Ellis Island Corporate Event Spotlight: Amway China

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

Ellis Island frequently hosts large corporate events, and in April of this year, we welcomed the VIPs of Amway China for a very special celebration of the company’s top performing employees in a lavish, luxury event for over 1,600 guests.
The event design team shared with us some amazing details of this unforgettable corporate event on Ellis Island:
As always, Amway China insisted on presenting their guests with an iconic experience they would not be able to access on their own. Amway events tend to take place in locations of historic significance and iconic importance. Events have to connect and honor in theme the Chinese culture and the history of the location.
Amway China flew their 1,600 top-selling representatives to New York City for a 3-day business meeting. The group traveled in two waves, for business meetings and special NYC experiences, and only once did ALL 1,600 guests come together in the same place at the same time: on the evening of April 15th for a reception, gala evening and pop concert on Liberty and Ellis Island.
Quite fittingly for our location as an historic landmark and tying into the Amway corporate goal structure, this event was titled “Follow Your Dream”.
“The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island – our iconic monuments to the immigrant’s arrival in the USA and the beginning of the American Dream – gave us the opportunity to let our guests experience the beginning of their own American Dream, achieved by their association with Am(erican)way,” says Marion Renk-Rosenthal, Public Relations for Event Works, www.eventworks.com.

The evening started at Battery Park where guests gained chartered ferries to transition to Liberty Island for a cocktail reception. As they passed the Statue of Liberty, a fireboat water cannon shot red-white-blue fountains into the air.
Ferries shuttled guests from the reception to dinner and concert at the Ellis Island Museum.

Photp by Nadine Froger Photography

 

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

“We surrounded guests with iconic walking characters from the moment they got off the ferry. Athletes, walking Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, a living Lady Liberty, Broadway showgirls, Uncle Sam stilt walkers and “President Obama” with Secret Service personnel greeted arriving guests.”

Photo by Steve Elkins

 

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

Dinner took place on two levels at the museum: the Baggage Room and the Registry Room.

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

 

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

The event organizers paid extra attention to the Chinese tradition of honoring the highest performers by incorporating special recognition for the Very Very Important Persons.
“We started by designing the timetable with VIPs in mind. Special consideration in ferry assignment, timed to line up perfectly with the fireboat water fountain display, and access to special treats during the cocktail reception had to be considered and planned. Very VIPs were provided with a separate, upgraded tent for the cocktail reception. We also stanchioned off a VIP Photo area centered in front of the Statue of Liberty.”
“They received preferential treatment in the transfers to Ellis Island. We designed blue prints with special, short entrance routes in the dining rooms for their arrivals. VVIPs enter the dinner last, once the regular guests were seated. We created red carpet walks down the center of the two rooms and added red carpet risers in the centers so that the regular guests could take great photos of the VVIPs. This worked out beautifully as all regular guests lined the red carpets and surrounded the risers to snap shots like photographers at the Oscars. The rooms lit up with flash photography and iPad screens. Our VVIPs posed dutifully, smiling and waving.”
The Amway China corporate group also had 33 guests who received special birthday honors, and the event organizers celebrated them by having a Gospel choir serenade them by singing “Happy Birthday”. “Our Color Guard and Amway staff then paraded in with custom designed, Lady Liberty cakes.”

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

 

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

The evening culminated with a customized fireworks display in New York Harbor followed by the pop concert. Despite a winter storm, temperatures sinking to 33 degrees, sleet and hail, all guests ventured outside to cheer the rousing fireworks finale!
VVIPs were invited to exit dinner first, regular guests followed and all enjoyed a custom designed display that included a 7 color rainbow, symbol of wealth and worldliness in China and used as a backdrop by Amway in recruitment presentations throughout the country. The fireworks display culminated in the Amway logo.

Photo by Nadine Froger Photography

The Amway China event organizers enacted some technically creative plans for this celebration, including the following: “We custom-programmed a very complicated audio and video system that allowed us to split the signal for time-delayed, separate projection on either floor. We set this up to also be able to switch it to simultaneous projection to both floors as both options were used during the night. We set up multiple, separate audio channels for Chinese and English speaking stage managers and various production departments.”

List of companies involved:
Evelyn Hill, Inc. The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island,
EventWorks
Fireworks by Grucci (Bellport, NY),
Bestek Lighting and Staging (West Babylon, NY),
Main Attractions Inc. (Edison, NJ),
Zak Events Inc. (Franklin Lakes, NJ),
BKA – Barkley-Kalpak Agency (NY, NY),
Technical Show Management Inc. (Marina del Rey, CA))

A Concert on Liberty Island: A Jack Daniels Special Event

Liberty Island is home to some spectacular corporate parties and weddings, and a few nights ago, we welcomed Jack Daniels to our island for a celebration and concert by Capital Cities.

Corporate parties have long featured concerts by the top names in entertainment, but there’s just something so special about an outdoor concert on Liberty Island or Ellis Island, with the Statue of Liberty looking on, reflecting the fabulous lighting of the concert event. The statue was aglow last night as the Jack Daniels crowd enjoyed the music, the views, and all the stunning details of their big event.

Capture Your Liberty Island Wedding Guests on EarthCam

Thanks National Park Service for sharing – this photo is beautiful!

