Weddings on Ellis Island and Liberty Island Begin with a Fabulous Ferry Ride

Start your Ellis Island wedding or Liberty Island wedding off with a very special and unique experience for yourselves and for your wedding guests: a spectacular ferry ride past the best views of the Manhattan Skyline and the Statue of Liberty. While on this fun and festive NYC ferry ride to your wedding, guests can be treated to delectable hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and champagne, and you can even arrange for live entertainment during this unforgettable start to your unforgettable wedding day!

Here are some top Q&As about ferry rides to and from your Ellis Island Wedding or Liberty Island wedding:

What is the ferry’s name? Actually, there are seven different NYC ferries that can serve as your stylish and exciting wedding day ‘ride,’ including Miss Liberty, Miss New York, Miss New Jersey and others.

What is the ferry’s capacity to suit my wedding guest list? We have 400-, 600- and 800-passenger boats, which is more than enough space for most wedding guests to all board the same boat and enjoy the ferry ride to Ellis Island or Liberty Island together. If you have an extremely large wedding guest list or corporate event guest list, you can arrange for your guests to take separate ferries.

How long is the ferry ride to the island? The ferry ride is 8 minutes long to get to the island, 15 minutes if you include a sail by the Statue of Liberty, which you can arrange ahead of time for a very special experience for your wedding guests.

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Is it possible to arrange for cocktails and catering on the ferry? Yes, just contact Patti Golden at for more information on arranging these special services during your NYC ferry ride to your wedding on Ellis Island or Liberty Island.

Is it possible to arrange live entertainment on the ferry? Yes, live entertainment is allowed on the ferry – again, just contact Patti Golden at – for details, or you may wish to provide music during your wedding ferry rides via a sound system on the ferry.

Is it possible to decorate the ferry, such as with strings of lights? While it is possible to set up some décor, most wedding couples find that the ferries themselves are so wonderful, and the NYC skyline scenery so beautiful, that extra décor is not necessary.

When your ferry docks on Ellis Island or Liberty Island, you can arrange for servers to greet your guests with trays of champagne or your signature wedding cocktails, as well as trays of hors d’oeuvres as an indulgent and exciting start to your wedding day celebration on our islands.

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