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2019 Wedding Dessert Trends!

Want to give your guests a “wow factor” at your wedding? Try out the newest trends for Wedding Desserts! Geode Cakes & Desserts Tiered cakes and cookies have been getting a new look! Resembling semi-precious stones with sparkling sugar and rock candy helps create this crystal effect! Mini Milkshakes Who doesn’t want a full treat at the end of a night of dancing! Milkshakes are being served single style with a sweet treat hanging off the straw! It’s a drink AND dessert … best of both worlds “As someone who has more than just a sweet tooth I would say my favorite wedding dessert trend for 2019 are mini/bite sized desserts!  My personal favorites would have to be mini milkshakes. The look of a mini dessert bar can really help give off that wow factor to your reception space.  Mini desserts also give you and your guests the option to enjoy multiple selections (with a little less guilt) and give you the assurance that there will be an option to please everyone’s pallet.  – Katherine Lynch, Wedding Specialist” Cake Painting & Spatula Painting A classic art being taken to the next level. Put down the piping and check out this master piece! Using buttercream as their canvas the opportunities are endless! Spatula Painting creates a fun art effect with a unique design. Incorporating metallic accents give it a “rich” feel. Cocktail infused Desserts Adults only for this one. Alcohol infused cupcakes have been the trend leader, but there are plenty of ways to incorporate your favorite cocktail into a delicious dessert. Mini & Bite...
Place cards vs. Seating Board

Place cards vs. Seating Board

Weddings can be overwhelming with the options available while planning. Sometimes what most people consider the smallest detail, can be some of biggest headaches. So, you’re in the middle of planning your dream wedding, invitations have been sent and are starting to come back to you. What is the next step? Arranging your seating chart, but how to tell them where they are going? Place cards The term both “place card” and “escort cards” can be one in the same. They designate to the attendee which table they will be seated at during the reception. For guests, you can do either couples on one place card or they each can have their own place card. If you are having a sit down dinner, this is also where you can place what entrée they have chosen for the evening. Pro: Easy for guests to find their seats and for the venue to confirm meals selections Con: Can be a tedious task for couples to make all the place cards, or costly if you have someone do it for you. Seating Charts Seating charts can be deemed a bit more informal. They generally are in one spot and list every person and where they are sitting. This is something that is a fixture of the wedding decor traditionally, and does not move. Where as a place card, the guests takes with them. Seating charts can be listed either by name in Alphabetical order, or by table number. Esthetically, table number looks pretty. However, as a guest, you do not know your table number yet until you find your name. This can...

Planning your Wedding while saving costs!

Recently engaged? Planning a wedding? After learning the cost of all things involved, you probably want to elope! A recent study showed that the average cost of a wedding can be around $35,000! This estimate usually never includes the honeymoon… So how can you have the wedding of your dreams and still be able to afford it all? Here are some tips when it comes time to planning: Set a Wedding Budget to match your style. Do you see yourself with an elegant formal affair? A Boeheim style reception? Or maybe a casual backyard barbecue following a destination? Once decided which one describes your dream best, then you can assess the budget necessary to match. Next, is the discussion of who is contributing to what? Just the bride and groom for all? Parents or family involved? This also can help set time lines of how much needs to be saved and budgeted for during the planning process. Discuss the “non negotiables” or where they are not willing to cut the expense down. Traditional budgets allocate the following:Reception 55%Ceremony: 12%Photography: 10%Wedding planning services: 5%Wedding Dress & Tux: 12%Miscellaneous/cushion: 5% Starting with something like this can help get the conversation going of what you are willing to compromise on. Don’t want to give up on the budget for photographer? Then maybe you can shave a little from floral, or DIY your centerpieces. This tool can help prioritize the overall picture. 4. Look for cost saving promotions! Venues typically book 1-2 years in advance, if you can swing it, sometimes booking in the year for the year and being flexible with dates...

The History & Traditions of Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is an age old tradition that is a day observed in multiple forms throughout the world. The American Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an officially recognized US Holiday in 1914. The History of Mother’s Day can be traced back to ancient Romans & Greeks, who honored mother goddesses Rhea & Cybele. Later it became an early Christian festival called “Mothering Sunday”. It also once became a holiday set on the fourth Sunday during lent and would be considered returning to “mother church” for special services. In the 1970’s Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s day as a time to highlight the need for equal pay and rights. Eventually the holiday has become a day when children and loved ones provide presents to their mother, along with appreciation for all their hard work. It is now noted as one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. It perceived as a celebration to mothers by giving them a day off from their day to day responsibilities. Many versions of Mother’s Day are still celebrated worldwide. An example, in Ethiopia, families gather to sing songs and have a large fest. This is celebrated in the Fall and called “Antrsoht” which is a multi-day celebration honoring those in motherhood.   Mother’s day at the Hotel has been a tradition for many years, what once was Hotel Syracuse, hosted many mother’s day brunch and buffets. With the restoration of our Old Gal, those traditions are now back in our Grand Ballroom with picturesque views from our 10th floor. Enjoy a...

Why Friday’s are the New Night for Weddings!

Recently engaged or starting your wedding planning process? It can be perceived as a stressful time; what date to pick, color scheme, food & drink choices. The possibilities are endless! Some new trends to help ease the process can be picking the right day for you. While one of the most important aspects is choosing a venue; choosing a date goes hand in hand with the progression. Traditionally weddings have been held on a Saturday or Sunday. This always helped with travel arrangements, work schedules, and other obligations. However, in recent years, Friday’s have turned into the new targeted day. The first and easiest benefit of a Friday wedding are that the dates are often easily available versus a Saturday or Sunday. Conventionally, Saturday’s can be booked at least 10 months to 2 years in advance. The next benefit for couples is price. Friday nights are usually set with less minimums or lowered prices across the board of vendors. Photographers, Florists, Venues, and others usually offer lower prices for services on a Friday night. Additional perk to booking a Friday night wedding, it can be much easier on a Thursday night to obtain a highly desirable rehearsal dinner space compared to a busy Friday night. You would be battling less couples for the coveted spaces in town. Friday nights can be viewed as a destination wedding or set the tone for a wedding festivity! Many view it as a way to enjoy the celebration of a wedding, with your weekend still intact. It can give you an advantage of spending more time with your out of town guests since...

Make It Meaningful With Our Tips On How To Include Your Kids in Your Wedding!

Weddings are traditionally a celebration of two people coming together in matrimony. As is often the case, one-size-fits-all definitions do not apply and wedding celebrations are many times a blending of families just as much as the formation of a perfect pair. Having your kids in your wedding can be a special way to make the younger set excited about your new lives together.
Depending on your personal style of ceremony and reception, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown has some wedding tips on the best ways to incorporate your children in the planning and actual ceremony!

The 5 Essential Wedding Tips for The Groom Before The Big Day!

We’ve all heard it before – “I have been planning this wedding since I was five-years-old!” Yet even if they have everything planned, scrap-booked and under control, every bride really does want some involvement from their husbands-to-be. Here at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, we know that it takes many people to plan a wedding, and there are certain responsibilities that are inherent to the role as groom.
Follow these 5 pre-wedding tips for the groom to ensure your big day becomes the happily-ever-after that you both are looking forward to.

Your most FAQ about Planning your Wedding with Us

Sometimes, you know exactly where you want your wedding to be, but often it isn’t that simple, and it becomes a matter of visiting quite a few different places, discussing your options, and asking an awful lot of questions. Here at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, we know that the journey to finding the perfect venue for your wedding can take many paths. Will it be love-at-first-sight, or do you need to get-to-know the place and the team a little better before you can imagine yourself celebrating your special day there.
No matter your path, we love chatting to the couples that walk through our door, and our wedding planners are always happy to answer any questions that they may have about our venue and our wedding packages.
This week, we thought we’d share some of our most frequently asked questions …