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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!

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’!