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Questions about getting married in Red River Gorge or Natural Bridge, Kentucky

Questions you might have


Where are you located?  We are in the Red River Gorge, which is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest.  The Red River Gorge is about one hour southeast of Lexington.  You can google Slade, Kentucky if you want to know exactly where we are on the map.

How do we book?  Very simple process!  Just click on the “contact” link and complete the form and hit submit.  We’ll email you back within a day or two with our availability for the date or date range you have chosen.  Once we firm up a date and time, we’ll send you our contract information and you complete it and mail it back to us with a 50% retainer fee.  When we receive the contract/retainer fee, we’ll add you to the calendar.  The remaining balance is due on the day of the wedding.

What months of the year do you have weddings?  March 15th-June 24th and September 1st-October 31st for weddings in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky.  July, August, November, December for weddings in Saguache, Colorado.  Starting in 2018 we’ll be available in Colorado year round!

Why don’t you perform weddings in July/August in Kentucky?  Three reasons: heat, humidity, and bugs. We want your Tiny Wedding experience to be the best it can be.  From past experience, we have learned that these two months are no fun for weddings in the Red River Gorge.  The deer flies bite and ignore all the insect repellent attempts we have tried.  The combination of heat and humidity is unbearable and oftentimes the brides make-up runs so badly it appears as though her face is melting.  The groom is more often than not wearing a tux or at least a long sleeved shirt with a tie…no fun for him.  And we are not even going to talk about how uncomfortable it might be for the guest.

But I want to have my wedding in February in the Red River Gorge (or January or February or December, July, August, etc).  Can you make an exception?  Unfortunately no.  We live in Colorado during those months.  But we could do your wedding in Colorado!  🙂

How far in advance do you book?  We are currently booking all dates for the 2017 and 2018 season.

Do you perform same-sex weddings.  Yes we do.

I know your max says 40 wedding guest for your reception venue for your Sandstone Package C, but is that “really” your max?  Yes it is.  Absolute 40 max wedding guest (this includes children) + the bride and groom equals 42.

What exactly do your Sandstone Packages Include?  Very simple, there is a chart on the pricing page so you can compare the packages listing exactly what is in each package.  If you click on the name of the package, it takes you to a page that goes over that package in detail.

Do you take credit cards?  At this time we do not.  We accept checks, money orders or cash.

Do you allow dogs at the ceremony/reception venue?  Yes we do.  Let us know if you are planning on having your pup at your Gallery 33 reception so we make sure we have doggie accommodations for him such as a water bowl and place to rest his bones.

Do you do videography or do you know of someone who does?  We have a videographer that we work with who does beautiful work.  Once you book with us, we’ll send you the link to our planning website that is exclusively for our clients. On that site are links to his work as well as great caterers, ceremony musicians, makeup artist, hair stylist and more!

When is the best time to have a small wedding with you?  We have found the best time is ceremonies Monday-Thursday later in the day.  The area is pretty much empty and the lighting is simply beautiful.  But really the timing depends on the location that you choose.

How do I choose a location?  You do not need to choose a location before you book.  Once you book with us we’ll send you information for each specific location with many more photos and specific information about the terrain, suggested footwear and lighting.

Why are your ceremony locations labeled as letters?  We do not disclose the specific location of our ceremony sites to the general public.

But I want to see the ceremony locations before I book with you.  This is why we have extensive photographs of the area taken at different times of the day/year…so you can get a good idea of what these areas look like.  We have had hundreds of couples incredibly happy with their location, site unseen until the wedding day.  Maybe coming down and taking a drive around the Red River Gorge Loop might help you make your decision easier.  While we are not able to provide you with specific locations, you can still get a feel for the general area.  If you still feel uneasy, we are not the wedding day solution for you.

How far do we have to walk to the ceremony location?  It depends on the location and whatever you are comfortable hiking.  Some spots are right next to the parking area while others are up to four miles or so.  We even have a couple of locations that are accessible to the elderly and wheelchair friendly.

Do you book the cabins for us?  No we do not, but we do provide you with a list of great cabin rental companies and lodging options in your welcome kit you receive once you book with us!  Check out our Services Page to see what services we provide.

We are having our wedding at our cabin.  Can we still use My Tiny Wedding for our wedding day?  Cabin rental companies have strict guidelines when it comes to any gathering at a cabin.  Pretty much all of the cabins do not allow gatherings that have more guest than the cabin will sleep.  We are happy to perform your ceremony at any of the wedding venues in the area, but to stay in the good graces of the cabin rental companies, My Tiny Wedding will only perform weddings at cabins under the written approval of the cabin rental company for that particular cabin.

