Planning your wedding is easy once you choose the right venue…
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!
Discover how “together” can be the most beautiful place to be… especially when on a romantic getaway in Syracuse!
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.
Here’s how we create dream weddings in Syracuse (without breaking the bank)
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!
Planning a Baby Shower in Syracuse? Here’s a few ideas to get you started
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!
Wedding favors that your guests will actually want to take home
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.
Fall weddings are having a moment!
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!