One of the things we love most about Kentucky is the amount of historical buildings still around today — especially ones that have since been turned into gorgeous wedding venues!
Estate and mansion wedding venues make for nice wedding locations for a few reasons. First, they often offer some beautiful architecture that are perfect for wedding photography backdrops.
Additionally, they are a great wedding venue choice for a wide range of styles. You can choose to play up the vintage or luxurious side of the space, or you can plan a more intimate, yet still elegant, countryside wedding with a Southern charm vibe.
If this sounds like the right type of setting for your wedding celebration, take a look at some of the top estate and mansion wedding venues in the Bluegrass state below!
Oxmoor Estate & Gardens
The Oxmoor Estate in Louisville is one of the best historic plantation wedding venues in the state. The home itself is over 16,000 square feet with ample space for a variety of wedding-day festivities, and the outdoor gardens make for perfect photo opportunities.
If you head there for a visit before making your venue choice, be sure to take a look at the stunning grand library while you're there!
Searching for a place with a balance of elegance, history and warmth? Look no further than Whitehall Estate!
This classic Kentucky mansion is filled to the brim with vintage decor (think of all the fun you'll have while you get ready!), and the outdoor areas are just as stunning. It's no wonder the Whitehall gardens are such a popular ceremony and reception choice: you'll see garden archways, a variety of plants and flowers, and romantic stone-covered pathways that are all perfect for an outdoor wedding.
Getting married during the warmer months? You'll find few outdoor wedding venues in Kentucky quite as beautiful as Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. Aside from the natural beauty at Yew Dell, there's also a castle on site with architecture any history-lover will appreciate!
Mustard Seed Hill
For those who love a mix of farmland, rolling hills and small-town charm, Mustard Seed Hill is a beautiful wedding venue option. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the venue features the restored Allen House, originally build in 1852.
You'll find Mustard Seed Hill in the Central Kentucky town of Millersburg, and the extended drive from town and through the property may be enough to give you all the fun wedding-day feels. The bridal party will also enjoy getting ready in places like the Bridal Suite and the Billiards Room, as well as the guest bedrooms on site.
Old Blue Ribbon Farm
If you want to stay close to Louisville, another beautiful wedding venue is the Old Blue Ribbon Farm, established in 1839. Located on 400 acres, the space features a restored antebellum house and barns all ready for an elegant Southern wedding!
Whether you're looking for a sophisticated yet casual event or an over-the-top elegant affair, GlenLary Estate should be one of your top choices. With over 80 acres of Bluegrass countryside and horses all around, this wedding venue in Paris, KY is romantic, charming and scenic.
Another top mansion wedding venue in Louisville is Locust Grove. The house has been around since 1970 (talk about historic!), and offers a beautiful indoor/outdoor location complete for couples to say their vows, complete with formal gardens and lawns in addition to the home on site.
If you're planning a smaller wedding celebration and want to stay near Louisville, Hermitage Farm is a great wedding venue to consider. The space features grand views of classic Kentucky rolling hills and even allows some of your guests to stay overnight!
Richwood on the River
Have a lot of guests coming from out of state? Richwood on the River could be perfect for you!
With enough space to accommodate up to 40 overnight guests for two nights, you can celebrate with your family and friends for more than just one night. You might even consider having your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception all in the same place — a huge perk.
To top it off, couples have access to dozens of outdoor backdrops on the 117 acre property, where they can take beautiful portraits in the natural light.
Between 3,000 acres of rolling hills and half a dozen indoor spaces for events, Shaker Village offers almost an endless combination of settings for weddings.
Like many of the other estates in this list, Shaker Village has a lot of history — having been around since the 1800s — but the style of the space is quaint and comfortable, making it a perfect option for smaller, more intimate weddings. Some of the top perks of this venue include a cellar with a wood burning fireplace, access to the Dixie Belle Riverboat, and dozens of scenic views all around.
Farmington Historic Plantation
Although on the smaller side on this list with 18 acres, Farmington boasts a pretty high age with over 200 years of Kentucky history. With capacity up to 350 guests and both indoor and outdoor settings available, it's another great venue option especially for those getting married near Louisville.
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