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Venues in Montague, MA,
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    Kyle E.

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  • When we started planning our July wedding, we knew that we wanted a beautiful, eco-conscious, outdoor venue in the rolling Massachusetts hills where we could host guests for the whole weekend and people could camp and sit by a fire at night. We weren’t sure we’d find someplace that checked all those boxes; then we found the Montague Retreat Center. It was everything we were looking for and more. We loved that we had the whole weekend to see our guests and that they got to know the place, too. The Center already has a tent set up for the reception, and the venue was so well set up with its own furniture and catering-ready kitchen, that other vendors kept telling us how delighted they were to be going back there. We had around 100 guests, about 25 of which camped at the Center. The camp site is in a pine forest on the property, and our camping guests were all very happy with their stay and with the facilities. A lot happens in a wedding weekend, but the staff is prepared fo... Read more

    Karti

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  • We got married at the Montague Retreat Center two weeks ago. We could not have imagined a better venue for the wedding weekend that we'd envisioned, nor a more helpful, kind, and accommodating group than Bill, Beth, and John. We would *highly* recommend this venue to others. It's hard to know where to start. To begin with, it's just such a beautiful venue surrounded by beautiful scenery and even some hiking paths that leave from the back gate. And the barn is just magical--especially lit up at night. We loved the feel of the venue, which we took to be "warm," "laid back," and "communal." That's what we were going for with our wedding, so it was a perfect fit. It was great to be able to show up early in the week to start setting things up and to not feel pressured to leave early on Sunday morning. We loved the decorations closet, which is yours to raid to re-use anything that others have left behind that you like. We rented the rooms that are part of the venue, which made the whol... Read more

    Gwen

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  • What a fantastic place the retreat center is. It is simply great and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed every event we held there for our wedding celebration (4 events over 4 days). The premise has a beautiful barn ideal for dancing, a spacious tent which can be used as dinning room (we had 125 people sitting comfortably). The barn also has a lovely ceremony circle where you can celebrate your wedding ceremony. The owners, Bill and Beth, are extremely organized and they are very helpful in terms of planning and executing all the events related to the weeding. The really make a very stressful event very smooth and easy. Our experience was fantastic and we advise anyone who is thinking of using this venue for their wedding to go and see it and fall in love with it. After talking to Bill and Beth you will know what we mean. Gwen and Luis.

    Dawn

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  • Yes, the sweeping mountain views are magnificent. Yes, the two-street historic post and beam barn is out of a magazine. Yes, the tented bluestone patio (designed by a Tibetan stonemason who carved hearts and flowers into the floor) is the picture-perfect place to hold a wedding dinner. But what takes the Montague Retreat Center over the top is the TIME available to brides and grooms (we had the venue from Tuesday to Sunday -- incredible!!!), and the total free reign we had to do whatever we wanted, through whichever vendors we chose (we were able to let our creativity run wild, and craft a wedding week in which every last detail was unique and deeply personal). The delightfully quirky owners, Bill and Beth, believe that weddings are all about relationships, which is why they only do one wedding a weekend -- our families and friends had five days instead of five hours to get to know one another, creating new friendships and multiplying the love ten-fold. And for those of you worried... Read more

    Joanna

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  • This place became our second home during the week leading up to our wedding, and we never wanted to leave! Beth and Bill could not have been more helpful, flexible or encouraging during our entire process. We booked this site because it was a blank slate that we could decorate as we saw fit, but also once we saw the fall foliage on the property, we KNEW this was the place. The ability to use our own vendors was important as well, and the approved list had plenty of options to look into/book. Setup/breakdown could not have been less stressful, which was excellent! The ceremony setup was beautiful and we cannot wait to hang the photos up in our house. Beth and Bill were so flexible and communicative that we felt like we were working with long time family friends. Our day had rain in the forecast and we would have been freaking out if it weren't for the calm and professional handling by the MRC team. We knew that whatever happened, they would do whatever they could to ensure that t... Read more

    User6772896

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  • Amazing venue, seriously amazing!! From the very first time we emailed them through the end of our ceremony this weekend, Bill and Beth were professional, responsive, efficient and incredibly thorough. They also made expectations for themselves and for our wedding party very clear, which was awesome. I cannot say enough good things about them. The venue itself is gorgeous, we didn't really have to do a thing to the Great Hall; the beauty of the building was enough. Also, super, super kid friendly. We had about 15 children under the age of 7 at our wedding, and the kids could run all around the Great Hall without a problem; obviously parents were watching them all the time, but b/c we didn't need fancy decorations, there were none for the kids to break. I would strongly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a chill country wedding.

