The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Sculpted Garden. This lush, formal garden graced with a charming white gazebo, makes a beautiful backdrop to say "I do." A breezy tented structure can be erected on the grounds for cocktail hour or a polished outdoor reception. The sprawling lawn can accommodate intimate weddings or more elaborate celebrations of up to 250 guests.
The Mansion Ballroom. This oversized room, flanked by grand fireplaces and boasting glossy wooden floors, can host events of up to 250 people in its open spaces. Brilliant chandeliers, French doors opening into the sculpted garden and gorgeous arched windows complete its refined appeal. A handsome polished staircase leads to the bridal suite and groom's lounge, each with private bath, upstairs. The airy veranda is a nice place for cocktails and mingling with guests.
What You Should Know
The Hellenic Center gives couples exclusive use of the premises for their wedding day; wedding packages include five hours of event time, although you can purchase additional time in half-hour increments. You also enjoy the services of a professional wedding coordinator to help you plan your event.
The Hellenic Center works with three catering professionals—Ithaki Modern Mediterranean, Timothy S. Hopkins and Vinwood Caterers—so you can design a menu that surpasses your expectations. All alcoholic beverage packages must be arranged through The Hellenic Center itself, and bartenders are included in the venue rental price.
The venue rental package also includes dining tables and gold Chiavari chairs; you can arrange your linens, china and glassware with your catering professional. Catering packages are based on a 100-guest minimum. The Hellenic Center partners with several wedding service professionals including bakeries, photographers, DJs and florists, although couples are free to work with the vendor of their choice. Please note, The Hellenic Center is a completely smoke-free facility, although smoking is allowed on the estate grounds.
The Hellenic Center offers couples several extra perks to make their wedding planning easier:
- Free guest parking for up to 200 cars
- Special pricing for members of the Greek Orthodox Church in Ipswich
From the Vendor
North Shore's Hidden Gem
This pristine estate with its exquisite mansion will set the tone for your magical wedding day. The sprawling lawn is a picturesque setting for an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour. The ballroom consists of hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers, fireplaces, and French doors that overlook the garden.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Garden, Estate, Historic Venue, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Planning, Service Staff
Gorgeous!Reviewed on 10/02/2015
I got married at the Hellenic Center in September and it was absolutely perfect. The weather was awesome and the outdoor areas were still green and perfect for photos. Tamie is the event coordinator at the Hellenic Center and she did a great job the day of. She was attentive an helped make the day go by smoothly- you can tell she has a lot of experience. The only thing I would say is that she seems to be the only one planning the events at the Hellenic Center, so she is understandably very busy and sometimes hard to contact. Once the date got closer she was very attentive to our needs, but if you're trying to reach out and get a meeting set up you may have to be patient with her response time, but it's worth it!
One Word: AmazingReviewed on 9/14/2015 Olivia B
Where do I even begin? The Hellenic Center was everything I wanted and more for my dream wedding in August. From the moment we stepped foot on the property for our initial meeting/venue tour we were in love. The building is gorgeous (a spacious and beautiful bridal suite is a plus!) and the lawns are meticulously maintained. You absolutely will not find such amazing value in a wedding venue anywhere else. Tamie, the Hellenic Center's wedding coordinator, is heaven-sent. The fact that you get to work directly with her is reason enough to book your wedding there! Her professionalism is top notch, and her personality is wonderful. She is friendly and approachable, extremely knowledgeable, and so, so helpful. My wedding went off without a hitch, and it was, without a doubt, the best day of my life. We cannot thank Tamie, and the Vinwood Catering staff enough for their hard work, dedication and patience over the last year and half. If you choose Vinwood as your caterer (and you should!), I hope you are lucky enough to work directly with Mackenzie. She was my rock, and friend(!) through this process, and made menu selection and decision making actually fun! Her input and help with everything was on point, and our guests are STILL raving about the quality of the food, and all the wonderful Vinwood staff. We are so glad our stressful venue searching process brought us to The Hellenic Center. I couldn't imagine my wedding anywhere else. Money definitely well spent!!
