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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.

Fabulous Weddings on a Budget with the Marriott Syracuse Downtown

Here’s how we create dream weddings in Syracuse (without breaking the bank)

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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!

Discover The Ultimate Venue for Small Weddings in Syracuse!

Wedding Venues in Syracuse come in all shapes and sizes. With flexible spaces and attention to detail, we can’t wait to give you the intimate Wedding of your Dreams!

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Planning the perfect wedding is a personal journey, with many steps leading up to the “I Dos”.
One of the first, will be choosing the size of your ceremony and reception, and for every bride who wants an over-the-top production with a guest list that includes every single Facebook “friend”, there are just as many who wish to keep it small and intimate. Forget the stress of entertaining hundreds of guests on your big day, small weddings in Syracuse can be the perfect celebration of your love… especially when hosted here, at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

Dreams can come true in Syracuse! Whether you are dreaming of a destination wedding in Upstate New York, or are a local who has long envisioned tying the knot at one of the most historical hotels in the area, the luxurious grandeur of our event rooms can be made to fit your every desire. Each ballroom has its own unique charm and sophisticated elegance and can be utilized for either your ceremony, reception, or both!

If you are looking for some of the more unique wedding venues in Syracuse, our spaces include enchanting architectural design features that seem out of the pages of your favorite fairy tale. There are beautiful photo opportunities wherever you look, and we will happily help you find the spot that feels just right for you. Each of these settings can be made to accommodate any size or budget, and our dedicated team of Certified Wedding Planners will make sure that everything goes to plan and no detail is overlooked.

Our traditional event spaces can easily be adapted for smaller groups, without losing any of the grandeur. Our Grand Ballroom, with its enchanting balconies, picturesque floor-to-ceiling windows, and historically-restored wood flooring is always a favorite, and our Persian Terrace, architecturally magnificent with columns and beautiful archways, is exquisitely highlighted with stunning hand-painted frescoes.

We believe that love should be celebrated, and we’re looking forward to helping you both plan your very own happily-ever-after!

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!