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Kaitlyn R. · Married on 09/04/2020
The best venue for the best day!
My husband and I could not have picked a better venue for our special day! Little did we know that wedding planning would involve a pandemic and navigating a new world, however, Lauren worked tirelessly to ensure that our vision still came to life. We knew as soon as we walking on property that this was the spot for our dream wedding. Lauren and the team at The Starting Gate had great communication and flexibility and worked to ease our nerves and take care of all of the details for our wedding. I loved having so many options for ceremony/reception locations inside/outside or with the deck/garden, we ultimately had the perfect day and weather worked in our favor. Since the wedding we have heard nothing but rave reviews from close family and friends about how delicious the food was and how it was one of the best weddings they had all been to! I cannot recommend The Starting Gate enough to others! (photos from rehearsal dinner)Sent on 09/09/2020
Briana · Getting married on 10/16/2021
Great start to wedding planning
We just started our wedding planning BUT... Chris and her team at the Starting Gate at Greathorse have been fabulous. She is dedicated and on the ball. She is extremely flexible with times to meet with her and is always there to ask questions. She made touring this venue easy! Not only that but her touch of class, elegance, and professionalism was icing on the cake for us to make a decision. I trust her with ALL things about or wedding and can’t wait for our special day! The scenery here is breathtaking, the ballroom gorgeous, and she is a lovely compliment to the venue!!!Sent on 11/08/2019
Madeleine G. · Married on 06/25/2021
No other place compares to this!
Wow. I am blown away by The Starting Gate at Greathorse. My husband and I knew as soon as toured this venue that this is where we wanted to get married. Lauren and Chris are such a pleasure to work with. They have incredible organization, professionalism and attention to detail. They really made us feel special on our day and all the days leading up to our wedding. I had no doubt in my mind they would make our day everything we wanted it to be. They did more than anything I could have imagined.Sent on 07/01/2021
Micaela L. · Married on 05/01/2021
If you are looking to have the most perfect wedding day look no further than The Starting Gate. We got married May 1st, 2021 and I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing they were. We were under loads of stress from having to postpone our wedding and they took almost everything off of our plate to make it so special. Our wedding coordinator was Chris Sullivan and I must say that this woman is unbelievable - every little detail of our wedding day was immaculate and went exactly as planned because she runs the show! I also want to touch on the food because it is unbelievable, every one of our guests couldn't get over how delicious it was & also the VIEWS - absolutely stunning. Thank you to everyone at The Starting Gate for the best day ever!Sent on 05/20/2021
Sarah M. · Married on 04/24/2021
Wedding of our dreams
The Starting Gate completely exceeded our expectations! We had the wedding of the dreams October 18, 2020! Lauren and her team went above and beyond to make our day absolutely perfect!! The view, the service, the food, and the drinks were absolutely amazing! I would recommend The Starting Gate to anyone and everyone. Thank you for making our dream wedding reality!Sent on 10/23/2020
Deirdre F. · Married on 12/19/2020
Best Day Ever!
