It sounds easy enough, but giving a wedding toast (such as the all-important best man speech) is a task you should be well prepared for…
He’s your best friend! She’s your twin sister! The words should come easy, right? Not so fast…
Many overlook the various wedding toast opportunities as a time to just say a few words. Yet those few words can end up being one of the most memorable aspects of the wedding reception, for better or worse. Being one of the premier wedding destinations in Central NY, we here at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown have seen it all, from the eloquent tear-inducing showstopper to the sometimes embarrassing and cringe-worthy.
With that in mind, here’s our four wedding toast tips to ensure that your time at the mic leaves the crowd speechless (for all the right reasons).
Nerves get the best of everyone. Be sure to prepare your speech and anticipate the reactions you’ll receive. Will there be laughs? Tears rolling down cheeks? With a plan in place, nothing will faze you from delivering your own version of St. Crispin’s Day Speech.
Keep it simple
Even Shakespeare (see above referenced speech) knew how to get a reaction with a few well-placed words. Tell a nice story about the couple and wish them well. Add a little bit of your own personal flair. Are you the first to speak? Introduce the couple for the first time! The last to go? Remark on the overall reception. Just keep it short but meaningful and it’ll be remembered long after the honeymoon is over.
Be funny and appropriate
A reception is filled with all kinds of friends and family, spanning different generations and cultures. Many of them don’t know each other, and some may not even be that close to the couple, so it’s best to be diplomatic with your jokes and anecdotes. Be funny but consider your audience (and perhaps run your speech by a trusted friend to get their opinion).
Most of all, be sincere and have fun! Remember: your speech is a gift to the happy couple!
Planning your wedding is easy once you choose the right venue…
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 …
Q: I WANT TO COME IN AND VIEW THE PROPERTY, DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?
A: An appointment is required to view the venue. We want you to receive a detailed tour of our hotel and have a Catering Sales Manager present to answer your questions.
Q: WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR AN ON SITE CEREMONY?
A: We have different ceremony spaces within the Hotel. The likelihood, depending on the time of year is that you will have your ceremony in your reception space and we will then escort your Guests to a private cocktail hour area while we transform the room. The Hotel currently has no outdoor ceremony space.
Q: CAN I JUST HOLD MY CEREMONY AT THE MARRIOTT SYRACUSE DOWNTOWN?
A: The Hotel only offers on-site ceremonies to Bride’s and Groom’s having their Receptions with us.
Q: MAY WE USE AN OUTSIDE WEDDING PLANNER?
A: Yes. Your Catering Services Manager is here to assist you with details such as arranging for your tasting, collecting payments, detailing your menu, creating room diagrams, monitoring your room block and creating an event order for the big day. Outside Wedding Planners are always welcome in our beautiful Hotel, as long as they adhere to all the policies and procedures at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Our preferred outside planner is Megan with MLH Events. You as the client, may use the planner of your choosing.
Q: DO WE RECEIVE A TASTING IN OUR WEDDING PACKAGE?
A: We offer complimentary menu tastings for up to four guests with all of our wedding packages once a contract has been signed. There will be an additional charge for any guests beyond six. Selections will be provided by your Convention Service Manager and must be confirmed at least two weeks prior to the tasting. Tastings are scheduled based on availability. Tastings are scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
We hope this has helped get you started on your wedding planning journey. If you’d like to read some more of our frequently asked wedding questions, here is the link to our FAQ page, or, if you have a wedding question of your own, our wedding planners are always here and happy to help. Wishing you every happiness as you take the next step!
Discover how “together” can be the most beautiful place to be… especially when on a romantic getaway in Syracuse!
Say “I Love You” with a romantic weekend in Syracuse! Few think of the Salt City as a “destination” for romance, especially in the colder winter months, yet it’s a wonderful place to fall in love all over again with both that special person in your life and the Central NY area.
Skate The Day Away!
The only way this long-standing holiday-time tradition could be made better is as a skate for two! The Clinton Square Ice Rink is one of the city’s most popular destinations during the winter, opening at the end of November and closing in March. Lace up a pair of skates, hit the ice, and heat things up with your better half.
