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.”