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4 Wedding Toast Tips You Need to Know Before the Big Day!

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…

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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).

Be prepared

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!

Your most FAQ about Planning your Wedding with Us

Planning your wedding is easy once you choose the right venue…

 

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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!

Fall In Love With a Romantic Getaway in Syracuse

Discover how “together” can be the most beautiful place to be… especially when on a romantic getaway in Syracuse!hands hold romance lvoe shelby-deeter-193590-unsplash

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.

Four Tips to Plan a Winter Wedding as Sweet as a Candy Cane!

The Certified Wedding Specialists at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown have four sure-fire tips to make your frozen fairy-tale come true!

 

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Plan Ahead
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.

Be Creative
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!

The Joys of Planning a Baby Shower

Planning a Baby Shower in Syracuse? Here’s a few ideas to get you started

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Are you planning a baby shower? Chances are you’ve discovered the many small yet vital details that need to be planned before the date is set on the calendar. Here’s a few of our favorite ideas to help you get organized:

Consult with the guest of honor

Sometimes, surprises don’t always go over very well. Certain details (should the shower be pre or post baby, number of guests, inviting the father or other male friends) should probably be discussed with the mom-to-be first – just to be sure.

Plan a party that she would like

Sounds simple, but don’t lose focus on who it’s actually for – try to make it something she will absolutely love and remember forever. e.g  If she’s not a fan of country music, best to leave them off the playlist, and if she’s more comfortable with smaller groups then think about having a lovely afternoon tea or a small brunch celebration with her closest friends and family.

Serve a well-rounded menu that everyone can enjoy.

Keep it easy to eat (finger or fork food is best) but not simple in design – tiny bites of something delicious are always a hit! Mocktails over cocktails are a sure-fire way to keep every guest included (and will help with the budget as well).

Keep games tasteful and uncomplicated
What may seem like harmless fun to some may embarrass or make others uncomfortable, so stay with games that are easy and include everyone. Keep it fun and lighthearted. If time is short, consider skipping the gift opening.

Choose a venue that will help make the day a surefire success!

Every mother-to-be should feel pampered, so what could be better than choosing the Marriott Syracuse Downtown for her baby shower. Our event spaces are beautiful and diverse and can adapt for any number of guests, providing the perfect luxurious surroundings to make the mother-to-be feel even more special. Our very own event planners will help to customize the menu, plan decor and any other details that you may need, ensuring that everyone, especially the mother-to-be, has a wonderful time!

The new direction of Wedding Favors (which we love!)

Wedding favors that your guests will actually want to take home

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Gone are the days when we’d leave a wedding with a bag of jaw-breaking candy wrapped tightly in a piece of tulle. Now, guests (and the wedding couple) want something more memorable – something special, and especially something a little more personal.

We’re fortunate to host many weddings at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, and along with the joy of all the event planning comes the fun of seeing new ideas and often helping to brainstorm and create something different. One thing we’ve really noticed, is that wedding favors change constantly, and although they have taken on more importance, they have also become more fun and affordable. The options are endless (and they no longer have to make a big dent in your wedding budget).

  • Monograms will always be a popular choice, but now names are being placed on wine bottles, glasses, and even the bride’s favorite bar of supermarket chocolate.
  • Miniature plants in vintage containers are perfect for the DIY couple, or a vintage-inspired bride who wants to give a gift that will be both practical and pretty.
  • Edibles are big right now (and one of our favorite trends). Sometimes, we’re hungry after a wedding, so who wouldn’t like to find a beautifully wrapped cupcake or a bag of chocolate truffle pops next to their place setting?
  • Inexpensive Polaroid cameras are finding their way back onto the table – making an instant souvenir for everyone and adding even more fun and laughter to the occasion.

Weddings are a wonderful opportunity to share your happiness with those you love and care about, so why not take some time to personalize your wedding favors and create a beautiful memory for your guests as well.