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Why We Love the Latest Fall Wedding Trends

Fall weddings are having a moment!

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There’s something about the cooler weather and the stunning colors that come with it that are inspiring more couples to plan their wedding in the fall. Of course, a fall wedding is nothing new, but now the ideas seem even more infinite and choices are becoming more bold.

Every season, it’s exciting to see what is coming up next but this one in particular was overflowing with trends that we just had to share. Here’s a few of our favorites.

  • Take it Outside
    Outdoor weddings aren’t new, but even the most formal of brides can now be seen considering a barn wedding or decorating a friend’s meadow with extravagant floral arrangements and white folding chairs. If you see an unexpected outdoor spot that you love – why not ask if you can use it?
  • Seasonal Fruit & Organic Centerpieces
    Forget the stiff floral arrangements of last year, make it organic and make it seasonal. Use fruit that is of the season and has a warm, elegant feeling to them (e.g. figs, apples, pears etc.). Add in some gorgeous fall berries and twigs for an interesting, yet beautiful centerpiece.
  • Bold Brides
    Whether it’s formal or casual, the vibe is to make a statement. Even the most minimal of dresses are bold in shape and almost architectural in style, with geometric necklines creating a simple, yet elegant kind of drama. Other brides are leaning towards the couture and the ultra-feminine, with layers of ruffles and tulle, daring, smoky colors and ballgown skirts.
  • Dessert Bars & Cocktails
    With a nod to the elegance of the 1920’s and a modern trend that has couples hosting their own weddings, people want choices – and they want to have fun. Cocktails can be easily adapted for your theme – warm, spiked apple cider, pumpkin or cinnamon inspired cocktails will delight your guests, control your budget and add some delicious, seasonal flair. A dessert bar is one of our absolute favorite ideas, and one that absolutely has no rules. Choose your favorites and run with it. From cakes to cupcakes and truffles, the choice is yours.

New York State is breathtaking at this time of year, and here at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, we love being right in the middle of it all. We love seeing how the colors of the season influence our brides and how couples combine the wedding traditions of the past with the modern ideas of where they are right now. Fall wedding trends are here to stay, and we can’t wait to see what’s happening next!

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!

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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 our dedicated team of Certified Wedding Planners will make sure that everything goes to plan and no detail is overlooked.

Our traditional event spaces can easily be adapted for smaller groups, without losing any of the grandeur. Our Grand Ballroom, with its enchanting balconies, picturesque floor-to-ceiling windows, and historically-restored wood flooring is always a favorite, and our Persian Terrace, architecturally magnificent with columns and beautiful archways, is exquisitely highlighted with stunning hand-painted frescoes.

We believe that love should be celebrated, and we’re looking forward to helping you both plan your very own happily-ever-after!

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! 

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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 for its exquisite taste and creativity.

Presentation is Everything!

We take tremendous pride in making sure that every detail, and every plate that is presented to your guests, is absolutely perfect. Whether it is a business event with snacks and a light lunch, or a six course wedding, they all get the same care, creativity and attention.

Choosing the Venue

It’s time to decide the appropriate space for your event. A corporate setting might need some privacy for a closed discussion, while a more social gathering may wish to have room for guests to spread out and mingle. From our state-of-the-art 14,200-square-foot IACC Conference Center (including our exquisite Finger Lakes Ballroom) to the historic Grand Ballroom and Persian Terrace, we’ll help you decide on the right venue. From flexible spaces to the perfect table settings and decor, our dedicated team will make sure that every detail is taken care of and your next event is a complete success.

The Best Bridal Shower Venues in Syracuse Are All Downtown!

Pop the champagne! Your friend is changing her last name! Throw her the party of the year with us – one of the premier event spaces in Syracuse.

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Congratulations! The bride is preparing for the wedding of her dreams, and perhaps this fairy tale ceremony will even be taking place here, at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

When planning a bridal shower, the duty traditionally rests with the Maid-of-Honor and choosing the perfect bridal shower venue is often thought to be just as important as the wedding venue itself. If you’re looking for the best bridal shower venue in Syracuse, the same event space that the bride is choosing can make perfect sense, providing you with the ideal setting for making memories and ensuring that everyone has the most wonderful time possible.

With event spaces that range from the most luxurious and intimate to the grandest of ballrooms imaginable, we have something here for every bride and every budget. No matter your preferred style, your bride can expect her day to be elegant, sophisticated, and most importantly, special!

Even though the hosting responsibility may have fallen on your graceful shoulders, the same Certified Wedding Specialists and the corresponding team members that assist in planning the picture-perfect storybook weddings that the Marriott Syracuse Downtown is known for are also at your disposal. Our Catering Services Manager will lead a team to customize a menu to fit any budget – whether brunch, lunch, or a very elegant afternoon tea! All the little, but still vital details, from seating arrangements to tastings, will be handled personally and professionally with no request too large or small. Of course, if your bride has her own outside help who wishes to advise, they are more than welcome to join us (standard event policies may apply).

So, why not treat the bride to a day she will never forget by hosting her shower with us, here at the historic Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel.