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Locations We Love: Ellis Island

Just an eight-minute ferry ride from Liberty State Park and Battery Park in New York, Ellis Island starts a wedding off with a scenic sail and a VIP welcome by champagne-serving waiters. The historic landmark site, half-owned by NJ, hosts just one wedding at a time, so you get the entire island to yourselves. The Registry Room transforms with dramatic lighting projected onto its 60-foot ceiling and tall centerpieces, and a cocktail party on the lawn offers trendy lounge seating and views of the City and the Statue of Liberty.

“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.”

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Top Rehearsal Dinner Spots

Gathering your closest friends and family for your rehearsal dinner is the official kickoff of your wedding celebration, so choose a spectacular, unique venue for this lovely dinner celebration. Here are 10 locations at, that offer it all—terrific ambience, sensational food and an unforgettable and unique experience.

In 2. place Ellis Island Outdoor Lobster Bake, Liberty State Park, Jersey City. Ellis Island’s spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline become the backdrop for your open-air rehearsal lobster bake on the grounds of the historic venue’s sprawling lawns with cabanas and couch seating.

Guests can feast on a lobster bake and full outdoor bar after a festive ferry cruise to the island. Guided tours of the grounds are available, kids can embark upon a scavenger hunt and all guests can search for their ancestors’ names on the walls of honor for a family-tribute element to your celebration. 212-344-0996.

Julia and Behdad’s Wedding on Ellis Island

One of the younger guests at Julia and Behdad’s wedding on Ellis Island gets a great view of the Persian ceremony. See more of their wedding that is currently featured in the Winter 2015 issue of New York Magazine.

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Governor Christie’s Inaugural Ball Will Be Held at Ellis Island — Any Suggestions for the Party Plans?

The Ellis Island special events team is busily working on plans for the Inaugural Ball of Governor Christie, who has chosen our historic venue as the setting for what will surely be a spectacular event! -View Article

We’ve hosted some of the most amazing and award-winning weddings, parties, galas and corporate parties here, and we invite you to look through our previous blog posts to see some of the top event designs created by New York’s and New Jersey’s elite event planners, floral artists, caterers and lighting specialists.

We’d love to hear your suggestions for color schemes, centerpieces, lighting effects and menu choices — and champagne! — and we’ll show your inspirations to the professionals working on Governor Christie’s inaugural party!

The Knot Editors Pick for Best Weddings 2013: Ali and Dan’s Ellis Island Wedding

All photos by Maloman Photography. Ali and Dan’s October wedding celebration here on Ellis Island is The Knot Editors’ Pick for Best Weddings of 2013!

Elissa Held Events created a spectacular Ellis Island wedding for this gorgeous couple, with our historic NYC venue creating a dramatic atmosphere, making it one of the best weddings of the year.

Here are some details from The Knot:
Ali and Dan wanted a Tuscan feel for their decor drawing on both their cultural backgrounds while using a color palette of Oranges and Hot Pinks. Elissa Held Events brought in a 12-foot working fountain, potted Orange Trees and Statuaries to break up the enormous space of the Great Hall. Frost Lighting enhanced the space by splashing brightly colored lighting on the walls, ceiling and floors.

See The Knot’s entire story on Ali & Dan’s Ellis Island wedding here. Visit our site to find out how your wedding at Ellis Island can come to life, beautifully, unforgettably, and perhaps even catching the eye of The Knot editors.

How many brides and grooms can say that their wedding venue has been visited by the biggest celebrities in the world? When your luxury wedding takes place at Ellis Island, your special event’s location is the very same location where the country’s biggest superstars and elite achievers have had their own Big Day.

Each year, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation — a partner of Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island — honors celebrities and legends in their Heritage Awards ceremonies honoring “immigrants or their descendants who have made a major contribution to the American experience.” At the awards ceremony, each of the elite celebrities being honored receive a stellar welcome, a copy of the original ship’s manifest from their own personal relative’s immigrant arrival records, and the ceremony reflects on the honorees journey and contributions to the nation.

Right there where your wedding ceremony or location will take place could very well be precisely where major celebrities have stood in one of the biggest moments of their lives as well. For instance, in 2010, Bruce Springsteen was an award recipient at Ellis Island for his contributions to ‘the American Experience,’ and some of his contributions may be on your wedding reception music playlist!

And here’s a look at the Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards’ site. In the coming weeks, we’ll post photos and videos of other top celebrities, athletes, and achievers who have celebrated in your Ellis Island wedding or special event venue.

The Statue of Liberty to Reopen July 4th!

As we prepare to reopen the Monuments to visitors, Ellis Island can be yours exclusively for your next event! Host a spectacular private company outing, picnic, lobster bake, or evening reception & dinner on the grounds of Ellis Island.

A Unique Opportunity Available Right Now! Ellis Island Exclusively Yours!

Hurricane Sandy Recovery
We are offering a 100×150 tent for outdoor special events on Ellis Island in May & June. This is an exclusive opportunity to enjoy cocktails overlooking the Manhattan Skyline & Statue of Liberty. Your event can start at any time of day. National Park Ranger Tours of the grounds available. This is a one-time experience for all in attendance.

Special Rates Available. Contact us today and support the Gateway to America! Contact Patti Golden.

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The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island the Best Events Spotlight Award Winner 2010

Event Solutions magazine recently announced that Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island has won the 2010 Spotlight Awards in the category of Event Site of the Year.

Evelyn Hill Inc., provider of food and merchandise to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island under a National Park Service contract, secured the win for the monuments by submitting photographs, summaries and documentation of special events that were held on both Liberty and Ellis Islands in 2009.

Evelyn Hill Inc. beat 10 other venues to emerge victorious for Event Site of the Year. The finalists represent some of the top venues not just in the United States, but internationally.

Accepting the award for Evelyn Hill Inc., Patti Golden received the 2010 Spotlight Award statue on March 8, 2010 in Las Vegas.The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island the Best Events Spotlight Award Winner 2010.

Catersource: The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island offer a unique experience.

“In event industry usage, a destination venue is a site that will draw guests because of its location. Some of these are truly iconic sites, instantly recognizable by all. Possibly the highest profile destination venue is the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, one of the most familiar monuments in the world. The Statue of Liberty and nearby Ellis Island have hosted a large number of high visibility events over the years.”

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Unilever Employees Spearhead Volunteer Day on Statue of Liberty National Monument

Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer products companies, proudly announced today that on Saturday, May 17th more than 500 registered Unilever volunteers and local community members are expected to participate in a volunteer day on Statue of Liberty National Monument…

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