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Planning your Wedding while saving costs!

Recently engaged? Planning a wedding? After learning the cost of all things involved, you probably want to elope! A recent study showed that the average cost of a wedding can be around $35,000! This estimate usually never includes the honeymoon…

So how can you have the wedding of your dreams and still be able to afford it all? Here are some tips when it comes time to planning:

  1. Set a Wedding Budget to match your style. Do you see yourself with an elegant formal affair? A Boeheim style reception? Or maybe a casual backyard barbecue following a destination? Once decided which one describes your dream best, then you can assess the budget necessary to match.
  2. Next, is the discussion of who is contributing to what? Just the bride and groom for all? Parents or family involved? This also can help set time lines of how much needs to be saved and budgeted for during the planning process.
  3. Discuss the “non negotiables” or where they are not willing to cut the expense down. Traditional budgets allocate the following:
    1. Reception 55%
    1. Ceremony: 12%
    1. Photography: 10%
    1. Wedding planning services: 5%
    1. Wedding Dress & Tux: 12%
    1. Miscellaneous/cushion: 5%

Starting with something like this can help get the conversation going of what you are willing to compromise on. Don’t want to give up on the budget for photographer? Then maybe you can shave a little from floral, or DIY your centerpieces. This tool can help prioritize the overall picture.

4. Look for cost saving promotions! Venues typically book 1-2 years in advance, if you can swing it, sometimes booking in the year for the year and being flexible with dates can help. Choosing “non peak” dates or Sunday’s versus a Saturday can make a difference in cost. Really like a photographer? Try to look at dates that are not considered “prime” times i.e. New Year’s Eve, Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day weekend etc. Talk with your florist and help design your bouquets with flowers in that season.

Lastly, don’t stress! Weddings are supposed to be something you remember forever. Set you and your spouse up for success! It’s something you will want to look back on and have fond memories of!

The History & Traditions of Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is an age old tradition that is a day observed in multiple forms throughout the world. The American Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an officially recognized US Holiday in 1914.

The History of Mother’s Day can be traced back to ancient Romans & Greeks, who honored mother goddesses Rhea & Cybele. Later it became an early Christian festival called “Mothering Sunday”. It also once became a holiday set on the fourth Sunday during lent and would be considered returning to “mother church” for special services. In the 1970’s Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s day as a time to highlight the need for equal pay and rights.

Eventually the holiday has become a day when children and loved ones provide presents to their mother, along with appreciation for all their hard work. It is now noted as one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. It perceived as a celebration to mothers by giving them a day off from their day to day responsibilities.

Many versions of Mother’s Day are still celebrated worldwide. An example, in Ethiopia, families gather to sing songs and have a large fest. This is celebrated in the Fall and called “Antrsoht” which is a multi-day celebration honoring those in motherhood.  

Mother’s day at the Hotel has been a tradition for many years, what once was Hotel Syracuse, hosted many mother’s day brunch and buffets. With the restoration of our Old Gal, those traditions are now back in our Grand Ballroom with picturesque views from our 10th floor.

Enjoy a delicious and extensive Brunch Buffet at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Come celebrate the special mother in your life, whether it be biological, grandmother, aunt, or motherly figure, each one deserves a day of relaxing with great company and great food!

For more information, and to purchase tickets for our Mother’s Day Brunch click here

Why Friday’s are the New Night for Weddings!

Recently engaged or starting your wedding planning process? It can be perceived as a stressful time; what date to pick, color scheme, food & drink choices. The possibilities are endless! Some new trends to help ease the process can be picking the right day for you. While one of the most important aspects is choosing a venue; choosing a date goes hand in hand with the progression.

Traditionally weddings have been held on a Saturday or Sunday. This always helped with travel arrangements, work schedules, and other obligations. However, in recent years, Friday’s have turned into the new targeted day.

The first and easiest benefit of a Friday wedding are that the dates are often easily available versus a Saturday or Sunday. Conventionally, Saturday’s can be booked at least 10 months to 2 years in advance.

The next benefit for couples is price. Friday nights are usually set with less minimums or lowered prices across the board of vendors. Photographers, Florists, Venues, and others usually offer lower prices for services on a Friday night. Additional perk to booking a Friday night wedding, it can be much easier on a Thursday night to obtain a highly desirable rehearsal dinner space compared to a busy Friday night. You would be battling less couples for the coveted spaces in town.

Friday nights can be viewed as a destination wedding or set the tone for a wedding festivity! Many view it as a way to enjoy the celebration of a wedding, with your weekend still intact. It can give you an advantage of spending more time with your out of town guests since you are starting your celebration at the beginning of the weekend.

Though some may view Friday’s as a deterrent for guest attendance, there is actually no true evidence to support that. Here at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, our wedding experts can attest, the no show factor is in the same percentage range for Friday, Saturday, & Sunday weddings.

“Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; it truly doesn’t play a role in attendance, anyone who was/is going to be there will be there to support you on your biggest day. This I promise you. If they are not attending, it will not be because your wedding is on a Friday night.”

                                                                -Lindsey Cole, Director of Social Catering

Whether your guests want to make a weekend out of it, or not interfere with personal plans for the remainder of the weekend. Friday’s can be the best way for a couple to plan their dream wedding and a price all can afford.

The 5 Essential Wedding Tips for The Groom Before The Big Day!

Follow our wedding tips for the groom to make the planning of your big day the fairytale your bride always envisioned!

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We’ve all heard it before – “I have been planning this wedding since I was five-years-old!” Yet even if they have everything planned, scrap-booked and under control, every bride really does want some involvement from their husbands-to-be.

Here at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, we know that it takes many people to plan a wedding, and there are certain responsibilities that are inherent to the role as groom. Follow these 5 pre-wedding tips for the groom to ensure your big day becomes the happily-ever-after that you both are looking forward to.

Choose your groomsmen.
It may be the obvious starting point, but there’s more than just making the final choice. You need to keep track of all of their details as well. Ensure they know the date. Keep a watch on those suit fittings. And make sure if there are any changes, that they are informed.

Help with the guest list.
Don’t leave it up to your bride-to-be to get all of the information (names/addresses) regarding your friends and side of the family. And, once those RSVPs start coming in, assist in making sure that everyone on the list is checked off and all of the missing names are (eventually) accounted for.

Practice or learn to dance.
You don’t need to learn a choreographed dance for the wedding, but get comfortable breaking out your best moves in front of others.

Write your vows.
This tends to be the most important speech of your life. Spend the time and make her feel your love from your heartfelt words. And, even if you plan on using the traditional vows, practice reciting them aloud.

Prepare to say “I Do” by reminding her “I Love You”
Wedding planning is stressful! Those simple three words can mean a great deal to keep her smiling before the walk down the aisle. Remember, for one day, you’re a groom, but for the rest of your lives together you’ll be a husband.







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.