Wedding FAQs

Can I take photos at Keeneland?

The Keeneland grounds are open to the public 365 days a year. Photographers are welcome to take photos on the grounds but may not interfere with events. Absolutely no one is allowed on the track or turf course at any time.

During Race Meet (April and October), photographers, videographers and media personnel must have credentials. 

Can I get married during the races?

No, Keeneland does not book outside events during the months of April and October due to the race meet. 

What are the available dates and venues to use for my wedding at Keeneland?

Keeneland is currently booking for 2023 and 2024 weddings. Keeneland does not book any weddings or events in April or October due to the race meet. Event venues for weddings are the Entertainment Center & Keene Barn and the Keeneland Clubhouse.

What does the rental fee include?

All venue rentals include the event space (set up at noon the day prior to your event and tear down the day after), tables, chairs, floor-length linens, house lighting and sound, stage, dance floor and a Keeneland Event Planner. A preferred vendor list will also be provided. 

Can I use my own vendors?

At Keeneland, we have a number of exceptional vendors who we trust and have worked at an exceptional level. Wedding Planners, Rentals, Tenting, Draping/Lighting must be selected from this list. To use a vendor not on the approved list, our events team can send an application for completion and review.  We have a suggested vendor list for all other vendors but these are not required. Weddings are also assigned a Keeneland Event Planner to help with the venue, menu and logistics of your day.

Do I need a wedding planner?

Yes a wedding planner or coordinator from the Keeneland Preferred Vendor list is required. 

Can I use an outside catering company for my wedding?

No, all catering (food and beverage) is required to use Keeneland Hospitality. Please note the food and beverage minimums which are specific to each event and venue. Your Keeneland Event Planner will help create an exceptional menu and drink order specific to your event! A 22% service charge and 6% KY sales tax will be added to the final bill. 

All weddings will receive a private menu tasting with the Keeneland Event Planner and 5 guests! 

Are there any restriction on décor?

Keeneland is very supportive of making your wedding your own! We do have a few necessary restrictions included in the contract; No existing décor may be altered or removed by clients or invitees without the advance written approval of Keeneland Hospitality. We also ask that all decorations for the event be approved in advance by Keeneland Hospitality. Any decorations that could possibly damage the ceilings, walls or floors will not be allowed. No birdseed, rice, confetti, glitter or helium balloons are permitted. Candles may be used but must be enclosed in glass containers such as hurricane globes or votives. Tenting, Draping and Lighting vendors must be from the Preferred Vendor List. 

Can I use a drone to capture video footage?

Due to Keeneland’s proximity with the Lexington Airport, no drones are permitted on the grounds.

How do I book a wedding at Keeneland?

Keeneland is currently booking for 2023 and 2024 weddings. Complete the Proposal Request Form and the Event Sales Manager will be in touch with you within a few days. A phone call will be set up to discuss available dates, guest number, venues, menu options and pricing. An Event Proposal will be created and shared with the client, then a site visit will be scheduled.  Upon receipt of the contract, clients have two weeks to sign, return and submit a $2,000 nonrefundable deposit to hold the date. A credit card is also required to be on file with the contract. 

Additional questions? Email [email protected]