There’s no denying that horse racing practically dominates the state of Kentucky, but there is much more to the state than thoroughbreds. Kentucky in general, and the city of Louisville in particular, is home to many different wedding venues for couples to choose from, ranging from traditional to definitely unique venues, including historic homes, beautiful ballrooms, and gorgeous gardens. These wedding venues provide idyllic settings for wedding ceremonies and receptions, excellent service, and an array of amenities and services that all help to ensure that couples and their guests have a memorable wedding experience.
© Conrad-Caldwell House
The Conrad-Caldwell House is one of the most famous and cherished historical monuments in Old Louisville, as well as a venue for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and other special events. The timeless elegance of the outdoor and indoor spaces make the Conrad-Caldwell House a flexible and unique wedding venue. For outdoor weddings, there’s the St. James Court greens, a peaceful haven with a fountain, original gas lamps, and mature trees, or weddings can be framed with the property’s grand mansion and wedding party sheltered by the verandah. There are also several distinct rooms for hosting indoor wedding events as well.
1402 St James Ct, Louisville, KY 40208, Phone: 502-636-5023
Gardencourt is one of Louisville, Kentucky’s historic venues for wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. The fourteen-acre venue is owned and operated by the Louisville Seminary and is a three-story classic building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Surrounded by formal gardens and a tree-lined entrance, Gardencourt exudes elegance through its classic style. Up to five hundred guests can be accommodated in uncovered outdoor and indoor event spaces. The interior of the building features a carved staircase that provides great photo opportunities, while the Rose Gardens and South Lawn offer a picturesque setting for an outdoor ceremony.
1044 Alta Vista Rd, Louisville, KY 40205, Phone: 502-992-0220
3.Gheens Foundation Lodge
The Gheens Foundation Lodge is a beautiful combined outdoor and indoor event space that is able to host an array of different sizes and types of events, including wedding celebrations. The functionality and beauty of the venue, along with the amazing views of Floyds Fork, create an ideal setting for weddings for couples who want to get away from the city. Anywhere between twenty-five and three hundred guests can be accommodated at the Gheens Foundation Lodge. The Parklands Room is great for more intimate events, while the UPS Great Room is able to host very large weddings.
1421 Beckley Creek Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40245, Phone: 502-815-0277
4.Grand Lion Event Center
© Grand Lion Event Center
The Grand Lion Event Center is a unique and elegant event venue just outside of Louisville in the town of Hillview, Kentucky with a goal of making sure every wedding is stress free. The venue boasts that they always plan for inclement weather problems in advance and provide both outdoor and indoor event space for only one price. Set up and decor are included in the price of the venue rental as well. The Grand Lion Event Center is able to host weddings and other special events with as many as four hundred guests, or around two hundred with photo booths and other tables.
1191 Hillview Blvd, Hillview, KY 40229, Phone: 502-210-0629
© Ice House
The Ice House is located within the heart of the city of Louisville and offers a versatile space for events that’s great for hosting wedding ceremonies and/or wedding receptions surrounded by industrial-style architecture combined with contemporary decor. Couples can exchange their vows on the rooftop overlooking the surrounding city, panoramic views, and the glittering skyline, offering an amazing photo backdrop. The terrace provides a perfect spot for cocktail hour, while the Mezzanine is good for an intimate reception. The Main Hall is ideal for grand receptions, featuring a spacious area for entertainment and dancing, polished floors, and high ceilings.
226 E Washington St, Louisville, KY 40202, Phone: 502-589-4700
6.Kentucky Derby Museum
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The Kentucky Derby Museum is a unique destination for hosting wedding receptions, business events, and other private parties in Louisville, Kentucky. Located at the city’s historic and famous Churchill Downs, the facility can be rented out for the day or for the night for events, with access to the interesting exhibits displayed in the Kentucky Derby Museum. The venue contains over ten thousand square feet of both outdoor and indoor versatile event space that couples can customize to meet the needs of their vision for the wedding, such as the Kentucky Oaks Terrace or the Great Hall.
704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208, Phone: 502-637-1111
© Locust Grove
The Locust Grove is a national historic landmark in Louisville and a one-of-a-kind example of the early craftsmanship, architecture, and history of Kentucky. The Georgian mansion from the year 1792 and the wonderfully preserved grounds share the story of the builders and of the beginnings of America. The fifty-five acres of rolling landscape only six miles away from downtown Louisville consists of expansive grass lawns and beautiful formal gardens. Couples and their wedding guests can take in a backdrop of green, lush surroundings and a historic home setting for ceremonies either on the lawn or on the house’s spacious porch.
