Did you recently get engaged? Congratulations!! First, remember to enjoy this exciting time. It goes by quickly! You are a fiancé for such a short period of time, and it’s important to make the most of it. If you find yourself reading this blog post, you've chosen the perfect area to get married, Syracuse NY! As the experts on all things Syracuse, we wanted to give you a place to start. While it may seem stress to press go and start planning the wedding of your dreams, you can relax a bit knowing you have this blog to refer to, below you'll find the best Syracuse wedding guide and inspiration for planning around, so let’s get into it!  

Determine Budget

In between the celebrations and champagne pops, you’ll want to determine your budget. Having an idea of what you can put towards your wedding financially will be helpful before you reach out to vendors. Pick up to three things that you would consider having a larger budget on and focus on those first.

Decide on the Venue

Where do you imagine yourself getting married? Somewhere in the city or at a rustic location in the country? Do you want the ceremony and reception in the same place, or do you imagine yourself getting married in one of Onondaga county’s beautiful churches? Browse some of our recommended venues or discover unique spots to tie the knot.

Book Vendors

Once the venue and ceremony space has been booked, you’ll want to reach out to vendors who book quickly. Find a photographer, videographer, DJ/Band, and caterer who fits your needs and budget. Make sure you get along with your photographer and videographer because you’ll be spending a lot of time with them on your wedding day! Take your time getting to know them during this stage. Hiring the right DJ or band will set the mood on your wedding day and finding a caterer whose food feels like something you and your fiancé would eat are important aspects of the day.

Hotel blocks & Save-The-Dates  

Are most of your guests coming from out of town? If you’re not planning a hotel wedding, you’ll need to reach out to hotels near your venue to book a room block and get a reduced rate for your guests. In addition to figuring out where your guests will stay, get save-the-dates ready to send out. You can take a photo from your engagement session with your photographer for these. Give your guests plenty of time (9-6 months) to request time off and figure out travel plans.

Final Details

As it gets closer to your wedding day, you may want to think about reaching out to dress and menswear shops, local florists, bakeries, officiants, rentals, and hair and makeup artists. There are so many of these vendors in and around Syracuse. If you’re local, go visit these places before deciding. If you’re from out of the area, plan a trip with your fiancé to get final details decided. While you’re here, check out rehearsal dinner locations. You can find locations great for groups or parties on our website.

Need More Help?

We understand that getting married can be an overwhelming process, but we want this to be an exciting time for you and your partner. Would you like any extra assistance? Let Visit Syracuse help you find the perfect details! Contact us today for complimentary vendor recommendations, hotel block assistance, and more. We cannot wait to hear all about your wedding ideas!