When searching for a wedding venue, it’s important to get clarity on what the venue’s rental fee includes. There’s a reason that some venues charge only a few hundred dollars while others charge thousands: what each venue includes in that fee varies greatly.

Some venues include staff, setup, tear-down and a huge selection of amenities. Others simply offer the space, leaving couples responsible for everything else.

This list of the top ten wedding venues in Louisville, Kentucky includes venues with a huge variety of offerings.

Also located in downtown Louisville, the Ice House offers a beautiful rooftop garden and a spacious main hall with a distinct industrial warehouse style. The Ice House can accommodate up to 350 guests. Both spaces can accommodate a ceremony or reception, and couples have access to two on-site hospitality suites. Couples also get to enjoy a dedicated event specialist and exclusive partner discounts.

Venue Style: Industrial

Price: Starting from $4000

Location: 226 East Washington street, Louisville, Kentucky

Phone: 502-589-4700

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With floor to ceiling marble, Swarovski crystal chandeliers and painted ceilings, The Gillespie is an elegant venue that’s bound to leave your guests with impressions of grandeur. If that’s not enough, this wedding venue also features a rustic loft space with exposed beams and brick walls. For couples looking to celebrate in style, The Gillespie will not disappoint!

Venue Style: Ballroom

Price: Starting from $1500

Location: 421 W Market St

Phone: 502-584-8080

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This recently-restored 19th century building features exposed timber and steel trusses, and classy white brick walls that offer an updated twist on a stunning historic building. The Pointe’s event spaces offer a blank slate where you can bring your wedding vision to life. With high ceilings, huge windows and hardwood floors, The Pointe will be sure to leave an impression on your wedding guests.

Venue Style: Historic

Price: Contact for pricing

Location: 1205 E. Washington St. Louisville, KY 40206

Phone: 502-589-1820

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For a truly unique wedding venue, get married on the water! The Belle of Louisville Riverboat has a stately ballroom and an open deck where you can watch the Louisville city skyline as you celebrate. You can even have your wedding ceremony performed by the boat’s captain! Sail away into the sunset with a “Just Married” banner draped from the back of the riverboat.

Venue Style: Riverboat

Price: Contact for pricing

Location: 401 West River Road, Louisville, KY

Phone: 866-832-0011

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The stunning Yew Dell Botanical Gardens provides a stunning collection of plants and flowers to act as a backdrop for your dream wedding. The garden offers both indoor and outdoor wedding locations, including covered open-air pavilions, where your guests will be sheltered from sun or rain, but still get to enjoy the outdoor ambiance of a garden wedding. There’s even a castle to serve as the perfect backdrop for fairytale wedding photos, or even to host an intimate reception. The garden’s wedding venues have options for weddings of between 50 and 400 guests.

Venue Style: Garden

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Location: 6220 Old LaGrange Road, Crestwood, KY 40014

Phone: (502) 241-4788

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Built in 1869, this Louisville wedding venue includes acres of landscaped grounds and a gorgeous historic mansion featuring an elegant spiral staircase and 14 foot ceilings. Ceremony and reception locations include a garden, on the expansive porch or in a tent on the grounds, and couples have access to dressing rooms and indoor spaces to host the bridal party as they get ready for the wedding.

Venue Style: Historic Mansion & Garden

Price: Starting from $250

Location: 301 S Peterson Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

Phone: 502-895-7975

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Passalino’s is a classic and timeless venue centrally located in downtown Louisville that can host up to 400 people. The breathtaking grand ballroom features a dramatic mezzanine and huge windows to let in natural light, which we know your wedding photographer will be grateful for! Stylish chiavari chairs are included in each wedding rental, as well as a selection of table centerpiece options.

Venue Style: Ballroom

Price: Starting from $1500

Location: 207 W Market St, Louisville

Phone: 502-584-8080

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For a unique and dramatic wedding venue, look no further than the Louisville Palace theatre, a historic venue built in 1928. The theatre’s ornate Spanish-Baroque architecture is truly breathtaking – you won’t need a big decor budget when your wedding venue looks like this! With a capacity from 25 to up to 2500 people, no dream wedding is too big for this grand wedding venue.

Venue Style: Historic

Price: Contact for pricing

Location: 625 South Fourth Street, Louisville KY

Phone: 502-883-5772

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The Regency is a modern 24,000 square foot mansion surrounded by beautiful landscaped grounds, with a capacity of 250 for weddings located in East Louisville, adjacent to Oxmoor Golf and Country Club. Weddings can take place inside the mansion’s ballroom or outdoors on the meticulously cared-for grounds. Rentals include chiavari chairs, custom lighting and an in-house event manager.