561 Blankenbaker Ln, Louisville, KY 40207, Phone: 502-897-9845
8.Louisville Ballroom at Shall We Dance
© Louisville Ballroom at Shall We Dance
The Louisville Ballroom at Shall We Dance is a modern, yet historical professional venue for weddings that combines new world technology with old world amenities. The dedicated event staff strives to make every wedding event successful, memorable, and unique for both the couple and their wedding guests. With white oak flooring, pressed copper ceilings, and mahogany crown moldings, the Louisville Ballroom boasts stunning architecture for any event style. The space is excellent for small to mid-sized weddings and is able to accommodate a maximum of two hundred guests. There is also an outdoor courtyard that can fit 70 people for ceremonies.
1404 Evergreen Rd, Louisville, KY 40223, Phone: 502-244-1325
9.Louisville Palace Theatre
© Louisville Palace Theatre
The Louisville Palace Theatre is owned and operated by Live Nation, the world’s largest live entertainment company. In addition to hosting a wide variety of events open to the public throughout the year, this unique and versatile theatre venue in Louisville, Kentucky can also be rented for an unforgettable wedding celebration. The Louisville Palace Theatre boasts intricate architectural details, extravagant decor, and elegant lighting. The first and second floor theater locations, lounges, and bar area, along with the Faces Lobby, all offer something special and different to accommodate couples and their wedding guests, including ceremonies on a stage.
625 S. 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202, Phone: 502-583-4555
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10.Louisville Water Tower Park
© Louisville Water Tower Park
The Louisville Water Tower Park is one of Louisville’s historic wedding venues, boasting a brass spiral staircase, original architecture, and both indoor and outdoor event spaces. Offering amazing views of the Ohio River, the venue makes for a great spot for rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, elopements, bridal showers, wedding ceremonies, and wedding receptions. The Grand Hall consists of approximately 2,200 square feet of space for events and features a very high ceiling and ornate, large windows that let in natural light in abundance. The Riverside Lawn and Terrace offers an event site along the water with beautiful river views.
3005 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40207, Phone: 502-897-1481
© Louisville Zoo
The Louisville Zoo is one of the most unique venues for weddings in the city of Louisville, Kentucky, providing couples with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tie the knot surrounded by their favorite zoo animals, such as the Western Lowland Gorilla Troop, the Sea Lions and Harbor Seals, or the Sumatran Tigers. The Louisville Zoo is able to host events of various sizes, ranging from forty to two hundred guests for wedding ceremonies and a maximum of four hundred for seated wedding receptions. Guests can mingle during the cocktail hour around one of many different world-class exhibits, such as South America or Africa.
1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213, Phone: 502-459-2181
12.MAEC - Mellwood Art And Entertainment Center
© MAEC - Mellwood Art And Entertainment Center
The Mellwood Art And Entertainment Center provides approximately 360,000 square feet of space and is home four large rooms for events and over 200 art studios. The Picasso Room boasts balcony access, a bridal room, abundant natural light, and exposed brick, while the Monet Room is a beautiful space with three large mirrors. The Van Gogh Room features a bridal suite, kitchen, stage, dance floor, built-in bar, and a large courtyard, while the DaVinci Room has an outdoor/indoor bar, patio, stage, and VIP area. The Van Gogh Room and DaVinci Room can also be connected for more space.
1860 Mellwood Ave, Louisville, KY 40206, Phone: 502-895-3650
13.NOAH'S Event Venue
The NOAH'S Event Venue in Louisville, Kentucky is surrounded by gorgeous waterfront views and rolling greenery, conveniently located less than twenty minutes away from the city’s airport. With customizable decor, spacious event rooms, dramatic architecture, and a stylish interior, NOAH’s is one of the leading wedding venues in the city. The venue also boasts an open-vendor policy for weddings, allowing couples to bring in their choice of caterers, decorators, florists, and more to make sure their wedding celebration is exactly how they want it to be. NOAH’s Event Venue provides city conveniences combined with a beautiful natural environment.
