How to Get Married at the Base of the Statue of Liberty

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Marriage is one of the few rites of passage in life that can truly represent the personality of those who are taking part in it. This usually involves clothing, flowers and music. For a few, this expression extends to the setting of the ceremony itself. For a couple wishing to express their patriotic feelings for the United States, there's hardly a better place than at the Statue of Liberty.

  • Consider the drawbacks before committing. You will be limited to 500 people and 2 hours. Your ceremony must take place during normal public hours of Liberty Island, the island will be open to any other visitors and you must transport any equipment and participants on a designated ferry.

  • Plan ahead. Though you only need to give 72 hours notice, they only issue two permits for any one day, on a first come, first served basis.

  • Obtain a public assembly permit application by calling (212) 363-3200, ext. 107. Return the completed application to Office of the Superintendent, National Park Service, Statue of Liberty National Monument, Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004 or fax it to (212)363-8347.

  • Communicate clearly with your wedding party and guests. Participants in a public assembly at Liberty Island must arrive on a National Park Service concessionaire ferry. Therefore, you need more planning and synchronization than a normal wedding ceremony.

  • Enjoy your special day. If you plan well and keep everyone up to date with all plans, your wedding will be one that your guests will remember.

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