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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!

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.

Why We Love the Latest Fall Wedding Trends

Fall weddings are having a moment!

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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!

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!

4 Basic Tips for Catering an Event in Syracuse that will be Simply Unforgettable!

Hint: The Marriott Syracuse Downtown has everything you need to make event planning a stress-free success! 

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Marriott reopened the historic Hotel Syracuse in 2016. Since then, the best banquet spaces in Syracuse have been housed under one roof. Restoring the grandeur of the past and adding the modern comforts of today, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown is the ideal host for any type of gathering. From corporate events to social affairs, when you’re catering an event in Syracuse, we have some great tips that’ll always ensure success!

Make a Guest List

Your guest list is important – it helps start you off, point you in the right direction and makes some of the other decision-making that much easier. Is it a formal or informal gathering? Do any guests need lodging? Are there cultural traditions that must be honored? Do you have a per person budget or a lump sum to divide up how you want?
Whatever you need, we’ll ensure that your event is fully personalized to meet any request. Our event spaces span more than 41,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 1,330 guests. Special reduced room rates for attendees are also available.

Plan an Appropriate Menu

A major decision in event planning is tailoring a menu to fit your gathering while respecting your guests’ personal needs. Our culinary team will work with you exclusively to plan a menu that perfectly suits all of your requirements, while honoring any special requests. Using the best farm-to-table and local ingredients, our chefs will ensure that every bite is delicious, and that your event both reflects the region and stands out for its exquisite taste and creativity.

Presentation is Everything!

We take tremendous pride in making sure that every detail, and every plate that is presented to your guests, is absolutely perfect. Whether it is a business event with snacks and a light lunch, or a six course wedding, they all get the same care, creativity and attention.

Choosing the Venue

It’s time to decide the appropriate space for your event. A corporate setting might need some privacy for a closed discussion, while a more social gathering may wish to have room for guests to spread out and mingle. From our state-of-the-art 14,200-square-foot IACC Conference Center (including our exquisite Finger Lakes Ballroom) to the historic Grand Ballroom and Persian Terrace, we’ll help you decide on the right venue. From flexible spaces to the perfect table settings and decor, our dedicated team will make sure that every detail is taken care of and your next event is a complete success.