Ellis Island weddings are grand, spectacular affairs, and we know you probably have some initial questions about hosting the most amazing day of your life here at our very special wedding venue. So, from the Ellis Island Weddings website, here are some FAQs to get you started
What are the costs for an event?
A special use permit fee paid directly to the National
Park Service. Rates are determined by the NPS and
are based upon your impact to the monument: i.e.
number of guests, length of event, etc.
How do I get to the Island(s)?
Statue Cruises is the exclusive provider of
transportation to Liberty and Ellis Islands from
Battery Park, NYC or Liberty Statue Park, NJ. This
fee is based on the number of people and length of
use, and is paid directly to Statue Cruises. The ride is
under 15 minutes
Is there an exclusive caterer?
Evelyn Hill Inc. is the authorized concessionaire for the
National Park Service and approved outside caterers
are recommended by EHI. Only approved caterers
will be permitted on the Islands.
Can I bring in an outside caterer?
Yes, an outside caterer is permitted upon the approval
of Evelyn Hill Inc. A management fee will be charged
based on the event specifications and impact on the
Do my guests need to go through Security?
Whether leaving from Battery Park, NYC or Liberty
State Park, NJ, your guests will be required to go
through airport-style security with a metal detector.
Keeping America’s iconic parks safe.
What types of events are permitted on Ellis and
All events must be approved by the National park
Service. Fundraisers, Corporate Dinners, Company
Outings, Black-Tie Affairs, Wedding Ceremonies,
Wedding Receptions, Concerts and Product Launches
have all taken place on the Islands.
Are there smoking areas on the Islands?
Both Islands do permit smoking outside in designated areas
on the grounds.
What time can my evening event start and end?
After daily operating hours, which vary depending upon
the season. This ranges between a closing time of 5:00
and 6:15 pm. Event usually end no later than 11:30 pm,
pending National Park Service approval.
What is the National Park Service involvement in my
The National Park Service manages both Liberty and Ellis
Islands. They must approve everything that occurs during
your event; including date, number of guests, schedule
and flow. Their approval is obtained through submitting
a National Park Service application along with $75
application fee. Upon the approval of the National Park
Service, a Special Use Permit will be issued for your event.