Take a Walk on The Wild Side
Open year-round, The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is the perfect date to bring your childhood back to life. Your “puppy love” can bloom around the animals of the world, with special events like Snow Leopard Days in January/February making this a “purrfect” date out that your heart will never forget.
Book a Romantic Weekend at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel
Whether planning a romantic getaway in Syracuse built around activities in the area, from skiing to sleigh rides, or just wishing for a romantic weekend staycation, enjoy a night or two with us at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Known as one of the most luxurious and iconic places in the Central NY area for love, our “Romance Package” was made to be the ideal “Do Not Disturb” getaway!
This special package includes:
- The classic romantic pair of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered upon arrival.
- Breakfast for two, buffet-style, at Eleven Waters.
- Complimentary late check-out, so that “Do Not Disturb” sign can hang on the door handle a little longer!
Make memories that will last a lifetime and book a romantic stay with us today.
The Certified Wedding Specialists at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown have four sure-fire tips to make your frozen fairy-tale come true!
It may not be “on season” in terms of nuptials, but this time of year is full of festivities that you should be mindful of when planning your winter wedding. Pre-formal invitation “Save the Date” cards are advised to ensure that everyone on your list has ample time to make arrangements to attend. Also, remember that it gets darker earlier which affects many details from travel schedules to photography lighting.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside!
No matter if you have an outdoor or indoor ceremony, the crisp weather needs to be considered when choosing attire. Winter weather accessories, from faux-fur wraps to velvet blazers, will keep your entire party cozy, comfortable, and chic! Also, don’t forget simple beauty prep from moisturizers to chapstick.
Many brides decide to “keep it simple” and opt for traditional holiday themes. Just because you want a ceremony as “sweet as a candy cane” doesn’t mean it has to look like one! Pick a winter palette that fits your personal style, from shimmering metallics to bold jewel tones! This also applies to your floral décor and menu choices. Warm beverages are a welcoming sight for attendees, as well as festive, heartier fare full of winter favorites. Who wouldn’t want a gingerbread cookie place setting?
Choose the Perfect Venue
The perfect venue is crucial when planning your big day during winter, as inclement weather is a normal occurrence. This can mean extra travel time between venues, which can be alleviated by having both your ceremony and reception at one venue! And if that venue happens to be a historic hotel (and one of the top wedding venues in Central NY), travel woes will be minimal with room blocks available for all guests!
Start planning your winter wedding today with the Marriott Syracuse Downtown!
Here’s how we create dream weddings in Syracuse (without breaking the bank)
We believe that every wedding can be fabulous, so don’t ever let a limited budget stop you from dreaming. With a little creativity (and a whole lot of planning) your day can be everything that you had ever hoped it would be (and more).
It’s with this approach in mind, that we here at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown have created affordable and flexible wedding packages that can be adjusted to fit every budget. One of the most customizable is our Finger Lakes Ballroom Package, whose eponymous venue is the most modern, yet still beautiful, “blank canvas” space in our hotel. This area can be anything you want it to be – perfect when you are planning a wedding on a budget.
Tips from Our Certified Wedding Specialists
Once you have set your budget and chosen your venue, we know it can sometimes be difficult to find ways to keep your wedding dreams and cut corners at the same time, but it’s not as difficult as it might seem. Here’s a few great tips from our wedding planners on how to keep costs down while holding on to your dream day plans!
Wedding Dress – Rent your dress for the day. You can still be couture with luxury attire rental services that will loan you the wedding dress of your dreams for just a fraction of the price.
Cake – Consider a “display cake” with a larger (less expensive, but still decorated) sheet cake available as your dessert course.
Ceremony – Hold your ceremony and reception in the same place! Have it on an “off” day (like a wonderful Wednesday), “off” season (such as being a dashing December bride) or even an “off” timeslot (mornings will look magnificent in your photos).
Flowers – Not only are they the perfect natural décor, but when seasonal and local these blooms will be available at peak supply and a much lower cost.
Food – Skip the cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres if you plan on a full menu for dinner, or, change it up completely and have an evening reception with specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Another thought is to consider having a brunch as your reception.
Music/Photos/Etc. – These supplemental details, while important, can easily be accommodated to fit your budget. Our wedding planners can help you plan the extras, and also recommend their favorite vendors who have made the dreams of many of our brides come true! Just ask, and we’ll be happy to help!