Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Traditionally, it was the responsibility of the bride’s parents to host the rehearsal dinner. Still, surprisingly, couples are gradually taking over these pre-nuptial parties and customizing them to fit their needs and budgets.

That means it may be up to you to make it a completely casual affair or an intimate one. But whatever direction you choose, keep the following in mind.

Responsibility for the Dinner

As mentioned earlier, hosting the pre-nuptial dinner can be done by the couples themselves or either side of the family. Sometimes, it can even be by a family friend or a friend of the couple. But if the couples and their families are super traditional, the groom’s side of the family will foot the bill.

Keep it Simple

The night before your big day is not usually the time to go on a celebratory spree. Keep it simple and leave the best for the wedding day. You don’t want to tire everyone or treat everyone to a celebration that overshadows the main event.

Invitations

The rehearsal dinner is an entirely different affair from the wedding. This also applies to the invitations, as they don’t have to be too formal. Use phone calls or word of mouth, but make sure to send out invitations between four and six months before the event.

Decide on a guest list before sending out the invitations. Do you want family members alone or with a few friends in attendance as well?

Other people to include in the wedding rehearsal list include the ushers, officiants, and some out-of-town guests. What size of the crowd is sufficient? Keep this at the back of your mind when drawing up the list. If you are not careful, the bridal party and some families can add up to quite a sizable crowd.

But all in all, Villa Ragusa has the amenities and services to accommodate a wedding rehearsal dinner crowd of up to 600 people. Talk to us today!

Why Choose an Amazing Venue for Your Event?

Why Choose an Amazing Venue for Your Event?

One of the most important reasons for holding an event is to create memories from experience and enhance participation. The more memorable the event turns out, the better.

Usually, the challenge comes in strategizing on ways to leave lasting impressions on the participants. But it is not impossible.

Villa Ragusa has party rooms for your private party or celebration.

A unique experience can come from visiting a museum, art gallery or even a sports facility. But it can also come from a special event venue such as Villa Ragusa in Downtown Campbell.

Memorable Venues

Your clients are more likely to remember the meeting when you hold it in a memorable venue. An event space with unique modern architecture, interior decors and exceptional catering service will have the same impression on the senses as visiting an art gallery. People will recall the surroundings and the key moments of the meeting.

In addition, it will be a lot easier to impress upon the attendees without any problems. It becomes easier to sweet talk the stakeholders to support your project when you are in an impressive venue.

Visually Appealing

A visually appealing event with such facilities as exotic outdoor balconies, a dance floor and a mahogany bar impresses even the budget-minded of the attendees. There is no better way of keeping everyone excited through the meeting than being in a visually appealing venue.

Cost

The value of an event venue is always worth it when everything is visually satisfying, and the services are above board. However, the event organizers must ensure the value of attending is more than the cost of the event in the exotic venue.

A Change of Pace

The sameness of formal events can be excessively monotonous, especially in the modern fast lane society. Rising stars are more interested in the experience and associate it with the agenda of the meeting.

Switching to a more exciting venue will increase attendance and participation. A change of pace is always refreshing and is an essential ingredient for creativity.

Contact one of our Villa Ragusa event organizers today.

Planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Party

Planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Party

The bar/bat mitzvah is one of the most important for the parents of Jewish boys and girls. As a result, it has become one of the essential celebrations in recent years. If there is a bar/bat mitzvah coming up, there are a few considerations that should be at your fingertips.

Pick the Date

Before you can make any bar/bat mitzvah plans, you will need to know, among other things, the actual scheduled date of it in the synagogue. Everything will revolve around this one date.

Depending on the congregation size, the date assigned may go as far as three years in advance. But in normal circumstances, this date is as close as birthday.

Decide on the Party Venue and Entertainment

A lot depends on the crowd size and the location of the party. What size crowd do you intend to have, and where do you want to hold the party? Afternoon or evening?

Will the party be only for kids, or you’ll include other ages? Will the menu be kosher or non-kosher?

Choosing a great setting such as Villa Ragusa saves on decorations, and the events manager is always at your disposal to help with your plans. And most importantly, if you’re going kosher for the event, Villa Ragusa allows you to use your own caterer. Please contact our staff for more information.

Typically, entertainment theme depends on various factors, such as your budget and audience. Ideally, choose a good balance to accommodate different age groups. You can hire a disc jockey to entertain the kids during the cocktail hour for the rest of the crowd.

Food and Beverages

The typical food and beverage options that you can discuss with the caterer include passed hors d’oeuvres, carving station with roast turkey or beef and the kids-targeted hors d’oeuvres such as hummus with chips or mini-tacos.

Do you plan on having separate menus for adults and kids?

For the main reception and cocktail party, decide on an all-cash bar or partial open bar. Villa Ragusa has great bar options where kids can also get smoothies and soft drinks.

Contact us soon to ensure the perfect day for your child’s special day.

Why You Should Have a Remote Workers Meeting

Why You Should Have a Remote Workers Meeting

Many startups and established organizations are still in business, thanks to technology. Remote working has ensured continued service delivery to the benefit of all stakeholders. Unfortunately, remote working has also brought on a handful of challenges, especially for business leaders.

