Weddings at The Starting Gate at Great Horse

The Starting Gate at Great Horse, a stunning wedding venue located in Hampden, MA. This luxurious and picturesque setting is guaranteed to provide you with a truly memorable and enchanting wedding experience.

Starting Gate at Great Horse is nestled within the beautiful landscape of Western Massachusetts, offering breathtaking views and a serene atmosphere that will captivate both you and your guests. As you drive up the grand entrance, you'll be greeted by the elegant surroundings and the meticulously manicured grounds that reflect the sophistication this venue exudes.

The main event space, aptly named Starting Gate, is a gorgeous ballroom adorned with crystal chandeliers, high ceilings, and large windows that flood the room with natural light. This exquisite setting can accommodate up to 400 guests, allowing you plenty of room to celebrate your special day with all your loved ones.

Additionally, the team at Starting Gate at Great Horse understands that planning a wedding is no small feat. That's why they offer a full-service experience, with an expert event coordinator who will guide you every step of the way. From selecting the perfect menu to ensuring every detail is executed flawlessly, their dedicated staff is committed to making your wedding day a seamless and stress-free experience.

One of the highlights of Starting Gate at Great Horse is their award-winning culinary team. With a focus on using fresh, local ingredients, their chefs will work with you to create a personalized menu that reflects your taste and style. Whether you prefer a lavish plated dinner or a more relaxed buffet-style meal, each dish will be prepared to perfection, leaving your guests raving about the delicious cuisine.

Aside from the stunning indoor ballroom, Starting Gate at Great Horse also offers a breathtaking outdoor ceremony site, complete with a charming pergola overlooking the rolling hills. Imagine exchanging your vows against the backdrop of the picturesque New England landscape - it will undoubtedly be a moment you'll never forget!

The bride and groom standing in a field of golden grass.

Kim and Nick's Celebration at the Stating Gate and Greathorse

Kim and Nick enjoyed a lively and fun wedding at the Starting Gate in Hampden, MA. They celebrated their marriage with their closest friends and family, and everyone had such a blast. Kim and Nick know how to party, and we were thrilled to travel to Western, MA, to join them. It was an incredible night celebrating with this fabulous couple.

On a picture-perfect day, Kim and Nick exchanged their vows on a hilltop in Hamden, MA. Their ceremony was held in a private garden that had the most picturesque backdrop you could imagine! Their ceremony was so personalized and guests loved hearing about their love story.

A ceremony taking place on a hilltop in Western, MA.

Our DJ provided the music for this magical moment.
A DJ providing ceremony music for the happy couple.

Guests were excited to see Kim as she walked down the aisle.
The bride walking down the aisle escorted by her father.

Cocktails and Formals

Our guitarist, Jonathan, provided music for the couple's cocktail hour.
A guitarist performs for the couple's cocktail hour

Jonathan sang and played a variety of favorites that guests enjoyed listening to as they mingled.
Guests loved hearing our guitarist as he entertained at the cocktail hour.

While guests were enjoying cocktails, the bridal party snuck away with Kim and Nick to take a few additional formal photos.
Formal pics of the bridal party having fun and cheering.

Let the festivities begin!

As we got the "thumbs up" from the function manager, we asked the guests to put their hands together and cheer as we formally introduced Kim and Nick into the ballroom.

Kim and Nick decided to perform their first dance immediately after they made their grand entrance onto the dance floor. Our DJ played their song, Beyond, for their special moment. Following their first dance, Kim’s sister and father and Nick’s brother and father gave some heartfelt and hilarious toasts. 
The bride and groom enjoy their first dance together as guests look on.

After wrapping up the remaining formalities, Boston Premier kicked off the night's second half in grand fashion. As the venue's house lights dimmed, our stage lighting came on and lit up the room brilliantly. It was a real treat watching Kim and Nick surrounded by family and friends, dancing the night away, and having the time of their lives! Boston Premier Band provided a great mix of dance favorites ranging from Earth Wind and Fire, to The Jackson 5, to modern hits from Dua Lipa and Bruno Mars! It was clear that everyone was just so happy to be celebrating with this special couple. It was a fantastic, non-stop celebration as Boston Premier carried the rest of the evening with great energy and enthusiasm.

Kim and Nick wanted a prominent Boston wedding band that would WOW their guests and decided our 9-piece band was the perfect option for their event. We couldn't have been more pleased to have worked with this fabulous couple.

The Wonderful Vendors We Worked With!

It takes a great team of vendors to execute a flawless wedding. Throughout the day, we worked closely with a group of talented wedding pros, including a fantastic function manager, that did their part to make the day a great success. Below are a few of the wedding professionals who helped make this event extraordinary in many way.

Entertainment: Boston Premier

Photographers: Melanie and Brian at

Venue: Starting Gate at GreatHorse

Catering and Bakery: Starting Gate at GreatHorse

Hair and Makeup: Upstyle

Justice of the Peace: Kezia Bacon

Videography: Barnberry Productions

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