Ellis Island Welcomes Bruce Springsteen!

How many brides and grooms can say that their wedding venue has been visited by the biggest celebrities in the world? When your luxury wedding takes place at Ellis Island, your special event’s location is the very same location where the country’s biggest superstars and elite achievers have had their own Big Day.

 Each year, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation — a partner of Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island — honors celebrities and legends in their Heritage Awards ceremonies honoring “immigrants or their descendants who have made a major contribution to the American experience.” At the awards ceremony, each of the elite celebrities being honored receive a stellar welcome, a copy of the original ship’s manifest from their own personal relative’s immigrant arrival records, and the ceremony reflects on the honorees journey and contributions to the nation.

 Right there where your wedding ceremony or location will take place could very well be precisely where major celebrities have stood in one of the biggest moments of their lives as well. For instance, in 2010, Bruce Springsteen was an award recipient at Ellis Island for his contributions to ‘the American Experience,’ and some of his contributions may be on your wedding reception music playlist!

Bruce Springsteen’s arrival:

Bruce Springsteen Speaks:

Bruce Springsteen receives the ship’s manifest:

And here’s a look at the Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards’ site. In the coming weeks, we’ll post photos and videos of other top celebrities, athletes and achievers who have celebrated in your Ellis Island wedding or special event venue: http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/ellis_island_heritage_awards.asp