When we began looking at wedding venues last year, The Starting Gate at GreatHorse stuck out, based on the beautiful pictures we saw online. Seeing it in person completely sold us. After that first tour, we knew that’s where we wanted to get married. However, little did we know that the picturesque views were not even the most amazing part of having our wedding at The Starting Gate – that was hands down the staff. Everyone was amazing from start to finish – from that first tour, to our many questions regarding COVID-19 changes, to pulling off the most amazing event the day of. Chris was there for us every step of the way. She even talked us down from canceling and losing out on our deposits when we decided we wanted to move our wedding up and have an intimate, safe wedding during the pandemic. She was able to make the wedding of our dreams, even in these crazy times! I am a perfectionist and was anticipating a stressful wedding day, ensuring everything was taken care, but I didn’t have to lift a finger! I was able to relax throughout the whole day and the staff took care of everything – it looked even better than I could have imagined! Finally, I can’t forget to mention the food! Everything was incredible and all of our guests were raving about it all night. I highly recommend adding the Viennese dessert bar, and everyone loved the macaroni and cheese bar! Plus, thanks so much to the waitstaff and especially Paige for taking care of the groom – he’s a picky eater and they were all happy to give him extra of anything he wanted in substitute for something he didn’t like. That being said, all of the food was so good he even ventured to try some things he doesn’t normally eat! Thanks so much to everyone at The Starting Gate for helping us navigate this last year and helping us pull off the wedding of our dreams – we couldn’t have done it without you!Sent on 01/09/2021
Erica H. · Married on 09/12/2020
Choosing to have our wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse was one of the best decisions we made. Starting with our tour of the venue and meeting Chris Sullivan, everything was first-class. Throughout the planning process, Chris and her team were extremely responsive, and helped us with all of the details. On the day of our wedding, everything was absolutely perfect. The venue was spectacular, the service impeccable, and the food delicious. Most importantly, Chris and her team handled everything so that we could relax and enjoy our special day. We truly feel that Chris and the venue helped make our wedding day one that we will never forget.Sent on 12/29/2019
Bryana K. · Married on 08/21/2020
Gorgeous Venue with amazing wedding planning staff
Our experience at The Starting Gate was wonderful from start to finish, even as a couple getting married in 2020, which has come with so many ups and downs!Sent on 10/12/2020
The Starting Gate was only the 2nd venue we looked at and we just so happened to tour during sunset and after seeing the breath taking view overlooking the hillside and the trees, we knew it was the one. We wanted to get married outside and the Wedding Garden is absolutely beautiful and we loved that we could have Cocktail Hour outside on the patio at Sunset. Their ballroom is also stunning, but we didn't end up needing it because of our modified 2020 wedding :)
Our original date for our wedding was Friday, August 21, 2020. Going into wedding planning, I really didn't want to do a Friday wedding but for a quick turnaround that was really our only option if we wanted to get married while the weather was warm enough to do the ceremony outside. It goes to show just how much we loved this place since we decided to compromise on day of the week and do a Friday just so we could have our wedding there.
From start-to-finish, our wedding planner provided by the Starting Gate, Lauren, was the most helpful, understanding, accommodating and assuring person. When the pandemic started to get serious in early Spring, we had no idea what was in store for us. As weeks and months passed without things improving much, we started to realize it was a very real possibility we wouldn't be able to have a wedding in August, and definitely not with more than just a handful of people. Lots of couples decided to postpone a full year, but we were set on getting married sooner rather than later. However, we didn't want to sacrifice having at least our family and our absolute closest friends there. Lauren was our rock throughout that whole time. We put a few back-up dates on hold at no charge and when it became clear that August 21st wouldn't be possible, we nailed down a date only about a month later and Lauren helped guide us on the logistics of postponing and then re-inviting for the new date with a smaller number of people.
There were plenty of restrictions in place for our wedding which made holding that kind of event really tricky, but everyone at the Starting Gate was flexible and gracious while also doing everything required to be able to hold a wedding safely. Our ceremony, cocktail hour, and the reception/dinner had to be outside, and the team at the Starting Gate came up with a wonderful plan and layout to make the possible. We were able to utilize the wedding garden for the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, and the cocktail hour, as well as post-dinner for fire pits and cornhole and socializing in lieu of a dance floor. The dinner was outside on the patio at sunset which was truly breathtaking.
The week of the wedding I had tons of questions and Lauren was my go-to person; she would answer every text to her within minutes, she coordinated with all my vendors to make sure they knew what the plan was and what precautions to take, and everything went off without a hitch. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and we wouldn't have changed a singe thing. So many of our guests have said it was the most beautiful and fun wedding they've ever been to which is a testament to what a wonderful job Lauren and the staff at the Starting Gate did for us!
