Welcome! Whether you grew up in Lexington and are returning home for your wedding, have selected Lexington for your destination wedding or are currently a resident, you’re looking forward to a chance to enjoy the Bluegrass and it’s infamous hospitality for your wedding day.

About Lexington

Nestled amongst gently rolling hills and surrounded by scenic horse farms, Lexington has much to offer a couple and their guests as a wedding destination. Whether you’d prefer an outside event with the landscape as the beautiful backdrop, in a historic home, resort, or downtown, you will be sure to find the grandeur or simplicity you’ve been looking for.

Be sure to add some local flavor to your day with our region specific cuisine, music and events like horse racing and garden tours. While it’s no secret that Lexington is known for it’s equine events, spend a few minutes within this friendly city and you will experience much more. Love to explore the great outdoors? Or wander art exhibits with local personality? Experience it all in the Bluegrass.

There is so much fun to be had such as visiting world renowned Keeneland, touring the Bourbon Trail, or dining in the historic restaurant district. We had to share this idea link to help plan unforgettable activities for your guests, families and yourselves.

Keeping in stride with Kentucky’s charm, available accommodations will certainly make your guests feel at home with possibilities ranging from cozy to extravagant. Modern award winning hotels, all inclusive bed and breakfasts, or local vacation rentals will provide something for everyone.

Marriage Licenses

Marriage licenses may be obtained at:
Fayette County Clerks Office
162 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 253-3344

History

Lexington, Kentucky was established in June of 1775 by William McConnell, a frontiersman in western Virginia. The city received its name following reports of the colonial victory at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts during the American Revolution. Subsequent to the original campsite on the middle fork of Elkhorn Creek, McConnell erected a fort at Bryan Station in 1779 on what would later become the township. Lexington was recognized as a city by the Virginia General Assembly in May of 1782.

By the early 19th century, Lexington had established itself as one of the wealthiest towns west of Appalachia. It’s citizenry of the time boasted such prominent individuals as John Wesley Hunt (business man and civic leader), Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, John Hunt Morgan (military general and uncle to Lexingtonian scientist, Thomas Hunt Morgan), John C. Breckenridge and Henry Clay.

Today, Lexington is widely recognized as the Horse Capital of the World and home to thoroughbred horse farms of international renown. For equestrian enthusiasts, the city offers local attractions such as Keeneland Race Course and the Kentucky Horse Park, host of the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games and the annual Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. The city is also home to distinguished businesses, including three Fortune 500 companies, and universities such as historic Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky.

License Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN KENTUCKY
1. The bride and groom must apply for the license together.
2. Both must be 18 years old or older.
3. There is no waiting period, blood test, or physical requirements.
4. The marriage license is valid for 30 days, including the date issued.
5. The marriage license is valid anywhere in the Commonwealth
of Kentucky.
6. Both must present an acceptable form of ID, such as a driver’s license, government issued picture ID, original birth certificate, passport, or social security card.
7. There is a $35.50 fee for the license.

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