My Uncle is a minister and would like to perform our ceremony.  Can we do this?  Yep!  You can bring your own officiant as long as they are doing it for no charge.  When you complete your contract, you must write at the top in very large letters:  “Own Officiant” so we know.

I have a friend who is a photographer.  May we bring our own photographer?  We are a professional photography company so we do not allow other professional photographers.  With this being said, your guest are welcome to bring their own non-professional photography gear and snap away.

How to we receive the photos?  After your wedding, you’ll receive an online gallery link to your wedding day photos.  You will also receive a coupon code for the number of photos that came in your package.  After submitting your coupon code, you’ll be able to download those images and any additional images you might want.

I really don’t want to wear a wedding dress.  Would it be ok if we simply wore jeans or even shorts?  Of course!  This is YOUR wedding…wear whatever you would like!

We love to camp.  Would we be able to hike to a location, have our ceremony and camp there that evening?  Of course!  As long as it’s a legal camping spot you are more than welcome to stay after your ceremony in your special spot for as long as you like.  We usually leave right after the ceremony to give the two of you a moment alone.  If it’s not a legal spot, we can help you find a spot close by.  If you plan on camping overnight in the gorge, a permit is required and can be purchased at the Shell, Marathon or Gladie Center.

We are interested in your Adventure Package where you hike in two miles to the ceremony site.  How will I hike two miles while wearing a long wedding dress?  You can pack in your wedding dress in a backpack and put it on once we get to the ceremony location.  We suggest you choose a dress that is wrinkle free.

Can we invite guest?  Yes!  Depending on the package you purchase, you can invite up to 40 wedding guest.  We want you to have the people you want to witness such an important occasion. We would need to know how many people beforehand, as this will help us determine a ceremony site to accommodate everyone and to ensure that we are following the Forest Service guidelines.  For ceremonies within the Red River Gorge, we limit the number of people to 40.

Do Children count as guest? Yes.  Every person coming to the wedding counts as a guest and should be included in your guest count.  In many cases, children actually take up more room than an adult once you include their stroller and diaper bag.

Can my dad walk me down the isle?  Of course!  If you look at our photography gallery, you will see that many of our weddings have the father walking the bride down the isle.

Can we have wedding attendants?  Yes, for most sites you can have up to two attendants on each side.  Most of our sites aren’t big enough to have more than that at the “alter”.  Location C, D and O are sites that have room for a few more attendants.

Do you provide the music for us?  For our Sandstone Packages we can provide ceremony music playing on a small speaker.  While we do not provide music for the smaller packages, you are welcome to bring your own music playing device.  Acoustic musicians are always welcome as well.

Are any of the ceremony locations wheelchair accessible?  We have a couple of sites that are quite beautiful and right off the road and wheelchair accessible.  

What if it rains?  For the Red River Gorge, our backup location is Gallery 33, just right off the Slade exit.  It’s a beautiful art gallery that is super easy to find.  We can also do this if it’s too hot…if Uncle George broke his ankle the morning of your wedding…etc.  The only time this is not an option is if there is a wedding in there on that same day and they are using it at the time of your ceremony.  It has plenty of room for parking and is close to the Red River Gorge exit making it easy access for all the wedding guest.  If you are renting a cabin that can sleep the number of guest you have attending the ceremony, we could have the ceremony there providing it is in the general area and we are able to phone the cabin rental company and get verbal approval from them.  Most of the cabins in the area simply cannot accommodate more than a few cars and this is not a possible option.

Are we able to reserve a spot for our ceremony?  Our locations are on National Forest Public Lands.  It is on public property and no part of it may be reserved for any activity.  But we do make every effort to keep our ceremony times and locations away from the more popular spots to ensure as much privacy as possible.    

We need a gluten free cake.  Is this possible?  Yep.  Just add that bit of info onto your contract and I’ll make the cake gluten free for you.

We can only get away during the middle of the day for our ceremony.  Do you perform ceremonies at noon?  We can perform ceremonies any time!

Is the marriage license included in your packages?  No.  In order for you to be legally married in Kentucky, you must visit a County Clerks office and apply for a license.  This is a very simple process that usually takes about 20 minutes and you walk out the door with a copy of your license, which you will bring to the ceremony.  There is no waiting period in either state.  County Clerks can be found in any county courthouse (you do not need to purchase it in the same county as the ceremony location) and their office hours are more than likely found on their website.  The license usually runs around $30.