Fabulous Weddings at Ellis Island End With Fabulous Fireworks

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What better way to end a glam, luxury wedding at Ellis Island — and wow your guests with a truly sensational show — than to have your own fireworks display? With a stunning view of New York City in the background, the Statue of Liberty in the near distance, and the entire island to yourselves, your guests can gather outside to take in the surprise Wow Factor of your fireworks display. We can make the scene even better by arranging for outdoor bars, lounge seating outside, additional lighting effects, and a stage set up for your band to provide the musical accompaniment to your wedding fireworks show.

Contact us and book your wedding here at our amazing wedding venue for 2014, 2015 and beyond, and we’ll connect you with our favorite fireworks companies that will customize a fireworks wedding closer for you!

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: http://pinterest.com/pin/41799102764349361/.

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!


Custom-Designed Bars at Ellis Island for your Wedding

Weddings at Ellis Island are truly one-of-a-kind, with our gorgeous, historic venue providing the scenery for so custom wedding elements that you and your wedding planning team envision. From a stately mahogany bar to a clublike light-up bar indoors or outside, to multiple bars, to specialty bars for your signature cocktails, rum bars, whiskey bars, champagne bars, martini bars…your imagination can run wild to provide you and your guests with an amazing drink menu and a serving style that’s second-to-none.

Contact us to find out more about how your dream wedding can be held here at Ellis Island, in our elaborate building rich with history, and outdoors with an unparalleled view of the New York City skyline.

Eco-Friendly Weddings and Parties: Ellis Island and Liberty Island are Gorgeously Green Wedding Locations

Green weddings are In as a top wedding trend, and while some wedding couples think they have to have their wedding in a field to go eco-friendly, Ellis Island and Liberty Island are award-winning eco-friendly locations for weddings, corporate events and special celebrations! We’re proud of our many green initiatives and eco-friendly event strategies, and having your wedding or party at our historic locations means that your wedding will be eco-friendly and take place in a Wow Factor venue with fabulous architecture, great views of the NYC skyline and pure luxury!

If you’re interested in having a green wedding, you don’t have to go to a farm or get married in a barn. You can be married right here on our spectacular grounds or in our historic buildings, and have your beautiful reception right here as well, knowing that your wedding venue excels at eco-friendly methods such as recycling, using energy-efficient equipment and technology, collecting rainwater, and more. According to a recent wedding industry survey by TheWeddingReport.com, recent wedding couples said that having an eco-friendly wedding location was more important than having eco-friendly catering, cakes, transportation, photography and even the wedding gown!

One in five engaged couples want to have an eco-friendly wedding, says Splendid Insights, a wedding-focused market research firm. And according to top wedding trends, the vast majority of wedding couples want some elements of a green wedding – from the flowers to the food to the location, wedding invitations and other parts of their Big Day. If you thought that green weddings cost a lot more than traditional weddings, it’s actually not that much more. TheWeddingReport.com says that eco-conscious wedding couples spend only 2% more on their green wedding than couples planning traditional weddings. That means you can arrange for more luxury wedding elements with your wedding budget and still have your dream green wedding!

Here are some additional green wedding statistics to inspire you:

  • The wedding reception is a wedding’s biggest source of waste, with many NYC event planning companies saying that each wedding creates between 300 and 600 pounds of waste! That’s at your average wedding venue that doesn’t have the enormous collection of eco-friendly practices that Ellis Island and Liberty Island offer!
  • Here’s what wedding couples consider the most important when it comes to a green wedding:
    • Flowers: 62%
    • Invitations: 57%
    • Gifts and Favors: 55%
    • Decorations: 54%
    • Beauty and Spa Treatments: 35%
    • Food and Bar Service: 32%
    • Cake and Desserts: 26%
    • Transportation: 24%
    • Wedding Dress, Tuxedo or Suit: 17%
    • Rings and Jewelry: 17%
    • Entertainment: 15%
    • Accessories: 14%
    • Source: TheWeddingReport.com
  • The number of guests at an eco-friendly wedding isn’t much different than for traditional weddings:
    • Less than 50 guests: 12%
    • 50 to 100 guests: 25%
    • 100 to 200 guests: 47%
    • 200 to 300 guests: 13%
    • 300+ guests: 4%
  • TheWeddingReport.com shows that wedding couples under age 34 are most interested in having a green wedding:
    • 18 to 24: 43%
    • 25 to 34: 50%
    • 35 to 44: 5%
    • 45+: 2%

Ellis Island and Liberty Island are fabulous choices for your green wedding or eco-friendly celebration. Here’s why…

Evelyn Hill Inc. is a third generation family owned company that has been the exclusive concessionaire for the National Park Service for the past 80 years, and in that time, the company has become a leader and award-winner in sustainability methods. Check out Evelyn Hill Inc.’s sustainability statistics:

