Arti and Nandu’s Indian Wedding on Ellis Island

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.

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!

Dramatic Wedding Venues: One of the Top Wedding Trends for 2014

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!

Real Ellis Island Event: A Gorgeous Fall-Themed Tablescape Designed by Fourth Wall Events

Photos courtesy of Fourth Wall Events

Here’s a look at a gorgeous tablescape designed for a corporate event by Fourth Wall Events, with fall colors in full glory and the top trend of rustic elegance working beautifully with linens, candlelight, and tall, majestic centerpieces that are so stunning with our venue space’s high-ceilings.

Fall shades of orange and yellow, with some crimson and gold make this tabletop design so beautiful, and the designer takes this look to the heights of event design trends with a patterned table runner. Patterns are so In for fall 2013 and will stay in right through 2014 for weddings and special events, so when you plan your Ellis Island special celebration, think patterns and luxury fabrics to make your table design even more spectacular!

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.

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 and Events Spotlight – The Wall of Honor



 Ellis Island Weddings and Events start off with a very special experience that no other wedding venue can provide: your guests will get to search the island’s Wall of Honor to find names of their ancestors who arrived through Ellis Island, starting your wedding off with both the excitement of discovering their relatives’ names and a deep sense of gratitude to how their family’s great fortune began. As you start your new life together, you and your wedding guests will be reminded of the ‘new life’ that brought you where you are today, and put you in the perfect place for fate to take its course. Continue reading

Ellis Island Weddings: Elegance is Back as a Top Wedding Trend for 2013

During the past few years, it seemed everyone was having 1920s-inspired garden weddings, or rustic barn weddings with mason jar centerpieces and wildflowers, and as lovely as those styles are, the new wedding trends for 2013 have been announced by www.TheWeddingReport.com. Elegance, formality, and romance are back as leading wedding styles for this year’s wedding couples, and Ellis Island Weddings are pure elegance and class, luxury celebrations that offer so many elements of the additional top wedding trends and styles. Continue reading

Ellis Island Weddings Dazzle With Lighting Effects

Ellis island wedding design

Luxury weddings are known for their spectacular decor, and no wedding trend is bigger right now than specialty lighting. Fabulous lighting effects can transform any ballroom space into a magical scene, but here at Ellis Island with our lofty ceilings and spectacular architecture, lighting effects really create an unforgettable ambiance. Your guests who have visited Ellis Island before will not believe this is the same historic site they experienced in the past, and guests who have never stepped foot in our landmark will be truly impressed with your lavish designs and decor. Continue reading

Ellis Island Weddings Mixes Elegance with Trendy Club-Style Effects

Ellis island club style wedding

ellis island formal wedding

Ellis Island Weddings combine the best of both worlds: spacious layout for your round or long guest tables, and the hot wedding trend of providing club-like seating areas where guests can gather and mingle throughout your event. Continue reading