The Statue of Liberty Barbie Is Invited to Ellis Island Weddings!

The Statue of Liberty is a guest of honor at every Liberty Island Wedding, and admires your big day from a close distance when you’re among our circle of Ellis Island wedding couples.

She’s a grand and breathtaking figure at Ellis Island weddings, and many of our wedding couples love to honor her in creative ways, such as choosing a Statue of Liberty-themed wedding invitation or displaying a Statue of Liberty figure on their wedding dessert bar or family photos table, welcoming your wedding guests to our landmark wedding venue.

Since a big wedding trend is incorporating fun and playful design elements with a callback to your childhood, we thought we’d inspire you with the Statue of Liberty Barbie Doll (Dolls of the World Landmark Collection)

Created as part of the 30th anniversary of Barbie’s Dolls of the World®, the Landmark Collection brings world-famous landmarks to life through Barbie® fashion. Since the Statue of Liberty is one of the most-visited landmarks in the world, Mattel honored her with a Barbie doll all her own! And we must say, her dress is quite lovely, as is her 4th of July printed clutch and her Statue of Liberty-inspired crown!

At 13.3 inches high, your Statue of Liberty Barbie dolls can take a place at the centers of each of your guest tables in our Registry Room, surrounded by flowers and candles or illuminated by special lighting, or you might surround her with sweets on your wedding’s lavish desserts table. As mentioned, she can join your family photos table, look over your guest book, or –another big wedding trend! – you might surprise your little girl wedding guests and flowergirls with Statue of Liberty Barbies awaiting them at their table, in gift bags personalized to them.

As glamorous and elegant as weddings are at Ellis Island, with pure luxury surrounding you in our grand historic venue transformed by your designs into a glam wedding wonderland, there’s always room for a touch of whimsy and for another fabulously-dressed wedding guest!

Ellis Island’s Kissing Post Can be a Part of Your Wedding

The kissing post, long ago

 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!

 

NYC Save the Dates by Ceci New York, Inspiration for your Ellis Island Wedding

 
Weddings in New York City are so spectacular and stylish, and when your guests receive your NYC themed Save the Date cards — like these from celebrity wedding stationer Ceci New York (www.cecinewyork.com) — and find out that your wedding will be among the luxury weddings held at Ellis Island, they’ll be thrilled that *they* have made your VIP invitation list and will soon get to take in the scenic views of the New York City skyline and enjoy the elegance and decadence of an Ellis Island Wedding.
 
Our historic venue has been the setting for some of the most glamorous weddings NYC has ever seen, and The Knot recently named one of the weddings held here as being among the Best Weddings of 2013. Movies have been filmed here at Ellis Island, and celebrities have been honored here. Now, our landmark venue can be the home of your big day. We look forward to Saving the Date for your wedding!
 

Ellis Island Weddings are Dream Destination Weddings

 

Ellis Island weddings are dream destination weddings, since you get the whole island to yourself! That’s right, a private island wedding just for you and your guests, with phenomenal views, a magical sunset, shimmering waters, top-tier service and a staff dedicated to you and you alone, and you’ll likely not have to fly anywhere! No days lost to travel, no airline delays or airport hassles, no carrying your dress on a plane, no planning from a huge distance with professionals you don’t see until your wedding weekend. Your wedding experts are right nearby for your ultimate planning ease, which eliminates a lot of wedding stress.

You and your guests get an island wedding, complete with a private ferry ride to our island for an exciting start to your Big Day.

And since you always want to be on-trend with your wedding plans, here are some statistics from the new 2013 Destination Weddings survey by The Wedding Report:

  • 1 in 10 weddings is a destination wedding.
  • New York brides are #10 on the list of destination wedding interest by state, and New Jersey brides are #3!
  • 66% of destination weddings take place within 25 miles of home, and 15% of destination weddings take place within 15% of home.
  • The average number of destination wedding guests are:
    • 33% have 51-100 guests
    • 23% have 101-150 guests
    • 14% have 26-50 guests
    • 11% have 151-200 guests
    • 9% have fewer than 25 guests (WE do weddings for as few as 25 guests!)
    • 9% have 201+guests
    • New York City is #9 on the list of top destination wedding locations in the world!

Visit the Ellis Island Weddings website to start planning your dream destination wedding – we’re looking forward to meeting you, and to bringing your wedding vision to life!

 

Fireworks Add the Perfect Finishing Touch to Your Wedding or Corporate Event at Ellis Island

Photo courtesy of www.bestek.com

The amazing William Havilland of Bestek Lighting and Staging shared this breathtaking image from an event he recently made ever more fabulous here at Ellis Island. With our gorgeous views of the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty, your event will be even more magical and awe-inspiring with your own personal fireworks extravaganza!

Broadway Performers Could be Your Wedding Entertainment at Your Ellis Island Wedding

Since we’re so close to New York City, Ellis Island Weddings have featured spectacular performances by Broadway-level musicians, troupes and the casts of the top Broadway musicals. Imagine how thrilled your guests will be when you surprise them with top-tier entertainment! The best wedding planners say that a stand-out wedding gives guests an unforgettable experience, and when they attend your wedding, what an experience it will be! It’s like getting to see a Broadway show while attending your wedding!

The image above is from a West Side Story act that one of our recent events featured, and you can let your imagination run wild at your luxury wedding. From singers to musicians to bands, we’ve had some spectacular acts grace our stage, and don’t forget that you can arrange for musicians at your outdoor wedding, cocktail party or even for your fireworks show!

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!

Your Ellis Island Wedding: Celebrations in Our Smaller Rooms as Well as Our Ballroom

 

 

 

 

Ellis Island Weddings and Events allow you to transform not just our grand spaces for your wedding reception to your dream wedding design filled with light, color, flowers, lavish linens and the finest of table settings, you also may host additional portions of your wedding celebration in our smaller rooms and banquet spaces. 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