  • Recycling over 94.2% of the solid waste produced by its operation.
  • Diverting 94% of waste on Liberty and Ellis Islands in 2011, a new record – up 22% from the year before! Only 6% of collected waste on Liberty and Ellis Island went to landfills. That 94% was recycled or composted, including waste from food services, the gift shop and waste brought to the island by tourists.
  • In 2011 only 157 pounds of waste a day went to landfills from both Islands. Last year, we recycled or composted:
    •  57 Tons of Cardboard
    • 18.5 Tons of Plastic
    • 1.7 Tons of Glass & Aluminum
    • 3,000+ Pallets
    • 1,000+ Batteries
    • 100% Used Fryer Oil
    • 140 Light Bulbs
    • 23.5 Tons of Food Scraps (including compostable hot cups & tray liners

In 2010, Evelyn Hill Inc. opened the Liberty Gift Pavilion, a LEED Platinum Certified building the first of its kind within the National Park Service. Evelyn Hill Inc. takes pride in planning you a flawless special event and is honored to represent these historic venues.

Evelyn Hill Inc. has aggressively recycled since 2000, and has won many awards from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior for its Environmental Policies. Through annual Waste Assessments, Evelyn Hill Inc. continues to eliminate or replace items with reusable products. New dishwasher equipment was installed to utilize reusable plates and glassware.

In 2012, Evelyn Hill Inc. is replacing several products with similar items to eliminate several more tons of waste annually.

While constructing the Retail Pavilion, we added a 15,000 gallon storm water collection tank to collect the rainwater off the roof of the building. The storm water collection tank, along with ultra-low flush toilets, waterless urinals, low-flow sensor faucets and a new dishwasher in Liberty Cafe has allowed us to consume 44% less water for both buildings combined in 2011!

During the inaugural Operator Innovation Awards announced at the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, Evelyn Hill Inc. was announced the Innovator of the Year as well as the recipient of the Sustainability Award.

An independent jury panel, including the Director of Food & Beverage Concept Development of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, and the President of Lettuce Entertain You, awarded Evelyn Hill Inc. awards in two separate categories, “Operator Innovator for Sustainability” and the most prestigious award of the evening, “Operator Innovator of the Year.”

When you want the best green wedding, you choose the best wedding venue in NYC, and we’re looking forward to working with you on your green wedding plans!

Contact us at http://thestatueofliberty.com/events/ellis-island/ and we’ll share all of the details on our eco-friendly wedding venues, and provide information for your wedding vendors who will implement all of your other green wedding and eco-friendly party details!

Wedding Celebrations on Liberty Island with an Up-Close View of the Statue of Liberty, and Our Elegant, Luxury Wedding Flair!

Liberty Island is home to the Statue of Liberty in all her majestic glory, but did you know that Liberty Island is also home to elegant weddings, chic rehearsal dinners, wedding cocktail parties, special milestone birthdays like bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, anniversary parties, corporate galas at more? Our stately island setting, with its fabulous view of the Statue of Liberty, the harbor and the New York City skyline, welcomes your luxury celebration in top style and VIP professionalism.

Just an eight minute exclusive ferry ride from Battery Park, NYC or Liberty State Park, NJ, Liberty Island is ‘watched over’ by your tallest wedding guests, the Statue of Liberty, and your wedding guests will be treated to an up close and personal view of Lady Liberty’s most fascinating and breaktaking design details. We can even arrange for park rangers to be on hand, sharing FYIs about the statue with your guests. For instance:

Lady Liberty measures 305’1” from the ground to the top of her torch.

Liberty Island offers 12 acres overlooking New York City’s majestic harbor, with beautiful grounds for an outdoor celebration and for guests’ pre-reception gathering.  Your wedding guests will join Lady Liberty for a cocktail and a photo keepsake followed by dinner under a clear tent constructed to your specifications as you take in the stars and the Manhattan Skyline. Guests will dine in fine style, dance to the music of your wedding entertainers, and enjoy fabulous photo opportunities both inside and outside your tented celebration.

And how about the ultimate ending – a firework spectacular?

You might also choose to have your cocktail hour on Liberty Island, followed by dinner on Ellis Island for the ultimate adventure, the indulgence of a two-site wedding that your guests will love, a dazzlingly beautiful, scenic journey to the next stop in your wedding celebration, and even more photo opportunities! Weddings at Liberty Island offer so much magic, your guests will certainly call your wedding among the best they’ve ever attended. And you deserve the finest luxury wedding experience New York City has to offer.

Liberty Island Events welcome your guests list of 25 to 1,200 lucky people who get to share in the elegance and sophistication of your island wedding here at our historic venue transformed by your wedding design vision.

