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Melissa · Married on 06/16/2012
My husband said it all above, but I just wanted to reiterate, this was amazing. Thank you so much Stacey!Sent on 06/18/2012
User2517319 · 2+ years ago
We were married at The Elks at Bass Rocks this past June and couldn't be happier with our choice. The venue fit 120 guests perfectly. The large wrap-around windows provide guests with a gorgeous ocean view and really opens up the room. The venue was very clean, freshly painted with recently renovated bathrooms. The event director was extremely helpful and attentive to our needs. She had our tables set up with our decorations beautifully and really helped the day to move along smoothly. I didn't feel that I had to stress about anything on my wedding day. I wouldn't have changed a thing!Sent on 07/02/2012
Kathleen · Married on 03/17/2012
The Elks was a perfect place to get married. I had my ceremony and wedding photos overlooking the ocean and they came out beautifully. Stacy is amazing. She took care of everything and made sure I had a great time and that everything turned out perfect.Sent on 05/15/2012
The Elks at Bass Rocks's reply:Thank you so much for taking the time to write, Kathleen! The Elks at Bass Rocks loved having your friends and family here! With all of the St.Patrick's Day touches, the bagpiper, the pots of four leaf clovers, gold coins, green beer, boiled dinner...it was so amazing. I appreciate your comments so much and wish you and Mike all the best for your future!! Cheers!
Christine · Married on 05/14/2011
Amazing, amazing! Kelly was absolutely fabulous..was always there, to answer any questions..we went a million times to look at the hall..It was the best day of our lives hands down..everyone who attended our wedding was stunned by the Elks..how beautiful it was.how warm the room was, the view...I could go on forever...I would suggest this venue to ANYONE looking for a gorgeous location, on the water, with an amazing coordinator in Kelly!Sent on 06/07/2011
Deena · Married on 08/01/2010
AMAZING, GORGEOUS, PERFECT location for our wedding ceremony and reception. Kelly is absolutely fantastic, and willing to accomodate any and all requests. We had our chuppah and ketubah ceremony at Elks, as well as the reception. Our friends and family are raving about this place...we had the most perfect wedding here!!Sent on 08/07/2010
Mary · Married on 04/17/2010
Great Location. Right on the water and the wedding coordinator Kelly is phenomenal. She helped us with so many aspects to help us create a perfect day.Sent on 06/18/2010
Kati · Married on 09/25/2009
Kelly Barusso (event coordinator) is an absolute gem. From the moment she toured us around the property, shared our catering options (there are several companies to choose from), and helped us envision different creative options...I was in love every step of the way.Sent on 10/25/2009
The value you receive is unique for the location. The property is located on Bass Rocks, which is also known as the "Back Shore." The Atlantic sprawls across a panorama of windows. For anywhere on Cape Ann, particularly Gloucester, there is no where you will get more for your money.
Jill · Married on 08/07/2009
We had our wedding on August 7th at the Elks. It was an absolutely perfect day and the most perfect venue. The Elks has windows on three sides of the ballroom so you get a constant view of the Atlantic. The wedding/event coordinator Kelly was the most helpful person ever. She coordinated everything with all my outside vendors so everything flowed smoothly. All my guests had a wonderful time and told me it was by far in the top 3 weddings they have been to.Sent on 09/18/2009
Colleen · Married on 07/01/2016
This is an amazing venue...Beautiful location and the staff was very helpful....I highly recommend going with vinewood caterers...everyone raved about the food!!Sent on 02/12/2017
User4256678 · 2+ years ago
The Elks at Bass Rocks was the perfect location for our wedding (second week of August). Beautiful views and very helpful and friendly staff. Deborah, the coordinator is extremely helpful and allowed us to have a worry free wedding day. I absolutely recommend this venue for anyone looking for an Oceanside ceremony/reception without a wedding factory feel.Sent on 08/29/2015
Kamella · Married on 10/07/2011
The Elks at Bass Rocks new Event Manager is Stacey. She is a blessing to work with. She doesn't let you lift a finger the day of and is very organized which helps to make everything run smoothly.Sent on 11/01/2011
I even had a problem with the band getting stuck and traffic and not have arrived before some guests started to arrive but not one guest mentioned that they noticed that.
She is very responsive the whole way through the planning and day of.
The Elks itself is a wonderful venue. They are very experienced in having weddings. There is just enough space to play around with your layout. They have many trusted vendors who really enjoy working at the Elks (so they have said).
The location is gorgeous. It overlooks the ocean and has these big rocks that make for an excellent photography location.
It's a little bit out of the way but well worth it. The towns nearby are also cute and will give your guests a nice little vacay if they wanted.
Cassie · Married on 05/26/2019
Book this place!!
