How to Engage Your Corporate Event Attendees

If you are responsible for planning a corporate event, it can be challenging to find ways to inspire and energize the attendees. Fortunately, it’s far from impossible to do that—as long as you plan your event carefully in advance. Here are some techniques that can help you get your employees excited at your next corporate event:

Use social media

Along with using social media to help get your employees motivated for your event, you can actually make use of it during the event itself. You can live tweet the event as it plays out, making sure to use a special hashtag for your event so your attendees—and anyone from your company who isn’t present—can easily find the tweets. If you can video the event, be sure to post the highlights afterward.

Arrange for networking time

Networking fuels greater engagement, so it’s important to give your attendees some time to talk with each other and make connections at your event. You might schedule 20 minutes toward the end of your event for networking, or you might have a special coffee break at the midway point.

Find the right venue

You shouldn’t underestimate the importance of finding the ideal venue for your corporate event. The room you use for your event should be large enough to easily accommodate all of your attendees along with any furniture and special equipment you may need to use. It should also be spacious and comfortable enough that your attendees will be able to focus on the event.

If you want to arrange a memorable and effective corporate event, contact Evelyn Hill Inc. to inquire about reserving Ellis Island. This one-of-a-kind setting can help ensure that your event is a success and that your attendees have a great experience. You can get in touch with us by calling (630) 894-5992.

FAQs About Planning Your Wedding on Ellis Island

With its spectacular views and long and fascinating history, Ellis Island is a wonderful place to hold your wedding. If you’re considering an Ellis Island wedding, you probably have any number of questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about how to arrange a wedding at this unique location:

How much does it cost to have a wedding on Ellis Island?

The cost of your wedding will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the National Park Service, and there will be a one-time permit fee that you will pay. The NPS will take a number of factors into account, including the size of your reception and the length of your event.

How will I and my guests get to Ellis Island for the wedding?

You and your entire wedding party can be transported to Ellis Island via a 15-minute ferry from Statue Cruises, the only authorized provider of trips to Ellis Island. The fee will be determined based on how many people are in your party. Before embarking, you and your guests will need to go through airport-like security.

What hours can I schedule my wedding for?

Evening events can be scheduled from any time after the park closes—ranging from 5:15pm to 7:00pm depending on the time of year. All events must end by midnight.

No matter what type of special event you are planning, you’ll never forget your day on Ellis Island. This 13,000 sq. ft. space is the perfect place for everything from weddings to corporate gatherings to awards ceremonies. To start planning your Ellis Island wedding today, contact Evelyn Hill Inc. at (630) 894-5992.

3 Reasons to Make Ellis Island Your Wedding Venue

When you’re planning your wedding, you may have trouble narrowing down the possibilities for your venue. If you want a unique and memorable background for your special day, why not choose Ellis Island? Every year, countless couples decide to make their vows at this truly one-of-a-kind place. These are some of the reasons you may want to have your wedding on Ellis Island:

It’s a truly unique setting

It’s only natural that you want your wedding to be as special as possible, and there’s no reason you should settle for anything less than what you want. Ellis Island is a unique and historic place that has come into contact with the lives of countless people over the years. Having your wedding there allows you to become a part of that history.

It’s a meaningful venue

For more than a century, Ellis Island has stood for hope—the optimism and determination of countless people who came to America in search of a new and better life. It’s the perfect place to begin your new adventure with your partner. For many of your guests, attending a wedding at Ellis Island will be the kind of opportunity that comes only once in a lifetime.

It provides a stunning view

Having your wedding at Ellis Island also means that you and your guests will have an up-close view of the world-iconic Statue of Liberty. As the sun sets, you’ll be able to marvel at the Manhattan Skyline. If you want your big day to be as unforgettable as it should be, Ellis Island is the perfect venue.

Evelyn Hill Inc. has been the National Park Service’s official concessionaire for more than 80 years, and our staff will be proud to help you make arrangements to have your special day at Ellis Island . Our events can hold up to 1,200 people. To learn more, call (630) 894-5992 today.

Patti’s Top Trends

Top Lighting Trends for Weddings NYC

The height of Ellis Island’s Registry Room on its own creates an effect of grandeur, and there’s no better way to enhance the 60’ high ceiling than with lovely lighting effects, like the stars you see here, projected onto the ceiling for a ‘starry night’ look. Since one of the top wedding trends is ‘bringing the outside in,’ usually referring to the florals in wedding décor, our historic wedding venue offers the opportunity to ‘bring the outside in’ via an additional, easy-to-plan option: stars projected onto the ceiling. When lighting high above coordinates with a lighting design in the Registry Room, the effect is magical and impressive.

You have your choice of lighting effects to be projected onto the ceiling, as well as anywhere in the Registry Room, when you work with our favorite NYC lighting design companies, tailoring your light projections anyway you see fit — from your names to color washes to any number of patterns and top lighting trends for weddings and special events. Our corporate event planning clients will often project the name or logo of their company in the Registry Room, a dramatic way to brand their event and make the most of our unique event venue in NYC. Lighting is such a fabulous trend in weddings, corporate parties, and other events, and we’re always excited to see what our clients’ visions are when brought to life on Ellis Island .

— Patti Golden