Visit the Liberty Island website to find out more about our spectacular setting and scenery, our tent celebrations, outdoor celebrations, our grand welcome for your guests, our layout plan, FYIs for your wedding planning needs, and to contact our team to help you make your special event on Liberty Island truly sensational!

Top Wedding Trends like the Rustic Look and Other Pinterest Inspirations at Ellis Island Weddings and Events

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The top wedding trends come alive beautifully in Ellis Island’s historic venue. Our beautiful brick walls inside and out are perfect for rustic elegant weddings that are so big on Pinterest and so in demand for weddings this year and next. You don’t have to be in a barn to have a rustic glam wedding…just look at how rustic chic decor elements stand out in our glass and steel entryway with our brick facade as a stunning backdrop, and how rustic-inspired floral table decor transforms our Registry Room into a grand ballroom filled with soft and romantic rustic elegance touches.

And of course, our outdoor weddings set on our sprawling grounds are perfect for tented or open-air weddings and celebrations with a rustic elegance feel. Imagine those mason jars with soft, romantic, delicate flowers everywhere from your guest tables to display tables, and florals decorating the tent and placed on outdoor lounge-style tables where guests can mingle, sip champagne and enjoy the fantastic views of the city skyline. It’s a fabulous merging of natural beauty and grand architecture, which also plays into the popular Great Gatsby style of wedding that’s so hot on Pinterest.

We have some dates still available for May and June outdoor tented weddings and parties, so contact us at Ellis Island weddings to bring those rustic and Gatsby wedding inspirations to life for an unforgettable and beautiful day!

Ellis Island Weddings and Events: Plan Show-Stopping Entertainment at Your Celebration

There’s no boring entertainment at an Ellis Island wedding, bar mitzvah, bat miztvah or corporate event. Since our island location places us so close to the lights and magic of Broadway, many of our luxury wedding and grand gala clients choose to wow their guests with Broadway performers. Real Broadway and off-Broadway performers, in show-stopping performances that rev up the energy level of celebrations for your guests of all ages.

With state-of-the-art lighting, sound systems and stage design, the entertainment at your wedding or party stands out as a highlight of your event, transforming our historic landmark venue into a spectacular scene, and the music and dancing of the most amazing performers on earth. The photo above is from one of our recent events, featuring a West Side Story performance in our Registry Room.

Give your guests a show and the best seats in the house at your Ellis Island wedding, birthday, or corporate celebration. Contact our events team to bring your exciting and energy-filled event to life here at our grand, luxury location.

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 Events: Guidelines and Floorplans for your Wedding Vendors

In order to bring your dream wedding or special celebration to life here on Ellis Island or on Liberty Island (or both!), your team of talented wedding vendors needs our guidelines and the layouts and floorplans of each of our venues. A luxury wedding or special event always takes lots of planning, teamwork, masterful creativity, vision and ingenuity, and our team is ready to work with your team to make magic happen for your celebration.

So we offer a detailed list of our site requirements, which is vital since Liberty and Ellis Island are National Monuments operated by the National Park Service, under supervision of the Department of the Interior and protected by the United States Park Police to ensure that these Monuments are around for generations to come.

It is mandatory that these guidelines are followed, so your vendors will need to make their staff aware of our guidelines. For instance, in order for the most amazing design elements to be created in our landmark venues, all vendors hired to work an event are required to do a site inspection of the venue. You wouldn’t want your team working site-unseen, so this tour is an important one for your creative team to experience. Plus, they say it’s fascinating to get our in-depth tour of the many different areas of our grounds and buildings that may inspire additional special elements for your big day.

Share our Vendor Guidelines with your team, and have them contact us to set up that all-important walk-through and eye-opening tour of our many facets, architectural highlights and state-of-the-art, eco-friendly facility. We welcome their questions, and yours, so that we may partner together to create a spectacular celebration that surpasses your expectations, and makes your soiree one that your guests will talk about not just for years to come, but for decades to come. An Ellis Island Wedding, a Liberty Island cocktail party, and fabulous fireworks over the Statue of Liberty, with countless fabulous details that set trends in the industry? That can be your wedding dream come true.


Spotlight on Ellis Island Weddings: Cocktails and Lounge in the Registry Room

At Ellis Island Weddings and Events, we create spectacular settings all throughout our vast landmark venue. Here, you’ll see the trendy, clublike lounge seating that we can arrange in our historic Registry Room, and our team helps to master the design of your luxury wedding’s cocktail party stations to show off the delectable gourmet fare you’ll serve to your guests.

This is just one of the many ways that we style our various rooms and spaces to suit your wedding or special event vision — just tell us about the kind of experience you’d like your guests to enjoy (wandering and mingling, lounge gathering, table seating, etc.) and we’ll help create a design matched to your specifications for your guests’ ultimate enjoyment of your unforgettable special event.