A Nighttime Wedding Ceremony with a View of the NYC Skyline

Outdoor wedding ceremonies don’t always have to take place in the daytime. On Ellis Island, your ceremony can be held at night, with fantastic lighting and with the stunning  NYC skyline as your wedding ceremony backdrop.

The design here is courtesy of Jung Lee of Fete Events, one of the most esteemed wedding planners in New York City.

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

Ellis Island Weddings and Events: Spotlight on Designing Your Own Bar

One of the most imaginative and exciting parts of planning your Ellis Island wedding or special event is getting to design something that very few brides and grooms get to design in any other wedding venue — your bar.

Here at our amazing, historic landmark venue, you get to take the ‘blank slate’ of our Registry Room and outdoor areas and create almost anything you wish — just like at celebrity weddings and those planned by celebrity wedding coordinators. While many other venues have their standard bar that you might be able to dress up with some small floral arrangements or LED lights in a vase, Ellis Island Weddings and events have seen stunning bars designed such as this long, mahogany-style bar with gorgeous glasses on display, the best vintages and top-shelf liquors in view, and talented mixologists providing fabulous drinks for all.

You might choose a lounge-style bar that’s lit in neon colors, indoors or outside.

You might choose to have multiple bars and drink stations, such as a standard central bar, and then specialty bars serving flavored martinis or your wedding signature cocktails, cultural drinks like sake or other flavors.

The design of your bar is just one of the elements of a luxury, one-of-a-kind wedding at Ellis Island, and we invite you to contact us for our site’s layouts and details for your event coordinator’s use.

The Statue of Liberty May Be Closed to Visitors, but Luxury Weddings are ON at Ellis Island Weddings and Events

While the news is abuzz about the Statue of Liberty being closed to visitors right now, with a 4th of July open date just announced, we can get you exclusive, advance VIP access to our Ellis Island wedding venue so that you’re among an elite circle of brides who get to have their weddings or rehearsal dinners in one of the most beautiful and historic venues in the world.

Right now, we’re welcoming spring 2013 brides and grooms to hold their outdoor weddings on Ellis Island, where your guests will be transported in grand style via private ferries to our island home, and welcomed by a lineup of our formally-attired staff offering flutes of champagne upon their arrival.

Your cocktail party on our sprawling lawns offers a stunning view of the New York City skyline and of course a closer view of the Statue of Liberty than anyone else gets right now. Our luxury wedding couples enjoy this visual treat and the majesty of the statue’s details in person and in their wedding photos. Picture your guests mingling on the Ellis Island lawn with your signature cocktails in hand, gathering at lavish seating areas featuring stylish couches and tables or in fabric-draped cabanas, stepping up to a neon-lit bar, delighting in gourmet cocktail party fare and taking amazing photos of their own in your sensational wedding location.

You might also plan a sit-down reception in the open-air, with the city lights providing an unparalleled view all around you, and a band and direct-from-Broadway performers adding energy and excitement to your first dance under the stars and the ensuing celebration. Including fireworks.

We didn’t let Superstorm Sandy ruin our wedding couples’ dreams. We ‘took it outside’ to offer our wedding finesse and fantasy setting to you right now, for your unforgettable wedding. Contact Ellis Island Weddings and Events to grab your spring 2013 wedding date and start planning all the details of your breathtaking outdoor wedding at our historic wedding locale.

 

Ellis Island Weddings and Corporate Events: Surprise Guests With an Amazing Live Musical Performance

Wedding guests love surprises, and the vastness of Ellis Island presents opportunities that very few — if any — other wedding venues can offer: as such a big, sprawling and beautiful NYC wedding venue with so many different party locations both indoors and out, you get to design your luxury wedding with the surprise element of a musical performance anywhere on the grounds. You do, after all, have the run of the entire island all to yourself, and it’s a rare wedding couple who can say that about their wedding location. Continue reading

Ellis Island Wedding and Corporate Events: Fabulous Video Presentations

 

Ellis Island may be an historic venue, but we’re hi-tech all the way — for your wedding or corporate gala video presentations that begin your celebration with a sentimental montage of the bride and groom, or a revved-up, motivational video for your corporate crowd.

Our venue has been transformed by top wedding coordinators and event planners to feature big-screens in the front of the ballroom, over the stage, and along our lofty balconies, giving all of your wedding and corporate guests a perfect view of your video. Wedding entertainers perfect the art of video effects coordinated to their musical performances, and corporate event planners have shown the history and leaders of the host company’s organization.

Our event planning team will work with you and your coordinators to design the perfect big-screen placements around our immense venue, adding a dazzling level of entertainment and inspiration to your Ellis Island special event. Continue reading