If you’re getting married in the Louisville or Lexington areas, you’ll probably want to take advantage of the rolling greenery and beautiful scenery Kentucky is known for. Fortunately, there are lots of outdoor wedding venues in Louisville and Lexington, KY, and you’ll be able to choose between classic country clubs, historic inns, lush gardens, and even city-chic spaces. Most of these venues offer outdoor ceremony space with indoor options for the reception—a safer bet than an entirely outdoor venue, due to Kentucky’s variable weather.
Check out 10 of our favorite outdoor wedding venues in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky.
Danville Country Club
There are so many reasons why country clubs are such popular wedding venues, but in particular, couples love the combination of the beautiful outdoor landscape and the convenience of an all-inclusive venue. Located in Danville, just south of Lexington, this venue offers a lovely outdoor space for ceremonies and an elegant banquet hall, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the golf course, for receptions. This venue can host events of up to 250 guests, and couples rave about the delicious food and helpful staff.
Ashley Inn Bed and Breakfast
We love this charming Central Kentucky outdoor wedding venue because it offers a variety of spaces to choose from. Host your outdoor ceremony under a weeping willow beside a lake, on the front lawn of the historic mansion, or under a canopy of trees for a woodsy feel. Wedding receptions are held inside a rustic horse barn or inside the carriage house with its lovely outdoor patio. This venue can accommodate up to 400 guests for weddings, and is also an ideal spot to host a rehearsal dinner. And—bonus!—there are six guest rooms on site so you and your nearest and dearest can stay on premises for the ultimate destination wedding weekend.
Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
If you’re looking for an outdoor wedding venue in Louisville or Lexington, KY and are hosting many out-of-town guests, this Lexington resort, set on 220 acres, is ideal for a destination event. There are three outdoor and three indoor spaces to choose from. For wedding ceremonies, we love the Mansion Lawn, which overlooks the historic mansion and grounds, and the new Overlook at Griffin Gate, which features scenic views of the golf course, a pergola, and room for up to 400 guests. Receptions can be held in the Bluegrass Pavilion & Patio with its crystal chandeliers and French doors, the Paddock Pavilion & Patio, which can host up to 250 guests and features views of the golf course and pool, and luxurious Grand Ballroom, with room for up to 700 guests. This all-inclusive venue offers planning and catering services to make your wedding prep a total breeze, plus there are 88 guest rooms so your whole crew can stay on site.
The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall
There's something so special about getting married at your alma mater. University of Kentucky alums are probably already familiar with the historic and stunning Spindletop Hall and it turns out, you can totally get married there. Exchange vows while standing on the back steps of the mansion, and take wedding portraits on the 62 acres of lush landscape. Receptions are held inside the mansion, with space for up to 300 guests. This is an all-inclusive venue, so catering is provided, as well as rentals, lighting, sound, bar services, planning, and more.
Galt House Hotel
Not all outdoor wedding venues in Louisville, KY feature acres upon acres of rural landscape—you can also host an outdoor wedding right in the heart of the city. This modern hotel features a truly amazing rooftop terrace, with views of the Ohio River and the city. You can host your ceremony here, or both ceremony and reception if your wedding is on the smaller side. Larger events may be hosted in the Rivue Restaurant & Lounge, which can host up to 230 guests, the Waterford Room with room for up to 275 guests, or in the spacious Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate events of up to 1,640 and can be divided into smaller spaces. You’ll love the variety of photo ops at this all-inclusive Louisville wedding venue, including the rooftop with its city skyline backdrop.
Located south of Lexington in Stanford, this Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue is set on 625 acers of countryside. The historic Shelby Manor was first built in 1836 and is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and farmland—there are even some horses on premises! Exchange “I dos” outside, with the mansion as your backdrop, followed by a reception indoors or in a tent on the property. This is an all-inclusive venue with space for up to 200 guests. The venue is ideal for pre-wedding events such as rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, showers, and more.
This outdoor wedding venue just north of Louisville, KY was first built in the 1830s, and is set on scenic rolling pastures where Thoroughbred horses make their home. You can host an entirely outdoor wedding here, as well as a tented event if you prefer. There are a variety of spaces for an outdoor ceremony, including on the Main House’s front steps or with the pastures as your backdrop. There’s room for events of up to 500 guests, plus on-site accommodations for up to 14 people are also available.
Mustard Seed Hill
This Millersburg, Kentucky wedding venue is historic, private, and serene, set on 14 acres of beautifully-manicured property. We particularly love the unique outdoor ceremony spot here, located on the South Lawn outside the stately Allen House. The space features a high gray brick wall and colorful flowers for a modern garden vibe. Cocktail hour is held on an outdoor patio, while receptions may be hosted in the garden, on the back porch, or in a tent on the property. This event venue is ideal for weddings of 250 guests or fewer.
Ashford Acres Inn
If you’re looking for a venue that truly celebrates the Kentucky countryside, look no further than this Cynthiana bed and breakfast—and Couples’ Choice Award winner. There are nine (yes, nine!) event spaces to choose from, and room for up to 200 guests. The gorgeous main house makes a beautiful backdrop for ceremonies, but there are plenty of other outdoor ceremony spaces on the 64 acres of property. Weddings can be held entirely outdoors or in a tent, plus catering and rentals are included. There are five guest rooms, so you and your nearest and dearest can stay close by, as well.
One of the top outdoor wedding venues Louisville, KY has to offer is this historic 14-acre estate overlooking Cherokee Park. The South Lawn and Rose Gardens are ideal spots for outdoor or tented ceremonies or receptions. Indoors, you’ll find Hundley Hall, the largest event space featuring marble fireplaces and high ceilings, which can accommodate weddings of up to 140 for a seated dinner. There are several smaller rooms for more intimate events, as well. You may choose from a list of preferred caterers, and the venue can provide rentals such as tables, chairs, and dance floor.