    Moira

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  • Oh, you want to have a beautiful venue that feels like you're in another world? YOU FOUND IT! To start, the owners are such genuine and kind people. You know that they are looking at you and your fiance as two people making a precious commitment rather than just another check to deposit. The amount of time given to set up for your wedding is unheard of in the wedding industry. You can start setting up for your wedding on Tuesday! Time is the greatest gift, and the Montague Retreat Center offers it in abundance. They also provide tools and supplies to decorate as you choose! When a last minute rainstorm ruined our chances of an outdoor wedding, I didn't even feel a bit sad. The barn itself is stunning with it's giant windows and original beams, it was the perfect setting for our ceremony and I couldn't imagine it any other way. Do yourself a favor and at least go for a visit. If you're like me and my husband, you'll write them a deposit check the very same day.

    User6229611

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  • We were married at the Montague Retreat Center in August 2015. It is run by lovely, kind, folks in the midst of some of the most beautiful scenery in Western Massachusetts. We picked this location due to the above reasons- and because there was a beautiful space to get married rain or shine, plus we loved the history of the place, plus we loved that we could coordinate or bring our own food/drinks/music/decorations, etc. Everything was as described on their website. Even though we are generally calm people, our wedding day was hectic as we had so much to do. However, being surrounded by such helpful owners and the tranquil meadows helped make the day a purely wonderful memory. Bill and Beth were there to answer every question, and to offer suggestions about how to make the day run a little smoother. For us, we were lucky and the weather cooperated so we were able to use the meadow, the patio (for dining), and the barn (for dancing). Guests told us they really liked the flow o... Read more

    Jessica

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  • I am not sure there are words to describe how fortunate and blessed my husband and I feel to have found and worked with the Montague Retreat Center. First- it's BEAUTIFUL. The entire space- from the stone patio to the barn to the ceremony circle, each have their own unique charm and are absolutely breathtaking. To be able to be married with the hills of Western MA as the backdrop and then celebrate in a renovated barn is absolutely incredible. For couples looking to support local businesses and venues with a long and unique history- the Montague Retreat Center is definitely the place for you. Bill and Beth were incredible to work with, answered all of our questions and really helped us to envision our wedding day. As a Saturday wedding, we had ample time to set up in the venue and were really able to make the space our own. Bill and Beth were invested in making sure that we had the perfect day. While it is definitely more DIY- there was so much infrastructure in place to support our DI... Read more

    Melissa

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  • The Montague Retreat Center does not disappoint as a wedding venue. Since it has only recently become available as such, many local people have not yet been there. They are taken aback by the grounds, the historic barn, the spacing, the fields, flowers and views. It is a unique venue in Western Massachusetts and we are so lucky that we stumbled upon it. Bill and Beth were attentive to our needs, were very flexible, and did their up most best to insure our day was perfect. The event was executed without a hitch and we are so grateful. The venue is not a “one size fits all” place where every aspect of the event is dictated. We really were able to personalize our wedding with unique details that we would not have been able to do in another setting. We were so happy to work with Beth and Bill and look forward to seeing more events booked at the Retreat Center!

    Jamie K.

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  • We had a hybrid Indian-Western wedding where we hosted a sangeet on Friday night for ~120 people (everyone who subsequently attended the wedding on Saturday). This venue allowed us to use the space for multiple nights for the same cost, which was ideal for our two-night celebration. It did require, however, that we flip the space pretty quickly from the set-up for the sangeet to the set-up for the wedding and the venue helped to do this really well. It was also really convenient to be able to sleep at the venue across this multi-day event. Everyone who worked with us was laid-back and accommodating. The wedding turned out beautifully.

