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The Starting Gate at GreatHorse

Hampden, MA View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 5.0 out of 5
47 reviews
$23k - $31k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$23k - $31k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

Located in Hampden, Massachusetts, The Starting Gate at GreatHorse is a charming wedding venue perfect for soon-to-be newlyweds who appreciate picturesque scenery and tranquility. This mountainside getaway boasts views of the surrounding rolling hills and the iconic Connecticut River Valley. From your “I do” to your first married dance, this Bay State gem can set the scene for every part of your once-in-a-lifetime occasion. The staff can’t wait to see your romantic connection in action, aiming to realize your vision to the letter.

Facilities and Capacity

Capable of accommodating several hundred of your loved ones, The Starting Gate at GreatHorse is home to a selection of delightful event spaces. Soon-to-be newlyweds can begin their big day in the Wedding Suite, a luxurious get-ready room that has restrooms, makeup tables, and refined furniture. The beautiful Wedding Garden is an ideal spot for saying “I do” outdoors. Featuring an elegant gazebo, immaculate garden, and waterfall, this open-air setting is sure to impress your nearest and dearest. Cocktails can be enjoyed on the Sunset Deck, a relaxed place that possesses 3,000 square feet of space. Here, you can mix and mingle with your guests while admiring the panoramic views of the valley. There are two Reception Rooms that can be combined for large-scale gatherings. These plush halls feature chandeliers, ornate decor, and expansive windows that allow natural light to flow in.

Services Offered

The Starting Gate at GreatHorse offers a variety of services designed to make sure that your dream wedding is brought to life. As well as your ceremony and reception, the venue can also provide the backdrop for your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, and post-wedding brunch. Their seasoned planners can collaborate with you to ensure that every detail of your celebration is exactly what you envisaged. Available services consist of event set-up and clean-up, bartending, and catering. A wide range of useful event items will be provided, such as chairs, tables, an altar, and a dance floor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$6,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$3,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$700

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$600

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$40

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Signature Drink

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Country/Golf Club
Garden

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November

47 Reviews

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    Stefani C. Married on 05/01/2022
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    The best wedding venue in Western Massachusetts

    I can’t say this enough: the Starting Gate is the best venue in Western MA. We toured twelve venues before choosing the Starting Gate from NH to RI. Of all the venues were toured they made us feel the most wanted and were hands down the most accommodating. Our wedding guests raved “this was the best service I’ve ever received.” Our coordinator Chris Sullivan Latina was so responsive and diligent. I met with her probably six or seven times before the big day (it helped choosing a venue only fifteen minutes away from home as well!) she also responds to emails and calls at lightening speed. Our flower girl and ring bearer were having a hard time getting down the aisle and Chris was so smart to dress in the same colors as the wedding party to help get them down the aisle. The food was amazing and I especially loved the sangria wall! The bridal suite is huge with great lighting! The bridal party started getting ready at 9am but they would have accommodated an even earlier start time if needed. The venue is beautiful and I loved having a different spot on site for the ceremony, the cocktail hour, and reception. There were so many different spots on the grounds to take pictures. I can’t thank Chris and the rest of the staff for my best day ever! Everyone should check out this venue for your big day!
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    Emily M. Married on 12/31/2021
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    Perfection!!!

    Between the location and staff our wedding was absolutely perfect!!! Chris and her staff truly out due themselves, they did everything we asked for and then some. The venue is absolutely stunning and we couldn't have asked for a better place to get married.

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner

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  • Angela & James
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128 Wilbraham Road Hampden, MA, 01036
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