• A Liberty Island and Ellis Island Event for Amway China

    Ellis Island weddings and events are known for being ultra-customized and fine-tuned for our guests. Our two islands are often home to lavish weddings and corporate events held in custom-designed tents and structures, and this celebration for Amway China’s elite associates brought a jaw-dropping custom structure to our shores, plus sensational lighting for a concert by LeeHom Wang, a Chinese superstar who was born in New York.

    Janet Elkins, owner of Event Works , says, “A lot of time was spent looking for potential venues in New York and some had to be ruled out because of the size; we needed a place for 1,600 people. But what is more iconic than the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to America?”

    Guests at Amway Event Celebration

    During the cocktail celebration held on Liberty Island, guests were entertained by more than 60 different types of performers, then guests were ferried to Ellis Island for a lavish sit-down dinner in the Registry Room. As part of the celebration, birthday cakes were presented to 45 guests whose birthdays occurred close to the event date. Elkins says that it is “part of this client’s template to celebrate birthdays that take place in the month of the event.” So the 45 honored guests each received a 10” birthday cake, and ‘Happy Birthday’ was sung in Mandarin and Chinese.

    Amway China Event Celebration Photo 1

    Amway China’s 1,600 guests then enjoyed dinner and a celebration that encompassed both levels of the Ellis Island museum.

    Amway China Event Celebration Photo 3

    Amway China Event Celebration Photo 2

    After dinner began a five-barge fireworks show by Grucci that was such a spectacle, it lit up Twitter and was covered on NYC news stations, followed by the performance by the wonderful Leehom Wang.

    Red Fireworks at Amway China Event

    See the fireworks show by Grucci: https://youtu.be/hrSDxHfAjLM

    So many details went into this spectacular celebration, including the arrangement for a helicopter to be on standby in case VIP guests needed to be flown to the party.

    Photos by Nadine Froger Photography

  • Your Wedding on BOTH Liberty Island AND Ellis Island

    What’s better than a wedding on an island? A wedding with stops on TWO islands! Namely, a first-stop celebration on Liberty Island — such as a cocktail party held under our custom, clear-topped tent with a view of the Statue of Liberty…and then your guests hop aboard our ferry for a scenic ride to your stunning reception on Ellis Island .

    Here are some views of our Liberty Island wedding space:

    Wedding celebrations can start on Liberty Island, then progress to Ellis Island

    Wedding celebrations can start on Liberty Island, then progress to Ellis Island

    Wedding celebrations can start on Liberty Island, then progress to Ellis Island

    Ellis Island Liberty Island-Pre-Party Table NYC Wedding celebrations can start on Liberty Island, then progress to Ellis Island

  • Scenes from Events in the Ellis Island Conference Room

    For a smaller gathering, perhaps a small wedding or private celebration space after your wedding ceremony and before you make your grand entrance into the Registry Room for your wedding reception, our Conference Room offers space for your use.

    Here are some scenes from events held in our Conference Room:

    Ellis Island conference room decor

    Ellis Island conference room decor

    Ellis Island conference room decor

  • Spectacular Ellis Island Wedding Details Designed by Fete

    Outdoor Wedding Party Photo 2

    Ellis Island gives you the option of having a luxury outdoor wedding, or beginning your wedding celebration with an outdoor 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 event planner Jung Lee of Fete . The Fete team shares some of their fabulous wedding images to inspire you with their masterful details and pretty touches to an outdoor wedding event. Thank you to Terry Gruber/Gruber Photographers :for these beautiful images.

    Outdoor Wedding Party Photo 1

    Ellis Island wedding designed by Fete

  • Bar Style at Ellis Island Weddings and Events

    Bar Style at Ellis Island Wedding Photo 2

    With so much space available to you for your Ellis Iland wedding or event, you’ll enjoy the freedom to create custom bars for your guests’ enjoyment. At some of our recent Ellis Island weddings, event planners (like Zak Events’ creation above,) have designed impressive wood bars suiting a formal theme, and we’ve also seen illuminated bars set up outside on our grounds:

    Bar Style at Ellis Island Wedding Photo 1

  • Wedding and Event Q&A: What is the National Park Service Involvement in my Event?

    Ellis Island wedding

    What is the National Park Service involvement in my event?

    The National Park Service manages both Liberty and Ellis Islands. They must approve everything that occurs during your event; including date, number of guests, schedule and flow. Their approval is obtained through submitting a National Park Service application along with $75 application fee. Upon the approval of the National Park Service, a Special Use Permit will be issued for your event.

  • The Ellis Island Wedding of Dana and Rahul is Featured on Brides.com

    The Ellis Island Wedding of Dana and Rahul is featured on Brides.com

    Dana and Rahul chose Ellis Island as the site for their beautiful, exotic and colorful wedding reception, with 400 of their friends and family joining in the celebration here on our grounds and in our lofty and legendary Registry Room. Their wedding was such a stunning affair that it was featured on Brides.com

    The couple, who met as students at Harvard Law School, planned their elaborate wedding day to start with their Barat in Battery Park, and their NYC wedding coordinator Xochitl Gonzalez of AaB Creates ( http://www.alwaysabridesmaid.us/ ) says that their Hindu and civil ceremonies were held in Battery Gardens Restaurant, after which they and their guests boarded our ferries for a magical and scenic ride to Ellis Island, where they were greeted in fine style by our staff and welcomed into our historic venue for their celebration of a lifetime.

    The Ellis Island Wedding of Dana and Rahul is featured on Brides.com

    Their wedding details were created by a veritable Who’s Who of the finest NYC wedding vendors, including Fleurs NYC, who designed tall centerpieces of dahlias, garden roses, hydrangeas, lemon leaves, and carnations surrounded by votive candles.

    Rahul & Dana Wedding Event NYC

    The gorgeous lighting in our historic Registry Room was designed by Bestek Lighting, known for creating the breathtaking lighting effects at so many Ellis Island weddings and events, and we thank Robert Wagner Photography for sharing these images with us.

    For more details on Dana and Rahul’s wedding, check out the blog series by event planner Xochitl Gonzalez here and here .

    And see our gallery of stunning images from this wedding here .

    Wedding Dress
    Anna Maier Ulla-Maija, kleinfeldbridal.com

    Ceremony Site
    Battery Gardens Restaurant, batterygardens.com

    Reception Site
    Ellis Island Immigration Museum, ellisisland-events.com

    Bestek Lighting & Staging, bestek.com

    DJ Kucha Company, djkucha.com

    Patel Printing Plus, patelprintingplus.com

    Jessie Wolvek for Fleurs NYC, fleursnyc.com

    Wedding Planners
    Mayra Castillo and Xochitl Gonzalez for Always A Bridesmaid, alwaysabridesmaid.us

    Dance Lessons
    Bollywood Funk NYC Dance School, bollywoodfunknyc.com

    R Wagner Photography, rwagnerphotography.com

  • Wedding and Event Q&A: What Are the Start and End Times for Events?

    Ellis Island Wedding and Event

    We continue our Ellis Island Wedding and Event Q&A series with this often-asked question posed by many of our wedding couples and corporate event planners:

    What time can my evening event start and end?

    Weddings and events begin on Ellis Island after the island’s daily operating hours, which vary depending upon the season, ranging from 5pm to 7pm. Events usually end no later than midnight, pending National Park Service approval.