram or wedding date, can that be removed to lend the item to every day use in someone else’s home (such as the dishtowel mentioned above)? Consider finding a way to attach a tag or sign with the personalization, and keep the item neutral.

3. Does the item go with your decor, theme, or aesthetic? And if so, is it something you personally would be excited to take home or eat? If not, it’s probably not the right favor choice. You want your guests to be excited about the object that helps them remember your day!

Here are our top 10 FAVORITE favors from around the web, chosen for beauty, creativity, and usability:

1. Bottle Openers with personalized tags

2. Personalized Jam Jars in the couple’s favorite flavor

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Photo by Laura Gordon Photography // via Style Me Pretty (this is my friend Junie’s Wedding!!)

3. PIE POPS!!! Tied with Ribbons! These are my absolute favorite dessert, so obviously…

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Photo via Williams Sonoma

4. Customized miniature bottles of the bride or grooms’ signature drink (great for after-parties!)

5. Cake jars (dessert on the go!) with a late night treat inside

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Photo by Our Labor of Love via Martha Stewart Weddings (From Cacee Cobb and Donald Faison’s wedding!)

6. Customized candles from the BEST soy candlemaker in the world, Illatos Lang (The owner, Jade, is my cousin, and her candles are just BEYOND!!)

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Illatos Lang Australia’s ‘Love’ Candle

7. Honey jar favors with stirrer sticks and tiny tags

8. A perfect customized loose leaf tea blend in cute pouches

9. Mini succelents – perfectly pocket sized, and life-durable

10. Olive oil favors with custom favor tags in Italian – molto benne for an al fresco affair!