Venue Style: Mansion & Garden

Price: Starting from $2500

Location: 8900 Limehouse Ln, Louisville, KY  40220

Phone: 502-744-7000

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This unique venue is a modern contemporary art museum and a stylish hotel, all in one. For weddings, 21C offers in-house catering options that include buffet, family style and brunch menus, with event spaces that have a capacity of up to 450 guests and a dedicated events team so you can relax and enjoy your wedding day without worrying about logistics. You can book a block of rooms at the hotel to accommodate your out-of-town wedding guests and for yourself, there’s a stunning rooftop apartment where you can finish the day and start your ‘happily ever after.’

Venue Style: Museum & Hotel

Price: Contact for pricing

Location: 700 West Main Street Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Phone: 502-217-6300

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Conclusion

Whether you are hoping for a peaceful garden ceremony, a contemporary art gallery wedding, or an elegant soiree, these Louisville wedding venues have a little something for everyone. We hope this list helped get your wedding planning journey started!

 

Weddings in Louisville

Louisville may not be one of the more well-known cities in America, however, it is Kentucky’s largest city, and even though you may not be all too familiar with Louisville itself, chances are you would have heard of the Kentucky Derby (which is hosted there every May). In 2019 there were 11,700 weddings in Louisville with an average cost of $26,219. 

Not only is it one of the most beautiful places in the USA to get married, it’s also one of the most affordable, according to Wedding Wire. If you are thinking of getting hitched in the land of Kentucky Fried Chicken, then keep reading for all the information (and more) that you will need. 

 

Popular Louisville Venues

  • If one of the reasons that you chose Louisville for your wedding location is because of the Kentucky Derby, then how about getting married at the Kentucky Derby Museum! It is definitely not your ordinary, dusty museum – there is a great hall and an open-air garden terrace, and you can even host part of your reception in the museum space itself. It has a massive capacity, so it is perfect for large weddings – it will fit up to 2,000 guests comfortably. Prices start at $3500 for reception only to $4250 for the whole package. 
  • If an outdoor wedding is more your scene, you will love the highly sought after Gardencourt. It offers both indoor and outdoor spaces, so it will be perfect in any weather, and you will have the place to yourself for the entire day. The indoor space includes 4000 sq. ft of space, and the carved grand staircase makes for some impressive photos. Prices start at $2,200 for six hours rental and up to $2,600 for nine hours rental. 
  • For a totally unique wedding venue, look at the different offerings by the Kentucky Science Centre! There are many areas of the center that make for hilarious and unique photo opportunities, so you are only limited by your imagination. You can host your reception in the Riverview Room, which has an amazing panoramic view of the Ohio River. Perfect for medium-sized weddings (under 300 guests), prices start at $2,800 for reception only and up to $3000 to also include a reception. 

 

Popular Wedding Options in Louisville

Weddings in Louisville will tend to take advantage of Kentucky’s varied offerings, ranging from barns and vineyards to grand balls and city views. A vast majority (67%) of weddings in the city are classed as semi-formal and will often incorporate some part of the city – whether it be traditional Kentucky food or music. 

Although weddings are often considered an excuse to have a large party, there is a trend being seen in Louisville towards a micro wedding, which is any wedding with 50 or fewer guests (often including ten or fewer). This is perfect for couples with smaller families or a lower budget. Many venues specialize in micro weddings and will offer special pricing. 

 

Louisville Weather and Weddings

Louisville experiences all four seasons, so choosing the best time of the year to get married is important, especially if your venue is situated outdoors. Fall is the most popular season to get married – the foliage is stunning, and the weather is generally mild and comfortable. Winter can get bitterly cold, reaching below freezing in January, although prices for venues will be much lower during these times. Spring is also popular, with the average temperature staying around 56°F; however, rain is common, so you will want to have an indoor plan B. 

 

Guest Travel and Accommodation

Interstate and overseas visitors to Louisville will be able to get between the Louisville Muhammad Ali International airport and the city by using the TARC (Transit Authority of River City) bus, which operated whenever there are flights scheduled. Downtown Louisville is the ideal part of the city for your guests to stay in – it is where the best hotels are located, and it is packed with attractions and restaurants all within walking distance of each other.

The top hotels in the downtown area include

  • Embassy Suite by Hilton
  • Aloft Louisville Downtown (for a river view)
  • Hyatt Regency Louisville

 

No matter what your style or time of year you plan to get married, there will be an option that meets your taste and budget in the incredible city of Louisville. So, grab yourself some fried chicken and plan away!