Have Just a Few Meetings for Remote Workers

You will be tempted to micro-manage the remote team through regular calls and frequent status update requests to foster a team environment. However, these new administrative activities will interfere with your team’s productivity. You can make it less disruptive and more efficient by holding only a few meetings in a quiet and upscale events space such Villa Ragusa.

The first meeting will lay out the procedures and processes that everyone will use for communication and cooperation with one another. Regular meetings with a published agenda, such as weekly or biweekly, will help maintain the momentum and iron out any issues that may crop up.

Your team will also benefit from one-on-one meetings to create rapport and touch base whenever necessary. It will create an opportunity to thank the staff for their hard work during these tough economic times.

Why the Meetings are Important

Remote working is a new thing, and most employees will have a hard time adjusting, and the leaders may be in the dark about what’s happening. Some of the most common remote work issues can be traced to flawed assumptions and ineffective communication.

You can remedy these problems through working agreements to have the right expectations. This applies to both the leaders and the subordinates.

For example, you can agree on working hours, medium for communication, and when to expect replies. Scaling back on the number of meetings frees the worker’s time for better work scheduling. They are already dealing with enough interruptions at home.

On the other hand, the meeting will thank the remote workers. Everyone is dealing with added stress through these extraordinary times, and the employees need to feel supported.

Villa Ragusa has been hosting business meetings and events in Silicon Valley for a long time. We have the expertise, amenities, and support to make the meetings for remote workers successful.

Vaccinations will be finished up this spring, and the semblance of normality will take over in the business space, so book now!

Time to Plan Your Wedding

Time to Plan Your Wedding

There is a whole lot to think about when planning for the day you will walk down the aisle. It’s your big day, and you want the best experience out of it, regardless of what is happening in the world. You deserve it.

In this coronavirus era, there are many moving parts, which can sometimes overshadow the big day. Currently, there is a broad vaccination campaign, and the expectation is that up to 70% of the population in the US may be vaccinated by October, and a sense of normality will be back.

That means things should be looking up as we move to the tail-end of the year. Here are a few points to help you plan for your wedding next year.

Play it Safe

The expectation is that things will start to go back to normal within a couple of months. However, it is crucial to consider the current restrictions that may still be in force on your wedding day.

For example, decide at least six months to allow your guests sufficient time to modify travel arrangements. This is also vital for the mental health of everyone.

For some people, the bigger the wedding, the merrier. Nonetheless, you may have to trim the guest list and consider social distancing rules.

Consider Your Guests

Where your guests are coming from is a huge consideration. Decide how much time they will need to make travel adjustments, considering that each state may have its own restrictions in place.

If most of your wedding reception crowd is local, then the adjustment period reduces significantly. We are talking about two to three months.

It is essential to voice your concerns to your venue and know what your options are going forward. At Villa Ragusa, we have experienced events staff, and we can help you with other logistics and other stuff to make your wedding successful.

Be Open with Your Vendors

It helps quite significantly to have a one-on-one with your vendors about the worst-case scenario. Discuss a game plan with them about the available solutions should you want to postpone the event.

Here at Villa Ragusa, we are hopeful that everything will change for the better, and you can finally have the best wedding experience. We are flexible, and our staff is at your disposal for brainstorming.

Reserve your space now!

3 Special Ways to Celebrate Your Parent’s Anniversary

3 Special Ways to Celebrate Your Parent’s Anniversary

Celebrating your parents’ anniversary is one of the subtle ways that you demonstrate your appreciation and gratitude to some of the most influential people in your life. Anniversaries rank higher than most other celebrations, so it’s vital to put some thought into it. Your parents deserve a celebration for reaching that important milestone. Here are some ideas.

  1. Give Their Old Wedding Attire New Life
    Your parents’ old wedding attire is among their treasured possessions. Consider restoring the attire by cleaning up stains and patching where there are holes. You don’t need to change a lot of things because they love it the way it is. Certainly, your parents will well up in tears when they see their wedding attire looking all new, and in the same condition as the day they got married. Indeed, their happiness will be infectious, and the whole event will be overflowing with joy and happiness.
  2. Wedding Anniversary Cake
    An anniversary celebration without a wedding cake is just a small family gathering. The wedding cake adds some flavor and happiness to the crowd and transforms it into a memorable anniversary celebration. Nothing compares to seeing your parents happy, lip-smacking, and sharing their favorite cake flavor with close family members. It’s what beautiful memories are made from.
  3. Music and Dance
    Music and dance are always successful in flipping the mood upside down. Make sure there is adequate space for everyone to shake their legs and maintain some reasonable distance. Plan for your parents to make a dance over their favorite romantic music, and everyone can join in to perform a duet with their spouses.

Villa Ragusa is a unique event space for wedding anniversaries for both small and large groups. It’s designed to accommodate different styles and tastes, including intimate gatherings for your parents’ wedding anniversary. Imagine your parents ascending the gorgeous granite staircase to the reception where everybody is waiting with bated breaths. It’s among the things that will make them feel truly appreciated.