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Getting Married: Weddings at Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, LBL

There are few moments more breathtaking than that first moment when a groom catches a glimpse of his bride walking down the aisle. That’s why the venue and the backdrop for any wedding must be just right. Weddings held at venues along Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley fit the bill for almost any occasion, from wedding rehearsal dinners to ceremonies and receptions, both large and small.

Here are a few destinations you’ll want to explore before selecting the site for your special day.  

Weddings at Green Turtle Bay Resort & Marina

Green Turtle Bay Resort & Marina is situated on Lake Barkley. Its waterfront views make it a lovely destination for any wedding one wants to plan in Kentucky.

Whether you’re looking for an intimate beachside setting or a more formal wedding affair, Green Turtle Bay’s Conference Center and the wide selection of waterside accommodations and condos makes it a wonderful destination that the entire wedding party, family and guests will enjoy. Catering and other wedding amenities are available through venue, as well.

Green Turtle Bay Resort and marina is located in Grand Rivers, Kentucky, just minutes from a number of shopping and dining destinations that will keep your wedding guests entertained long after the main event has ended.

Weddings at Patti’s 1880s Settlement

The wedding chapel, gazebo and restaurants located at Patti’s 1880s Settlement offer brides unique venues to host small weddings, larger wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. Brides will find planning their wedding here a cinch, with catering on site and cake and dessert options readily available for receptions.

The rates at Patti’s are affordable, allowing the bride and groom to enjoy their day, while keeping within their budget. Patti’s is located in Grand Rivers, Kentucky. Shopping and other tourist destinations are within walking distance, making it a friendly destination for the entire family. Request more information on planning a wedding at Patti’s on their website.

Weddings at Kenlake State Resort Park

If you’re looking for one of the most elegant venues in which to host an outdoor wedding or reception, then look no further than Kenlake State Resort Park located near Hardin, Kentucky. This lakefront resort is situated on the glistening waters of Kentucky Lake. Guests of Kenlake can almost always find wildlife within view, creating a serene backdrop to any wedding.

The park is home to six outdoor wedding venues, each offering a unique experience filled with natural beauty. The Kenlake Hotel is conveniently located onsite, which makes it easy to host bridal parties and out of town guests.

If you’re looking for something entertaining for your guests to do before or after the ceremony and wedding festivities have ended, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is just moments away. LBL is loaded with hiking and bike trails, and provides a multitude of memorable outdoor experiences for visitors. Find more information online.

Wedding Venue Available at Grand Rivers Community Center

The Grand Rivers Community Center is a great place for any wedding reception. This multipurpose space accommodates up to 250 people. The floorplan includes a large dance floor, stage, and a kitchen well-suited for catering an event. There is also a recreation area located in the building. T

The Community Center rental fee includes tables and chairs. Find more information and photos on their Facebook page or call 270.362.8272 to reserve the facility.

The Jetty and Gazebo on Kentucky Lake

Located near Lighthouse Landing, the Jetty located in Grand Rivers creates an elegant backdrop to any wedding. The jetty overlooks Kentucky Lake, creating a gorgeous panorama of sites to accompany any wedding ceremony. The gazebo is the perfect place to host small events and ceremonies. You can call 270.362.8272 for more information or to reserve this lovely, outdoor space.

Getting Married at Land Between The Lakes

If you are wanting a truly rustic and outdoor wedding experience, the vast, uninhabited wilderness of Land Between The Lakes may just be what you're looking for. LBL, managed by the US Forest Service, allows wedding ceremonies in the national recreation area. However, depending on certain criteria, you may need a Special Use Permit.

If you plan to have more than 75 guests, live or recorded music, or a catered meal, you'll need to get a permit.  Folks are allowed to marry pretty much anywhere in the park, except for the Homeplace, Nature Station, and St. Stephen's Church.

Piney, Wranglers, Hillman Ferry and Energy Lake campgrounds are all available for wedding ceremonies.  For more information or to obtain a permit, call 270.924.2044.

Book Overnight Accommodations for Your Wedding Day

Everyone wants their day to be the perfect day. Kentucky Lake is a great location to host an event for a small group or a large wedding. Your guests and attendants will enjoy the many amenities and recreational opportunities the region has to offer. They will also appreciate the top quality overnight accommodations located nearby.

No matter where you plan to host your ceremony, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley offer the best setting for anyone seeking something unique and special for their big day!


Cedar Waxwing
Photo by Teresa Gemeinhardt

The Cedar Waxwing is a beautiful bird that is common to The Land Between The Lakes region. You're likely to find them near fruiting trees and shrubs.