• 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

  • Julia and Behdad’s Ellis Island Wedding is Featured on Carats & Cake

    Julia and Behdad's Ellis Island wedding featured on Carats & Cake - Photo by R Wagner Photography

    We’re so happy to see Julia and Behdad’s Ellis Island wedding featured on the fabulous wedding blog Carats & Cake ! It was a gorgeous wedding and celebration in our NYC event space, and Carats & Cake saw the same wedding joy and beauty that we did on that spectacular day!

    Julia and Behdad's Ellis Island wedding featured on Carats & Cake - Photo by R Wagner Photography

    Julia and Behdad's Ellis Island wedding featured on Carats & Cake - Photo by R Wagner Photography

    Julia and Behdad's Ellis Island wedding featured on Carats & Cake - Photo by R Wagner Photography

    Julia and Behdad's Ellis Island wedding featured on Carats & Cake - Photo by R Wagner Photography

    Be sure to click through their collection of this couple’s wedding images, filled with photos from R Wagner Photography (who gets our thanks and admiration for sharing these lovely Ellis Island wedding photos with us!)

  • 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.

  • The Ellis Island Wedding of Allison and David 5.24.15 – Part 2

    We continue with the story of Allison and David’s Ellis Island wedding, as we chat with wedding planner Jessica Halcomb of Swank Productions . And we thank Swank Productions for sharing these stunning photos by 5th Ave Digital and details about this wonderful couple’s wedding day! See their inspiring photo gallery here .

    In our prior post, we shared the lovely Lucite details of their ceremony that showed off the NYC skyline in the background, and the chic cocktail party décor.

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 9

    For the reception, “Our goal was to inspire awe, and that’s exactly what we did here. When guests exited the cocktail hour, they were led upstairs inside to the main dining room. The couple loves Modern New York as well as Old New York, so here we jazzed the room up with tons of metallic gold accents, and art deco inspired table numbers that accompany the same feel for the luggage tag escort cards.” The reception menu cards were based on the invitation and monogram details and colors.

    Allison and David danced their first dance to Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere” as a lovely and romantic start to their wedding reception. Guests dined, danced and mingled in the Registry Room, for the perfect blend of Old New York and Modern New York that captured this couple’s wedding style.

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 10

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 8

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 11

    “We chose the talented Ron Ben Israel for this amazing cake. When coming up with design concepts, we thought doing a unique NYC skyline dotted detail would be amazing, and added in their A&D monogram.”

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 13

    “Our special surprise for the couple was a firework display at the end of the evening!”

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 12

    “This was a very special couple to us at Swank. We had a really lovely relationship over the 12 months plus of planning and we wish them the absolute best of luck. They deserve all the choicest of blessings!” says Halcomb.

    Vendors :

    Ceremony and reception venue: Ellis Island

    Planning & Design: Swank Productions

    Catering: Thomas Preti Caterers

    Floral: Belle Fleur

    Furniture Rentals : Luxe Event Rentals

    Rentals: Party Rental LTD

    Linens: BBJ Linens

    Entertainment: Elan Artists

    Lighting and Staging: Bestek Lighting and Staging

    Tenting: Main Attractions, Inc .

    Photography and Photo Stations: 5th Ave Digital

  • The Ellis Island Wedding of Allison and David 5.24.15 – Part 1

    Allison and David’s Ellis Island wedding was absolutely breathtaking! We love the design of their big day, and we thank Swank Productions for sharing these stunning photos by 5th Ave Digital and details about this wonderful couple’s wedding day. Here’s a link to their photo gallery .

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 5

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 7

    Swank Productions’ planner Jessica Halcomb says, “Allison and David met about ten years ago at college and have been together ever since. This couple was so down to earth with their roots and felt a special connection as family members had crossed through there.” Jessica says that Swank Productions presented Ellis Island as their wedding location because, “We know that travel and old New York sums up Allison & David, so we knew it was the right choice.” So the decision was made: Allison and David would marry on Ellis Island before their 310 wedding guests and the sparkling views of the NYC skyline in the distance.

    The celebration began even before arrival on Ellis Island for their wedding guests, with the favorite Rose, served on the ferry ride over. On the way over, guests stopped at the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island and took photos.

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 6

    “The backdrop of the city was really beautiful on Ellis Island. We really highlighted the iconic skyline by using all clear Lucite framing at the altar.”

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 3

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 9

    “We wanted the outdoor chicness to reflect off of the skyline backdrop, so we kept the cocktail hour simple, with lovely white sequin linens and brought in tons of ficus trees.”

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 1

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 2

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 4

    Allison & David Wedding at Ellis Island Photo 1

    Our next post will share the gorgeous floral and lighting details of Allison and David’s reception in the Registry Room at Ellis Island.

    Vendors :

    Ceremony and reception venue: Ellis Island

    Planning & Design: Swank Productions

    Catering: Thomas Preti Caterers

    Floral Design: Belle Fleur

    Furniture Rentals: Luxe Event Rentals

    Rentals: Party Rental LTD

    Linens: BBJ Linens

    Entertainment: Elan Artists

    Lighting and Staging: Bestek Lighting and Staging

    Tenting: Main Attractions, Inc .

    Photography and Photo Stations: 5th Ave Digital

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Fabulous NYC Catering at an Ellis Island Wedding Featured in The Knot New York

    NYC catering at an Ellis Island wedding featured in The Knot New York

    We’re inspired once again by fabulous NYC catering offered at our Ellis Island weddings and corporate events , focusing today on the glamorous wedding of Lauren and David that lit up our Registry Room with Old Hollywood luxury and was featured recently in The Knot New York . We thank Sara Wight Photography for these wonderful images, and we toast Zak Events for the gorgeous details in this wedding that brought so much elegance to our unique NYC event venue.

    NYC catering at an Ellis Island wedding featured in The Knot New York

    NYC catering at an Ellis Island wedding featured in The Knot New York

    NYC catering at an Ellis Island wedding featured in The Knot New York

    NYC catering at an Ellis Island wedding featured in The Knot New York

    NYC catering at an Ellis Island wedding featured in The Knot New York

    Yet the most gorgeous wedding is only a shining success when the menu shines from first bites to desserts, and we’re happy to share some of the most delectable dishes from Lauren and David’s wedding, created by Foremost Ram Caterers and Cake Alchemy .

    Yet the most gorgeous wedding is only a shining success when the menu shines from first bites to desserts, and we’re happy to share some of the most delectable dishes from Lauren and David’s wedding, created by Foremost Ram Caterers and Cake Alchemy.

    Yet the most gorgeous wedding is only a shining success when the menu shines from first bites to desserts, and we’re happy to share some of the most delectable dishes from Lauren and David’s wedding, created by Foremost Ram Caterers and Cake Alchemy.

    And of course, one of the standout details, as well as a top wedding trend and always crowd-pleasing corporate event element is on-site chef preparation for interactive food stations that add Wow factor to any event. There’s something very special about a celebration when uniformed chefs are on-hand to customize guest requests. It’s a stellar detail, one that top NYC wedding planners and top NYC corporate event planners say is a top trend admired and applauded by guests.

  • Envision your NYC Corporate Event or Wedding with the “Dinner on Ellis Island” Video

    We invite you to view this gorgeous video of an actual Ellis Island special event, as you envision your NYC corporate event or wedding here in our historic landmark setting, with breathtaking views of the NYC skyline, pure elegance within our Registry Room, and the loveliest of special event planning details:

    We thank Finlay Holiday for this video, and we invite you to contact us for your NYC corporate event planning details, or for your stellar wedding planning arrangements.