    Elizabeth

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  • My husband and rented the MRC beginning Tuesday 7/3 as many of our friends and family were traveling for our wedding. We have so many fond memories of our time, however; it came with a few surprises that I will share here in case you are considering the space. The Good: From the time we booked the venue, Beth and Bill were very flexible and allowed us to visit multiple times over the winter. They provided lots of information that greatly helped us plan our day. The place is remarkably beautiful. It felt like we were on another planet all week. The space is serene and minimalist which highlights the natural beauty of the surrounding hills. Beth, Bill, John and Kate kept the place clean and were super professional on the wedding day. They were reasonably flexible about anything we needed during the week. The Less Than Good: MRC became our "hub" as people got into town. During the week, we were really surprised with how poorly we were treated. During our time, multiple tours wer... Read more

    User7475138

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  • The Montague Retreat Center is a superb location for a rustic, outdoorsy, New England wedding. The setting provides a blank canvas upon which to execute your vision. The hill offers a beautiful backdrop for an outdoor ceremony, while the barn offers rustic charm as well. The venue is easily able to accommodate larger weddings. Given that ours was a smaller affair, and the weather was still a bit chilly, we held the reception in the great hall, rather than on the tented patio, which turned out lovely. The owners, Bill and Beth, are fantastic people, great with communication, and very flexible about use of the spaces.

    Katie

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  • Pros: - You can't beat the gorgeous scenery and beautiful, rustic barn! - Bill (owner) was very responsive to emails. - You can have your ceremony and reception in one place - a HUGE draw for us! - There's plenty of parking on-site. Cons: - Bill is tangental and often did not listen to me. I had to be firm in my preferences for layout/seating/tables. Bill continued suggesting other ideas even after I had already clearly stated what I wanted. My MOH had to step in to ensure/confirm what I wanted. - Bill was inconsistent with some things he said. At our initial meeting (before we signed the contract), he said he'd hang anything above 10' that would require a ladder. During the pre-wedding meeting two days before, when I described the lights I wanted hung, he said that was "too elaborate" and asked if there was anyone in our family who could hang them instead. **IMPORTANT: On the wedding day, Bill came into the bridal suite without asking! My MOH and I were getting ready, and ... Read more

    User5566235

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  • We used the Montague Retreat Center for our ceremony and reception venue and it's a really beautiful as others have written. The barn, stone patio and ceremony space are stunning. We got married on 10/10/15 and although it was 60 degrees during the day, it unfortunately the temperatures dipped into the 40s once the sun went down. Bill, the owner, had us chip in with the other wedding for the next day at an amount of $122 for space heaters for the stone patio where dinner was served. Unfortunately he made the decision to not utilize the 4 walls we were also paying for, because that would block the scenic view. As a result, we, as well as our guests, were freezing cold, and the space heaters were totally useless because any of the warm air we were getting was totally lost. Guests were going to their cars for their coats, some did not even bother staying after dinner and I think the cold air had a lot to do with it. So because we wasted $122 and were freezing for dinner, I can't give th... Read more

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    The crux of the issue is that we decided early in the season that tent sidewalls and heaters would be treated as “extras” and rented by wedding parties themselves. In retrospect, this was a huge mistake. It’s the reason why your guests were cold during your reception, and I’m very, very sorry. I hope you’ll conclude that it was an honest mistake, and therefore forgivable. The October 3 and October 4 wedding parties agreed to share the cost of sidewalls and two blower heaters (umbrella style radiant heaters are not allowed under tents). They opted to enclose the two shorter sides of the tent, leaving the side along the barn and the side with the view open. It wasn’t too cold or windy that weekend, and the configuration seemed to take the chill off. Both parties were happy. When the October 11 wedding party asked about sidewalls and heaters, it occurred to me that I could save my clients money by keeping the equipment on site for several weekends in a row (if the rental company doesn’t have to pick up and deliver equipment, the price falls by 50%). I asked the October 11 party, “Are you sure you don’t want sidewalls for the outer wall?”, and they responded “No, we want to preserve the view.” Given that the October 10/11 forecast for highs in the mid-50s, that decision was a mistake, and going along with it was incredibly shortsighted on my part. But doing so flowed logically from my stated policy of treating these items as “extras”, and after a long season of weddings, I was tired and not thinking clearly. Perhaps you’ll be more forgiving in light of the above. The upshot? We're going to buy sidewalls for all four sides of the tent. They'll be installed all season and wedding parties will be able to open them as needed. We’re also going to buy heaters - not two, but three. We hope Montague Retreat Center will always have a place in your heart.

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