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Event Planning

Our Event Planning Team offers you a concierge service full of the flexibility and customization potential you would expect from a specialty boutique firm, combined with the industrial capabilities of a large scale hospitality operation. This beautiful creation of a dedicated service, one that doesn't exist in any comparable location, allows you the ability to be completely reassured that an entire team of skilled and experienced individuals is developing and managing the logistics of your event continuously.
 
Starting even during the sales process, you will build a custom package and brainstorm your initial ideas with a detail oriented and dedicated manager who will take your needs and desires and translate them into a mapped strategy for accomplishing them. Following your initial tour, and the details that come along with quoting and contracting, you will be warmly introduced to your dedicated Event Planner who will lead your team from that point forward.
 
Your Event Planner is a professional with the best understanding of the industry, the specifics of our venue, our ability to customize, and the local field of resources and vendors. They will assist you, and record your wants and needs, through every single step of the process. From introducing you to vendors, including key ones such as your photographer, florist, or music entertainer, to helping you with decor and design, food and beverage, your timeline needs, your floor plan mapping, and even through the day of your event where they operate as your day-of coordinator. They truly accomplish it all for you, and beyond that, they are open for the research projects and personal advice that you may request of them
 
Your Event Planner, and the team that supports both them and your event, is your bastion of guidance and support. They are here before you arrive, they are your constant champion with vendors or third party professionals that may be contributing to your event, and they are the last person to follow you out at the end of the night, ensuring that your personal decor and final needs have been taken care of flawlessly.
 
We are proud to work with everyone. We have processes and procedures on-site that we are transparent about, but we utilize every out-of-the-box approach to designing a custom and unique event with you. Should you choose to engage event planning support of your own - don't worry! We welcome third party planning professionals and enjoy the ability to integrate them into the process and our team. We partner with a number of third party professionals that we are also happy to recommend to you for any additional needs you feel you may want with personal planning preparation.
 
Our moniker is "Purveyors of Magic and Memories" and we couldn't believe in this more. Our entire team stands ready to help and guide you. Your upcoming event will be a memory that you will never forget, and we are so pleased to be this small portion of your future history.
 

Event Planning Section: Timeline Example

WEDDING WEEKEND ITINERARY At The Inn at Taughannock Falls, we will help you craft not only a stunning wedding day but an entire weekend itinerary of unique and exciting activities for your guests to enjoy. The Finger Lakes region offers distinctive experiences in a picturesque setting. Our event planners can tailor a weekend full of lasting memories at the Inn and local destinations.

FRIDAY
3PM — Inn at Taughannock Falls staff welcomes your guests at our front desk, checking them into their on-site accommodations and presenting them with their weekend schedule and the unique gift bag that you have left for them.
4PM — The wedding party begins gathering for the practice ceremony, led by our event planning team and the officiant they have helped source for you.
5PM — Your rehearsal dinner begins in the Jones Room. You've customized a champagne tower and a special dessert, but the surprise is that you've arranged a private two-hour boat tour for your wedding party, and it docks right across the street at Taughannock Falls State Park.


SATURDAY
7AM — To begin your day vibrantly you take a fifteenminute hike along the Gorge Trail in the State Park next door, this hike culminates in views of the 215ft vertical drop waterfall.
8AM — Continental breakfast in the hotel is provided to you and your on-site guests. 9AM — Depart the estate to take a tour of Cornell University's Botanical Gardens and have a swim next to Buttermilk State Park's waterfalls. Your wedding guests enjoy local activities before the event commences including golfing in Trumansburg, the Museum of Glass in Corning and the Finger Lakes State Park in Watkins Glen.
12PM — After lunch, your in-room massage begins, as your event planners are liaising with your vendors and preparing your event


