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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Discuss the “non negotiables” or where they are not willing to cut the expense down. Traditional budgets allocate the following:
    1. Reception 55%
    1. Ceremony: 12%
    1. Photography: 10%
    1. Wedding planning services: 5%
    1. Wedding Dress & Tux: 12%
    1. 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 can help. Choosing “non peak” dates or Sunday’s versus a Saturday can make a difference in cost. Really like a photographer? Try to look at dates that are not considered “prime” times i.e. New Year’s Eve, Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day weekend etc. Talk with your florist and help design your bouquets with flowers in that season.

Lastly, don’t stress! Weddings are supposed to be something you remember forever. Set you and your spouse up for success! It’s something you will want to look back on and have fond memories of!

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 delicious and extensive Brunch Buffet at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Come celebrate the special mother in your life, whether it be biological, grandmother, aunt, or motherly figure, each one deserves a day of relaxing with great company and great food!

For more information, and to purchase tickets for our Mother’s Day Brunch click here