• Wedding and Party Flower DIYs from The Bouqs

    Wedding and party flower DIYs from The Bouqs for your Ellis Island wedding or party

    We’re delighted to share these helpful and inspiring DIY wedding flower videos from the newsmaking floral company, The Bouqs . If the name sounds familiar, you might have seen The Bouqs featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, and they’ve been everywhere since!

    We’re grateful that The Bouqs shared their how-to videos with us, and we hope you find them useful for your pre-wedding events, and for your wedding here with us on Ellis Island or Liberty Island.

    Not only can these easy how-to videos help you create wedding bouquets, centerpieces and boutonnieres for your wedding, you’ll also be in great shape for making these pretty floral designs for your engagement party, for bridal showers, for your wedding weekend welcome party, rehearsal dinner and other events…plus you’ll have a new skill that can help you save money anytime you’d like to make your own centerpieces for a dinner party, or a bouquet gift.

    Check out these DIY wedding flower video tutorials:

    DIY flower prep :

    DIY Bouquet:

    DIY Centerpiece :

    DIY Boutonniere:

  • New Jersey Bride Features Ellis Island Weddings on their Locations We Love List

    New Jersey Bride names Ellis Island to its Locations We Love list

    We’re so pleased that New Jersey Bride holds us in such high esteem, adding us to their Locations We Love list, and also naming us as the #2 top rehearsal dinner venue in New Jersey.

    In the Locations We Love feature, our own Patti Golden shares details on what makes an Ellis Island wedding fabulous: “Some of the top wedding designers in the world have planned weddings here at Ellis Island, creating magical wedding scenes in our enormous Registry Room,” says Patti Golden, director of sales for Evelyn Hill Events at Ellis Island. “You get the unique option of planning custom bars inside or out—we’ve also had massive fountains brought in for a Tuscan-themed wedding—and you get the deep sentimentality of incorporating your family’s history into your wedding, inspired by our site’s history. Many of our wedding couples cap off their weddings with fireworks displays with the Statue of Liberty in the background.”

    Ellis Island wedding -- photo by Fete

    In the Top Rehearsal Dinner Spots feature, New Jersey Bride loves the idea of having a lobster bake on our historic venue’s sprawling lawns, with a scavenger hunt for the kids and guests looking at our Walls of Honor for their ancestors’ names.

    Ellis Island wedding - photo by Fete

    Ellis Island Wedding - photo by Fete

    Of course, these features are not just the domain of NJ weddings. Top corporate event planners in NYC and NJ have also made the most of our unique event venue in NYC for corporate parties and galas, with the same attractions available.

    Contact us for more information to help you create your dream wedding on Ellis Island, or for guidance with your corporate event…both of which may end with a fireworks show over the Hudson River for a spectacular end to your unforgettable celebration.

  • Sneak Peek of Ellis Island Fireworks by Bay Fireworks to Cap Off Your NYC Corporate Event or Wedding

    Fireworks cap off a fabulous NYC corporate event or wedding on Ellis Island or Liberty Island, premiere event venues in NYC

    A NYC corporate event or wedding held on Ellis Island can end with a spectacular fireworks show glittering over the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River. Your guests will be mesmerized by the spectacle, and your fireworks show is the perfect way to make an amazing last impression for your event. In the coming weeks, we’ll share some of the most memorable NYC fireworks displays put on by Bay Fireworks . The photos here, from Bay Fireworks, are our sneak peek at what’s to come.

    Contact us to plan your NYC corporate event or wedding, and we’ll help you end it with a fabulous fireworks show for all to enjoy.

    Fireworks cap off a fabulous NYC corporate event or wedding on Ellis Island or Liberty Island, premiere event venues in NYC

  • Airbnb’s ‘Night At America’s Gateway’ Contest at Ellis Island With Academy Award Winner Marcia Gay Harden

    Airbnb event at Ellis Island and Liberty Island - photo by Mark Wickens

    Airbnb’s ‘Night at America’s Gateway’ contest provided the winner with a once-in-a-lifetime experience at one of the most iconic locations in the world: Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Within this awe-inspiring experience was the opportunity to dine with Academy Award Winner, Marcia Gay Harden, in our Ellis Island Registry Room as one of the highlights of the event. We’re so thrilled to share images and details from the winners’ experiences at our unique NYC venue, and we thank Airbnb , professional photographer Mark Wickens , and Civic Entertainment Group for providing us with the fabulous details from this very special and unforgettable event at Ellis Island and Liberty Island.

    We thank Mark Wickens for all of these wonderful photos.