We’re sharing a great photo captured during the early morning by one of the Statue’s TorchCams. Check out EarthCam for all the great views from the torch. You can even share images on the EarthCam website and add to their Hall of Fame archives.

Your Ellis Island Wedding and the Top Trend of NYC-Themed Invitations

By Ceci New York

 

By Ceci New York

New York City wedding couples are lucky indeed, with the top wedding trends 2013 including adding a sense of place to your wedding invitations and décor. And with the Statue of Liberty and our gorgeous view of the New York City skyline, your invitations, programs and so many décor elements for your luxury wedding will be stunning and spectacular, perhaps created by one of the most illustrious celebrity wedding invitation designers in the city.

The designs above that pay tribute to Lady Liberty and New York City were created by, and are available at, Ceci New York. Ceci Johnson has created invitations for top celebrities, royal families, the top wedding magazines and more, and it’s a big, big trend to have your invitations get your wedding guests excited about the location of your big day, and your entire wedding weekend. As pretty as an invitation is with your monogram on it, or a butterfly, images of New York City really get guests enthralled for the Ellis Island wedding experience and perhaps even your Liberty Island cocktail party and photos by the statue.

Many of the top invitation companies now offer NYC-themed invitation ensembles, so browse their collections as well, and talk to an elite invitation designer for your custom NYC-themed wedding invitations and print items.

When you join our circle of luxury wedding brides and grooms, you and your wedding planners and designers get to incorporate a stunning sense of place in all of your fabulous wedding details. From invitations to programs, place cards, custom coasters, signs at your Ellis Island wedding and more…you get to improve upon this big trend and give your wedding here at our historic NYC venue a fabulous sense of place and reflect your love of our great city!

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!

 


Exciting News! The Lucky Date of 11/12/13 is OPEN at Ellis Island and Liberty Island

Everyone’s talking about 11/12/13 — this year’s next Lucky Date for weddings, and we’re excited to let you know that this date is OPEN for a your Ellis Island wedding, Liberty Island wedding, or any special celebration you’d like to have here at our luxury event venues.

Since Ellis Island’s gorgeous grounds and spectacular views of the New York City skyline and Statue of Liberty make our site a top spot for special celebrations, you might grab our open lucky date for your:

* Engagement party

* Rehearsal dinner outdoor lobster bake

* Anniversary party

* Bar mitzvah

* Bat mitzvah

* Sweet 16

* Post destination wedding reception

* Corporate celebration

* Awards dinner

And any special event that you’d love to be made all the more special by our amazing setting, fabulous grounds, glamorous ballroom, and stunning views in every direction.

Contact us today to grab up the lucky date of 11/12/13 for your unforgettable wedding or special celebration!

 

The View Above at a Tented Liberty Island Wedding

When your beautiful wedding takes place on Liberty Island, you can arrange for a clearspan tent to be constructed according to your specifications. In any type of weather, you and your wedding guests will be completely comfortable, with a stunning and unobstructed view of the Statue of Liberty, majestic in daytime and dramatically-lit in the evening. It’s quite a view.

You’ll also get a breathtaking view of the sunset sky, glowing in spectacular pinks, purples and golds, adding an extra dimension to the lavish wedding décor you plan for inside your tent. You and your wedding planning team can even use those sunset colors to help create your wedding motif, such as a beautiful royal blue or purple design in your wedding guest table linens and additional magazine-worthy wedding décor. Your band can be lit in shades of purple and blue – two top-trend wedding colors right now. Your bar can be lit to match the sky above. Or, as you see here, perhaps you’ll use green among your wedding colors to coordinate with our trees in full view.

Liberty Island is a grand location for your dream wedding, rich in history and maintained with the utmost of care by our teams so that the venue is pure perfection for your dream wedding day. And did we mention that we’re an eco-friendly wedding venue?

Check out Liberty Island here, see pictures of our wedding and corporate events, and contact us to book your Liberty Island wedding for an unforgettable and beautiful celebration.

An Outdoor Wedding on Ellis Island Leads to Dancing Under the Stars

People come from all over the world to experience the magic of the New York City skyline, and when your outdoor wedding is held on historic Ellis Island, the glittering skyline of the city is your wedding’s spectacular backdrop! With a view as magical as this one, your outdoor wedding celebration held on our grounds gets its own lightshow, courtesy of the city’s dazzling lights and on a clear night, you also get the romantic thrill of dancing under the stars during your luxury wedding celebration.

Here is a look at an outdoor Ellis Island design in daytime, with those trendy overhead lights adding a festive element to your wedding décor:

And here is a pretty look at how the most modern outdoor garden party décor trends for your post-ceremony cocktail party works with the city skyline behind it:

Outdoor weddings on Ellis Island, and also on Liberty Island, are in-demand now as more couples wish to incorporate a sense of place into their big day designs, and when New York City has a special place in your heart, or in your love story, there’s no better place for your beautiful wedding than here on our Island, with our spectacular setting dedicated just to your wedding or special celebration. Our island is yours and yours alone, and that dance under the stars awaits you. Contact us for more information about our lovely summertime outdoor weddings, and our indoor wedding dates available this fall.

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!