Katie A. · Married on 07/03/2020
Any couple looking for a fairytale wedding should look no further than the Starting Gate. The views are breathtaking. The venue is stunning. The wedding coordinator at GreatHorse, Chris Sullivan, is amazing. No matter how many curveballs were thrown at us with the COVID restrictions, Chris was prepared to handle them and make changes she knew would not disappoint. And let me tell you, there was not one single disappointment about our day. From the bridal suite to get ready in, the ceremony under the gazebo, the cocktail hour on the deck, the endless hors d'oeuvres and passed plates of filet and scallops, the mac and cheese station, the champagne wall, the friendliest and most attentive wait staff, and the list goes on, everything was perfect. Our guests have repeatedly told us it is the best wedding they have ever been to and that the food was the best they have ever had. Thank you GreatHorse for making our wedding the best day of our lives!Sent on 08/13/2020
Alexis F. · Married on 10/27/2019
Fantastic Experience and Breathtaking Venue!!
This was the first and only venue that we toured. After taking a tour of The Starting Gate with Lauren, we knew we could not have our wedding reception at any another venue. After speaking with Lauren on the tour, I knew I felt comfortable and could trust them with making sure y day felt special and beautiful. It was everything and more than I could have dreamed of! The views are spectacular and you will not be able to get another venue with views like The Starting Gate offers! Lauren and Chris were wonderful to work with; they truly made the wedding planning process fun and less stressful. They were extremely detailed, organized, and attentive throughout the process. The ballroom and bridal suite are elegant and cozy. There is a fireplace where our sweetheart table was setup in front and the space for the cocktail hour on the deck was classy with stunning views. Our guests did not want to leave the deck during cocktail hour because they were enjoying the space so much! Lauren and Chris want to make your day special and specific to what the couple wants, and I was grateful they took the time to do this. In addition to the facility and views, the food was outstanding!! My guests are still talking about the food and venue. I would highly recommend this venue!!Sent on 03/25/2020
Betsy T. · Married on 10/13/2019
The Starting Gate was the first and only venue that my husband and I toured. We knew from the second we saw it that we needed to have our wedding there. It had everything we wanted - an outdoor wedding garden for our ceremony overlooking a BREATHTAKING view, a large open terrace for cocktail hour, a beautiful bridal suite to get ready in, and the most elegant ballroom complete with a cozy fireplace and dazzling chandeliers. Not only was the space amazing, but working with Lauren and Chris was a wonderful experience and I can't say enough good things about them. They accommodated every request we made, advocated for us when other vendors were monopolizing our time, provided timely responses to all of our emails/phone calls, and did everything in their power to make sure we were happy and taken care of. I am not usually someone who hands over the reigns easily but I had 100% confidence in them from day 1 - and they definitely delivered. Our wedding was absolutely perfect and I would highly recommend The Starting Gate at Great Horse to any couple looking for a wedding venue!Sent on 12/18/2019
Kristin · Married on 10/04/2019
Excellent, Excellent, Beautiful, Amazing
The customer service, the atmosphere the view! They truly made our dream wedding come to life. We still have our guests telling us it was the best wedding they've been to because of the atmosphere and the customer service our guests recieved. They really went out of their way to make your day extra special. I cant recommend The Starting Gate enough!Sent on 02/10/2020
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Cindy O. · Married on 08/31/2019
We got married at Great Horse in late August and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. The staff is incredibly attentive, the grounds are beautiful, and the food was delicious. We would definitely recommend Great Horse to anyone looking is Western Mass!Sent on 10/11/2019
Rachel G. · Married on 08/23/2019
The GreatHorse was absolutely amazing. I worked with Chris and Lauren and they made my day unforgettable. All the staff there is great, the food was fantastic. I could go on for days about this venue. I will always recommend the GreatHorse!Sent on 09/08/2019
Jenna K. · Married on 08/10/2019
Nothing Can Top Starting Gate! A+ Service and Experience
If you are looking for a beautiful location, amazing food and drinks, excellent service, very responsive event managers, and hoping to have a wedding day that you and your guests continue to relive and think about after, the Starting Gate is the place to go! My husband and I have nothing but positive things to say about every aspect of the Starting Gate and the people that work there. We had the privilege of working directly with Lauren Pastoreck from the very beginning of booking our wedding day and we would not have been able to have as perfect of a day without her. Chris Sullivan also played a strong role prior to the wedding in ensuring all of our food from appetizers, to the main course were absolutely perfect. Both were by our side throughout our wedding day making sure we were taken care of, and that every detail within our wedding was in the perfect spot. The Starting Gate is a beautiful place with spectacular views, but what separates this venue from most is the staff and people you get to work with while planning your big day as well as the staff that are working on your big day. We are still getting feedback from various guests expressing how beautiful the location was, how amazing every aspect of the wedding was, along with how friendly and awesome the staff and bartenders were! My husband and I are typically not people to promote or share anything, but we feel inclined to share how amazing the Starting Gate is, because the next bride and groom that selects this location will not be disappointed! We had the best day of our lives and are thrilled that our guests have expressed similar feelings! Thank you Starting Gate, thank you Lauren and Chris, and thank you to the staff for helping us have a picture perfect and unforgettable wedding!Sent on 08/29/2019
Heather C. · Married on 07/27/2019
Beautiful location and amazing staff!