We got married at the Elks last month on July 6. We knew all along that we wanted our wedding to be in Gloucester and that we NEEDED to be near the water. We checked out quite a few venues before finding the Elks. We loved that Emily was along every step of the way for the year leading up to the wedding. She 'gets it.' She's very approachable, is really responsive over email and phone and I felt like she was really there for us with random little things that popped up. The actual location is of course stunning, and we found it to be super convenient with plenty of hotels on either side of the venue for our friends and family to stay.
The day of our wedding started out extremely sunny and perfect and by the time it came for our first look, the sky got extremely dark and the winds started picking up. We ended up having our ceremony outside in the rain (what we wanted) and we couldn't have been happier with the way it all turned out. Our friends and family raved about the view and the location after all was said and done. If you are looking on the North Shore and can't decide- the Elks was an overall awesome experience and great deal for the gorgeous location!Sent on 08/13/2019
Cassie · Married on 10/22/2017
We chose the Elks in August of 2016 for our fall 2017 wedding. At the time we were working with Debra and Taylor - both were great, but then in the spring of 2017 Taylor left and Emily was our new coordinator. Everyone was great, but we really appreciated Emily's attention to detail. Her personality perhaps just felt more organized to me but that's probably just preference. We had some hiccups because when I first met with Emily, it was clear that some details were not properly communicated to Taylor, but Emily made it very easy to pick up. She took care of loose ends and worked with us to ensure we could meet in the middle. She was on top of all the details we needed and gave me great tips and reminders. I definitely think anyone who wants any type of event at the elks will be in capable good hands!
THE LOCATION!! It's RIGHT on the ocean in beautiful Gloucester - you can't get any better than that! When we visited it for the first time we immediately fell in love. As far as inside, it's spectacular! We got REALLY lucky in that when we saw the place and signed for it, half the floor was still carpeted and the bridal suite was still old. We were told it was going to be remodeled and would be completely new by the time of our wedding. Sure enough they updated all the light fixtures, ripped out the ugly old carpet and made the entire venue hardwood, updated the bridal suite and put new and better furniture, and added a TOILET to the wash room in the bridal suite. We REALLY really lucked out.
So you have a day of coordinator, GORGEOUS views of the ocean both inside and out (inside they have alll windows along the side that faces the ocean so you get an amazing view from inside), updated venue, elks pricing for drinks, updated bridal suite that you can use up to 3 hours before the start of your wedding for a SUPER reasonable price. When I say this is a hidden gem I mean it. We opted for a Sunday wedding which made it even cheaper. USE THE ELKS!!! :)Sent on 11/22/2017
Robert · Married on 04/08/2017
Taylor and her team were extremely helpful during our special day and Kara and I couldn't have been happier with our selection of the Elks. The view of the ocean was exceptional and the renovated space was beautiful. Even our guests had complimented on how beautiful the venue was and loved the views.Sent on 04/24/2017
Taylor and her team were well organized and made the day for us go seamlessly from the ceremony to the wedding event itself.
I would recommend to any future couple the Elks at Bass Rocks for their special day as they won't be disappointed.
Emily · Married on 07/18/2014
Our wedding at the Elks at Bass Rocks was absolutely wonderful. We chose the venue about a year out from our wedding, and although our wedding coordinator abrubtly switched over this time period, the level of service and professionalism did not waver one bit. The event manager, Bron, was a pleasure to work with, and our day-of coordinator (Fay) was great as well. Throughout the process I felt like I could ask any question, no matter how small, and the response was always timely, friendly and informative. Bron and the staff at the Elks worked closely with our vendors to make sure that the big day, and everything leading up to it, ran as smoothly as possible.Sent on 09/04/2014
In short, my wedding at the Elks at Bass Rocks was perfect. I could not have asked for a better venue to work with. I would highly recommend the Elks at Bass Rocks!
bonnie · Married on 04/25/2009
The Elks is a beautiful venue! Especially with all the refurbishing that was just done. And really you cant beat the view! Kelly is fantastic to work with and helped keep me on track - she's and excellent DOC!Sent on 06/06/2009
Laura · Married on 07/23/2016
I knew The Elks at Bass Rocks would be a beautiful setting for our wedding but I had no idea how incredible the whole experience would be! The location is unparalleled as far as having a gorgeous backdrop for any event, and breathtaking wedding photos. The event coordinator Deborah went above and beyond to ensure our day went perfectly and it did! Her organization, attention to detail, and abilities in coordinating and streamlining the event from behind the scenes truly made the difference in making the night go smoothly. I continue to get comments and positive feedback from our guests and family regarding the venue and Deborah's efforts.Sent on 08/25/2016
Jannine · Married on 06/17/2016
Guests LOVED the venue. I was very happy with the vendors to choose from. The wedding director made sure that things were executed as I requested.Sent on 12/19/2016
User6842469 · 2+ years ago
We are so pleased we went with the Elks for our wedding reception. Deborah and Taylor are very experienced, which shows in their professionalism and how smoothly the day of the wedding went. They offer great advice for the order of events, but are very accommodating and understanding if you want to switch things up. They make sure that your special day is reflective of you as a couple and that you and your guests have an exceptional experience. The interior reception hall is clean, bright and lovely. And the views of the ocean spectacular!Sent on 06/15/2016
Cindy · Married on 10/11/2015
For as long as I can remember, I had wanted to get married in Gloucester. I had been a frequent visitor to Gloucester for the majority of my life and dreamed about my wedding by the ocean. Elks at Bass Rocks was everything in a venue that we could have asked for. Not only could we have our ceremony and reception at the same location, but along with it came the million dollar view, and a ceremony that could be performed outside with the ocean as our backdrop. In my mind it didn't get much better than that.Sent on 12/31/2015
Our coordinator, Deborah was a talented professional who clearly had the experience to handle any type of ceremony and reception. And the day of, she was a rockstar in helping everything go so smoothly. She was an important part of one of the biggest days of our lives.