The Northshore's Hidden GemReviewed on 7/31/2013 E M
I had my wedding at the Hellenic Center on June 15, 2013 and I could not be happier with my experience. The wedding coordinator, Tamie, really knows what she's doing and she was meticulous in overseeing every detail. From the very beginning of my wedding planning experience, Tamie was extremely helpful and responsive. She is also a very sweet person and was so easy to work with. I went with Vinwood Caterers and together they were a great team to work with. The execution of the event was flawless. There were a couple of issues that popped up (someone fainted at the cocktail reception, for example) and Tamie and the Vinwood staff handled it all with grace and incredible professionalism. Regarding the actual Hellenic Center, I think this is the perfect spot for understated elegance. I wanted to host my wedding at a place that felt like a historic, warm and elegant New England home and that is exactly what I got. My wedding motif was romantic classic with a bit of a vintage feel and the Hellenic Center was the perfect venue to capture this. I also had a multicultural wedding and both the Hellenic Center and Vinwood were fantastic at meeting all our special cultural requests. All my guests were in awe of how beautiful the estate and grounds were. Because the Hellenic Center was recently renovated and updated, it is so classically beautiful that you really don't even need a lot of decorations. I didn't do uplighting or over the top centerpieces. I just stuck with the chandelier lighting, candles and medium rose centerpieces and it looked absolutely gorgeous. Also, since Vinwood provides floral pieces for the the stations and bar, the place looked extra beautiful. The service provided by both Hellenic and Vinwood was exceptional - very professional, timely and smooth. Also, Tamie threw is a few extra goodies for us (e.g. wine service during dinner) at no extra cost, which really gave a special touch. Finally, the value was really great for such fantastic service, beautiful grounds and a gorgeous estate!
My husband and I had our wedding reception at the Hellenic Center this past October. The whole day was magical. The space is clean and well kept and although the weather did not cooperate for an outdoor cocktail hour, the property still looked beautiful in the rain. They do a great job with the landscaping and fall is a perfect time to be married at the Hellenic Center. We worked with Vinwood Caterers who did a fabulous job, from our first meeting to our final prep call, and made sure the day went very smoothly. The bridal suite is perfect to get ready in and spacious if you also use the groomsmen room for hair and makeup. The Hellenic Center has a very romantic feel with a beautiful bar and chandeliers. There are hardwood floors and the walls are painted neutrally so it is easy to dress-up the space to fit the style of any wedding. We had a large number of quests, a little over 200, a 7 piece band, as well as, food stations and managed to fit comfortably in the space. The only negative aspect of our experience was that it was often difficult to reach the event coordinator, Tamie, via phone or email. This led to multiple follow ups, confusion with our specific wedding day plans and an overbooked final prep meeting. It appeared to me that the Hellenic Center was very understaffed relative to the number of weddings they put on each weekend. Although disappointed in that particular aspect of the process, I would still recommend the Hellenic Center to any bride who is organized and willing to take charge!
We got married this past weekend. We worked closely with Tamie throughout the whole planning process. She was great to work with, answered any and all questions and allowed us to come to the venue whenever we needed. Although Tamie was sick for our wedding, her staff, Mackenzie and Erin, ran things extremely smoothly the day of. They checked in on me that morning, consulted with me during set up, and helped the other vendors throughout the night. As a bride, I felt heard and helped all day and night. Tamie and her staff are amazing. The Hellenic Center made for a beautiful venue for our fall wedding and we couldn't be happier. Our guests have continued to rave about the venue and how great the wedding was. Thank you to all who took part in making our day perfect!
My husband and I got married at the Hellenic Center in June and could not have been happier with our choice of venue. The building and property are gorgeous, and you get a lot of flexibility in choosing the ceremony location and type of decorations. Moreover, Tamie, the event coordinator, was amazing! Not only was she very helpful in the planning phase, but she made sure everything went flawlessly during the wedding. We had planned for an outdoor ceremony, but it was raining on and off on our wedding day. I was convinced that we would have to decide hours before the ceremony whether or not to bring it indoors due to set up, but there was no pressure from Tamie to make a final decision. In fact, we were able to decide just a few minutes before the ceremony start time to keep the ceremony outdoors! I don't think there are many venues that provide that amount of flexibility; it was so appreciated because we were able to have the ceremony just as we had planned.