    Airbnb event at Ellis Island and Liberty Island - photo by Mark Wickens

    Airbnb event at Ellis Island and Liberty Island - photo by Mark Wickens

    Airbnb’s ‘Night at America’s Gateway’ contest winners Robin and Courtney, who are mother and daughter, began their patriotic adventure on a June afternoon, checking into the luxury yacht Arabella, which would be their ‘home’ during this 2-day experience. The interior and the exterior of the yacht were decorated with patriotic and homey touches, in suitable Airbnb fashion of quality design feel.

    Early that evening, Robin and Courtney were led on a personal 2-hour tour of the Statue of Liberty with Matthew Baker, President of the Guides Association of New York City, treated to Mr. Baker’s fascinating information about the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island. The winners were led to one of our normally inaccessible private docks, which was styled to look like a personal backyard complete with an umbrella-shaded table, hammock, seating and grill. A maître d’ attended the duo, who enjoyed music, finger foods and a champagne toast as they enjoyed the breathtaking views from Liberty Island. The winners then sailed via a private ferry past the gorgeous NYC skyline to Ellis Island.

    Airbnb event at Ellis Island and Liberty Island - photo by Mark Wickens

    Robin and Courtney then changed for dinner inside the Great Hall, where they met Academy Award Winner Marcia Gay Harden, host of the Airbnb contest for a private dinner with the star in our historic venue.

    Airbnb event at Ellis Island and Liberty Island - photo by Mark Wickens

    Airbnb event at Ellis Island and Liberty Island - photo by Mark Wickens

    Genealogist Catherine Daly, director of the American Family Immigration History Center, Mr. Baker and Airbnb representatives also joined the group for scintillating conversation about the historical context of Ellis Island, and a personally-curated dinner menu created by our own Patti Golden, which included dishes of international flair, such as Moroccan vegetable tagine, tomato and mozzarella panzanella, Tuscan kale with roasted mushrooms, Insalata di Frutti di Mare (shrimp, scallops and hearts of palm,) and international breads with hummus. This unforgettable dinner at which the winners, host and media were surrounded by stellar achievers and knowledgeable experts was a highlight of the event, which continued to a private after-hours tour of Ellis Island and the chance to explore some of the winners’ and host’s family history.

    Airbnb event at Ellis Island and Liberty Island - photo by Mark Wickens

    Prior to the event, Robin and Courtney sent some of their ancestor information and photos to genealogist Daly, who guided them in further genealogical research in the Ellis Island research center. The group became so entranced by this portion of the evening, delving into their most fascinating family history, that they opted to spend most of their time in the research center.

    At the close of this ‘Night at America’s Gateway’ experience, the guests returned to the Arabella for a midnight leisurely cruise around Manhattan, perfectly paired with champagne and fruit for a midnight spread before the winners turned in for the night aboard the luxury yacht. In the morning, they enjoyed a light breakfast on deck, then returned to Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City where they were interviewed and photographed by the New York Times.

  • Corporate Events and Weddings on Liberty Island

    Corporate events on Liberty Island

    NYC corporate events and weddings get up-close and personal with Lady Liberty when your event takes place on Liberty Island , a unique event venue for a one-of-a-kind experience at one of America’s most recognized and meaningful symbolic locations – The Statue of Liberty.

    Lady Liberty’s home becomes a corporate event planner’s dream come true with the opportunity to hold a cocktail party outdoors on the grounds just steps away from the Statue of Liberty, providing an unparalleled selfie opportunity for each and every guest. Consider an outdoor reception, or hold your corporate event or wedding inside our clear custom tent created to your specifications, with clear views to the sky and sunset.

    Corporate events on Liberty Island

    Corporate events and weddings on Liberty Island

    Corporate event and wedding guests are free to wander the grounds of Liberty Island, viewing our Walls of Honor and perhaps spotting their own ancestors among the names of honored citizens. And your own company’s founders’ names may be among them. National Park rangers may lead groups on walking tours as well, and child guests may embark upon a fascinating scavenger hunt.

    Corporations with global reach are especially interested in the deep meaning and significance of this gateway to the New World, through which their founders may have taken their first steps on the path to creating their company and legacy. The worldly feel of our historic NYC event venue adds an awe-inspiring depth to any event held here with us on Liberty Island.

    Of course, you’re not just limited to Liberty Island for your corporate event, wedding or celebration. You may plan for your event to encompass both Liberty Island and Ellis Island , with perhaps a cocktail party held on Liberty Island, followed by a quick ferry ride through the New York Harbor to Ellis Island, where your corporate dinner or wedding reception may take place.

