Post # 1
I had narrowed down a list of venues to look at based on our current guest list of 150. I plan on having an outdoor (preferably garden) ceremony and and indoor reception. I am trying to avoid having to have a tent, but we will if I can’t find a venue!
My problem is that my mom has decided our guest list is too small at 150 and thinks we will have a minimum of 200 people. A lot of the venues I looked at for both the ceremony AND the reception cannot hold that many people seated inside. Which sucks. I’m getting a little frustrated. I don’t want to give up my outdoor ceremony. I am now also looking into using seperate venues for the ceremony and the reception.
Here is my current list:
Whitehall Mansion and Gardens (tent required)
Nunnlea House (now too small)
Gardens at Ray Eden (possibly need a tent)
Yew Dell Gardens (tent)
Locust Grove (tent)
The Farnsley-Moremen Landing (now too small)
Rathskellar at the Seelbach (not sure of capacity, but we stayed at the Seelbach when Fiance proposed)
Pendennis Club (not sure of capacity)
The Watertower is not my favorite because it doesn’t have a garden, and one of my friends just got married there so I would like to do something different.
So, Kentucky girls, any suggestions for places to look at?
Post # 3
We just booked Locust Grove for this September. Have you looked at Gardencourt at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. They have enough indoor space for 200 and you can have the ceremony in their Rose Garden. It’s beautiful!
Post # 4
I second Gardencourt. It would be a beautiful place to get married. However, be sure to check out the interior carefully. We looked at booking there but realized we would have to split our guests (about 200) up into two different rooms during dinner, which we didn’t want to do. The smaller room is absolutely gorgeous and beautifully decorated (you woudn’t have to do much there in terms of decor) but the larger room, where the band/DJ and majority of guests would be, would need a lot more work. We loved the venue except for that room.. it was going to cost more money than I wanted to spend in order to make the space into something that appealed to us.
We eventually ended up booking the Olmsted, which I would also highly recommend as a reception venue.
Post # 5
We did Louisville Glassworks. Not a garden, but ceremony on the roof, and reception indoors. Loved it!
Post # 6
Thanks for the suggestions!! I didn’t think I’d get an answer 🙂 We are going to visit the Seelbach, the Gillespie, the Mellwood Arts Center, and Glassworks in the next few weeks. FI and I actually visited Gardencourt last fall, but we didn’t think it fit us very well. I know some people who have had beautiful weddings there though.
Post # 7
I recommend Hurstbourne Country Club, but I may be a little biased since I’m getting married there this June! 🙂
But I was just like you, wanted and outdoor (garden) ceremony and indoor reception. At the Hurstbourne Country Club they don’t have a garden but they do have this chapel wall/alter type thing–very pretty for weddings. And the inside is beautiful! You may need to split people up into two rooms but the rooms are connected (just a fireplace that splits up the space). I found some great pictures online of another couple that had a wedding there last year.
They’ll give you a better idea of the chapel wall/alter and the inside of the country club.
Post # 8
Also, check out the Frazier History Museum!
Post # 9
I’m sure you have already looked everywhere by now, but I had my ceremony in the Rathskeller at the Seelbach. It was beautiful and Kristina Haysley was so helpful with everything and answered all of my many questions with a smile on her face. I’m not sure if the room would fit 200 people though, but it might. We had it set up for 120 and there was still room left.
Post # 10
@Shiner: We are getting married on the same day! I am having our reception at The Olmsted. Have you picked a venue yet?
Post # 11
@Willow1991: Oh sorry, just saw your comment! Yes, we picked The Gardens at Ray Eden in Crestwood. It is so gorgeous and most people have no idea it is even there. I didn’t until I stumbled across their website during my obsessive Googling. So the whole she-bang will be outside in the gardens. But they have a pergola with a topper if it rains, so hopefully we won’t need to rent a tent (maybe a small one for the caterers to set up in…).
By The Way, if any of you girls need an awesome florist and/or DOC, I have a friend who just started her business within the last few years and she has amazing taste. One of the weddings she did was even featured in the one of local bridal magazines (Kentucky Bride maybe? I can’t remember!). She is doing everything for me. So excited to see what we come up with! If anyone would like to check her out, PM me for her website!
Post # 12
Anyone been to a Pendennis Club wedding?