Not only were the views stunning inside and outside, but the value of the venue was amazing. I had been disheartened by the other venues in Gloucester because of the price, but the Elks at Bass Rocks was extremely reasonable.
Our day was absolutely perfect, even the weather in October! We couldn't have been happier with our experience with the Elks at Bass Rocks.
User4485451 · 2+ years ago
My husband and I couldn't have imagined a better place to have our seaside wedding. The Elks at Bass Rocks is not only a fabulous venue on the water with gorgeous ocean views, but has a wonderful staff and is completely affordable! We were convinced that having our wedding in Boston would break the bank, so finding the Elks on the North Shore for our Sunday wedding was perfect.Sent on 10/19/2014
The Elks is a gem. Bronwen and her staff are so attentive to details and wonderful to work with, even with some of our specific requests (for example, they were so cooperative when we asked them to set up two separate aisles with the chairs). They do work as one large team, so expect that you might not have just one point person emailing with you. It was a little confusing at first, but Bronwen helps with a lot of the planning and then someone else might be assigned to be the day-of coordinator. Kayla ended up working our wedding which was fabulous because she also works with our caterer, Vinwood, for seamless planning. Kayla is so sweet and loves what she does. She pays attention to every detail and we always felt comfortable emailing her late at night with even the smallest questions. My family loved chatting with her during all the prep and she always made us feel taken care of. I had a LOT of decorations and I was concerned about all of them getting set up in the reception hall. Under Kayla's direction everything was decorated according to plan and we were so thrilled when we saw the hall! It was just as we had imagined.
Because Vinwood works so closely with the Elks (I'm not sure if they are their exclusive caterer at this point) we ended up finalizing details with the Elks staff. Somehow our alcohol choices slipped through the cracks, but we were able to finalize that when we had our rehearsal and they ended up having the wine and beer selections we were hoping for. Because they have two bars at the Elks, they are always well stocked.
Jenny · Married on 07/14/2012
This is place to get married! Not only for the value but for the view, the people and the choices of caterers that you have!! I starting my planning process feb 2011 and first spoke and met with Kelly, who was great but by the end of 2011 Stacey was the new coordinator at the ELks, she was fantastic! She made me feel comfortable and was easy to work with. The Elks has new beautiful chivari chairs as well as a wonderfully large dancefloor! I couldnt have been happier on my wedding day! Everything was perfect, and I have the weather, the caterer and Stacey all to thank for that!! So thank you, thank, thank you!! You want to get married at a place that makes you feel comfortable, at ease and just have a lax wonderful wedding this is the place for you!!! VERY affordable too!!Sent on 08/22/2012
Carolyn · Married on 07/09/2017
The Elks at Bass Rocks was a wonderful reception venue! My husband and I had our reception there on July 9, 2017. It is absolutely beautiful and a great value. The view of the ocean is unparalleled and the recent updates and renovations to the Atlantic Room and bridal suite are great. So many of our guests raved about how gorgeous the location was and what a wonderful time they had! Our on site wedding coordinator, Emily, was polished, professional, and detail oriented. Everything went off without a hitch and we couldn't have been happier. I will mention that two site coordinators left during our wedding planning process, and we were not told in advance of their departures. It was a bit jarring to email our coordinator and find out that someone else had taken their place, especially one month before the wedding! But the transitions went smoothly and seamlessly, so all worked out. I would enthusiastically recommend the Elks at Bass Rocks to anyone looking for a wedding reception site!Sent on 09/03/2017
User4188212 · 2+ years ago
I will be having my wedding reception here and so far they have been great. Responsive to my emails and helpful in any specific questions and ideas that I have. I look forward to having my wedding at The Elks and trust they know their stuff!Sent on 12/30/2014
Katelyn · Married on 07/14/2007
The Elks is beautiful. You and everyone else will get over that it's an "Elks" once you see the view. The cost is next to nothing and it's NON SMOKING!!! Sharine was also very helpful and very "on the ball" the day of the wedding.Sent on 05/31/2008