The Statue of Liberty Barbie Is Invited to Ellis Island Weddings!

The Statue of Liberty is a guest of honor at every Liberty Island Wedding, and admires your big day from a close distance when you’re among our circle of Ellis Island wedding couples.

She’s a grand and breathtaking figure at Ellis Island weddings, and many of our wedding couples love to honor her in creative ways, such as choosing a Statue of Liberty-themed wedding invitation or displaying a Statue of Liberty figure on their wedding dessert bar or family photos table, welcoming your wedding guests to our landmark wedding venue.

Since a big wedding trend is incorporating fun and playful design elements with a callback to your childhood, we thought we’d inspire you with the Statue of Liberty Barbie Doll (Dolls of the World Landmark Collection)

Created as part of the 30th anniversary of Barbie’s Dolls of the World®, the Landmark Collection brings world-famous landmarks to life through Barbie® fashion. Since the Statue of Liberty is one of the most-visited landmarks in the world, Mattel honored her with a Barbie doll all her own! And we must say, her dress is quite lovely, as is her 4th of July printed clutch and her Statue of Liberty-inspired crown!

At 13.3 inches high, your Statue of Liberty Barbie dolls can take a place at the centers of each of your guest tables in our Registry Room, surrounded by flowers and candles or illuminated by special lighting, or you might surround her with sweets on your wedding’s lavish desserts table. As mentioned, she can join your family photos table, look over your guest book, or –another big wedding trend! – you might surprise your little girl wedding guests and flowergirls with Statue of Liberty Barbies awaiting them at their table, in gift bags personalized to them.

As glamorous and elegant as weddings are at Ellis Island, with pure luxury surrounding you in our grand historic venue transformed by your designs into a glam wedding wonderland, there’s always room for a touch of whimsy and for another fabulously-dressed wedding guest!

Statue of Liberty Centerpieces at Your Ellis Island Wedding

Now is the time to stock up on this lovely wedding-white State of Liberty bust, available in-stores at Crate and Barrel. Invite Lady Liberty to attend your wedding on Ellis Island as a table centerpiece focal point, surrounded by flowers and candles, or have her stand tall from the center of your wedding dessert table, surrounded by macarons, mini cupcakes, mini pastries, and other top trends in wedding dessert bar treats.

You might also place this Statue of Liberty décor piece at your guest book table, at one of your drinks stations, or on your family wedding photos table (an idea we love if you have photos of ancestors who arrived through Ellis Island — what a nice tribute to them!)

The white glossy style of this décor item works equally well with a Pop Art wedding theme, or in an elegant, classic, ultra-formal wedding setting. You give this piece personality by surrounding her with your choice of décor, lighting, or florals.

Ellis Island Weddings often include Lady Liberty in their details, from Statue of Liberty-themed wedding invitations, save the dates, menu cards, wedding favors and as a motif in wedding video montages played in our historic ballroom. How will you include Lady Liberty in your dream wedding?

Find your Statue of Liberty bust at Crate and Barrel stores, using their in-store finder:

A Concert on Liberty Island: A Jack Daniels Special Event

Liberty Island is home to some spectacular corporate parties and weddings, and a few nights ago, we welcomed Jack Daniels to our island for a celebration and concert by Capital Cities.

Corporate parties have long featured concerts by the top names in entertainment, but there’s just something so special about an outdoor concert on Liberty Island or Ellis Island, with the Statue of Liberty looking on, reflecting the fabulous lighting of the concert event. The statue was aglow last night as the Jack Daniels crowd enjoyed the music, the views, and all the stunning details of their big event.

Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year Looks Beautiful at Ellis Island Weddings

PANTONE has just announced their Color of the Year for 2014, and it’s the lovely, vibrant Radiant Orchid, which looks dazzling as a color effect illuminating our ultra-high ceiling here at Ellis Island!

This event’s hosts paired the pink-purple Orchid hue with blue, and we expect to see a lot of pink and purple pairings with this top trend color for our weddings this year!