SUNDAY
8AM — A brisk walk through the park as a newly married couple, starts off the day right, reminiscing about our wonderful night of celebration. 10AM — A farewell brunch is your send off to your guests, a chef catered omelet station and prime rib carving send guests home well and truly satisfied.
11AM — The event planning team delivers your décor and personal items from overnight storage, and you depart the Inn at Taughannock Falls. Your first memory as a married couple is complete, and this little piece of your history starts the foundation of your happily ever after.
1PM - Hair stylists and makeup artists arrive to the on-site wedding lounge. You kick off getting ready with Mimosas and a custom break package ordered from our in-house catering team.
3PM — The wedding party comes together on the patio for your first look. Photos are snapped, and cigars and cocktails are readily available.
5PM — Your guests are seated, and your ceremony begins. There's only one person you have eyes for at this moment.
6PM — Wedding photos take place across the estate, including by Cayuga Lake and at the Taughannock Falls Overlook with the entirety of Taughannock Gorge in the backdrop. Your guests enjoy an elegant cocktail hour with decadent hors d'oeuvres and Finger Lakes Wines at the bar.
7PM — Your wedding dinner opens. Course after course of your menu comes out, perfectly prepared and previously customized with our executive catering team. Every detail is just the way you had planned. 8PM — Your wedding cake is cut, and your DJ or band opens the floor for dancing. Everyone is jubilant and you're more excited than ever to celebrate this special day with your loved ones.
9PM — Your fireworks show showers the night sky with a brilliant display of light. You've set the scene to music, and your guests' smiles can be seen every time another spark lights the sky.
11PM — The party continues into the night, late night bites are served to keep the energy going!
1AM — Your event wraps up but the on-site restaurant opens to serve a breakfast buffet for you and your guests. Your event planning team is seamlessly taking care of break down and décor storage, and you don't have to worry about a thing
 

Event Planning Section: Destination Planning

Our Event Planning Team is happy to assist you with designing full and memorable activities locally to support your main event! The Finger Lakes has a remarkable number of activities and entertainment options and we encourage you to take advantage of every single one.
 
We are delighted to assist you with planning welcome parties or rehearsal dinner options locally. If you have a desire to incorporate a local brewery, winery, or natural backdrop like a state park let us know! We're excited to say that the immediate Ithaca area has a number of beautiful locales and talented proprietors. We encourage you to think of a theme or genre of activity that appeals to you and your history together. Let us tailor an experience that you will appreciate sentimentally!
 
Additionally, Ithaca and the Finger Lakes have other areas beat in terms of eco-tourism focused activities such as hiking, kayaking, swimming, garden viewing, and bird watching. In addition, the vibrant selection of theaters, performance venues, museums, and art performance studios can also contribute to a wonderful schedule of multi-day activities that we're happy to curate and distribute to your guests. Book a scenic boat tour of Cayuga Lake, or rent your own vessel! Hot Air Balloon rides? Horseback riding? Classic Car photoshoot? Let us take your idea and craft it into reality.
 

Event Planning Section: Hotel Room Blocks

Our Event Planning Team will work with you to secure hotel room blocks at both our hotel and area hotels as well. Our hotel offers you a courtesy block, based on availability, where you can reserve some or all of the rooms on the property. Our guest rooms span across four buildings, and each building has its own theme and history.
 
Each of clients that host a private event on the property are able to secure a 20% discount on their associated hotel room block. There is no minimum number of rooms needed to book during an event, or minimum number of nights. You can discuss room blocks at any time with your Sales Manager or Event Planner.
 
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Ithaca Event Planning

Meet our team of expert event planners at the Inn at Taughannock Falls in Ithaca, NY. We are committed to offering you a seamless and stress-free planning experience. Our service is concierge-like, and you will find that your dedicated event planner will be a trusted advisor to design your big day. Our team comprises passionate individuals who bring unique perspectives and skill sets to create an unforgettable event. We work collaboratively to ensure that each event succeeds and pride ourselves on our attention to detail and ability to think creatively. From corporate events to weddings and special occasions, we are here to bring your vision to life.
 

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