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Wedding season in Kentucky: 10 unique venues and what’s in style for 2024 – Fox 56 News

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — The most popular time to get married is between June and October, according to a recent study by The Knot, with 19% of couples planning their weddings in six months or less.

Whether you want rolling bluegrass fields, a castle, or a wedding in a cave, Kentucky most likely has a venue for your special day.

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Heather Martin, of 27 Social, is a Lexington wedding and event planner with 12 years of experience. She offered FOX 56 News some tips for choosing a wedding venue while saving some cash and headaches.

Martin said it is important to know your budget.

“Make sure you know your overall budget,” she said. “Coming up with that budget and allocating money to different areas.”

Flexibility is a powerful tool for saving money or getting a dream venue that might be out of reach.

“A good way to save is to be flexible with that date. Kentucky’s wedding season is from April through October. Sometimes picking an off-season wedding or a Sunday wedding can help save money,” Martin said.

What is in style?

Martin said wedding venues with strong themes are big right now.

“People enjoy something unique, something very Kentucky, or something with its own theme. People also love to have a place that is special to them,” she said.

Outside of the look and feel, couples are more interested in one-stop shops for their big day.

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”You see a lot more people that like to have everything in one spot—the wedding, the reception, etc. To be able to have everything in one spot is very sought-after right now,” Martin said.

Managing wedding stress

Bride and groomzillas aren’t made overnight. Weddings take a lot of time and planning; a 2023 study from The Knot estimates weddings take an average of 15 months.

Martin said enlisting a professional can help manage some of that stress.

“A wedding coordinator is out there for everyone, depending on their needs. A wedding coordinator can really help you manage that budget. [A wedding planner] can be involved as much or little in the wedding as needed. Coordination is the day of, when I make sure everything goes smoothly, but I can also be more involved or less,” she said.

Many wedding planners like Martin offer a variety of services, from consultations where they can just help you decide what it is you want from your wedding to full planning where they can pick the venue, book catering, and make sure everything goes smoothly on the big day.

A wedding at Red River Gorge

Natural Bridge State Park located in the Red River Gorge Wilderness Area in Slade, Kentucky. (Getty)

Companies like My Tiny Wedding offer services at one of central Kentucky’s most iconic locations, the Red River Gorge. My Tiny Wedding specializes in small weddings and elopements, allowing for intimate weddings with stunning views of the Red River Gorge Geological Area in Stanton.

Lost River Cave in Bowling Green is a venue tucked underneath a rock face. The venue is part of a 72-acre park that includes a cave, a wooded valley, a river, blue holes, sinking streams, and rock outcrops.

A beautiful cave

Lost River Cave

  • Lost River Cave
  • Lost River Cave

Lost River Cave is more than a historic underground park, it could also be your next destination wedding.

Barn weddings with modern flair

Ashford Acres Inn, in Cynthiana, and Burdoc Farms Weddings & Events, in Crofton, offer some modern takes on a farmhouse wedding. Ashford Acres has rolling Kentucky bluegrass hills with the clean and bright farmhouse taking center stage, while Burdoc Farms offers beautiful wooden beams that frame huge bright windows for a modern and bright ecstatic.

Ashford Acres Inn

  • Ashford Acres Inn
  • Ashford Acres Inn (Veronica Sparrow Photography)
  • Ashford Acres Inn (Veronica Sparrow Photography)

Burdoc Farms Weddings & Events

  • Burdoc Farms
  • Burdoc Farms
  • Burdoc Farms

Wine or spirits

Talon Winery & Vineyards in Lexington and Castle and Key in Frankfort both have venues that help you celebrate your wedding, whether you love the vineyard aesthetic or a more spirited one.

  • Talon Winery & Vineyards
  • Talon Winery & Vineyards
  • Talon Winery & Vineyards
  • Talon Winery & Vineyards
  • Castle and Key Distillery
  • Castle and Key Distillery
  • Castle and Key Distillery (Katie Gallagher Photography)

A literal castle

You can bring your fairytale wedding dreams to life right here in the Bluegrass and feel like a prince or princess at the Kentucky Castle.

The Kentucky Castle

The Kentucky Castle is located on a 55-acre farm situated in the heart of the Bluegrass. (The Kentucky Castle)

Old money

An “old money” themed wedding embraces elegance, sophistication, and refinement. To pull off the wedding, you need the perfect space, like The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall. A wedding at UK’s Spindletop Hall includes a one-year membership to the private club for the couple.

The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall

Extravagant garden, ripe orchard

Why settle for beautiful plant centerpieces when you can have your wedding venue be a garden? The Yew Dell Botanical Gardens offers great spaces for plant parents. If you are a fan of fresh fruit and lush trees, Evans Orchard might be the venue for you.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Evans Orchard

  • Evans Orchard (Green Apple Photography)
  • Evans Orchard
  • Evans Orchard

These are only a handful of the amazing wedding venues on offer in Kentucky, showing that you can get just about anything you’d want in a wedding without leaving the Bluegrass state.

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