FAQ

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Where are you located?

Proudly located in Slade Kentucky, the gateway town to the Red River Gorge. 

How do we book with Red River Gorge Weddings?

At the bottom of every package description page there is a button that says BOOK NOW. Follow the prompts to book your preferred date and time. You will see two time slots offered for each date, one in the morning and one in the evening. This will give us an approximate time of day you desire for your ceremony so we can compare your request to our availability to give you the most accurate and timely answer. You’ll hear back from us within 24 hours (via email and a phone call/text) of your request to let you know whether or not we are available, and we will proceed with booking if we are available or we will discuss additional options if applicable. 

Do you perform ceremonies year-round?

No, we do not. To avoid cold, hazardous weather and setbacks that occur due to such factors we only hold ceremonies March-November.

How far in advance do you take bookings?

Our books are currently open through 2023.

Do you perform same-sex weddings?

Yes! We believe love is for everyone. We are proud supporters of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Do you only perform weddings, or can we have a commitment ceremony or vow renewal?

All forms of ceremonies are welcome and will be treated with the utmost respect and honor. 

Can we invite guests?

Yes!  Depending on the package you purchase and your chosen location, you can invite up to 20 wedding guests and our Creatures of Comfort upgraded package has no max guest count. The people who love and support you the most should be able to witness one of the most meaningful moments of your life and celebrate with you. To keep our impact on the surrounding ecosystems low we only allow so many guests to accompany us. 

Do you have any wheelchair accessible sites?

Yes! When deciding on what ceremony sites to offer and why we absolutely had wheelchair and other mobility aids in mind. We offer a few ceremony sites that can be accessed with ease by anyone using mobility aids.  

Do Children/Infants count as guest?

Yes.  Every human coming to your ceremony counts as a guest and should be included in your guest count.  

Your website says we can invite 20 wedding guests for your ceremonies, is that really your allowed maximum guest count?

Yes, it is.  Absolute 20 max wedding guest (this includes children) + the couple equals 22. We have formal contracts with the USFS and private landowners which permit us to bring 20 guests and the couple to our ceremony sites. The only acceptance to the 20-guest max is the Creatures of Comfort’s Upgraded which is entirely held at your rental cabin or lodge. We do not put a cap on the number of guests on that package because the capacity of each cabin or lodge varies. 

Do you take credit cards?

Yes, we do! This is our preferred form of payment, but we do also accept money orders as well. 

Do you allow dogs/cats at the ceremony/reception venue?

Yes and no.  Some of our sites reside on private property which have a strict no-pet policy, but all ceremony sites located in the Daniel Boone National Forest welcome leashed pets. Pets must remain on leash, their waste packed out to follow Leave No Trace ethics, and please remember to bring water and a bowl during the warm months to keep your friend healthy and hydrated; not all sites have flowing water nearby.

What is the best time of day or day of the week to have a ceremony with you?

We prefer to perform ceremonies in the evenings or early mornings. Monday through Thursday are the best days for ceremonies in our opinion. The contributing factors to these opinions include ample and beautiful light for your photos, less or no tourists, less bugs, and it leaves your day wide open to enjoy to the fullest. 

How do my sweetheart and myself choose a ceremony location?

Once you have secured your wedding date with us, we will send you a questionnaire to narrow down what you’re really wanting for your ceremony site. Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, you’ll schedule your initial consultation call with Lila. She is your photographer, coordinator, and go-to gal for everything regarding your big day. On your call with Lila, she will discuss all you’ve shared through the questionnaire to find the perfect spot for you and your sweetheart to share your vows! 

Would Red River Gorge Wedding’s come to our own property to perform a ceremony?

Yes! Any private properties within 30 minutes of Slade KY are welcome. Additional consulting fees would apply in this scenario. Our team members would need to come scout the location and offer recommendations specific to your private ceremony site. 

Do you book our lodging accommodations for us?

No, we do not, but we do provide you with a list of great cabin rental companies and lodging options on our website. Follow the Red River Gorge button on the menu of our home page for lists of local accommodations and activities. We do however cover every booking regarding your ceremony as long as you choose options provided by vendors that are on our preferred local vendors list. 

My friend is a minister/officiant and would like to perform our ceremony. Can they do that for us?

You’re welcome to bring your own officiant as long as they are not being paid to perform your ceremony for legal and permitting reasons. 

I have a friend who is a photographer. May we bring our own photographer to take photos?

No, you may not. Our photographer, Lila, is the only one permitted to photograph ceremonies performed by Red River Gorge Weddings and by the USFS.  With this being said, your guests are welcome to bring their own non-professional photography gear to capture the day with.

Are there any add-on options?

Absolutely! From local baked goods (wedding cakes, pastries, and chocolates), bouquets and boutonnieres/pin-on’s, our romantic pop-up wedding altars, chairs, transportation services, and more! 

How do we receive our photos?

Within 3 weeks of your ceremony you will receive an email with your digital gallery’s link. Follow the link to view and download your images. 

We really don’t want to dress formally for our ceremony, that just isn’t our style. Would it be ok if we wore casual attire like jeans or hiking clothes?

Absolutely! Your ceremony means YOU get to call the shots! 

We love to camp. Can we camp before/after our wedding?

Of course! If you plan on camping overnight in the Daniel Boone National Forest a camping permit is required and can be purchased at the Shell Gas Station in Slade or the Gladie Center located in the Daniel Boone. Please follow Leave No Trace ethics when camping in the Red River Gorge! There are also many privately-owned campgrounds scattered around and near the Red River Gorge, all of which offer an array of accommodations. 

Can someone walk me down the aisle?

Of course!  

Can we have a traditional wedding party?

Absolutely!

What if there is rain on the forecast?

Believe it or not, rainy days make for beautiful ceremony photos! So, fear not a rainy forecast, as long as conditions are not hazardous, all will go as planned. There are a few beautiful options for inclement weather. We have access to rock shelters and overhanging cliffs that can keep us dry. We can switch to those ceremony sites to ensure a dry, hassle-free experience. If you are renting a cabin in the area, we can always perform your ceremony there should the weather be particularly wild as long as the cabin rental company gives us permission to do so.  We also provide umbrellas to aid in keeping yourself and your loved ones dry as possible.

Are we able to reserve a spot for our ceremony?

Some of our ceremony sites are on National Forest Public Lands and since it is public property no area of it may be reserved for any activity.  For our ceremony sites that are on private land, there is usually very little foot traffic, if any, on the trails leading to your site and since we have exclusive access to these locations for ceremony purposes any passerby’s will be very few.

Is the marriage license included in your packages?

No. In order for you to be legally married in Kentucky, you must visit a County Clerk’s office and apply for a Kentucky Marriage License to present to your officiant the day of your ceremony. There is no waiting period needed for this simple process to be completed. You will need to provide an official ID, pay around $50 and sign some paperwork. It should take you about 20 minutes to acquire your marriage license, once it is issued you have 30 days to return it.  You do not need to purchase it in the same county as your ceremony location, but it must be from the state of Kentucky. 

What should we bring?

All we ask our couple’s and their guests to do is wear sturdy footwear for the sake of hiking safely, your marriage license if you’re getting married, and your lovely selves! Everything in addition to that is up to you!