Sheryl and Ray’s Ellis Island wedding soon invited their guests into the Registry Room for the start of their reception. Personalized items awaited guests at their tables, and Sheryl and Ray started the night off with their First Dance to Frank Sinatra’s “The Best Is Yet to Come.”
Arti and Nandu’s Indian wedding on Ellis Island was a spectacular event! We’re so happy to share with you some images of their gorgeous day, planned by Sonal Shah of Sonal Shah Consultants, www.SJSEvents.com. Special thanks to R. Wagner Photography (www.rwagnersphotography.com ) for sending us these gorgeous photos of their big day.
We love this creative touch at a recent Ellis Island wedding, where our island location came into play as servers dressed in scuba gear circulated at the party, handing out hors d’oeuvres and drinks. If you can’t decide between an island wedding and a luxury wedding, you’ll be happy to know that you can have BOTH, here on Ellis Island with stunning views of the New York City skyline *and* magical sunsets, starry skies and even fireworks to end your spectacular wedding.
Not sure about the servers in scuba gear? You can always opt for formal servers:
Your wedding at Ellis Island becomes a part of our historic venue’s rich history. Think about how millions of immigrants passed through Ellis Island, on their way to starting a new life. Just like you’ll be doing when your wedding takes place in our grand, gorgeous landmark venue. Just look to the kissing post, supporting Ellis Island’s registry room: it’s a famous column at which millions of US immigrants reunited with family after completing their lengthy immigration process. When they moved towards the pillar, it marked a significant moment in their journey. This was where they would search for, and embrace, family members who came to welcome them to their new life.
Ellis Island staff members noticed the immigrant families in their joyful reunions at that column and named the spot “the kissing post,” and it remains marked by a plaque today.
That might be the spot where you choose to position your receiving line, or greet your guests on your own, or pose for deeply meaningful wedding photos. You’re both starting your new life and a new beginning, so the Kissing Post at Ellis Island is a unique and very special wedding element that you can bring into your wedding plans. Especially if you have ancestors who once met at that very spot…what a powerful wedding moment that will be for your families!
The list of top wedding trends for 2014 has just come out, and ‘Dramatic Wedding Venue’ takes the top spot for locations! TheWeddingReport.com says that in 2014, weddings will take place in gorgeous glam settings with high ceilings, amazing windows, architectural Wow Factor, sensational views, and a little bit of history. Each one of those must-haves for a dramatic wedding setting is right here at Ellis Island!
Take a look at our stunning window above, and visit our site http://thestatueofliberty.com/events/ellis-island/ to see photos of our high ceiling illuminated by special effects lighting and a glam glow of color. And as for ‘a little bit of history,’ that’s an understatement for the rich history of our historic venue.
Inside and out, Ellis Island is an ultra-dramatic wedding setting, and your designers will love you for choosing such a spectacular site where they can bring your biggest décor dreams to life.
What else is on the top wedding trends 2014 list? Eco-friendly settings, and yes, we fit that trend as well. We’ve won awards for our green practices, and we’re proud to be recognized as a leading eco-friendly venue in the NYC area.
We look forward to meeting you, and we look forward to seeing what you’d like your Ellis Island wedding to look like. You can work magic with our dramatic venue, creating the wedding of your dreams that doesn’t just meet the trends — it sets new ones!
When you book your wedding or special event at our landmark venue, you might choose the big celebrity trend of having two locations for your wedding. At Ellis Island Weddings and Events, we offer the priceless chance to have your luxury wedding encompass both Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Perhaps you’ll start your celebration with an open-air cocktail party on Liberty Island, with your guests enjoying spectacular photo opportunities with the Statue of Liberty, and then your celebration progresses to Ellis Island for your grand ballroom reception.
Or, you might decide on an evening picnic right on Liberty Island, with our team’s expert help in designing the perfect layout of outdoor seating, celebrity wedding-planner favorite pillows on the ground for cozy gatherings, and romantic lanterns in the trees. A daytime into nighttime wedding or special celebration gives you our islands to design as you wish, wowing your wedding guests with the lavishness of your decor vision, mixed with the awesome views of the city from all corners of our impressive island venues.
With a ballroom as vast as our landmark venue’s, you have the ability to create far more beautiful and brilliant creativity with your guest tables than many other wedding ballrooms provide. On this blog, you’ve seen beautiful arrangements of all-round or all-long tables, and now we bring you a dazzling look at a mix of both round and long tables. Having the two different table styles allows you tremendous design options when it comes to table linens — colors, shimmer, chic layers and runners — and especially the arrangements of florals on your wedding or event guests’ tables. Round tables provide a natural setting for a tall, dramatic floral arrangement that may reach up toward our lofty and architectural ceiling. Or, you might choose the stylish and trendy centerpiece design of all low-set florals with multiple sizes of pillar candles in the middle.
For your long tables, you get the chance to blend tall floral centerpieces with low-set ones, or create a lavish lineup of blooms in dozens of glass vases, surrounded by flickering white or colored votives.
Our team is ready to help you and your event designer create the perfect, one-of-a-kind luxury tablescapes for your elaborate wedding or special event, including the magic of having the best of both worlds in table design and layout. Even your chaircovers can be different at your round tables than they are at your long tables, with all guests happily mixed with friends and family, always with an unobstructed view of you, the entertainment and the beauty of our historic wedding venue and all of its decor-enhancing beauty.
If you think Ellis Island Weddings can only be large and lavish, with hundreds of guests — since our amazing landmark venue is so vast — think again. We host weddings and special events for groups as small as 25 people, delivering the same elite service as we do to our grander events. With a smaller wedding group, you have the advantage of using some of our most fascinating rooms and areas, such as the space show here, set to dinner perfection with beautiful luxury tablescapes and lovely lighting effects. You can also book our upstairs rooms, or have your tables arranged by the balcony rails, overlooking the grand hall with its floor illuminated with specialty lighting, such as your wedding monogram, initials, even a pattern to match the lace of your gown or the design of your invitations. And of course, your wedding or special event setting can be dramatically and gorgeously set in our grand hall, with your one long table or small cluster of guest tables spotlit in the center of the space. Continue reading →