We met with the event manager who was super friendly, informative and bent over backwards for us. We had already booked a different venue and date but were so blown away by the facility and the event manager that we ended up booking with them.Sent on 12/17/2018
Nicole · Married on 06/29/2019
The Great Horse is a fantastic venue. It is truly a fairytale and every single detail is executed to perfection. The coordinator and staff make you feel like you are extremely important and are very responsive and want to make you happy. If you have the money, there is no better place in western Mass.Sent on 07/09/2019
Hope · Married on 06/08/2019
Amazing! Book this venue!!
Gorgeous views. Food is incredible. Venue coordinator Chris Sullivan made the evening run like a dream. DO NOT HESITATE TO BOOK!!Sent on 06/23/2019
Claire · Married on 05/18/2019
Romantic, Perfect Venue
There is no venue better than The Starting Gate. We had a long engagement and toured this venue before they had done many weddings. I could not even wait until we were off the property to email them to book it, I was so blown away! When you first arrive, you drive through iron gates onto the perfectly manicured grounds that overlook the most amazing view you will ever see. This venue is not a typical “banquet hall” facility and every detail down to the type of linen they use for the tables is perfect. The floors are not the ugly carpet you would normally see, the chandeliers and really just the entire room is gorgeous and the bridal suite is to die for. The views from the deck and the wedding garden are breathtaking. Then there is Chris Sullivan. She is an absolute professional, there is no one better at their job and no one else who will help you create the perfect day like she can. She will make you feel like the most important bride she is working with and will ensure every single detail is exactly how you want it. She really is so much more than just your coordinator!! Lauren and the rest of the Starting Gate team are also there to help you every step of the way!! The food is AMAZING and the options are endless. My now husband is a professional cook and he was blown away by all the food, our guests ate so much and are still commenting on the quality of food, service and the beautiful views! Chris and her team ensured the entire day and planning process was unbelievably smooth and relaxing for all of us. She learned my personality throughout my planning process and suggested things she knew I would love (we had a wine wall at cocktail hour!!!!). What you get with the package (valet, the beautiful bridal suite, customized menus to name just a few things) is unbelievable and unlike anything we saw touring other venues. Their preferred vendor list is all you will need, they work with the absolute best. If you are lucky enough to find and book this venue, I promise you will not be disappointed and you will be hearing how your wedding was the best wedding ever and “over the top” (in the best way!) all night!!! They also have public events so you can go back and relive your special day after it’s all over!! We also had our rehearsal dinner at the venue on the deck and it had the same quality and level of service as the day of the wedding. Our wedding would have not been the same if we had gone anywhere else and we feel so grateful for everything they did for us.Sent on 05/30/2019
Shayna · Married on 11/10/2018
Dream location for your big day!