Ellis Island Weddings are Dream Destination Weddings


Ellis Island weddings are dream destination weddings, since you get the whole island to yourself! That’s right, a private island wedding just for you and your guests, with phenomenal views, a magical sunset, shimmering waters, top-tier service and a staff dedicated to you and you alone, and you’ll likely not have to fly anywhere! No days lost to travel, no airline delays or airport hassles, no carrying your dress on a plane, no planning from a huge distance with professionals you don’t see until your wedding weekend. Your wedding experts are right nearby for your ultimate planning ease, which eliminates a lot of wedding stress.

You and your guests get an island wedding, complete with a private ferry ride to our island for an exciting start to your Big Day.

And since you always want to be on-trend with your wedding plans, here are some statistics from the new 2013 Destination Weddings survey by The Wedding Report:

  • 1 in 10 weddings is a destination wedding.
  • New York brides are #10 on the list of destination wedding interest by state, and New Jersey brides are #3!
  • 66% of destination weddings take place within 25 miles of home, and 15% of destination weddings take place within 15% of home.
  • The average number of destination wedding guests are:
    • 33% have 51-100 guests
    • 23% have 101-150 guests
    • 14% have 26-50 guests
    • 11% have 151-200 guests
    • 9% have fewer than 25 guests (WE do weddings for as few as 25 guests!)
    • 9% have 201+guests
    • New York City is #9 on the list of top destination wedding locations in the world!

Visit the Ellis Island Weddings website to start planning your dream destination wedding – we’re looking forward to meeting you, and to bringing your wedding vision to life!


Newly-Engaged? Ellis Island Weddings Are Pure Luxury

If you’re among the happy couples who have gotten engaged over the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah week, we send you our congratulations and welcome you to plan your dream wedding celebration here at Ellis Island, transforming our sprawling historic venue with breathtaking views into your own wedding vision.

Here are 10 ways that Ellis Island creates weddings of pure luxury and elegance:

1. So much space! With private use of our grounds and lawn space, as well as our historic building, you can create ‘rooms’ and areas for your ceremony, cocktail party, reception space for dancing, lounge areas, and more.

2. Gorgeous architecture: Our historic venue features beautiful details everywhere you look, which makes for phenomenal wedding photos and an already-there stunning backdrop for any lighting or décor you plan.

3. We’re a green wedding venue: We’ve won awards for our eco-friendly practices, energy use, recycling and everything green, so your wedding will be on the top trend of eco-smart event planning.

4. You get the entire island to yourself. Inside and out. Pure privacy, which means no crashers to worry about, and our team’s attention devoted entirely to your event.

5. The Knot chose one of our recent weddings as among the best weddings of 2013!

6. Stunning scenery. Your guests will take in the views in daylight when our ferry glides them past the New York City skyline, and then at night that same skyline lights up like magic.

7. Wedding experts create gorgeous wedding events here. Our high ceilings create beautiful lighting opportunities and tall floral centerpiece space, our grounds let them set custom bars and cabanas all around, and the top wedding coordinators in the city have shown off their work here at Ellis Island on the top wedding blogs and in the top wedding magazines.

8. You can have your own fireworks. With the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline as your backdrop, your own personal fireworks show caps off your perfect wedding day.

9. Your family history may be honored. Over 40% of Americans can trace their lineage through Ellis Island, and if you locate your ancestors among our easy-search records or on our Wall of Honor, you add an unforgettable element of family history to your big day.

10. With a ferry ride to your own private island, it’s like having a destination wedding without losing days and expense to travel, and your friends and family will be so happy to enjoy your wedding weekend here in the exciting New York City area.

Visit us at to find out more about Ellis Island Weddings, as well as the big trend of a cocktail hour on Liberty Island and then a ferry ride to Ellis Island for your reception!

Your Ellis Island Wedding and the Top Trend of NYC-Themed Invitations

By Ceci New York


By Ceci New York

New York City wedding couples are lucky indeed, with the top wedding trends 2013 including adding a sense of place to your wedding invitations and décor. And with the Statue of Liberty and our gorgeous view of the New York City skyline, your invitations, programs and so many décor elements for your luxury wedding will be stunning and spectacular, perhaps created by one of the most illustrious celebrity wedding invitation designers in the city.

