Top 5 Airbnbs to Get Ready for Your Lexington Wedding


Hey there, lovely brides-to-be! It’s Michelle Bordenkircher, your go-to Lexington-based wedding photographer, and today, I’m here to let you in on a little secret that can transform your wedding day prep into an unforgettable experience: Airbnb. Yes, you heard that right – the cozy, unique spaces offered by Airbnb can be an absolute game-changer when it comes to getting ready for your big day. Let’s look at my top five picks in Lexington.

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Distillery Luxury

From the Owner:

“Welcome to our urban townhouse in the vibrant Distillery District! This prime location is close to the best entertainment, restaurants, and attractions that Lexington has to offer including Rupp Arena. Immerse yourself downtown where you can explore local breweries, distilleries, and music venues just steps away from your front door. Indulge in the culinary scene of the city with dining options to satisfy everyone. The home boasts 3 bedrooms all with king sized beds and private bathrooms!”

Enjoy Downtown Lex from your Private Deck

From the Owner:

“Walkable to downtown, Rupp/Convention Center, Town Branch Distillery & less than 1 mi to UK student center. 12 min drive to Keeneland, 19 min to horse park. Sleeps 2-3 with 1 queen size bed and a couch bed. Equipped with basic kitchen amenities, all new appliances, washer/dryer, 2 Smart TVs & WIFI. Bedroom features a glass garage door that opens to a private patio. This apartment is located in a brand new building with free parking on premises. Energy efficient, simple, center of it all!”

The Statesman

From the Owner:

“A unique space in the heart of downtown Lexington. The Statesman’s central location allows opportunity to experience the conveniences of downtown by foot. This 3-story historic apartment has undergone a face lift, having spared no expense with high end finishing. The Statesman has modern day conveniences while maintaining the old world charm.

Location, Location, Location! Formerly owned by Henry Clay, The Statesman is a high-end vacation rental. Whether in town for a sporting event, horse racing, a show at Rupp Arena, work trip, Bourbon Trail, wedding, or just an incredible weekend getaway, The Statesman offers a 5-Star experience every guest will enjoy.

***The property is located in the heart of Downtown and above a prominent bar Henry Clay’s Public House, so noise is a potential on the second floor bedroom/living room area on weekends when live bands are playing or key events are in town***

Guests will be dazzled by this fashionable downtown unit. Featuring high end finishes and modern day amenities, this 3-Story property has 10-20ft Ceilings throughout. We cant even begin to describe the amount of natural light, views, and character this property possess. Featuring WiFi, guests will also enjoy a Roku TV in each bedroom and will have access to Spectrum Cable.

The house is setup as follows: The Ground Floor offers a seating area. The Second Floor offers a living room with downtown views, a master suite that is connected with a king bed and a full bathroom just off the common area. Venture to the Third Floor where guests will find a full kitchen, open loft with two queen beds and desk area. Just off the loft, guests will find a full bathroom with claw-foot tub and a bedroom with a queen bunk bed. Off the back of the property guests will have access to a private deck where you can sun bathe, relax, eat or enjoy a Kentucky beverage.”

7 Bedroom Luxe Home

From the Owner:

“Experience the epitome of luxury in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky. This brand new, custom-built home was crafted with the ultimate short-term rental experience in mind, perfect for hosting large groups or multi-generational families. With 7 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, this property offers ample space and privacy for all guests. The interior is adorned with high-end finishes and professionally decorated décor, leaving no expense spared.

As you enter, you will be greeted by a grand open-concept kitchen that serves as the heart of the home. The kitchen is fully equipped with top-of-the-line appliances and ample counter space, making it the perfect place to create culinary delights for family and friends. The kitchen also features two spacious dining areas, where you can gather and enjoy meals together. The dining areas can comfortably seat up to 16 people at the table and an additional four people at the counter, making it ideal for hosting large gatherings or intimate dinners.

The bedrooms are designed with comfort and practicality in mind, with ample space and natural light that floods the rooms, providing a warm and inviting ambiance. The bedrooms are also equipped with comfortable mattresses, fluffy pillows and high-quality linens to ensure that you have a restful night’s sleep.

