Let Villa Ragusa’s Event Pros Handle Every Wedding Day Detail

Let Villa Ragusa’s Event Pros Handle Every Wedding Day Detail

Your wedding day unfolds in a blur of hugs, laughter, cake cutting and first dances. With so much joyful chaos, who has time to sweat minor details like keeping vendors on schedule or setting up favors? You can’t handle everything!

That’s why Villa Ragusa now offers our Day of Coordination service, so you can fully immerse in wedded bliss while our event team handles critical behind-the-scenes details.

Our experienced coordinators will become your right-hand women and men, taking complete responsibility for managing all vendors, directing guests, sticking to timelines and setting up anything not handled already—all so that you can relax and soak up every magical moment.

It’s your day, enjoy it to the maximum.

Here’s a peek at what you can expect with our day of service:

Vendor Arrival Management

We’ll contact all your vendors ahead of time to confirm setup schedules, then greet them as they arrive day-of to resolve any questions or issues promptly.

Ceremony Rehearsal

We’ll conduct an advance full run-through of the processional, recessional and any idiosyncrasies so there’s no surprise hiccups.

Ceremony Stage Managing

Our team directs guests, assists ushers, cues the music and conducts the wedding party processional for picture-perfect choreography.

Reception Setup

We handle all favors, place cards, guest book arrangements, etc. so you and the bridal party can focus exclusively on fun and photos pre-reception!

Full Reception Conducting

Our coordinator works hand-in-hand with your DJ or band managing the timeline all evening, while ensuring every last-minute request and need of happy couples, guests and vendors gets met without bothering you!

Let the Villa Ragusa family handle the hustle so you can bask in an effortlessly elegant affair from first look to final toast. Contact us today to discuss reasonably priced Day of Coordination services fully customizable for your special celebration!

5 Must Ask Questions Before Booking Your Dream Wedding Venue (And What the Answers Really Mean!)

5 Must Ask Questions Before Booking Your Dream Wedding Venue (And What the Answers Really Mean!)

Besides saying “I do,” choosing a wedding venue is arguably the most important decision you’ll make. But the problem is that there are so many options, hidden fees, and confusing jargon which all make navigating the process feel like deciphering ancient hieroglyphics.

Even thinking about it can give anxiety.

So, how do you go about it? Here are 5 crucial questions you must ask before signing on the dotted line.

1. What’s included in the rental fee?

This seemingly simple question unlocks a treasure trove of potential hidden costs. Ask about tables, chairs, linens, lighting, sound systems, staff (e.g., security, bartenders), and even waste disposal.

Remember, “included” doesn’t necessarily mean “free.” Clarify if these items require additional rental fees or come at a set-up/breakdown cost.

2. Are there any additional fees or restrictions?

Don’t be shy! Inquire about corkage fees (if you bring your own alcohol), vendor restrictions (some venues have exclusive partnerships), overtime charges (if your party goes beyond the allocated time), and parking fees (both for guests and vendors). These seemingly small costs can quickly add up, so transparency is key.

3. What is your cancellation policy?

Life happens, and sometimes plans change. Ensure you understand the cancellation policy, including deadlines, refund percentages, and any potential penalties.

Remember, the stricter the policy, the more flexibility you might need in your overall planning timeline.

4. Can I see the venue contract in advance?

Don’t wait until the last minute to review the legal jargon! Request a copy of the contract beforehand and have it reviewed by a trusted friend or legal professional.

Look for clarity on payment schedules, damage deposits, insurance requirements, and any clauses limiting your decorating freedom.

5. Can you provide references from past weddings?

Talking to previous couples who used the venue can offer invaluable insights. Ask about their experience with communication, flexibility, responsiveness, and any unexpected challenges they faced. This insider information can be a real game-changer!

Contact us at Villa Ragusa if you have any questions you need clarification.

Planning a Wedding Where Everyone Celebrates!

Planning a Wedding Where Everyone Celebrates!

Your wedding day should be a joyous occasion for everyone you love, including guests with diverse abilities. But amidst the whirlwind of planning, accessibility considerations can sometimes fall by the wayside.