The designs above that pay tribute to Lady Liberty and New York City were created by, and are available at, Ceci New York. Ceci Johnson has created invitations for top celebrities, royal families, the top wedding magazines and more, and it’s a big, big trend to have your invitations get your wedding guests excited about the location of your big day, and your entire wedding weekend. As pretty as an invitation is with your monogram on it, or a butterfly, images of New York City really get guests enthralled for the Ellis Island wedding experience and perhaps even your Liberty Island cocktail party and photos by the statue.

Many of the top invitation companies now offer NYC-themed invitation ensembles, so browse their collections as well, and talk to an elite invitation designer for your custom NYC-themed wedding invitations and print items.

When you join our circle of luxury wedding brides and grooms, you and your wedding planners and designers get to incorporate a stunning sense of place in all of your fabulous wedding details. From invitations to programs, place cards, custom coasters, signs at your Ellis Island wedding and more…you get to improve upon this big trend and give your wedding here at our historic NYC venue a fabulous sense of place and reflect your love of our great city!

Broadway Performers Could be Your Wedding Entertainment at Your Ellis Island Wedding

Since we’re so close to New York City, Ellis Island Weddings have featured spectacular performances by Broadway-level musicians, troupes and the casts of the top Broadway musicals. Imagine how thrilled your guests will be when you surprise them with top-tier entertainment! The best wedding planners say that a stand-out wedding gives guests an unforgettable experience, and when they attend your wedding, what an experience it will be! It’s like getting to see a Broadway show while attending your wedding!

The image above is from a West Side Story act that one of our recent events featured, and you can let your imagination run wild at your luxury wedding. From singers to musicians to bands, we’ve had some spectacular acts grace our stage, and don’t forget that you can arrange for musicians at your outdoor wedding, cocktail party or even for your fireworks show!

Have you seen our Pinterest board for Ellis Island Weddings and Events?

We’re excited to share some of our most beautiful photos from weddings and events held here on Ellis Island!, We invite you to visit our Pinterest board to get a look at some of the most breathtaking weddings and celebrations that have taken place here at our spectacular historic venue, transformed into glam, modern, magical settings inside and outdoors by some of the top wedding and event designers in New York City and nearby areas.

Here’s our #1 most-often repinned image — a romantic pink-motif wedding reception held here on Ellis Island:

Visit our board to see spectacular Real Weddings at Ellis Island, stunning views of the New York City skyline from our outdoor parties and events, and also be sure to check out our Pinterest board for weddings and special events held on Liberty Island.

Contact us to plan your fabulous wedding or event on Ellis Island or Liberty Island, and you could soon arrange to have your amazing wedding or party featured on our Pinterest boards, too!


The View Above at a Tented Liberty Island Wedding

When your beautiful wedding takes place on Liberty Island, you can arrange for a clearspan tent to be constructed according to your specifications. In any type of weather, you and your wedding guests will be completely comfortable, with a stunning and unobstructed view of the Statue of Liberty, majestic in daytime and dramatically-lit in the evening. It’s quite a view.

You’ll also get a breathtaking view of the sunset sky, glowing in spectacular pinks, purples and golds, adding an extra dimension to the lavish wedding décor you plan for inside your tent. You and your wedding planning team can even use those sunset colors to help create your wedding motif, such as a beautiful royal blue or purple design in your wedding guest table linens and additional magazine-worthy wedding décor. Your band can be lit in shades of purple and blue – two top-trend wedding colors right now. Your bar can be lit to match the sky above. Or, as you see here, perhaps you’ll use green among your wedding colors to coordinate with our trees in full view.

Liberty Island is a grand location for your dream wedding, rich in history and maintained with the utmost of care by our teams so that the venue is pure perfection for your dream wedding day. And did we mention that we’re an eco-friendly wedding venue?

Check out Liberty Island here, see pictures of our wedding and corporate events, and contact us to book your Liberty Island wedding for an unforgettable and beautiful celebration.