12451 Plantside Dr, Louisville, KY 40299, Phone: 502-759-7722
© Peterson-Dumesnil House
The Peterson-Dumesnil House is a historic landmark and Italian-style villa boasting elegance and charm at every turn, making it a magical venue for hosting weddings. Originally constructed back in the year 1869, the four-acre estate has served as an ideal backdrop for events for many years. There are a number of different spaces for couples to choose from for their event, including the garden, which provides a great site for outdoor wedding ceremonies. Tents can also be used to provide a covered area for enjoying the fresh air. With the collection of spaces, both the ceremony and reception can be held on-site.
301 S Peterson Ave, Louisville, KY 40206, Phone: 502-895-7975
15.The Barn at Cedar Creek
© The Barn at Cedar Creek
The Barn at Cedar Creek is one of Louisville, Kentucky’s more rustic venues for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, and other special events. The venue is equipped with handicapped-accessible bathrooms and electricity. The rustic chic barn also features a chandelier, whiskey barrels, a dressing room, a back deck, and side patios.Rental of The Barn at Cedar Creek includes use of the bridal apartment for getting ready, a golf cart shuttle for guests to get to and from the parking area, chairs and tables, a pergola for wedding ceremonies, interior and exterior lighting around the barn, wedding signs, and more.
10309 Cedar Creek Rd, Louisville, KY40229
16.The Gardens at Ray Eden
© The Gardens at Ray Eden
The Gardens at Ray Eden strives to make every wedding held at the property one that both the couple and their wedding guests will remember for the rest of their lives. The venue provides a romantic and unique setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions, including a number of different lakeside sites and special garden sites for a magical atmosphere. An array of different sized weddings can be held at The Garden at Ray Eden, from as intimate as only fifty guests to grand, large weddings with as many as 225 of the couple’s closest friends and family.
13104 Cain Ln, Louisville, KY 40245, Phone: 502-241-9111
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© The Gillespie
The building that is now home to The Gillespie was built back in the year 1929 and operated as a bank before becoming one of Louisville’s premier wedding venues. Upon entering the venue, guests are greeted with a gorgeous chandelier, floor-to-ceiling marble, and ornately painted ceilings. Remnants of the building’s days as a bank can still be seen in the foyer, leaving a memorable impression. Pass the bank gates is the elegant Grand Ballroom, boasting approximately 24,000 square feet and a marble dance floor. The beautiful mezzanine level often serves as a space for cocktail hour.
421 W Market St, Louisville, KY 40202, Phone: 502-584-8080
© The Gramercy
The Gramercy boasts an accredited, nationally recognized, and award-winning design team that helps couples with all of the decorating for their wedding, making the wedding planning process as easy and stress free as possible. The venue is able to host both wedding ceremonies and receptions, and features original 1920’s bronze pendant lights, stunning mahogany chairs, beautiful crystal chandeliers, marble-inspired flooring, and a barrel-vaulted ceiling. The Gramercy also offers a flexible floor plan that includes space for a DJ, a dance floor, a bar, and more, providing an elegant, historic, and stylish venue for weddings both small and large.
620 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY 40202, Phone: 502-656-4100
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The Olmsted in the city of Louisville is a historic venue for weddings, situated on grounds that encompass approximately eighty-one acres and once housed the Masonic Homes of Kentucky. There are three different spaces for events at the venue, ranging from uncovered outdoor areas to indoor spaces, which provide enough room for weddings with as many as six hundred guests. Johnson Hall, which was used as the home’s dining hall in the past, now hosts numerous large wedding celebrations throughout the year. Couples can choose The Olmsted for a historic and beautiful wedding venue, complete with two expansive lawns and tree-lined driveways.
3701 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40207, Phone: 502-899-7670
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20.The Parklands of Floyds Fork
The Parklands of Floyds Fork provides several different venues that can be reserved for a classic Kentucky rustic wedding, including both outdoor and indoor event sites. The Gheens Foundation Lodge is a beautiful venue offering space inside and outside for events with up to 300 guests, as well as amazing views of the Floyds Fork. The Hockensmith Barn boasts a unique location on a hilltop with a rustic setting that can accommodate as many as 275 guests with additional space available by expanding into the Brown-Forman Silo Center. There is also the Woodland Pavilion at Broad Run Park.
Beckley Creek Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40245, Phone: 502-815-0277
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© The Pointe
The Pointe is an event venue that boasts character, versatility, and simplicity for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinner, corporate events, and many other types of events. The open floor plans of the spaces allow couples to add their own personal touches for their celebration. The Atrium is a great venue for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hour, or a seated dinner reception, featuring plenty of natural light, modern architecture, and space for guests to move around freely. The Barrel Room features high ceilings, large windows, and exposed brick and is able to accommodate up to three hundred guests for seated events.
