Luxury Destination Weddings on Ellis Island
Have you always dreamed of visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island? Perhaps you took a trip there as a child and fell in love. Make memories to last a lifetime by not only vacationing in New York City but getting married there as well! Ellis Island could be the perfect place to say “I do.” Here’s what to expect when you book a luxury destination wedding on Ellis Island.
Ferry Ride to Ellis Island
The wedding of your dreams begins with a private ferry ride courtesy of Statue Cruises. Soak up views of Manhattan like you’ve never seen it before while being treated to delicious hors-d’oeuvres and cocktails. You can even arrange live entertainment for the ferry ride, creating an unforgettable start to your wedding day.
You and your guests can go straight to Ellis Island, or you can stop at Liberty Island first for pictures of your wedding party with Lady Liberty herself. You can also arrange to have servers greet your guests with trays of champagne or finger foods as they disembark.
Unique Wedding and Reception Venues
Ellis Island is a wedding and reception venue unlike any other. After all, how many people can say they got married with the stunning Manhattan skyline or Statue of Liberty as the backdrop? This setting puts your ceremony in the middle of a historic location while granting once-in-a-lifetime wedding photo opportunities you’ll treasure forever.
Picture getting married at sunset on Ellis Island with Lady Liberty or the New York skyline in the background. Can you imagine anything more stunning? Keep the party going long after the ceremony with a reception in whatever style you prefer. You can have a cocktail party outside or family-style dining and dancing inside. With a spacious outdoor lawn and 13,000 square feet of indoor space, there’s no shortage of room for you and your guests to celebrate.
From light hors-d’oeuvres and drinks to a full three-course dinner, you can have your wedding catered your way! Whether you opt for our in-house caterer, a preferred caterer or outside catering, you can plan on champagne toasts, a variety of food for your guests and the chance to cut the cake as newlyweds. The staff at Ellis Island will take care of everything.
Why not cap off your wedding night with a professional fireworks display over the Hudson River? This is an unforgettable addition to your wedding reception, not to mention the perfect photo opportunity. A fireworks show is an optional feature you can add to ensure the event goes off with a bang!
Does the idea of riding a ferry and watching professional fireworks on your wedding day sound like a fantasy? Make your dreams come true – contact our consultant at (212) 363-3200 to begin planning your luxury destination wedding on Ellis Island today!
If you’re looking for a venue to hold your corporate dinner, company outing, wedding ceremony, concert or other event, consider the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as possible locations. These National Monuments immerse your guests in history and provide stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.
Just keep in mind that special rules apply to events held at National Monuments, which are operated by the National Park Service (NPS). The intention is to preserve these sites for the enjoyment of generations to come. The following tips will help ensure your event is successful.
Align the Agenda with the Site’s Schedule
For private events, you may need to wait until regular business hours are over. For instance, vendors can’t set up in the public areas of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum until closing time, which ranges from 5:00 to 6:15 pm depending on the season. Check with the consultant in charge of booking events to ensure you coordinate your schedule with the operating times of the National Monument.
Have a Backup Plan in Case of Bad Weather
The majority of National Monument events take place outdoors, but you never know if the weather will become an issue. Therefore, it’s wise to have a contingency plan in case of rain. Rest assured that Ellis Island offers an expansive 13,000-square-foot interior venue, as well as plenty of space outside, giving you the flexibility to hold your event wherever you see fit.
Be Aware of Catering Restrictions
Some National Monuments have exclusive caterers and vendors they supply for onsite events. As for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Evelyn Hill Inc. is the exclusive concessionaire for the NPS, providing all food, beverages, retail and special events management for these monuments. Any outside caterers must be approved by Evelyn Hill Inc.
Recognize the Impact Your Event May Have on the Monument
Many national parks and monuments have initiatives for reducing waste and ensuring each event has the smallest possible impact on the site. For example, Evelyn Hill Inc. is a green company that insists all catering and event waste be recycled or composted. Many in-house items are also available to vendors to lessen the event’s impact on Ellis Island. In addition, all vendors are required to carry a Certificate of Insurance for $2 million worth of liability coverage in case any damage occurs.
Plan Your Event with Evelyn Hill Inc.
Event planning can be stressful, especially when you’re not accustomed to working with the special rules of National Monuments. Evelyn Hill Inc. can help you plan and execute the perfect social or corporate event at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. These unique venues can be all yours, giving you the chance to find your family’s name on the Wall of Honor or take a private walking tour of the island between other events you have planned for the evening.
For more information about holding your event at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, please contact Evelyn Hill Inc. at (212) 363-3200.