    Ellis Island corporate events and weddings

    And the ultimate ending to any NYC corporate event or wedding is a fireworks show over the harbor, a majestic and breathtaking close to your fabulously successful and unforgettable event.

    Both islands have a capacity of 25 to 1,200 people, making an event entirely realistic for your event’s guest list.

    Contact us for more information on corporate events and weddings on Liberty Island and Ellis Island.

  • Top Corporate Party Themes for 2016

    Corporate Event Theme NYC

    We’ve been home to some of the most spectacular corporate events NYC has ever seen, most transforming our historic NYC venue into magical and exotic lands, and many lighting up the sky with jaw-dropping fireworks shows as a surprise to thrilled corporate party guests.

    With corporate parties so elevated by a sensational party theme, we’ve collected some of the top corporate party themes for 2016 to help inspire your event.

    What can a themed corporate event accomplish for your company? Besides rewarding your employees and their families with a standout celebration, your themed corporate party may just catch the eye of event industry award judges, such as the International Special Event Society’s Esprit Awards . We looked at the 2014 ISES Esprit Award winners list and spotted some fabulous, award-winning corporate party themes. Winning the award for Best Corporate Event Under $75,000 was a ‘Zombie Olympics’ event by Corporate Events Unlimited . Winning several awards, including Best Corporate Event over $150,000, Best Event Photography and Best Technical Production, was ‘A Night in Oz’ for West Jet Airlines . Both celebrations had engaging themes that added panache through every detail.

    Even if you’re not interested in winning awards for your corporate party, and international attention for your company or charity, you’ll be inspired by these top corporate party themes for 2016:

    Location Themes:

    • Paris
    • New Orleans
    • Arabian Nights, with vivid colors, belly dancers and a Moroccan tea bar
    • Wild West
    • And of course, a Big Apple/NYC-themed party that ties in our NYC location and the non-stop energy of the city, a welcome theme for corporate party guests who have flown in for the celebration.

    Era Themes

    • 1980s
    • 1950s sock hop
    • 1960s boho
    • 1920s/1930s speakeasy style
    • Futuristic

    Entertainment Themes

    • James Bond
    • Wizard of Oz
    • Cirque du Soleil
    • Academy Awards
    • Old Hollywood
    • The Walking Dead
    • A Night in Casablanca
    • Casino
    • Dr. Zhivago winter theme with Russian food served Russian style, and snowy, icy white décor

    Nature Themes

    • Magic Garden or Garden Splendor
    • Eco-Wonderland, fitting for our Ellis Island location, since we’re renowned for our award-winning eco-friendly policies and energy efficiency

    Color Themes

    • Black-and-White Ball
    • Neon
    • Your corporate brand’s colors, made memorable by your event planners’ creative edge and spectacular lighting effects

    In addition to these, one of the top corporate party themes is Denim and Diamonds, a blend of jeans-wearing relaxation with pops of sparkle and upscale brilliance in the party’s design.

    Also taking advantage of our Ellis Island and Liberty Island inside-outside venue capabilities is the top theme of Under the Stars, such as a cocktail party and outdoor movie night, outdoor table settings and dance floor, for a celebration under the stars and an unmatched view of the Statue of Liberty and the New York Skyline.

    We’re happy to help you plan your corporate event at Ellis Island or Liberty Island, making your celebration unforgettable. Contact us to get started.

  • 2016 Food Trends for your Ellis Island Corporate Event or Wedding

    Corporate event planners, wedding planners, wedding couples and party hosts, keep an eye on these delicious 2016 food trends for your Ellis Island event or Liberty Island party. Our friends at top NYC caterers Great Performances share their blog post and images with you, and we’re especially excited about the top foodie trend of tacos as a fabulous crowd-pleaser.

    2016 top food trends from Great Performances, for Ellis Island and Liberty Island NYC corporate event and wedding menu inspiration

    Also hot for NYC corporate event menus and wedding catering: fabulous pickled bites that deliver amazing flavor:

    2016 top food trends from Great Performances, for Ellis Island and Liberty Island NYC corporate event and wedding menu inspiration

    The best NYC corporate events and weddings always feature amazing menus. Since NYC is one of the food capitals of the world, our reputation as a top NYC event venue is earned by featuring the most amazing dishes and desserts made by some of the best NYC catering companies. We’ve had a long and happy relationship with Great Performances, and we’re always excited to see what they will bring to our islands for corporate event and wedding guests to enjoy. Check out their top 2016 food trends blog post to see even more of the hottest flavors for event fare.