Just had my October 9th wedding here and it was amazing!! Unfortunately we had hurricane Matthew rain out what was supposed to be our outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. I was a little nervous about plan B but Tamie and her staff made the transition to Plan B seamless. Several people spoke to me after the event saying they couldn't believe it was supposed to be outside because everything inside was organized perfectly! Everything looked gorgeous and the transitions from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception were seamless. The setup of guest books etc also had to change but again it was totally stress free and gorgeous thanks to Tamie and the staff! My whole bridal party was also allowed to get into the Hellenic center at 8am to start on hair make up etc all on site which was extremely helpful in the flow of the day! I had the time of my life the day of my wedding and everyone was extremely accomodating making sure myself and my now husband as well as wedding party and guests had food in our bellies and drinks in our hand! I would highly recommend Tamie and the Hellenic Center for your event!
The Hellenic Center is an absolutely gorgeous venue from start to finish with its stunning bridal suite to the perfectly manicured grounds to the beautiful ballroom. The Hellenic Center and Tamie truely go above and beyond to make your wedding day picture perfect. The only downfall is that Tamie manages this whole venue all by herself so you may wait days for your phone calls or emails to be responded to. I think with a second full time employee the venue could truly reach its full potential but none the less, the Hellenic Center is a great value and a classy total package! You will not be disappointed if you choose to use The Hellenic Center as your wedding venue!
Gorgeous location! Tamie, the event coordinator was very helpful and flexible. You have options here and they aren't as strict (decoration-wise) as some other locations. Everything was planned out and timed to a T. Tamie has soooooo much experience with wedding coordinating that you will have all your questions answered. You have the also have the option to have your ceremony at numerous spots throughout the property. We used Vinwood Catering and I would use them again for any event.
The Hellenic Center was the perfect venue for our wedding! It is such a beautiful and unique place. Tamie was such a pleasure to work with; she was organized and always so accommodating. What stood out to us the most about the venue was that we never felt like we had to adhere to certain specific standards/restrictions that some venues have. Tamie was so flexible and let us make our day exactly how we wanted it. I would highly recommend the venue not only for the gorgeous setting but also for the people you work with throughout the process - they made it that much more enjoyable!
Overall, the space is absolutely stunning. I would be considerate of really warm days if you plan on getting ready in the suite because it gets very warm. The outside area is something from a movie, and I cannot wait to see how amazing the photos come out.
GET MARRIED HERE! Tammi the wedding coordinator there is AMAZING hands down the best experience I could have asked for! Venue price is reasonable and the venue is GORGEOUS!! The bridal suite and groom suite were big and beautiful and no additional fees to use the suite to get ready before the wedding! We had our ceremony right outside, I loved it! there is several options for an outside ceremony! and plan B is even beautiful! The venue has so much potential that any theme you want works! Tammi is extremely helpful and with you the entire wedding in case you need something. As a bride this was extremely help to stay on track! with everything that was going on! We both loved the Hellenic Center, and our guests were in AW at how beautiful it was!
Our October wedding at the Hellenic Center was AMAZING. I received so many compliments, and still receive so many compliments weeks after the wedding! It is such a beautiful, breathtaking venue- and Tamie was such a pleasure to work with. She was very responsive and so helpful- she had great ideas during the planning process and always answered my emails promptly. Additionally, Mackenzie with Vinwood Caterers was also a joy to work with and was so accommodating. She had great menu suggestions, and I can't even count how many people told me it was not only the best wedding they had ever been to, but hands down the best food they had ever had at any wedding! People are still talking/asking about the butternut squash ravioli and the short ribs...they want to know where and how to get them! The day was phenomenal, and I am so glad I chose The Hellenic Center for our wedding.