We have those relatives and friends that should share in the fun like everyone else. So, how do you choose a venue that fosters an inclusive celebration?

Why Accessibility Matters

Everyone deserves to celebrate comfortably and participate fully in your special day. Creating an accessible environment demonstrates respect and inclusivity for all guests.

Also, by removing physical barriers, you can embrace loved ones with diverse needs, enriching your celebration with their presence. Maybe you have that lighthearted uncle on a wheelchair whose jokes will keep the mood jolly, or that cousin with a big heart whose presence means the world.

Key Accessibility Features to Consider

Venue Entrance: Is the entrance level or easily accessible by ramp or elevator? Are doorways wide enough for wheelchairs and mobility aids?

Restrooms: Are accessible restrooms available, with grab bars, lowered sinks, and adequate space for maneuvering?

Parking: Are designated accessible parking spaces close to the venue entrance?

Seating: Are there dedicated spaces for guests with wheelchairs or limited mobility? Is there flexible seating with removable chairs for those who need more space?

Flooring: Is the flooring level and free of obstacles like stairs or uneven surfaces?

Sensory considerations: Can lighting be adjusted for guests with light sensitivity? Is there a quiet space for those who need sensory breaks?

Beyond Physical Accessibility

Communication: Provide information about venue accessibility on your wedding website and invitations. Consider offering translated materials or large print options.

Assistive technology: If needed, inquire about the availability of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, or amplified sound systems.

Vendor selection: Choose vendors who understand and cater to diverse needs, from photographers offering accessible poses to caterers providing dietary options.

Remember

Even small changes can make a big difference for your guests with disabilities. Talk to your venue coordinator, vendors, and guests to ensure their needs are met.

By creating an inclusive space, you’re sending a message of love and acceptance that resonates long after the celebration ends. So, go forth, lovebirds, and make your wedding a haven of inclusivity, joy, and lasting memories for all!

Breathe Easy, Celebrate Wildly: Why Villa Ragusa Turns Dreams into Effortless Feasts

Breathe Easy, Celebrate Wildly: Why Villa Ragusa Turns Dreams into Effortless Feasts

Planning a party should be about one thing: pure, unadulterated joy.

Yet, between venue searching, vendor wrangling, and menu masterpieces, the joy often gets buried under a mountain of “to-dos.”

At Villa Ragusa, we believe your celebration should be an occasion to exhale, not inhale stress. Enter our expert event planning team, your secret weapon for a seamless and unforgettable gathering.

Imagine sun-kissed Tuscan hills as your backdrop. Laughter echoing through ancient stone walls, and the aroma of fresh-baked bread wafting from our rustic kitchen.

Your guests mingle effortlessly, serenaded by soft guitar melodies while the setting sun paints the sky in vibrant hues. This is Villa Ragusa, not just a venue, but your private haven for crafting memories that shimmer long after the last sparkler fades.

But creating such magic takes more than just a stunning setting. It takes a team of dedicated professionals who understand the intricate dance of planning a perfect party. Our event planners are vision whisperers, transforming your dreams into tangible realities.

From “I Do” to “Wow!”: Every Detail, Beautifully Orchestrated

Planning a wedding? Our team, seasoned in the art of love stories, will navigate the whirlwind of floral arrangements, seating charts, and caterers with a grace that would impress Cupid himself.

We meticulously orchestrate every element, ensuring your special day unfolds flawlessly.

Beyond the Bride and Groom: Celebrations for Every Chapter

But Villa Ragusa is more than just wedding bells. We are the stage for birthdays that spark with laughter, milestone anniversaries that shimmer with gold, and family reunions that overflow with cherished moments.

Let our planners bring your vision to life, whether it’s a rustic barbecue or a formal dinner party illuminated by flickering candlelight.

A Culinary Canvas Painted with Tuscan Flavors

Forget generic catering. Our chefs, masters of Tuscan delights, weave your menu into a tapestry of fresh, local ingredients and culinary artistry.

