These 14 Kentucky Wedding Venues Will Leave You Awestruck
Kentucky is home to dozens of unique wedding venues — each of which boasts unique, distinct South charm and hospitality. Whether your special day will consist of 20 or 200 guests, the best wedding venues in Kentucky are sure to wow both you and your crew. What's more, these event spaces truly run the gamut from century-old buildings to working horse barns, to tranquil oases surrounded by acres of rolling hills and bluegrass.
Each of these wedding venues sets the scene for an extra-special, fairytale-worthy wedding day. And, if you're having trouble choosing between an outdoor wedding venue versus an indoor one, don't fret: You'll be pleased to know that a handful of the top Kentucky venues — whether you opt to book a fully functioning horse farm or equally-as-stunning historic building — offer indoor and outdoor wedding ceremony and reception spaces to choose from. You'll also find that many Kentucky wedding venues offer breathtaking rustic-chic touches, whether it's in the form of beautiful greenery, vintage furnishings, amazing wooden architecture, or romantic chandeliers, to name a few.
So, whether you're locating in Louisville, Lexington, Versailles, or Shelbyville (or somewhere else in the state!), we've rounded up 14 of the best beautiful — and most unique — wedding venues in all of Kentucky. Keep reading for a few of our favorite wedding venues in the Bluegrass State. These include horse farms, historic buildings, and plenty of outdoor ceremony spaces surrounded by rolling hills and lush greenery.
Louisville Water Tower Park in Louisville, Kentucky
Host your special day at this historic Louisville landmark. The event venue is best known for its 2,200 square foot Grand Hall, which boasts a spiral staircase (pro tip: have your wedding photographer take photos of your wedding party here!) plus large windows and a sky-high ceiling that spans 50 feet tall. You can also expect postcard-worthy views of the Ohio River. Louisville Water Tower Park, which includes two other on-site venue options (Riverside Terrace and Water Tower Plaza), is large enough to hold over 350 people. Additionally, couples can opt to tent the outdoor lawn space in the event of rain or inclement weather. Note that Louisville Water Tower Park is only booking wedding ceremonies and receptions for 2023 and beyond.
The Round Barn Stable of Memories in Lexington, Kentucky
Dreaming of a barn wedding? Look no further than Round Barn Staple of Memories, which is just three minutes by car from downtown Lexington. The four-story event space, which was first constructed back in 1882, has since been restored. Today, the barn boasts elegant interiors. It's outfitted with a sparkling chandelier, a large dance floor, and a spacious second-floor balcony area — the latter of which is especially ideal for cocktail hours. Couples can choose from custom-themed menus that are sure to delight guests. Additionally, the wedding venue can accommodate up to 400 of your nearest and dearest.
The Galerie in Versailles, Kentucky
Located in central Kentucky (about 20 minutes from Lexington and an hour from Louisville), The Galerie — which is situated in downtown Versailles (no, not that Versailles!) — dates back almost 100 years. The wedding venue, which can fit up to 185 guests, underwent an extensive renovation in 2018; however, its charm and character remain intact. In terms of interiors, expect lots of natural light mixed with original ornate molding, a sparkly chandelier, decades-old brick, plus plenty of space. (There's a cocktail lounge, mezzanine, and separate wedding ceremony and wedding reception area.) The 900-square-foot, four-room suite (which is complete with plenty of seating options and a dressing room!) is excellent for large wedding parties and couples as they get ready for the big day. There's also a smaller 350-square-foot suite with sleek leather couches, a bar, and a Smart TV (perhaps for the groomsmen?).
Ashley Inn in Lancaster, Kentucky
Situated amidst a 135-acre horse farm in Kentucky's Bluegrass region, The Ashley Inn — which also doubles as bed and breakfast — is the perfect place to say "I do," thanks to its serene surroundings, which include two on-site ponds, greenery, and centuries-old trees. The venue's charming Carriage House offers plenty of indoor and outdoor space for wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. Other venue options include the restored Tabacco Barn and Rose Garden, the latter of which overlooks rolling acres of farmland. Couples also have access to the venue's six guest rooms. The wedding venue can accommodate up to 400 of your friends and family members.
The Vintage Barn at Merefield in Midway, Kentucky
This refurbished horse farm — which is located about an hour outside of Louisville and just 20 minutes outside of Lexington — sits on 365 acres of land and makes for the perfect wedding venue, thanks to its awe-inspiring natural beauty. Inside, it's adorned with chandeliers, stunning string lighting, and Victorian-era furnishings. The attached cottage offers extra space for the couple and their crew to get ready before their big day. Here, you can host an outdoor ceremony followed by a night of drinking, dining, and dancing. The venue also includes antique chairs and farmhouse tables.
Hemlock Springs in Rogers, Kentucky
Hemlock Springs is a 100-acre estate in Red River Gorge (about an hour from Lexington and two-and-a-half hours from Louisville). The venue spans a whopping 7,000 square feet and is surrounded by towering trees and greenery. It also boasts plenty of covered outdoor space, which is great if you're looking to have an outdoor ceremony but are nervous about rain getting in the way. Host your special day on the sprawling patio, which offers seating for up to 200. Other highlights include handcrafted tables, vintage oak chairs, and lawn games.
