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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.


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!


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!


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)!


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!


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!


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!

13 Reasons to Join Us for The Great New York State Fair

The NYS Fair 2018 promises 13 days full of family fun for the over 1,000,000 guests who are expected to attend!


What’s happening in Syracuse between Wednesday, August 22 through Monday, September 3 is only the most highly-anticipated event in the area all year. 1,000,000 million attendees cannot be wrong – The New York State Fair 2018 is the only place to end your summer! Here are 13 reasons why you should join us for this 13-day extravaganza of family fun!

  1. The Great New York State Fair is the oldest in the US! The State Fair in Syracuse is still standing after 177 years!
  1. New York State pride! Now’s the time for Downtown Syracuse, not New York City, to take the spotlight!
  1. No subways? No problem! The NYS Fair 2018 is in CENTRAL NY and easily accessible by car (Thruway), boat (Canalway), and train (Amtrack).
  1. The Marriott Syracuse Downtown is only five miles away! Our comfortable accommodations and convenient location make us your perfect home for this event.
  1. Two words: pig races! Some NYS Fair traditions need to be seen to be believed.
  1. See the “miracle of life”! Another fair tradition: live cow births. (i.e. see above description).
  1. Butter’s not just for bread! The butter sculptures are truly “fat” pieces of art!
  1. Drink a cup of milk for a quarter! Talk about doing the body good!
  1. The midway rides get better every year! From Kiddie Land to terrifying thrill rides, there’s something for everyone!
  1. Discover our diverse history. The Pan-African Village is a hidden gem focusing on New York’s African-American history.
  1. The music will never die! With a variety of venues, the fair will always be rocking with sweet tunes!
  1. Food, glorious food! No Fair is complete without the most indulgent (and usually deep-fried) carnival eats!
  1. Did we mention the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel is only five miles away?

Break Out Your Kilt and Join Us for The 77th Central New York Scottish Games & Celtic Festival!

Get your kilt and Celtic spirit on when the CNY Scottish Games returns to the Downtown Syracuse area!
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It’s been dunky’s since a last saw ye… The Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel just offered a salutation of “long time, no see” to all of the lads and lasses getting ready for the most Gaelic of the annual local Syracuse events. The Celtic Spirit is set to descend upon the Downtown Syracuse area during the 77th Central New York Scottish Games. The Central New York Celtic Festival will surely be at the top of the list of what’s happening in Syracuse on Saturday, August 11.

Taking place at Long Branch Park, the Scottish Games and Celtic Festival includes six varieties of eclectic activities for you to enjoy. Starting at 9:00AM, watch the traditional athletic competitions, enjoy the sights and sounds of the Celtic entertainment, and sample the delicious delicacies and Scot-approved wares from the local vendors. Yet if we needed to list the true highlights of this one-day affair, there are two events that can’t be missed!

The CNY Scottish Games pit rival “clans” against each other in traditional Highland competitions like the Caber Toss and Stone Throw. The use of authentic logs, stones, and hay bales reflect the occupations of the tradesmen in traditional Celtic societies.

The festival always concludes with a traditional ceilidh! This year’s ceilidh, or celebratory gathering of folk music and dance, will include the talents of the Celtic band The Causeway Giants and the McDonald School of Irish Dance and promises to send everyone off with the Scottish spirit still singing in their souls.

Planning to skedaddle aff to Syracuse for this festival? Less than 10 miles from Long Branch Park, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel is the perfect home base to experience all of the Celtic charm of this annual event. Our comfortable accommodations will ensure your experience is nothing short of pure barry!

The 39th Season of The Skaneateles Festival Is Almost Here!

Don’t miss out on attending the only classical music festival in the Downtown Syracuse area this year!


While there are many local Syracuse events that fill up the annual calendar, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel cannot think of one more beloved than the Skaneateles Festival. This year, the entire month of August in the picturesque lakeside village of Skaneateles will reverberate with beautiful music. Known lovingly to the locals as SkanFest, the 2018 season will feature a variety of concerts honoring the “Music Mavericks” throughout history. From Beethoven to Bernstein and many other musical virtuosos in between, the weeknight indoor concerts and Saturday performances under the stars promise to feature something for everyone.

The Skaneateles Festival 2018 runs for four weeks, beginning its events on Tuesday, August 7th and concluding on Saturday, September 1. Whether a long-running patron of this annual festival or a neophyte ready to get your first dose of classical music in the serene ambiance of the Finger Lakes, there will soon be no doubt why these four weeks are always at the top of the list of what’s happening in Syracuse to end the summer months.  Some of the notable acts that are returning for SkanFest 2018 are Eliot Fisk (August 16) and violinist Tai Murray (August 9). Yet it’s the slate of newcomers such as the internationally acclaimed Danish String Quartet (August 10) and the soothing tropical sounds of the steel drum virtuoso Andy Akiho (August 30) that have grabbed the attention of many in the area.

No matter your choice of musical memory, we hope you will consider the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel as your home base for all things SkanFest! Located less than 20 miles away, now is the time to book your room and ensure your “slice of summer heaven” is one of comfort and luxury, making your entire experience a harmonic melody you will never forget!