Picture melt-in-your-mouth antipasti platters brimming with vibrant vegetables, hand-rolled pasta kissed with fragrant pesto and decadent desserts that are a bittersweet ode to indulgence. We cater to every dietary need and preference, ensuring every guest feels celebrated and pampered.

Peace of Mind is the Ultimate Luxury

Our event planning doesn’t stop at the menu. We handle every detail, from recommending local musicians to sourcing stunning décor. From arranging transportation to orchestrating the flow of the evening. You worry about what to wear, we worry about everything else.

Crafting Unforgettable Moments: A Peek Behind the Scenes at Villa Ragusa

Crafting Unforgettable Moments: A Peek Behind the Scenes at Villa Ragusa

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Campbell, Villa Ragusa stands as more than just a venue. It’s a curator of timeless memories. As you step through its doors, you’re stepping into a world meticulously crafted to transform every event into an unforgettable moment.

Today, let’s pull back the curtain and take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the magic that makes Villa Ragusa a premier event venue.

The Team

At the helm of this enchanting experience is the highly qualified events team, a group of professionals dedicated to turning dreams into reality. From the meticulous event managers who walk you through every detail to the serving staff ensuring seamless execution, each team member plays a crucial role in the symphony of orchestrating memorable events.

Our Culture

One key element that sets Villa Ragusa apart is its commitment to exceeding expectations. This commitment begins with the initial planning stages, where the events team collaborates closely with clients to understand their vision. It’s not just about hosting an event, but also about creating an immersive experience that resonates with the essence of the occasion.

Success Stories

Success stories echo through the hallowed halls of Villa Ragusa. From glamorous weddings that felt like a fairy tale to corporate events leaving a lasting impression, each event is a testament to the dedication of the team.

These stories aren’t just about flawless execution. They’re about the intangible moments—the laughter, the tears, the shared joy—that linger in the hearts of those who attended.

Insider tips from the events team reveal the meticulous attention to detail that goes into every aspect. From the lighting that enhances the ambiance to the flexibility allowing guests to bring in their favorite caterers, every facet is carefully considered. This commitment to flexibility ensures that each event reflects the unique personality of the host.

As you explore the behind-the-scenes workings of Villa Ragusa, you’ll discover a venue that goes beyond providing a space. It crafts experiences. From the first meeting with the events manager to the final toast, Villa Ragusa is committed to turning moments into memories, and that commitment is what truly sets it apart as a beacon of elegance and charm in the heart of Downtown Campbell.

The Big Discounts Offered That Banquet Rooms Don’t Want You to Know

The Big Discounts Offered That Banquet Rooms Don’t Want You to Know

Villa Ragusa is happy to share the fact that we give discounts when you book during our slow times. We have no reason to hide this fact. If you choose those dates, you’ll rent them and we won’t run the risk of having no one in that space for this slow time on the calendar.

How to Get An Event Space Cheaper

Our busiest seasons are the wedding seasons in the spring and early summer and November and December which are booked tightly for private holiday parties and company parties for the winter holidays. It is during these times that our spaces go for a premium price.

Get Room Discounts

If you want to book the spaces at Villa Ragusa at a better price, you need to use our slow times to book your event. So, plan your event for a Wednesday & Thursday, instead of Saturday and Sunday. You’ll save quite a bit!

Catering Choices

Villa Ragusa has a full time kitchen that creates the meals for events held in our building. We do allow outside catering, as well, should you want to use your own favorite caterer. However, you’ll probably get a much better deal by using our in-house catering and the food will still be flavorful, delightfully appealing, and well-presented.

Go Cozy Not Spacious

Not only is a smaller room going to cost less than a big room, but you’ll have a better outcome if people are close together. When there is a lot of empty space in the room your guests will keep to themselves and not socialize. When there is very little empty space your guests will talk to others, participate more, and have a wonderful time. So, understand not everyone is going to show up and pick a room that’s a little smaller than you think you need.

We are Happy to Assist

When it is time to book a room for your event, give us a call and discuss it. We sometimes have rooms available right away. Contact us today and we’ll give you some tips on booking your event with a lower cost.