The Hellenic Center was the perfect location to host our Fall 2015 wedding. We got married in late October, and the atmosphere, location and venue were just perfect. The grouds were meticulous and the foliage in the area was just perfect. We worked with Tamie and Mackenzie from Vinwood on everything, and they were experienced, professional and fun to work with. Because of how closely they were willing to work together, it made the entire planning process seamless and we knew what to expect at every step. They were very responsive and accommodating leading up to the wedding and on the day of the event. We knew who to go to on the day of the wedding and didn't have to worry about anything - even last minute changes. The team was excellent and our family, friends and bridal party all had an amazing day that we'll never forget!!
We hosted our reception on October 24, 2015 at The Hellenic Center, and the experience was just perfect. My husband, family and friends had the best experience and our vendors all worked together so well. We worked with Mackenzie at Vinwood who worked flawlessly with Tamie at The Hellenic Center in advance and up to the day of the wedding, making everything seamless and easy. They were so excited about making our day perfect and building a relationship with us, that we would recommend our friends and others to host their wedding or other special event here in a heartbeat! The amenities offered by the venue were also excellent - the bridal and groom suites are wonderful, the staff is very accommodating and personable. They are just the best!!
July 24Reviewed on 10/30/2015 Jen B
Everything eas perfect. I would not change one thing! The picture with Alisha Harris were smooth and quick, and they came out perfect. The food provided by Tim Hopkins catering was OUTSANDING and people are still raving about it!! We danced the night away from introductions till the very end of the night with our 8 piece band radiance!!! Our flowers filled the room with warmth and beauty which set the perfect mood. The Hellenic was smooth from start to finish ha fling all the details with the Hopkins staff. I would not change one thing
The Hellenic Center beat all my expectations and we were 100% satisfied with it. I always thought it was a beautiful place but on our day in July, with it all decorated and ready for us and filled with our 220 guests and our daughter's wedding party, it was magical. Tamie and Mackenzie were great to work with and they had everything under control the whole day of the wedding. We worried about very little that day. Vinwood Catering was equally wonderful. Our guests kept exclaiming over the beautiful venue and awesome food. I highly recommend The Hellenic Center!
I have nothing but the very best to say about the Hellenic Center and the wonderful staff we worked with! My husband and I had our ceremony and reception at the Hellenic Center this July. Tamie and Mackenzie (the event manager and coordinator) were so amazing. They genuinely cared about us and our day, and they helped to make our wedding exactly as we had pictured. It makes a big difference when you work with friendly, experienced, genuine individuals which is exactly what you get with the Hellenic Center! They were so helpful when we had questions regarding the day, and they took care of all the small details on the day of the wedding which allowed my family and I to really enjoy the day. We had several meetings leading up to the wedding which allowed us all to get to know each other and made my groom and I feel confident that the day would go smoothly. The Hellenic Center property and ballroom is absolutely gorgeous. Our ceremony was in the back lawn underneath the beautiful oak tree, our cocktail hour on the grassy patio out back, and our reception in the breath-taking ballroom! Everything on our day was timed so perfectly due to Mackenzie and Tamie's experience. The day went off without a hitch...and when you have 200+ guests at your wedding like we did, that is saying a lot. The Hellenic Center also has the best recommendations in local DJs, florists, and other vendors. We were so thankful for their welcomed advice in helping us choose our extremely talented vendors. We are so thankful to have been able to have our dream day at the Hellenic Center, and I give it the highest recommendation!!
August 2015 WeddingReviewed on 9/30/2015
Tamie and The Hellenic Center are amazing! Tamie is quick to respond to emails/phone calls, she always goes the extra mile to help you meet your wedding dreams, and she has an incredible amount of knowledge and expertise in planning the perfect day! The grounds of the Hellenic Center are absolutely beautiful! I cannot give enough positive feedback about Tamie, the entire staff, and the venue itself. Our wedding was amazing because of the handwork, expertise, and kindness of Tamie and this incredible venue!
