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Discover The Ultimate Venue for Small Weddings in Syracuse!

Wedding Venues in Syracuse come in all shapes and sizes. With flexible spaces and attention to detail, we can’t wait to give you the intimate Wedding of your Dreams! Planning the perfect wedding is a personal journey, with many steps leading up to the “I Dos”. One of the first, will be choosing the size of your ceremony and reception, and for every bride who wants an over-the-top production with a guest list that includes every single Facebook “friend”, there are just as many who wish to keep it small and intimate. Forget the stress of entertaining hundreds of guests on your big day, small weddings in Syracuse can be the perfect celebration of your love… especially when hosted here, at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Dreams can come true in Syracuse! Whether you are dreaming of a destination wedding in Upstate New York, or are a local who has long envisioned tying the knot at one of the most historical hotels in the area, the luxurious grandeur of our event rooms can be made to fit your every desire. Each ballroom has its own unique charm and sophisticated elegance and can be utilized for either your ceremony, reception, or both! If you are looking for some of the more unique wedding venues in Syracuse, our spaces include enchanting architectural design features that seem out of the pages of your favorite fairy tale. There are beautiful photo opportunities wherever you look, and we will happily help you find the spot that feels just right for you. Each of these settings can be made to accommodate any size or budget, and...

4 Basic Tips for Catering an Event in Syracuse that will be Simply Unforgettable!

Hint: The Marriott Syracuse Downtown has everything you need to make event planning a stress-free success!  Marriott reopened the historic Hotel Syracuse in 2016. Since then, the best banquet spaces in Syracuse have been housed under one roof. Restoring the grandeur of the past and adding the modern comforts of today, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown is the ideal host for any type of gathering. From corporate events to social affairs, when you’re catering an event in Syracuse, we have some great tips that’ll always ensure success! Make a Guest List Your guest list is important – it helps start you off, point you in the right direction and makes some of the other decision-making that much easier. Is it a formal or informal gathering? Do any guests need lodging? Are there cultural traditions that must be honored? Do you have a per person budget or a lump sum to divide up how you want? Whatever you need, we’ll ensure that your event is fully personalized to meet any request. Our event spaces span more than 41,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 1,330 guests. Special reduced room rates for attendees are also available. Plan an Appropriate Menu A major decision in event planning is tailoring a menu to fit your gathering while respecting your guests’ personal needs. Our culinary team will work with you exclusively to plan a menu that perfectly suits all of your requirements, while honoring any special requests. Using the best farm-to-table and local ingredients, our chefs will ensure that every bite is delicious, and that your event both reflects the region and stands out...

Discover the Historic Magic of our Wedding Venues

Our Wedding Venues combine the elegant beauty of the past with the joyful celebrations of today. To discover the magic of our New York weddings, you have to take a journey into the past. When the first of many weddings at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel was celebrated on June 14, 2016, it ushered in a wonderful new era for the former Hotel Syracuse. Still one of the most historic wedding venues in Central NY,  the Hotel Syracuse originally opened its doors in 1924 and quickly became known for hosting the grandest of events in its lavish ballrooms. For quite some time, the hotel continued to top the list of elegant wedding venues in Central New York and was much sought after by the elite and the extravagant. As it aged, the charm started to wane, and this former downtown, historic beauty needed some care. It took a dedicated, fourth-generation Syracuse native to bring the “Grand Lady” back, so that she could once again take pride of place in his beloved city. It was a labor of love and took many years to renovate, refurbish and reimagine – original features were replicated and even more ornate details were added. Majestic chandeliers were carefully gilded and floor-to-ceiling windows cast beautiful natural light on the elegant furnishings throughout, returning the rooms to their former grandeur. Now, we are thrilled to say that our Certified Wedding Specialists have ensured that our historic hotel is, once again, a favorite venue for New York weddings. With their attention to detail and our elegant spaces, we’re waiting to add your ‘happily ever after’ to our own...