The Olmsted in Louisville, Kentucky
The Olmsted is located in Louisville and is large enough to hold up to 600 guests. The historic 80-acre wedding reception venue, which was constructed nearly a century ago, features a striking red brick facade and regal columns that instantly greet your guests — setting the scene for an elegant evening ahead. The interiors are equally as opulent with grand windows, dazzling chandeliers, intricate moldings, and marbled hallways. Couples can choose from three indoor and outdoor event spaces in total.
Burdoc Farms in Crofton, Kentucky
Burdoc Farms spans 700 acres of rolling hills in western Kentucky (about two-and-a-half hours from Louisville and three hours from Lexington). Here, couples can choose between several on-site venue options. If you're looking for a more rustic-inspired affair, consider renting out the 4,000-square-foot Chapel Barn. The space is equipped with wooden floors, beams, string lights, and wooden lighting. Meanwhile, the refurbished 4,000-square-foot Tobacco Barn has five chandeliers and twinkling string lights — plus a gazebo located in the midst of the woods where you can exchange vows surrounded by trees, friends, and family. There's also Keith Glen, which was constructed in 2016. The latter is the most modern of the three with its glass wall, stone fireplace, and sleek wooden accents. Burdoc Farms also boasts an expansive outdoor patio area complete with a 150-year-old fireplace.
Walnut Way in Shelbyville, Kentucky
Host your perfect wedding at Walnut Way in Shelbyville (about an hour from Lexington and a half-hour from Louisville). The wedding venue sits on an expansive, 200-acre estate and is surrounded by bluegrass fields. Couples can choose from several on-site venue options. The Old Barn makes the perfect wedding ceremony or wedding reception site and is roomy enough to seat at least 150 guests. Alternatively, The Estate Gardens is great for outdoor ceremonies and can hold 200 people. Swan Lake is also great for an outdoor ceremony thanks to its idyllic lakefront setting, while The Pavillion offers plenty of indoor space for your guests to dance the day — or night — away. Lastly, you can also opt to have your wedding ceremony or wedding reception in the Outdoor Ring. The rustic-inspired outdoor space — which can be tented — is surrounded by pastures and is especially ideal for larger groups (think: over 200 people).
The Prizing House in Cynthiana, Kentucky
Host your special day at The Prizing House. This one-of-a-kind central Kentucky wedding venue is about 30 miles from Lexington and 93 from Louisville. The wedding venue, which was constructed back in 1917, offers plenty of southern charm. Insider, there's exposed brick, beams, high ceilings, original hardwood flooring, and glimmering chandeliers — not to mention 5,000 square feet of space that can fit over 300 guests. The venue also offers an array of on-site entertainment offerings, including photo booths, hot chocolate stations, and s'mores bars. Additionally, be sure to take advantage of the outdoor lounge area, decorated with fire pits, leather sofas, benches, lighting, and greenery.
Talon Winery in Lexington, Kentucky
This Lexington winery spans over 300 acres of farmland. Here, you can host intimate weddings and elaborate, 200-plus person affairs. Couples have a choice of two event spaces. Monarch Pavilion, which is surrounded by greenery, is an outdoor ceremony and reception space. It's ideal for exchanging vows — followed by drinking, dining, and dancing, of course. The space (which is tented, making it especially convenient in colder, rainier weather) can accommodate up to 60 guests, while the uncovered lawn can hold larger groups of up to 250. Meanwhile, the indoor, just-as-striking Ca'Barn'et Barrel Barn is large enough to accommodate up to 250 guests.
The Hidden Homestead in Smiths Grove, Kentucky
This sprawling wedding venue, about 90 minutes from Louisville and approximately two-and-a-half hours from Lexington, offers couples a secluded, greenery-filled oasis to tie the knot. The Barn offers 4,000 square feet of indoor event space. Outside, there's a gazebo — complete with romantic lighting plus a chandelier — where you can say "I do." Head towards the water, where the path transforms into a majestic, 36-foot-long aisle. Lastly, have your wedding in the woods, where string lights can be attached to trees and guests can sit comfortably on benches as all eyes lie on you and your soon-to-be spouse. Vintage furniture — including whiskey barrels, lanterns, and mason jars — are also available for rent. Make your dream wedding even more perfect by renting out the regal white wedding carriage.
The Polo Barn at Saxony Farm in Lexington, Kentucky
The Polo Barn in Lexington is one-part working horse farm and one-part functioning wedding venue. The family-owned barn offers two bars. The larger one offers 60-foot-high beamed ceilings, iron chandeliers, concrete floors, and lots of natural light. There's also a smaller barn, which was renovated in the spring of 2021. The smaller space is ideal for more intimate functions, like rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, and cocktail hours. Alternatively, host your outdoor ceremony in the greenery-filled ceremony site, which is surrounded by trees. You and your wedding party can also take advantage of the spacious cottage, which you can use to get ready before your big day. The venue itself can accommodate parties as large as 500.
Woodhaven Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky
Woodhaven Country Club is situated amidst rolling hills, lakes, and waterfalls. This country club wedding venue miles away from Louisville's hustle and bustle — even though it's less than 20 minutes by car from the city's downtown area. The spacious grounds can accommodate up to 450 guests, and couples can choose from several indoor and outdoor event spaces. After your outdoor ceremony, bring the party inside, where design highlights include a gorgeous white grand piano, tranquil fountain, and large fireplace.