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Say “I Do” at Gardencourt, Louisville’s Most Enchanting Venue

Located in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky, Gardencourt stands as a testament to timeless beauty and elegance. This historic venue, with its stunning architecture and picturesque gardens, is a dream location for photographers and couples! Let’s explore why we love Gardencourt, why you will love Garden Court, the different areas it offers, pricing for renting its enchanting spaces, and some frequently asked questions about this exquisite venue.

Why Green Apple Photography Recommends Gardencourt

You know the saying, pictures are worth a thousand words…but if that’s not enough evidence for you here’s why Green Apple Photography LOVES Gardencourt:

Gardencourt’s architecture is a blend of the English Tudor and Gothic style, which creates a gorgeous setting for photos. Intricate details are found on the entire property, such as stone carvings and vintage leaded glass windows. These details add depth and character to every shot. Not to mention, the lighting at Gardencourt! We always appreciate the abundance of natural light, which is not hard to find at Gardencourt. The large windows, open spaces, and various outdoor photo opportunities allow for stunning portraits with soft and natural lighting. Last but not least, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. If  you’re searching for indoor elegance or outdoor charm, this is it!  With their variety of settings, there will be something to suit your vision. From the grand ballroom to the intimate garden spaces, there will be something to suit your vision.

The History of Gardencourt

Gardencourt is a historic venue in Louisville, Kentucky, that has a rich history dating back to its construction in 1906. Originally built as a private residence, this three-story Beaux Arts home was later purchased by the Louisville Seminary and repurposed for educational and community use. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well. Gardencourt is known for its stunning architectural features, including intricate woodwork, marble fireplaces, and a grand staircase. The estate’s outdoor spaces, including formal rose gardens and arbors designed by the Olmsted Brothers, add to its charm and allure. Over the years, the venue has served as a venue for weddings, conferences, retreats, and social gatherings, continuing to be a beloved and historic landmark in the entire Louisville community.

Spaces in Gardencourt

Whether you’re looking for an intimate space indoors, or a large outdoor area to seat everyone near and dear to you, Garden Court will have something up your alley! 

Interior Spaces

The Hundley Hall

Room Size: 48’9” x 42’

Seated Dinner Capacity (Tables of 10): 140* with a dancefloor

Seated Dinner Capacity (Tables of 8): 112* with a dancefloor

Chairs Only Capacity: 200

Standing Capacity: 225

Norton Hall

Room Size: 27’10” x 23’9”

Seated Dinner Capacity (Tables of 10): 50

Seated Dinner Capacity (Tables of 8): 40

Chairs Only Capacity: 50

Standing Capacity: 75

Anderson Hall

Room Size: 37’10” x 19’8”

Seated Dinner Capacity (Tables of 10): 60

Seated Dinner Capacity (Tables of 8): 48

Chairs Only Capacity: 70

Standing Capacity: 100

Brown Hall

Room Size: 23’9” x 27’10”

Seated Dinner Capacity (Tables of 10): 50

Seated Dinner Capacity (Tables of 8): 60

Chairs Only Capacity: 50

Standing Capacity: 75

Great Hall

Room Size: 12’ x 84’

Seated Dinner Capacity (Tables of 10): 0

Seated Dinner Capacity (Tables of 8): 0

Chairs Only Capacity: 10

Standing Capacity: 125

Exterior Spaces

The Rose Gardens

Lawn Size: 26’ x 48’

Wedding Ceremony (Chairs Only): 600 (150 per quadrant)

Seated Dinner (Tables of 8): 384

Seated Dinner (Tables of 10): 480

Tent Options: (2) 40’ x 60’ OR (2) 20’ x 100’

South Lawn

Lawn Size: 29’ x 141’

Wedding Ceremony (Chairs Only): 200-250

Seated Dinner (Tables of 8): 320

Seated Dinner (Tables of 10): 400

Tent Options: (1) 30’ x 90” OR (1) 30’ x 140’

Bride poses in the atrium of Gardencourt in Louisville Kentucky

Pricing & Collections

According to Gardencourt’s website, here are the current packages and pricing:

Option 1 – First Floor & Gardens (9 hour rental): $2,600

This rental includes: 3 hour setup, 5 hour event, 1 hour takedown, and the following spaces –

Norton Room, Anderson Room, Brown Room, Hundley Hall, Great Hall, South Lawn, & the Rose Gardens

Option 2 – First Floor (6 hour rental): $2,200

This rental includes: 2 hour setup, 3 hour event, 1 hour takedown, and the following spaces –

Norton Room, Anderson Room, Brown Room, Hundley Hall, & the Great Hall

Option 3 – Gardens & Great Hall (6 hour rental): $2,200

This rental includes: 2 hour setup, 3 hour event, 1 hour takedown, and the following spaces –

Great Hall, South Lawn, & the Rose Gardens

Option 4 – Individual Room Rentals (6 hours): Prices Vary Per Room

This rental includes: 2 hour setup, 3 hour event, 1 hour takedown

Hundley Hall: $900

Anderson Room: $700

Brown Room: $500

Norton Room: $500

You can find more pricing information at this link here.

FAQ’s About Gardencourt

Is parking available?

Yes, there is ample parking for guests attending events at the seminary and at the venue.

Are there accommodations for bridal parties to get ready?

Yes, Gardencourt provides lots of space inside of the venue for the bridal party to prepare for the event. These suites offer a comfortable and elegant space for getting ready.

Does Gardencourt have preferred vendors?

With the exception of catering, you are welcome to choose any vendor you prefer. Gardencourt requires one of these 8 catering companies: Bristol Catering, Divinity Fine catering, Kingsley Meats & Catering, Ladyfinger’s Catering, The Mayan Cafe, Mirabelle Gourmet Catering, Morris Deli Catering, or Wiltshire Pantry.

Is there a rain plan for outdoor ceremonies?

Indoor spaces are available as a backup plan in case of inclement weather. They will work with you to ensure a seamless transition if the ceremony needs to be moved indoors.

Is Gardencourt wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Gardencourt is wheelchair accessible, with ramps available for guests who require them.

What is the booking process for Gardencourt?

To book Gardencourt for your event, you will need to contact their event coordinator to check availability and discuss your event details. A deposit is typically required to secure your date. If you’re looking to book at Gardencourt, their calendar opens on the first business day in June each year for the following year’s dates. Want to learn more about Gardencourt and how to book? Get all the details about it on the Louisville Seminary website here.

Can I tour Gardencourt?

Tours are booked by appointment only, Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tours are not conducted on the weekends due to event bookings. To set up a tour you can call (502) 992-0220, or scroll to the bottom of this page.

Is there a preferred vendor list for any services?

Gardencourt may have a list of preferred vendors for services such as photography, music, and other event needs. While you are not required to choose from this list, these vendors are familiar with the venue and its requirements.

Does Gardencourt provide staff?

Gardencourt can provide their own on-site planners, staff, and security.

How much is an average wedding venue in KY?

According to 314 exchange’s article, “the average price of a wedding venue in Louisville, KY, is $5,000”, which proves that Gardencourt is very reasonably priced!

In conclusion, Gardencourt is more than just a venue; it’s a dream come true! With its stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and versatile spaces, Gardencourt provides the perfect backdrop for capturing timeless memories. Whether you’re planning a grand celebration or an intimate gathering, this location offers a truly magical setting for your special day.

If this venue doesn’t feel like the one, or you’re just curious to explore more, head back to the Green Apple Photography Louisville Wedding main page here to learn about other great venues in Louisville.

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