Discover the Top Fall Wedding Color Combinations for 2018

The Certified Wedding Planners at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel divulge the top fall colors for 2018!   Weddings at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel are not a one-size-fits-all affair. We ensure that each and every detail fits your personal style. However, that doesn’t mean that are Certified Wedding Planners are not open to offering suggestions based upon what’s happening in Syracuse at the time of your nuptials. And when it comes to Marriott Syracuse Weddings that take place in the fall months, our planners know the perfect place to start shaping your big day: color schemes! When looking at fall wedding color combinations, you can always expect to find a whole bunch of earthy hues and rich jewel tones to complement the autumnal spirit. But in 2018, our planners at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown have selected their choices for the top color schemes to consider when searching for fall wedding inspiration: Lavender and Lilac – Don’t think of this as just a “purple” color scheme. Both of these hues combine together to create an interesting feminine color scheme that is complex in its simplicity. Maroon and Aegean Blue – The perfect fall color scheme of opposing colors that can be softened with the inclusion of some Cameo Pink accents. There is a breezy feel to this nautical theme, but it’s just as easily adaptable to any local Syracuse events, i.e. your wedding! Cardinal Red and Pineapple – Looking for a vibrant fall choice? Then, look no further than these two bright hues that can make your wedding feel elegant but cheerfully fun at the same time! Silver and...

Why You Should Use a Guide to Wedding Flowers When Planning Your Special Day

The Certified Wedding Planners at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel share the basics of wedding floral arrangements.   There are many details that go into planning a dream wedding. Some seem much more important than others such as venue, time of year, and who to include on the guest list. But when speaking with our Certified Wedding Planners at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel, one often overlooked detail can actually turn out to be the most personal: floral arrangements. It may seem laughable that those in charge of planning many local Syracuse events including all of the weddings at the Marriott Syracuse would put such an emphasis on flowers. Yet this is an easy way for the bride (and groom) to show off their personal taste and creativity. The best way to ensure your vision is being realized is to have an open conversation with your planner. Before this step, consider consulting a “Wedding Flower Guide” to brush up on the basics of all the blooms that, depending on what’s happening in Syracuse (time of year, weather), may be at your disposal. For Marriott Syracuse Weddings, our planners suggest keeping three basic factors in mind: Color – Depending on the theme / color scheme, certain flowers will work better in accenting the overall style and décor. Shape – Another cosmetic factor that is often overlooked, but just imagine if your guests’ dinner experience on your special day is memorable only for the fact that the tall floral centerpiece precluded them from conversing with their table mates. Quantity – How many blooms will you need to fill out all your...

The Five Hottest Wedding Trends for 2018!

Learn how the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel can help you have the “on trend” wedding of your dreams!   There are many factors that go into planning the perfect wedding. The Certified Wedding Specialists at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel suggest considering the hottest wedding trends when starting to plan. Not every idea will speak to your soul, but by looking at what is on trend in the current wedding industry, your personal nuptials will become one of the can’t-miss local Syracuse events for your friends and family: High Drama Having a hotel wedding is NOT the antithesis of over-the-top indulgence! Our team can turn any of our flexible spaces into elaborately decorated displays of your love. Maybe not as magnanimous as the Royal Wedding in England, but we promise your big day will be what’s happening in Syracuse! Pure Romance Think candlelit ceremonies and rose petals are the perfect way to ‘happily ever after’? You’re not alone, and as one of the top current wedding trends, our Finger Lakes Ballroom Wedding Package can be customized to fit this style of traditional romance to melt any heart! Rustic Even if we don’t offer an outdoor wedding space, we can transform our ballrooms into the ideal naturally-inspired venue that will provide you with the best of both worlds (sorry Mother Nature, you won’t spoil this day)! Vintage Something borrowed and blue is not only traditional, it’s the beginning of a ceremony based on bringing the past back to the present to ensure a blissful future! Whimsical Whimsy = creativity! Anything your heart desires can come true! Now, that you have learned...