Couldn’t have imagined a better place to celebrate our big day! Chris Sullivan listens to your wants and brings them to life! She is the best and so organized! Thank you to Chris and all the staff for making our celebration a dream come true!Sent on 03/08/2019
Yajaira · Married on 07/21/2018
This venue is absolutely beautiful! Chris and her team make it so easy to plan your wedding. She was so helpful from the moment I walked in. The service provided was superb and the food is delicious! Everyone couldn't stop talking about it! Chris is the most organized person and will make anything happen! I would host any event at the Starting Gate.Sent on 08/03/2018
Karolina · Married on 07/07/2018
The Starting Gate was the very first venue tour I booked when planning my wedding and it was the ONLY venue tour I needed. We were blown away with the immaculately kept Great Horse grounds and the stunning views from the top of the country club. You can tell this venue strives to provide the utmost quality in everything they do. Chris and her team were incredible to work with. They helped answer and address any questions I had and went above and beyond to help me organize all last minute details.Sent on 09/27/2018
The food provided by The Starting Gate's own chef is AMAZING. The Starting Gate hosts a individual tasting and listens to any and all changes you'd like to have. Our guests are still talking about the amazing filet they had at our wedding!
The bridal suite is beautiful and the perfect place to get ready, take pictures, and be pampered at the start of your day. We were treated to a fun breakfast spread and mimosas as soon as we arrived. Chris helped take care of every little detail for the remainder of the day from drink orders and hors d’oeuvres for the bridal party during pictures, to fixing my veil, to addressing any detail-oriented concerns I had. She was on top of it all so that we could enjoy our big day!
The Starting Gate truly exudes luxury and makes any event feel very exclusive. I hope to attend more events at The Starting Gate so we can enjoy the amazing venue, service, and food again!
Heather · Married on 06/30/2018
My husband and I got married @ GreatHorse on 6/30/18 and we could not have had a better day. From the very first day we set foot into the venue we knew it was for us. My ENTIRE experience with Chris was amazing. She wrote back to every single email I sent to her quickly and always answered our questions. She was accommodating and patient with me during some of my indecisive moments and everything turned out to be even better than I imagined it would. The food is insanely delicious, the venue is stunning and the customer service is top notch. Not one staff member there misses a beat on anything. Our guests are still raving about our day and it was over 2 months ago! We wish we could have our wedding day over and over again, it was a blur but it was absolutely amazing. Thank you x's a million to Chris and ALL of the staff at GreatHorse for giving us the wedding of our dreams. You are truly amazing at what you do!Sent on 08/21/2018
- Mr & Mrs. Copeland <3
Sarah · Married on 06/23/2018
From our first meeting with Chris and her team to the last dance The Starting Gate at GreatHorse exceeded all of our expectations. Not only is the venue stunning but the quality of the service is top notch. Chris and Lauren made the planning process fun, easy and we looked forward to every meeting we had with them. They did not miss any detail and even contacted all of our vendors the week of the wedding to confirm arrival times. We knew from the tasting that our guests were in for a treat with the quality and portion size of the food. The food on our wedding day was phenomenal along with the servers and bartenders who were polite and attentive to everyone’s needs. We still to this day continue to receive many compliments about the dinner and appetizers.Sent on 08/02/2018
I can’t recommend the Starting Gate enough, our wedding day was magical and perfect in every way. The venue is gorgeous, the bridal suite is beautiful and the view is spectacular even in the misty rain that we had. Chris and Lauren, thank you for your undivided attention and meticulous wedding planning. You made us feel like we were the only wedding that you were working on and we miss seeing you. If anyone is looking for a beautiful venue and want to work with people who truly love what they do, please check out The Starting Gate. I can promise you that you won’t be disappointed.
Lindsay · Married on 12/02/2017
Cannot say enough good things about this amazing venue. Chris Sullivan made everything so much easier for us, since we are living out-of-state - we couldn't have done it without her. She and her team made the wedding flawless. The food is excellent, we had a signature drink, and they accommodated our ideas for a s'mores bar and late-night breakfast food snacks. There just is no better venue in Western Mass in terms of scenery, professionalism, service, quality...their slogan is right on, it's different at Greathorse.Sent on 09/28/2017