Absolutely Perfect!Reviewed on 8/21/2015 Jill P
We got married on 8/8/15 at the Hellenic Center. Tamie was amazing! The grounds were beautiful and we've gotten so many compliments on how perfect our wedding location was. We had our ceremony outside by the oak tree at 5:30, the lighting was perfect, absolutely breathtaking. You could hear birds chirping in the background during our vows, it sounds cheesy, but it was like a fairy-tale. I wouldn't change one thing about our wedding, it was the perfect location fo us!
Get married at the Hellenic Center!! This place is wonderful, it is beautiful inside and out. The grounds are immaculate and the inside is recently updated and equally as gorgeous. We chose this location due to the beautiful site and we wanted to get married outside but the inside is just as lovely. Tamie is the event coordinator/site manager and is also wonderful. She guided us through the entire process planning up till the wedding and then on the day of she was on point. She made sure that we were where we needed to be when we needed to be there. She communicates primarily through email (which is fine by me) and responds within 72 hrs. She provided excellent advice and guided us with decision making without any reservations. I would get married there again in a heartbeat.
Hellenic Center reviewReviewed on 6/18/2015 Elizabeth F
My husband and I were married at The Hellenic Center this month and we had such a wonderful experience with Tamie, the event and venue manager, throughout the entire process. She made our special day flow effortlessly, kept us on time, and even helped with some of the setup, which was greatly appreciated. She had wonderful feedback, ideas, and genuinely wanted to make our wedding day special for us. The Hellenic Center is breathtaking in its own right and provides such a classic backdrop for a wedding or any event. We could not have been happier!
Hellenic CtrReviewed on 5/21/2015 Tiffany P
My wedding at the Hellenic Center was perfect. Tamie was amazing; super helpful, responsive and ensured all the details came together perfectly! Could not have asked for a more stress-free and amazing day!
Amazing!Reviewed on 11/01/2014 Lauren P
Our reception at the Hellenic Center was perfect- large in part to Tamie and her wonderful staff! We had our cocktail hour outdoors, and the way they have decorated the space is simply gorgeous! The trees and bushes have lights and lanterns which, along with the archway and gazebo, make for some beautiful pictures. We had decided to do a number of DIY decorating projects for inside the venue, and Tamie and her team set everything up and made it better than we could have imagined! Every detail was spot on and every part of our wedding was executed perfectly. We couldn't be happier with our selection of the Hellenic Center! And our guests have not stopped raving about the space! Thank you, Tamie!
Story book fairytale wedding on the summer solsticeReviewed on 10/30/2014
OMG my wedding was STUNNING. The venue was everything-- private, secluded, serene, romantic, and MAGICAL. I love all the nature and greenery, as well as the outdoor patio lights strung around tree branches and along the roof of the estate. There were also outdoor chandeliers that made the venue look like a page out of a story book. Every corner was a photo op (Bharat Palmer Photography)! There is so much attention to detail that Tamie Rodolosi puts in to create the fairy tale ambiance. It truly is a DREAM VENUE and Wedding planning team for any event. I love that the venue is SO CLOSE to Gloucester. You can just sneak away at the end of the night to your cozy oceanfront hotel (Gloucester Inn By The Sea). My ceremony was held in their outdoor space on a quaint lawn. There was a giant wooden arbor with crystals and roses (Pepperberry's Flowers) where we happily said our vows. It was such a picture perfect scene. The cocktail hour was outside, signature cocktails (created by my husband and I), 2 sushi rollers, array of passed Hors d'oeuvre (Vinwood caterers) and a kick ass cigar bar for the guys. Reception was held in their indoor ballroom. The reception area was gorgeous-- beautiful fireplaces, grand piano, brand new contemporary bar, immaculate vintage restrooms, 3 sets of French doors leading to the wrap around deck with heated lamps, hardwood floors thru out --basically an enchanting estate in the woods. The service was phenomenal and all the staff (Vinwood Caterers) were friendly and helpful. The event coordinators (Tamie Rodolosi her asst Mackenie Grenert and Danielle Maccini were all super on top of everything--making sure that the entire wedding ran seamlessly and perfectly without any hiccups.