1205 E. Washington St, Louisville, KY 40206, Phone: 502-589-1820
© The Regency
The Regency is a spacious wedding venue, ideal for memorable and beautiful weddings of a variety of sizes. Featuring rolling greenery and spectacular lake views, the picturesque property provides everything couples need for an unforgettable event. The venue provides a perfect blend of classic luxury and modern charm and is able to accommodate a maximum of 250 of the couple’s closest friends and family. There are several different versatiles event spaces to choose from at The Regency, along with a groom’s room and bridal suite. Weddings can be held outdoors on the manicured grounds or indoors in one of the ballrooms.
9000 Limehouse Ln, Louisville, KY 40220, Phone: 502-744-7000
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© University Club
The University Club is situated on the Belknap Campus of the University of Louisville, located within close proximity to many hotels, Interstates, the airport, and downtown Louisville. Crystal chandeliers complement candles on the tables for receptions, while the neutral color scheme of the event spaces allow couples to customize the space with whatever colors they would like for their wedding day. All beverages and food are provided by the University Club, prepared by a chef that is able to design a menu, whether plated or buffet, that perfectly suits the needs and tastes of the couple and their wedding guests.
200 E. Brandeis Ave, Louisville, KY 40208, Phone: 502-852-6996
24.Wildwood Country Club
© Wildwood Country Club
The Wildwood Country Club is a popular venue in the city of Louisville, Kentucky for weddings and other special events. Whether couples are wanting a small, intimate wedding with only their closest friends and family or a large, grand affair with three hundred guests, the Wildwood Country Club is able to accommodate for a variety of different styles and sizes of weddings. With an experienced and professional staff, pristine settings, and versatile facilities, the venue boasts the amenities and services needed to make sure wedding celebrations run smoothly and are memorable for both the couple and their guests.
5000 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40291, Phone: 502-499-1261
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25.Woodhaven Country Club
© Woodhaven Country Club
The Woodhaven Country Club has served the local Louisville community for more than fifty years, offering beautiful water views and grounds for wedding celebrations and other events. The events center has been renovated with modern amenities and features all the touches for a memorable wedding setting, including a beautiful dining room with hanging crystal lights and classy, unique lighting, as well as great views of the lake, which includes features a fountain. The Woodhaven Country Club also contains huge windows that allow for plenty of natural light and a versatile layout for many different themes and color schemes.
7200 Woodhaven Rd, Louisville, KY 40291, Phone: 502-491-7112
25 Best Wedding Venues in Louisville, Kentucky
- Conrad-Caldwell House, Photo: Conrad-Caldwell House
- Garden Court, Photo: JDziedzic/stock.adobe.com
- Gheens Foundation Lodge, Photo: Kateryna/stock.adobe.com
- Grand Lion Event Center, Photo: Grand Lion Event Center
- Ice House, Photo: Ice House
- Kentucky Derby Museum, Photo: Kentucky Derby Museum
- Locust Grove, Photo: Locust Grove
- Louisville Ballroom at Shall We Dance, Photo: Louisville Ballroom at Shall We Dance
- Louisville Palace Theatre, Photo: Louisville Palace Theatre
- Louisville Water Tower Park, Photo: Louisville Water Tower Park
- Louisville Zoo, Photo: Louisville Zoo
- MAEC - Mellwood Art And Entertainment Center, Photo: MAEC - Mellwood Art And Entertainment Center
- NOAH'S Event Venue, Photo: Kristina/stock.adobe.com
- Peterson-Dumesnil House, Photo: Peterson-Dumesnil House
- The Barn at Cedar Creek, Photo: The Barn at Cedar Creek
- The Gardens at Ray Eden, Photo: The Gardens at Ray Eden
- The Gillespie, Photo: The Gillespie
- The Gramercy, Photo: The Gramercy
- The Olmsted, Photo: Egor/stock.adobe.com
- The Parklands of Floyds Fork, Photo: gonzalocalle/stock.adobe.com
- The Pointe, Photo: The Pointe
- The Regency, Photo: The Regency
- University Club, Photo: University Club
- Wildwood Country Club, Photo: Wildwood Country Club
- Woodhaven Country Club, Photo: Woodhaven Country Club
- Cover Photo: EdNurg/stock.adobe.com