As you step outside, you will be greeted by a cozy gas fireplace that creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, perfect for a chilly night or a romantic evening. Imagine sitting by the fire, sipping on a glass of wine and enjoying the stars above.

The deck is also equipped with a large 65-inch smart TV, perfect for watching your favorite sports games or movies with friends and family. The TV is mounted in a way that everyone can see it from the comfort of their own seating area.

But the true gem of this outdoor deck is the inviting Jacuzzi tub, able to comfortably fit up to six adults. Imagine soaking in the warm water while enjoying the beautiful view and the sound of nature all around. It is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring the city or to simply relax and rejuvenate.”

Top Shelf

From the Owner:

“The Top Shelf is a space carefully crafted with amenities aplenty! Perched on top of the 90-year-old Pepper Bourbon Distillery, this condo is for the Lexington visitor who likes to be in the middle of the action. Soaring views, three balconies, and all the amenities to make your Bluegrass visit one of a kind. The Top Shelf is perfect for a discerning couple, an adventuring family, or for a group of fun-seekers.

The space is one of a kind. We completely understand that it may not be for everyone. It is forty feet up in air. It is on top of a bar that frequently has live music. It is adjacent to a distillery with the smell of cooking bourbon. The industrial air conditioners for the restaurants are also on the roof, and can be a little noisy (earplugs provided). But everyone who has stayed has LOVED it! It is in the middle of the action and overlooking everything. It’s cool, unique, with three patios and you can grab a giant slice of pizza and a craft cocktail by simply walking downstairs.”

Choosing an Airbnb

Now, you might be wondering, “Why should I opt for an Airbnb instead of a traditional bridal suite?” Well, allow me to share some insights from my years of capturing those precious moments before “I do.”


First and foremost, let’s talk about ambiance. One of the biggest advantages of choosing an Airbnb for your pre-wedding festivities is the sheer variety of spaces available. From charming cottages nestled in the heart of the countryside to stylish lofts in downtown Lexington, Airbnb offers an array of options to suit every taste and theme. Whether you’re dreaming of rustic chic or modern elegance, you’re bound to find the perfect backdrop for your bridal preparations.


But it’s not just about aesthetics – practicality plays a huge role too. Unlike traditional bridal suites, which can sometimes feel cramped and impersonal, Airbnb properties often provide ample space for you and your bridal party to relax and unwind. Picture yourself sipping mimosas in a cozy living room, having your hair and makeup done in a bright, spacious kitchen, or slipping into your wedding dress in a serene bedroom overlooking rolling hills – sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?

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Speaking of convenience, let’s not forget about the perks of having a fully-equipped kitchen at your disposal. Instead of relying on pricey room service or crowded hotel restaurants, you can stock up on your favorite snacks and beverages, ensuring that you and your squad stay energized and hydrated throughout the day. Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of indulging in a homemade brunch or midnight snack while getting ready for the main event?


Another often-overlooked benefit of Airbnb is the flexibility it offers in terms of timing. Unlike hotels with strict check-in and check-out times, Airbnb hosts are often more accommodating, allowing you to customize your schedule according to your needs. Whether you prefer an early morning start or a leisurely afternoon affair, you can plan your pre-wedding activities with ease, knowing that you have the freedom to come and go as you please.

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Last but certainly not least, let’s talk about the photo opportunities. As a wedding photographer, I can’t stress enough how much the right setting can enhance the beauty of your bridal portraits. Whether it’s the soft, natural light streaming through a picture-perfect window or the charming details of a vintage-inspired decor, Airbnb properties offer endless possibilities for stunning photographs that you’ll cherish for years to come.

So, there you have it – just a few reasons why Airbnb might be the perfect choice for your wedding day preparations. From ambiance and convenience to flexibility and photo-worthy backdrops, the advantages are truly endless. So why settle for the ordinary when you can elevate your wedding experience with a touch of Airbnb magic? Trust me, you won’t regret it.

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February 15, 2024