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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 Historic Magic of our Wedding Venues

Our Wedding Venues combine the elegant beauty of the past with the joyful celebrations of today.

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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 historic tale!

All of our ballroom venues – from our Persian Terrace to our Finger Lakes Ballroom – are brimming with the extravagant traditions of days gone by, capturing the perfect blend of modern and antiquity to create the most picturesque setting for your special day. No matter the size of your affair, from a handful of close confidants to a 600-person extravaganza with every friend and family member in attendance, our event spaces are ready to cater to your own personal fairy-tale! Become a part of our history and tie the knot with Marriott.

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!

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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 Dove Gray – Perfect for the end of fall when the chilly weather is upon us. A particular favorite for many in the Downtown Syracuse area as it caters to both the bride and groom.

Tie the Knot at Marriott and let us help you set the mood for your perfect fall wedding!

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.

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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 floral arrangements? From bouquets and boutonnieres to centerpieces and standard décor, it’s beneficial to know what pieces you’ll need for your event to help narrow down the types of blooms that are required.

Tie the Knot at Marriott and we’ll be ready to make any of your wedding flower dreams come true!

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!

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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 about the many different trends we can incorporate into your special day, plan to Tie the Knot at Marriott! All of our weddings at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel are highly personalized events and we look forward to assisting in creating your own perfect version of ‘happily ever after’!

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!

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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 wedding experts can provide is as long as the list of what’s happening in Syracuse events (and just as diverse too). From different cultures to varying sizes of attendees, nothing will be overlooked.

Check out our online Event Planner for more information on how to say “I Do” to a Marriott Wedding!