Tips and Questions for selecting the perfect wedding venue in Kentucky
The wedding venue is often the first step you take in the planning process. Read through the find tips for finding a venue and 35 wedding venues listed by category. You can find even more wedding venue options by requesting my FREE Kentucky Wedding Venue Guide with over 125 options.
Things to do before you choose your Kentucky wedding venue:
Know your guest count before picking a venue. You want to pick a venue based on your guest count instead of basing your guest count on a venue! The most important part of the wedding day is being surrounded by the people you love the most.
Have a solid wedding budget plan. Often, couples choose their venue before any other vendor. You do not want to end blowing your budget before the planning has even really started! Sarah with Simply Love Studio recommends couples spend approximately 10% of their wedding budget on the venue.
If you already have a wedding planner or wedding photographer, reach out to them for a preferred list of venues. They work often with venues in Kentucky and will know what team will take the best care of your wedding day.
Questions to ask yourself when choosing a Kentucky wedding venue:
Do you need nearby accommodations for guests? If you plan on having alcohol at your wedding, you want to make sure your guests can get home safely. Is there a hotel nearby? Are services like Uber and Lyft available?
Do you want your ceremony and the reception in one place?
What style/vibe feels most like you as a couple?
Do you envision an outdoor or indoor wedding?
Questions to ask the venue:
What time/day do you have access to the space?
How long do you have to cleanup the space?
Do you require I work with specific vendors for things such as catering?
What parking is available?
Are any extras including such as tables and chairs?
If you want to go more in-depth, Here Comes The Guide has put together a great list of 50 Questions to ask A Wedding Venue.
List of 35 Kentucky Wedding Venues
Now let’s get to the Kentucky venues!! This list contains venues categorized by style or type. You can find even more options by requesting my FREE Kentucky Wedding Venues list featuring over 125 venues.
Ballroom and Hotel Venues
Ballroom and Hotel venues offer the classic, elegant wedding backdrop. Additional perks are they often include tables and chairs and have hotel accommodations in-house or nearby for all of your guests.
The Campbell House in Lexington accommodating up to 550 guests.
The Seelbach Hotel in Louisville accommodating up to 650 guests
The Carrick House in Lexington accommodating up to 300 guests.
The Madison Event Venue in Covington accommodating up to 375 guests.
The Galt House in Louisville accommodating up to 400 guests.
Estate and Garden Venues
These venues offer elegant wedding day portrait opportunities and most estate venues will offer opportunities to get ready for your wedding day on-site making for a stress-free morning. Often, tenting may be required for larger weddings.
Warrenwood Manor in Danville accommodating up to 200 guests.
Ashford Acres in Cynthiana accommodating up to 300 guests.
The Apiary in Lexington accommodating up to 200 guests.
Gardencourt in Louisville accommodating up to 500 guests.
Keeneland in Lexington accommodating up to 450 guests.
Historic and Museum Venues
If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind venue, this category might be the one for you! These venues are full of character and unique qualities adding to the charm of your wedding day.
21c Museum Hotel in Lexington accommodating up to 150 guests
The Galarie in Versailles accommodating up to 250 guests
The Lyric Theatre in Lexington accommodating up to 325 guests
The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville accommodating up to 300 guests
The Loudon House in Lexington accommodating up to 150 guests
Industrial Wedding Venues
Often these venues offer a clean slate that can be transformed by decorations. For a more modern looking wedding, industrial venues may be a great choice!
Limestone Hall in Lexington accommodating up to 300 guests
The Celerstory at Greyline in Lexington accommodating up to 400 guests
Ice House in Louisville accommodating up to 300 guests
The Gatsby in Shelbyville accommodating up to 150 guests
The Mane on Main in Lexington
Rustic and Barn Venues
Kentucky is the horse capital of the world so it makes sense that there are numerous beautiful barn and rustic venues in Kentucky. But, not all barns are created equal! Make sure to look around the find the one that is right for you.
Elkins Grove in Smiths Grove
Buffalo Trace in Frankfort accommodating up to 200 guests
The Barn at Springhouse Garden in Nicholasville
The Round Barn in Lexington accommodating up to 250 guests
Shaker Village in Harrodsburg accommodating up to 200 guests
Vineyard and Farm Venues
Looking for rolling hills and beautiful landscapes? Kentucky is filled with vineyard and farm options for your wedding day.
Evan’s Orchard in Georgetown
Talon Winery in Lexington accommodating up to 200 guests
Harkness Edwards Vineyard in Winchester accommodating up to 250 guests
West Sixth Farm in Frankfort accommodating up to 500 guests
Terrapin Hill Farms in Harrodsburg accommodating up to 200 guests
Country Club and Golf Course Venues
For some these venues will represent a shared love of golf while for others it will remind them of their childhood visiting the country club as a family. These are often well manicured, beautiful venues with many opportunities for great portraits.
Champion Trace Golf Course in Nicholasville accommodating up to 150 guests
Spindletop Hall in Lexington accommodating up to 250 guests
Woodhaven Country Club in Louisville accommodating up to 450 guests
Summit Hills Country Club in Lexington accommodating up to 300 guests
Lexington Country Club in Lexington accommodating up to 225 guests
Free Kentucky Wedding Venue Guide
Yup, there are a LOT of beautiful wedding venues in Kentucky. I have put together a list of over 125 venues including their websites, Instagram handle, and their maximum guest count. Request your FREE copy of my Kentucky Wedding Venue guide.