The Ellis Island Wedding of Julia and Behdad 5.3.14

Julia & Behdad from McKenzie Miller Films on Vimeo.

 

We are so thrilled to share highlights of Julia and Behdad’s wedding here at Ellis Island — every detail was magical for this very special couple, and we’re quite impressed with the best man’s toast!

We’re looking forward to sharing more images from their wedding day soon, and we wish this gorgeous couple a lifetime of happiness!

Newly-Engaged? Ellis Island Weddings Are Pure Luxury

If you’re among the happy couples who have gotten engaged over the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah week, we send you our congratulations and welcome you to plan your dream wedding celebration here at Ellis Island, transforming our sprawling historic venue with breathtaking views into your own wedding vision.

Here are 10 ways that Ellis Island creates weddings of pure luxury and elegance:

1. So much space! With private use of our grounds and lawn space, as well as our historic building, you can create ‘rooms’ and areas for your ceremony, cocktail party, reception space for dancing, lounge areas, and more.

2. Gorgeous architecture: Our historic venue features beautiful details everywhere you look, which makes for phenomenal wedding photos and an already-there stunning backdrop for any lighting or décor you plan.

3. We’re a green wedding venue: We’ve won awards for our eco-friendly practices, energy use, recycling and everything green, so your wedding will be on the top trend of eco-smart event planning.

4. You get the entire island to yourself. Inside and out. Pure privacy, which means no crashers to worry about, and our team’s attention devoted entirely to your event.

5. The Knot chose one of our recent weddings as among the best weddings of 2013!

6. Stunning scenery. Your guests will take in the views in daylight when our ferry glides them past the New York City skyline, and then at night that same skyline lights up like magic.

7. Wedding experts create gorgeous wedding events here. Our high ceilings create beautiful lighting opportunities and tall floral centerpiece space, our grounds let them set custom bars and cabanas all around, and the top wedding coordinators in the city have shown off their work here at Ellis Island on the top wedding blogs and in the top wedding magazines.

8. You can have your own fireworks. With the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline as your backdrop, your own personal fireworks show caps off your perfect wedding day.

9. Your family history may be honored. Over 40% of Americans can trace their lineage through Ellis Island, and if you locate your ancestors among our easy-search records or on our Wall of Honor, you add an unforgettable element of family history to your big day.

10. With a ferry ride to your own private island, it’s like having a destination wedding without losing days and expense to travel, and your friends and family will be so happy to enjoy your wedding weekend here in the exciting New York City area.

Visit us at http://thestatueofliberty.com/events/ellis-island/ to find out more about Ellis Island Weddings, as well as the big trend of a cocktail hour on Liberty Island and then a ferry ride to Ellis Island for your reception!

Fourth Wall Events Styles a Glam Setting for an Ellis Island Celebration

Photo courtesy of Fourth Wall Events

A look at one of the gorgeous, glam events held here at Ellis Island, designed by Fourth Wall Events. To create a ‘room’ within our expansive historic venue, the Fourth Wall Events team created wispy paneled ‘walls’ made even more gorgeous by specialty lighting. So if you have a smaller guest list, you don’t have to worry about your party looking lost in our lofty space. You and your wedding or special events design team can personalize the Ellis Island Registry Room to fit your event’s size and scope.

Of course, you can set off your dining area in one half of the Registry Room, and have your cocktail party with a custom-designed bar in the other half, or set up your space to provide seating in one section, and a dance floor and entertainment area in the other. It’s always a plus to have so much space to work with, to design in your own way, and we thank Fourth Wall Events for sharing this Ellis Island event image with us!

Elegant Weddings at Ellis Island Captured Beautifully in Black-and-White

 

Photo courtesy of Maloman Studios

Black-and-white photos have long been a trend in wedding photography, and when your wedding takes place at historic Ellis Island, you can capture so much elegance and timelessness when you get a number of your wedding photos in black-and-white. Take a look at Ali & Dan’s Ellis Island wedding reception photo above…the black-and-white effect is so magical, capturing the soaring ceiling and vibe of our Grand Room, and also capturing the sophisticated style of the bride and groom.

See Ali & Dan’s amazing Ellis Island wedding reception photos here, with our thanks to Maloman Studios for sharing this image with us!

http://maloman.com/married/wedding-at-historic-trinity-church-and-ellis-island-new-york-city-ali-dan/

A Dramatic Before and After View of Weddings at Ellis Island

The Before Picture of our Ballroom at the National Monument

 

The After Picture of Ellis Island Transformed for a Glamorous Wedding

Ellis Island as your wedding location offers pure magic in how you can create your dream wedding scene in our vast and lofty historic site, with our high ceilings and lots of space for your guests’ tables, dance floor, performance stage and breathtaking décor. The best wedding planners in the NYC, NJ and surrounding areas have brought brides’ and grooms’ wedding visions to life here at Ellis Island, and we invite you to start dreaming about what YOUR wedding at our spectacular site will look like, and contact us to bring it to life!

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%
    • CEREMONY AND RECEPTION LOCATION: 38%
    • 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!

Ellis Island Weddings: Real Wedding Spotlight – A Daytime Wedding Dream by Jung Lee and Fete

Weddings at Ellis Island give you the option of having a luxury outdoor wedding, or beginning your wedding celebration with an outdoor wedding welcome party so that guests can stroll our lovely grounds, admire the breathtaking views of the city, and indulge in fabulous welcome drinks and treats. Some of the top wedding planners and event coordinators in New York City, New Jersey and other regional spots have designed spectacular outdoor wedding parties here at Ellis Island, including superstar wedding planner Jung Lee of Fete, www.feteny.com. The Fete team shares their fabulous wedding images to inspire you with their masterful details and pretty touches to an outdoor, daytime wedding event:

Photo credit: Terry Gruber/Gruber Photographers

Visit us at http://thestatueofliberty.com/events/ellis-island/ to begin planning your gorgeous, luxury daytime wedding here at Ellis Island — our historic venue features lovely grounds for your outdoor wedding designs, and our views of the city skyline are unparalleled, turning your wedding into a work of art!

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.