About Dark Horse Estate Winery
Located in Grand Bend, Ontario, Dark Horse Estate Winery is a venue that specializes in creating a fun and memorable experience for weddings and other special events. Since 2016, Dark Horse Estate Winery has been Ontario West Coast's wedding venue of choice. With a lush vineyard offering scenic views, great wine and fine services, your wedding celebration will be an amazing experience!
Facilities and capacity
The facilites found at this winery venue include 20-acres of stunning vineyards which will provide the perfect backdrop to your wedding photos. Their reception halls include:
Dark Horse Estate Winery offers couples the following wedding services:
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9 Reviews for Dark Horse Estate Winery
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Glen Cook · Married on 30/11/2019
We had a very small wedding with our immediate family in attendance... only 24 people. We wanted a place that was classy but intimate. Dark Horse was able to provide the perfect location! The winery was decorated for the holidays and was absolutely stunning! It made our wedding very memorable. Our guests were very impressed!
The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and provided us with excellent service.
We would highly recommend the Dark Horse Estate Winery to anyone planning a wedding!
Glen and KevinSent on 10/01/2020
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Cailey Ribbink · Married on 25/08/2018
An amazing venue! The service was excellent as well! We heard so many wonderful comments from our wedding guests and family about the venue being absolutely breathtaking (we already knew this and that's why Dark Horse was our first and only choice for a venue!). Our guests had a great experience in such a unique place. Our rehearsal dinner in the barrel cellar was so beautiful and special, and the experience of getting ready with my mom and bridesmaids in the Dark Horse VIP room was incredible! Dark Horse really catered to all of our needs! My only point about the wedding coordination was that there was a lot of back and forth and not all information was presented in a complete package up front, so I had to ask a lot of questions in order to understand how things would go at the venue. However, Dark Horse provided me with a great contingency plan when the weather was too wet outside for a vineyard ceremony and the wedding ended up still being very beautiful and intimate in their lower wine cellar room.
What a perfect and dreamy wedding day and I wish I could relive it again!Sent on 28/08/2018
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Charlene Freeman · Married on 28/09/2019
Not worth the money.
The venue is beautiful, stunning actually for a December wedding, but I can assure you that it is not worth the hassle, attitude or exhaustion you will face when dealing with Ashley and Craig. If there is any advice that I can give, is to ask around to different vendors. I actually heard horror stories from vendors regarding previous experiences they had with Dark Horse, namely Ashley and Craig and after all my experiences I am not surprised at all.Sent on 09/01/2020
Rude doesn't even begin to describe it. From my very first meeting with Ashley to the dealings with Craig, they are nothing but unprofessional. In fact, it is shocking for the amount of money that you spend there on a wedding that they would be as unprofessional and disrespectful as they are.
Now fast forward to the day before the wedding and setting up. We had the entire wedding party and family come to help as we were doing all of the setup on our own to try to save money (because of the exorbitant fees that they charge), and NOWHERE prior to this were we told a maximum number that were allowed to come and help, or that we weren’t allowed to bring a coffee with us, or that my two grandchildren could not be there, or that we weren’t allowed to track in any dirt from outside, even though it was December, snowing/slushy outside. Not sure how we were supposed to get the decorations from the vehicles into the venue. Regardless, instead of speaking with us like most adults and professionals would have done, they proceeded to talk negatively about us to anyone and everyone behind our backs. In fact, I had several people come up and tell me that they heard both Ashley and Craig putting us down, calling us disasters behind our backs. IF these were their rules, then why wouldn’t they be professional about enforcing them, instead of being unprofessional bullies, with zero respect for anyone but themselves. When confronted with all of this after the wedding they retaliated with more blame. Apparently, their behavior was justified because we didn’t follow the rules of ‘setup’, which we never received. Nobody wanted or intended to ‘break their rules’, and if a Tim Hortons coffee was a problem then all they had to do was point that out. Again, for the amount of money you pay for a wedding you would expect a certain level of respect and professionalism. You won’t find it at this place! There were several other instances of this bullying behavior but I won’t post it all as it is the same theme as the example above. I have never felt so judged and disrespected in my life.
Also, keep in mind all of the 'rules' this venue has. We paid extra for the bridal suite to get ready in. Late morning on the wedding day, we were informed that we had to ensure that we cleared out all of our personal belongings from the room. When we paid extra for the room we didn’t realize that it was for a certain number of hours. This just added stress and chaos when it wasn’t needed. Communication would have also alleviated this. Also, the bar service has last call at midnight, which we did know about, but there was no last call for our guests, and also if you are lucky enough to get a drink before it closes, don't put that drink down, as the bar staff walk around and take the drinks away. Seriously. And after dinner, when the bar opens, they remove all wine from the tables, which is their policy. What I didn't account for was them actually taking my glass of wine that I was drinking. So essentially, since I paid for all of the wine, I paid for the glass they took and then had to get another glass at the bar because they took it from me. I assume in an effort to increase the bar bill. I also had to fight with them to get the actual invoice for the bar, to which I am sure fabricated to inflate the invoice, unfortunately this isn’t something that you can prove, With all of their other lies, it wouldn’t surprise me.
Lastly, be prepared for the cleanup. They have very specific times to clean up, ours was between 10 and 11am the following day. So we all waited around to be at the venue for 10am, and there was nobody there. nice. Again, the height of professionalism. To deal with this company you really need thick skin and a big check book. I truly believe they hate people, hate communicating and the failure to do their job is what led to them attacking and laying blame on us, the people paying them. They should just stay as a winery and not be involved in weddings, as professionalism, human decency and respect are all major parts of the wedding experience.
Overall, we had a terrible experience. I was warned of this before deciding to have the wedding at this venue but I decided that I could deal with it based on how beautiful the venue was. In retrospect, I wish I hadn't, as the attitude, constant negative comments and bullying behaviour (eye rolling), talking behind our backs, blatant lying, which occurs long after the wedding is over, is honestly not worth it. I am sure the Dark Horse will read this and make up reasons for all of these points, but please spend time reading other reviews on other sites, and you will see a common theme to these comments. Also, ask different vendors of their experience at this venue and you will quickly see that there is no defense to any of this as it is just how they operate.
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Tim Newman · Married on 31/12/2019
Our Wedding was on New Years Eve 2019 at the Dark Horse Winery. This was the Dark Horse Estate Wineries first New Years Eve wedding and it went off without a hitch. Both my wife and I are from Australia and found it very easy to communicate via email with all staff at the Dark Horse. Nothing was ever an issue before or after the wedding. Being from Australia Ashleigh and her staff made accommodations to their regular schedule to accommodate us. The venue is absolutely stunning and was perfect for our small wedding. All guests were very impressed with the location and venue. The winery was decorated perfectly for the holiday season and fitted our New Years Eve theme wonderfully allowing us to spend very little on decorations! It made our wedding very memorable and we can not wait to come back one day to celebrate our anniversary. We could not recommend the Dark Horse enough for a dream wedding.Sent on 25/01/2020
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Erin Hill · Married on 15/11/2019
This was the absolute perfect spot for our intimate November wedding. Darkhorse accommodated our ceremony on the outdoor patio, having a fire going to keep all our guests warm. The holiday decor was up which added so much to an already stunning venue. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.Sent on 24/03/2020
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