Weddings at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel: The Perfect Start to ‘Happily Ever After’

 If you plan on saying “I Do” in the Downtown Syracuse area, let us help you make your fairytale come true!   You’ve answered the BIG question! You’re now engaged and ready to start your life together… yet other queries are waiting to be RSVP’d! Here at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, we know that if we asked a variety of couples to describe their perfect celebration, we’d receive just as many responses. That is why if you are planning on having your festivities in the Downtown Syracuse area, we hope you may tie the knot at Marriott! Whether it is a traditional ceremony with something borrowed and blue or a more modern twist on nuptials, every one of the weddings at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel is a custom event! Our Marriott Syracuse Weddings begin and end with our Wedding Specialist Lindsey Cole and her team of planners who work directly with couples to ensure that every one of their hopes for their dream ceremony comes true! Whether you plan on having your actual ceremony in our newly revitalized event spaces or just want a place to have a grand celebration after the “I Dos”, our team’s prepared to walk you through all of your options and craft a truly personal event that will be unlike any of the other matrimonial local Syracuse events we have had the pleasure of hosting. We will ensure that our expertise and support will make this special time in your life as stress-free as possible. Establishing a budget, verifying your vendors, blocking and booking your guest accommodations… the list of things our professional...

13 Reasons to Join Us for The Great New York State Fair

The NYS Fair 2018 promises 13 days full of family fun for the over 1,000,000 guests who are expected to attend!  http://marriottsyracusedowntown.com/ What’s happening in Syracuse between Wednesday, August 22 through Monday, September 3 is only the most highly-anticipated event in the area all year. 1,000,000 million attendees cannot be wrong – The New York State Fair 2018 is the only place to end your summer! Here are 13 reasons why you should join us for this 13-day extravaganza of family fun! The Great New York State Fair is the oldest in the US! The State Fair in Syracuse is still standing after 177 years! New York State pride! Now’s the time for Downtown Syracuse, not New York City, to take the spotlight! No subways? No problem! The NYS Fair 2018 is in CENTRAL NY and easily accessible by car (Thruway), boat (Canalway), and train (Amtrack). The Marriott Syracuse Downtown is only five miles away! Our comfortable accommodations and convenient location make us your perfect home for this event. Two words: pig races! Some NYS Fair traditions need to be seen to be believed. See the “miracle of life”! Another fair tradition: live cow births. (i.e. see above description). Butter’s not just for bread! The butter sculptures are truly “fat” pieces of art! Drink a cup of milk for a quarter! Talk about doing the body good! The midway rides get better every year! From Kiddie Land to terrifying thrill rides, there’s something for everyone! Discover our diverse history. The Pan-African Village is a hidden gem focusing on New York’s African-American history. The music will never die! With a...

Break Out Your Kilt and Join Us for The 77th Central New York Scottish Games & Celtic Festival!

Get your kilt and Celtic spirit on when the CNY Scottish Games returns to the Downtown Syracuse area! It’s been dunky’s since a last saw ye… The Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel just offered a salutation of “long time, no see” to all of the lads and lasses getting ready for the most Gaelic of the annual local Syracuse events. The Celtic Spirit is set to descend upon the Downtown Syracuse area during the 77th Central New York Scottish Games. The Central New York Celtic Festival will surely be at the top of the list of what’s happening in Syracuse on Saturday, August 11. Taking place at Long Branch Park, the Scottish Games and Celtic Festival includes six varieties of eclectic activities for you to enjoy. Starting at 9:00AM, watch the traditional athletic competitions, enjoy the sights and sounds of the Celtic entertainment, and sample the delicious delicacies and Scot-approved wares from the local vendors. Yet if we needed to list the true highlights of this one-day affair, there are two events that can’t be missed! The CNY Scottish Games pit rival “clans” against each other in traditional Highland competitions like the Caber Toss and Stone Throw. The use of authentic logs, stones, and hay bales reflect the occupations of the tradesmen in traditional Celtic societies. The festival always concludes with a traditional ceilidh! This year’s ceilidh, or celebratory gathering of folk music and dance, will include the talents of the Celtic band The Causeway Giants and the McDonald School of Irish Dance and promises to send everyone off with the Scottish spirit still singing in their souls. Planning to...