Post # 1
We are looking for a venue for our reception that will likely be October 2014 in Louisville, KY that can accommodate up to 350 people (maybe 400).
Ideally we are trying to stay away from the “traditional” spaces in Louisville and do something a little intimate and personal with some Southern charm.
While places like the Seelbach, The Brown and The Henry Clay are beautiful, we have been to many events there and trying to stay away from that feel.
Post # 3
@tracyf502: I’ve heard the IceHouse is beautiful and the pics on their website are gorgeous. Its a little different than your regular venue. The Foundry at glassworks looks pretty and I believe they just opened up a second room as well. Are you trying to stay within a certain budget? I’m stuck on trying to find a venue myself…
Post # 4
There is the Muhammad Ali Center, Frazier Museum, I think the Clifton Center, Mellwood Art Center, Speed Museum are some.
Post # 5
@tracyf502: With a guest count of 350, your options are a little bit more limited.
A couple recommendations in no particular order:
Traditional – The Olmstead – Spacious, can accommodate both ceremony/reception and excellent in-house catering by Mastersons.
Modern – Galt House Hotel – Several spacious rooms (Grand and Archibald Cochran Ballrooms), can accommodate both ceremony/reception and also has excellent in-house catering.
Trendy – The Gillespie – Has plenty of space for guests on both the first floor and loft up above. Still somewhat new to the scene and in a great downtown Louisville location.
Post # 6
- Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
The Clifton Center and some others are going to be limited by your guest count. I was not a fan of the Clifton Center but the tour guide mentioned they would be doing some renovations I think this year. It won’t hold 350. The KY Derby Museum, unsure how many people it will hold nor did I get a chance to visit it. A few years ago my brother used the Crowne Plaza Hotel by the fairgrounds. It was nice, could have held like 400, but expensive. The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage was also nice. They have a huge room that will hold your guests. It looks a bit industrial and will require some imagination/decorations. But they also have Russell Hall (a seperate building) which I actually considered. However, the room splits into three sections and I want my guests seated within the same area. Mellwood is nice. It was my #1 choice but they were already booked up for this year last year. So if you want to use them for 2014 you better look into it now b/c they book very quickly! The plus about Mellwood is you can use your own caterer and bring own alcohol (open policy). Whereas every other place requires you use a caterer on their “preferred” list. I’m secretly hoping someone cancels by the end of the year lol! Joking. We are using Kentucky Center of the Performing Arts as reception venue because FI and I are “city folks” and loved the idea of a downtown reception venue. Muhammad Ali Center looks nice online (I didn’t get a chance to visit) but they have some restrictions like they do not allow pork to be served at your reception. With your guest count I do not see how your reception is going to be intimate. The places that would offer “southern charm” are probably not big enough.
There are some places in Jeffersonville, IN if you are willing to cross the bridge. Calumet Club. Kyes I & II (only visited for a club-like party). I did visit Lakeside Reflections. They are all inclusive except flowers, cake, and photographer. They almost had me sold but like I said, we wanted a downtown city feel. This seems long even though I tried to give you the short version of my list. Anyways I hope we all helped.