Plan an Elegant Kentucky Wedding

Kentucky is renowned for its rolling hills, famous racing tracks, bourbon, and southern charm. A Kentucky wedding is sure to take advantage of everything the inviting Bluegrass State has to offer.

If you're fond of horses and want to incorporate them into your Kentucky wedding, the Horse Capitol of the World, Lexington, will keep you in horse heaven. Home to the Kentucky Horse Park, Keeneland Race Course and the Thoroughbred Training Center, there are countless ways to see and interact with the state's famous horses. Its famed horses also bring international visitors to Lexington, so it's also a bustling city filled with historical sites and cultural offerings. The Mary Todd Lincoln House is a popular wedding venue that will please history buffs, while bourbon aficionados can explore the many distilleries around the city that produce the country's only native liquor. Louisville, home to the celebrated Kentucky Derby, brings in tourists from around the world for the two-week Kentucky Derby Festival. Big hats and Mint Juleps aside (or included!), Louisville has much to offer guests even outside Derby season, including the Muhammad Ali Center, the Louisville Slugger Museum, and Frazier International History Museum. Art lovers should visit Paducah, the world's Seventh City of Crafts and Folk Art in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's Creative Cities Network. The National Quilt Museum is housed here, but a variety of artists from around the world flock to this city to learn and create. A Kentucky wedding there would be a creative dream, and the views of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers won't hurt, either.

Kentucky Wedding Décor Ideas and Weather

The landscape in Kentucky is gorgeous and varied, and nature lovers can take full advantage of the rolling hills, rivers, and lakes this state has to offer. Nicknamed for the bluegrass that populates the many fields and pastures here, Kentucky offers wedding planners both rural and metropolitan Kentucky wedding venues surrounded by grassy green. If you choose to get married outdoors, aim for spring or fall, when the weather is mild and the colors come alive for your Kentucky wedding. Reflect those colors in your décor by using bright greens and yellows in the spring, or warm oranges and reds in autumn. No matter what, be prepared for the unpredictable as the weather in Kentucky can vary quite a lot. Dress in layers to accommodate changing weather and humidity.

Food and Music

Kentucky is all about southern comfort and elegance, and the food is no exception. You've heard of the fried chicken and the bourbon, but there is so much more to enjoy when it comes to Kentucky cuisine. Kentucky wedding caterers can customize your wedding menu to fit your tastes, serving anything from bluegrass chicken to shrimp and grits. Louisville Catering companies offer southern classics like smoked beef brisket or bourbon peach glazed pork chops to fill your belly. If you're planning to party late into the night, surprise your guests with a filling local treat like Kentucky Hot Brown or comforting bread pudding. No matter what, don't forget to serve bourbon at the bar to honor the Kentucky spirit. Speaking of spirit, the Bluegrass state is also famous for (you guessed it!) bluegrass music. Your guests won't be able to stay off the dance floor if you're playing classic Kentucky country and bluegrass. Kentucky DJs can play plenty of Kentucky favorites and beyond, to keep you and your guests dancing all night long.

Travel information and Costs

For those driving to your Kentucky wedding, Kentucky offers eight Welcome Centers on major highways around the state to provide a variety of visitor information. Or, if you're flying and arriving in Lexington, get yourself a window seat as people have called the approach into Bluegrass Airport one of the most beautiful air approaches in the country. Regardless of how you arrive in Kentucky, be ready to stay awhile. The cost of weddings in Kentucky is well below the national average, so you might have some extra cash to spend.

Marriage License

A marriage license in Kentucky will cost you about $35 and remains valid for 30 days. There is no waiting period once you get your license, although it's always best to get it early. You don't need to be a resident of Kentucky to get married here-simply bring your government issued ID, birth certificate, and Social Security card, and you'll be ready to wed!