  • Honor Your Ancestors at Your Ellis Island Wedding

    Best Ellis Island Wedding Event In NYC

    “A great many of our wedding couples are drawn to Ellis Island and Liberty Island in part because of their ancestry,” says Patti Golden, director of sales at Ellis Island and Liberty Island. “When one or both partners have long-ago relatives who came to this country via Ellis Island, it creates a wonderful sense of connection to their ancestors’ sense of hope and joy to arrive here, to make a new start and create a new life. That’s what wedding couples are doing as well: making a new life and a new start.”

    If you have ancestors who arrived through Ellis Island, you might wish to create a wonderful connection to them, and thrill your family and guests with your tribute to the ancestors who made your own life in this country possible. If your ancestors had not taken the chance, with so much hope, to move to America, you might never have met your partner. Your families might not be joining as one.

    Ellis Island wedding photo by Brian Dorsey Studios

    Ellis Island and Liberty Island present many opportunities for honoring your ancestors on your wedding day. Consider adding your families’ immigration stories to your personal wedding website, sharing with your guests why you chose our historic NYC venue for your wedding day. Here are some ways to make your family history a wonderful part of your wedding day:

    • Include photos of your ancestors, which you’ve scanned and enhanced via digital editing, to add some extra historic flair to your family photo table. Your ancestors’ gorgeously-framed photos add a wonderful sense of your family’ history at your Ellis Island wedding or Liberty Island wedding, with those beautifully aged black-and-white or sepia photos matching our own photo displays. A tip: If you can get your ancestors’ wedding photos, always scan them and create a fresh copy to bring to your wedding so that the original stays safe. Your guests are going to want to pick up these framed wedding photos for a better look at the details.
    • “During your wedding’s outdoor cocktail party, wedding guests can tour the grounds, on their own or with a park ranger guide, viewing our Wall of Honor, spotting their ancestors’ names, some of which they might never have seen before,” says Golden.
    • Display your ancestors’ ‘arrivals at Ellis Island’ photos at your cocktail party or reception.
    • If you’re lucky enough to have among your family heirloom treasures any writings, such as letters or diary entries from your ancestors who made the journey to arrive at Ellis Island so long ago, copy these as well, and frame them for display at your wedding.
    • Photos may also be displayed on a video screen at your cocktail party, providing a moving history of your family, and you might also add a personal note of thanks to your ancestors for their role in your happiness today. We’ve seen some wonderful family tributes at our Ellis Island weddings and Liberty Island weddings.
    • If you have access to an heirloom piece of jewelry worn by your ancestor, consider wearing it as your Something Borrowed or Something Old for your wedding. Many of our brides will wear a sentimental heirloom jewelry piece for their ceremony, and then switch to a more modern, wow factor jewelry style for the reception.
    • Add your ancestors’ stories and photos to your personal wedding website.
    • Name your wedding signature drinks after each of your ancestors
    • Name each of your wedding guest tables after the cities, towns or villages from which your ancestors emigrated.
    • Include cultural menu items from the lands of your heritage on your wedding menu.
    • Include wines from your ancestors’ native lands on your bar menu list.

    And finally, just take a moment to look around you when you disembark from our ferry, taking in the same scenery as your ancestors may have so long ago.

    Ferry Pass Statue of Liberty NYC

    While in the Registry Room, look around at it decorated with fabulous décor and specialty lighting, filled with your happy loved ones all celebrating your Ellis Island wedding. Many years ago, your ancestors may have stood in this same room, surrounded by people brimming with so much hope. It’s a beautiful connection to your family’s history and a gorgeous part of your family’s progression of Ellis Island experiences.

  • Wedding Color Trend: PANTONE Spring 2016 Snorkel Blue

    Wedding Color Trend In NYC

    Here’s another of our favorite PANTONE Spring 2016 colors: Snorkel Blue. Since we’re surrounded by the blue-gray waters of the Hudson River, and our views extend to the blue/gray NYC skyline, this rich shade of blue may be one of the best wedding colors and corporate event colors we’ve seen yet.

    Inspiration board by Elegant Wedding Invites

  • Wedding Color Trend: PANTONE Spring 2016 Peach Echo

    PANTONE Peach Echo wedding details for Spring 2016 - photo by Elegant Wedding Invites

    We’re excited to see the PANTONE Spring 2016 wedding colors, and Peach Echo stood out with its vibrancy and bright, natural sweetness for a spring, summer or fall wedding here at Ellis Island or Liberty Island. We’ll be spotlighting our favorite shades from the current PANTONE top wedding colors in coming weeks.

    Keep in mind that PANTONE’s color trends inspire more than just wedding colors. They’re also a guiding force in corporate event design.