The Ellis Island Wedding of Sheryl and Raymond 7.5.14 Part 3


A look at the delectable wedding cocktail party menu items from Sheryl and Raymond’s stunning outdoor Ellis Island cocktail party. With our island setting, and as a top choice for a luxury wedding, seafood bars made for a perfectly indulgent wedding cocktail party menu choice.








Our thanks to wedding photographer Fadi Kheir ( ) for sharing these images with us!


Personalize Your Wedding with Flags of Your Heritage at Ellis Island

Personalized weddings get even more meaningful here at Ellis Island, with the flags from your heritage on display in your wedding ballroom. Hang flags from your family’s ancestral background in the Registry Room to pay tribute to your beloved cultural background. Bestek Lighting ( has a full collection of the national flags, and all you have to do is let us know which ones you’d like. We’ll take care of the rest!

What a great surprise for your wedding guests to see your heritage included in your personalized wedding celebration, here in our landmark venue with so much rich history of its own.


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!

Elegant Weddings at Ellis Island Captured Beautifully in Black-and-White


Photo courtesy of Maloman Studios

Black-and-white photos have long been a trend in wedding photography, and when your wedding takes place at historic Ellis Island, you can capture so much elegance and timelessness when you get a number of your wedding photos in black-and-white. Take a look at Ali & Dan’s Ellis Island wedding reception photo above…the black-and-white effect is so magical, capturing the soaring ceiling and vibe of our Grand Room, and also capturing the sophisticated style of the bride and groom.

See Ali & Dan’s amazing Ellis Island wedding reception photos here, with our thanks to Maloman Studios for sharing this image with us!

Now’s the Time to Book Corporate Holiday Parties at Ellis Island


It may be the start of fall, but now is the time to start making plans for your company’s most dazzling holiday party yet! Ellis Island has been home to spectacular parties and galas for some of the country’s top corporations, and for companies that really know how to treat their employees to a well-deserved holiday season celebration in luxury and style. With a sail past the Statue of Liberty as the start of the event.

At Ellis Island, up to 1,200 guests can celebrate in our Great Hall, which means that everyone in the company can attend, and bring a spouse or guest! The days of the whittled-down holiday party, where only employees can attend, are fading away, and there’s no better way to celebrate your company’s thriving this year than a splashy, chic and sophisticated holiday party with an unparalleled view of New York City, fine cuisine, spectacular wine and champagne served at your custom-designed bar, and your company’s logo on full display around your party space.

Contact our event team today and you can secure your holiday party’s home here at our jaw-dropping historic venue, transformed into a winter wonderland of holiday celebration. Cheers!

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!

The Ellis Island Wedding Reception of Dana and Rahul

Dana Lossia and Rahul Mokhi chose Ellis Island as the site for their beautiful, exotic and colorful wedding reception, with 400 of their friends and family joining in the celebration here on our grounds and in our lofty and legendary ballroom.

The couple, who met as students at Harvard Law School, planned their elaborate wedding day to start with their Barat in Battery Park, and their NYC wedding coordinator Xochitl Gonzalez of AaB Creates ( says that their Hindu and civil ceremonies were held in Battery Gardens Restaurant, after which they and their guests boarded our ferries for a magical and scenic ride to Ellis Island, where they were greeted in fine style by our staff and welcomed into our historic venue for their celebration of a lifetime.

Indian food for the cocktail hour was collaborated on by Bakara, their flowers were by Fleurs NYC, music was by DJ Kucha, lighting was by Bestek, rentals were from Party Rental LTD and their magnificent wedding photos were taken by Robert Wagner Photography (  

Feast on the images from their Ellis Island wedding reception…







Ellis Island Weddings Start with a Special Greeting


The moment of arrival at your dream wedding here at Ellis Island creates the opportunity for a truly unique element of location style. Our ‘immigrant inspectors’ greeted guests, and stamped their passports for entry into the wedding site, just this past weekend.

The Statue of Liberty may not be open until July 4th, but we are here at Ellis Island, for your outdoor wedding, outdoor wedding cocktail party, outdoor engagement party, and as a spectacular way to welcome your out of town wedding guests to the city you love, with stunning scenery at your outdoor lobster bake on our beautiful grounds.

Visit to start planning your summer wedding here with us, your engagement party or any other special celebration that you want to start creatively and excitingly at Minute One!

Ellis Island Weddings: Real Wedding Spotlight – Jung Lee of Fete

Ellis Island Weddings and special events have been designed by some of the top wedding coordinators and event planners in the New York City area, including the superstar, stellar wedding planner Jung Lee of Fete,

Jung Lee is known for her lavish wedding designs, with luxury wedding flair in every detail, and her fabulous team shared these images of their nighttime wedding design magic that Jung Lee and her Fete team produced here on Ellis Island.


Photo credit for all: Terry Gruber/Gruber Photographers

Contact us at to start planning your gorgeous, luxury wedding in our breathtaking setting, indoors and outside on our grounds.

Ellis Island Weddings and Events Spotlight – The Wall of Honor

 Ellis Island Weddings and Events start off with a very special experience that no other wedding venue can provide: your guests will get to search the island’s Wall of Honor to find names of their ancestors who arrived through Ellis Island, starting your wedding off with both the excitement of discovering their relatives’ names and a deep sense of gratitude to how their family’s great fortune began. As you start your new life together, you and your wedding guests will be reminded of the ‘new life’ that brought you where you are today, and put you in the perfect place for fate to take its course. Continue reading