For couples looking to host an intimate wedding, finding a small wedding venue in Louisville and Lexington, KY can be somewhat of a challenge. There are lots of Lexington and Louisville wedding venues that can host larger events, but what if you want a space that feels appropriate for a small wedding? Fortunately, we’ve done the research for you and found 10 gorgeous spaces that can accommodate 175 guests or fewer for your special day.
Here are 10 of our favorite small wedding venues in Louisville and Lexington, KY.
This rustic and small wedding venue in Lexington can accommodate up to 150 guests comfortably. The all-inclusive event space combines bourbon and equestrian-themed décor to create a wedding venue that’s totally Kentucky. You’ll love the contemporary feel, as well as the open floor plan and the fact that the venue offers a variety of different catering menus, from traditional fare to Italian to Cajun to Kenutcky-themed cuisine, even Hawaiian-inspired, to fit your taste and budget. Copper Roux also provides rentals such as linens, tables, chairs, dinnerware, and more. It’s also an ideal spot for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and other pre-wedding events.
Red River Gorge Retreats
Located east of Lexington in Slade, Kentucky, this country wedding venue is ideal for couples looking for a small wedding venue with truly spectacular scenery. The venue is situated atop a private cliff, and features rolling greenery, wooded areas, and a rustic barn. The farm can host events of up to 175 guests with an outdoor ceremony overlooking Bald Rock Gorge and a reception in the barn and outside. For even smaller events of up to 75 guests, the Big House is absolutely charming. Red River Gorge Retreats provides all-inclusive packages, which include catering, rentals, and more. Your guests can also stay on site for the ultimate Kentucky destination wedding weekend.
Jordan Hill Farm
If you’re looking for a farm venue in Kentucky where you can host your small wedding, this Richmond retreat is ideal. Set on 85 acres of rolling greenery and complete with a creek and a pond (hello, amazing photo ops!), Jordan Hill Farm is scenic and intimate. The venue can host up to 48 people inside, and up to 80 outside or in a tent. While the outdoor ceremony space features incredible mountain views, you’ll also love the indoor event space, which has a rustic feel and offers ample wooden details. There’s also in-house catering as well as lodging on site.
Walnut Grove Farm & Lodge
This small wedding venue near Louisville, KY is situated on 100 acres of beautiful property, providing ample space for your guests to enjoy. There are several outdoor locations available for wedding ceremonies, including in the Main Arbor where you’ll be surrounded by stately trees and the unique Branch Sculpture. The rustic Event Barn can seat 120 guests, and can be set up in a variety of layouts to fit your wedding’s style. And—bonus!—you and your guests can ride via covered wagon to your wedding reception for the ultimate grand entrance. This venue also offers on-site accommodations at the Lodge, which sleeps 10 to 12 people.
Artsy and creative couples will love this modern and small Louisville wedding venue, a contemporary art gallery and event space. You’ll love how this small wedding venue in Louisville, which can host events of up to 150 guests, combines industrial architecture with colorful and unique works of art. In-house catering is available, or you can choose your own caterer. Plus, the venue can provide bartenders, rentals, lighting, even centerpieces.
Wiedemann Hill Mansion
While not technically a Lexington or Louisville-area wedding venue, this Newport, Kentucky wedding venue is one of the best smaller event spaces in the state. With room for up to 60 guests, the Wiedemann Hill Mansion offers an elegant, vintage vibe you’ll just adore. The outdoor ceremony space features incredible views of the Cincinnati skyline, and the indoor reception space includes charming, Old World style details, from the majestic staircase to stained glass windows, crystal chandeliers, and more. The event space provides rentals, including dining tables, chairs, and period-appropriate linens.
Embassy Suites Lexington Green
There are many reasons why couples often choose to host their wedding at a hotel. If you’re hosting a lot of out-of-town guests, your loved ones will have the convenience of staying on premises while enjoying all of your wedding celebrations. While many hotel wedding venues can accommodate huge weddings, the Embassy Suites in Lexington is ideal for smaller, more intimate events. With room for 120 guests, the Embassy Suites Lexington Green features outdoor ceremony space near a serene pond, as well as a Grand Ballroom for receptions. This is an all-inclusive venue, so your planning process will be a total breeze—plus, the Embassy Suites can host your rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch, too.
Shakespeare & Co.
This Victorian-style restaurant and banquet space conveniently located in Downtown Lexington is an ideal venue for smaller weddings with a vintage feel, as well as rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, engagement parties, and more. There’s space for up to 150 guests on the second floor’s event space, and you’ll love the shabby-chic-style, pastel-hued décor. Couples rave about the accommodating staff, delicious food, and charming atmosphere.
Couples opting for a more modern and offbeat vibe will love this small wedding venue in Louisville. This brew pub offers 132 craft beers on tap, as well as 100 varieties of whiskey (this is Kentucky after all!), and even brews its own beers on the lower level. The pub’s event space can accommodate up to 100 guests, and the menu features homemade spins on classic pub fare for a laid-back feel your guests will totally love. True, this isn’t your typical wedding venue, but it’s totally ideal for a casual wedding, rehearsal dinner, or engagement party.
Lexington Art League
Lovers of history and art may find this Lexington mansion to be their perfect wedding venue. The castle-like Loudoun House, home to the Lexington Art League, is a stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture, and can accommodate up to 150 guests for weddings and events. You can host your ceremony and reception indoors or out (we particularly love the charming outdoor courtyard for receptions!), and your guests can tour the contemporary galleries during your event.