The Must-Haves of a Successful Wedding Reception

The Must-Haves of a Successful Wedding Reception

The wedding reception is the bee’s knees of a successful wedding ceremony. People remember the food and reception activities as much as the newlyweds walking down the aisle. In essence, both activities complement each other – they are not separate.

Wedding receptions are what fond memories are made of, and if you’re creative enough, you can push the boundaries with theme tweaks. Make the reception the talk of the town – nothing’s impossible. Here are some of the must-haves for your next wedding reception.

A Unique Theme

The problem with most wedding reception themes is that they are a copy from a magazine, show or online source. The chances are that most others saw the same thing, which sheds some excitement that comes with originality.

There’s nothing wrong with borrowing ideas from publications but personalize some elements. Here’s where creativity comes in handy.

Exciting Venue

No doubt couples have different ideas of perfect venue, but some elements make a venue perfect for guests. Most of the focus is on the guests.

The ideal venue should be easy to find, have a pleasant ambience and decor, and easily accommodate the guest-list crowd. It should have sufficient room for dancing, lounging and relaxing.

Villa Ragusa, tucked away in Downtown Campbell and in a small-town-friendly atmosphere, is glamorous and accessible for your wedding reception. It has a modern touch of classic European-style renovations.

Superior Quality and Delicious Food

Excellent quality and tasty entrees are the first impressions that every reception worth its salt should have (Villa Ragusa has several to choose from). It tells what to expect for the rest of the evening – name something more exciting!

The entrees’ presentation should also have class, and the attention to detail should be worth your phone’s photo gallery. Villa Ragusa adds unique drinks to the set-up. We also allow you to use an outside caterer if you so prefer.

The Benefits of Villa Ragusa Event Space for Event Planners

The Benefits of Villa Ragusa Event Space for Event Planners

As an event planner, you must look for new and innovative venues to host your events. Our event space offers a unique and memorable backdrop for any occasion. Plus, our experienced team will work with you to ensure your event is successful.

Size of the Event Space

You can’t very well have a big party in a tiny space – unless you want your guests to be cramped and uncomfortable. But who wants that? Nobody, that’s who!

Determine how many people you plan to invite, and once you have the number, you can start looking for an event space that will comfortably accommodate all of your guests. And trust me, it’s worth taking the time to find the right size Venue.

Because there’s nothing worse than an overcrowded room – except maybe an empty one. Villa Ragusa gets you sufficient space for a crowd of 650 people, and that’s often more than you need.


The term “ambiance” can be challenging to define, but we all know it when we feel it. Whether planning a small dinner party or a large corporate event, the right atmosphere is essential for creating a memorable experience.

A converted warehouse might be perfect for an edgy fashion show, but it probably wouldn’t be ideal for a gala fundraiser. Likewise, an elegantly appointed ballroom might be just the thing for a black-tie affair, but it would be out of place at an outdoor concert. The key is to choose a space that complements the tone of your event.

Services and Amenities

When planning an event, you must ensure that the venue you choose has the right services and amenities to make your event a success. After all, you don’t want your guests to be left without a place to sit or not have enough outlets to charge their phones. And food and drink are essential for any event, so you’ll need to ensure a catering kitchen on-site.

Of course, if you’re planning a truly unforgettable event, you’ll want to choose a venue with all the bells and whistles, like a dance floor, state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, and an in-house event planner. Whatever your needs, Villa Ragusa has the services and amenities you need to make your event a success.

Champagne Toasts at a Wedding

Champagne Toasts at a Wedding

The champagne toast has become an important cog in the wheel of a wedding reception. The toast gives the people closest to the newlyweds to say something and show their appreciation. In most cases, the best man is the first to toast, followed by the maid of honor, but this is not cast in stone.

The bride or the bridegroom can ask anyone to toast the champ, dip in nostalgia over old memories and bring a tear to heartfelt sentiments.

Several people wish to raise a toast for the bride and groom, and in the absence of a solid plan, everything can go up in the air. Therefore, each toast should not last more than a couple of minutes.

The Basics of Raising a Toast

You’d wish you had a written speech when you rise to give a toast, and all eyes are on you with anticipation. To avoid the little embarrassing mishaps and uncomfortable chuckles, have a notecard where you write and refer to the important points.

Make sure that everyone has their glass before you start with the pleasantries. If the champagne is in bottles, let the attendees know that they can now fill their glasses before you start with the walk down the memory lane.

Test the microphone and make sure it is working alright and review your notes before you begin. Throw an acknowledging glance at the couple to refresh your memories, and then start with the pleasantries. Go slow on the exaggerations and humor. It could turn embarrassing.

The rest of the toast should be delivered by glancing at the couple, your notes, and the crowd. After your speech delivery, ask everyone to raise their glasses to the couple as you raise yours. Tap it with the glasses of those close by. Hug the bride and the bridegroom if you are close to them, and then pass the mic to the next in line to toast as well.

Villa Ragusa has the amenities and champs to make the wedding reception the most memorable event. Our caterers are always ready to give a hand whenever necessary.

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.


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!

Hiring a Wedding Planner: The Benefits

Hiring a Wedding Planner: The Benefits

We all have an idea of what the perfect wedding looks like and what we would want when walking down the aisle. But as most find out, planning a wedding is easier said than done.

Typically, the activity demands a higher level of attention to detail and patience, which most people cannot afford with so much on their plate.

Hiring a wedding planner is an excellent way of getting around it, and the best part, you may get a movie-perfect wedding.

So, which are the benefits?

Get Value for Money

Wedding planners that have been in business for a while know what’s important, even for the wedding of your dreams. They can work with your budget to get the best bang for your buck. Wedding planners know the best vendors, and their relationship with these vendors puts them in the best position to negotiate for better prices.

Keep Everything on Track

An experienced wedding planner understands your vision and budget, and so they work to accomplish everything to satisfaction. All attention is on your big day and they make sure every detail is according to plan.

The bride and bridegroom’s desire is to actualize their dream wedding and a wedding planner can make it happen.

Reduce Stress of the Big Day

Keeping things stress-free and streamlined in a wedding is the primary goal. As the days grow closer, tension mounts for the couples and their families. Anything that could go wrong at such a time usually does, if not handled appropriately.

A professional wedding planner has numerous wedding events organized under their belt, and they have the right state of mind to keep everything flowing smoothly.

At Villa Ragusa, you are free to bring an outside caterer, and you can pick the brain of our event organizers. We understand how important the day is to you and our event space services are designed to make it a success.

The Bridesmaid Dress Ideas

The Bridesmaid Dress Ideas

Every wife-to-be desires a picture-perfect wedding, with pomp and splendor. Katherine Heigl in the all-time classic, 27 Dresses, epitomizes the kind of bridesmaid attire that every bride wishes they had, well, maybe at least at the time. The contemporary bridesmaid dresses are trendier, more visually satiating and chic.

There are several full-on stylish dress options you can pick for the bridesmaids to make the whole event visually spectacular and memorable for a lifetime. If you are short on ideas, the following suggestions may help.

The One-Shoulder Dresses

The asymmetrical detail dresses are at the top of the bridesmaid dress trends list, and it screams perfection. There are several colors to pick from, ranging from the elegant gunmetal, soft neutral, classic navy, bold and vibrant hues, royal purple, and dark shades.

Preferably, the bouquets should complement the colors of the dresses. For example, the plum jewel tone on monochromatic dresses goes well with bouquets adorning a lighter shade.

The same dress style, such as the elegant, bold hues, gives the event some sense of sophistication for all the bridesmaids. Let every maid pick the color of their shoes to let individual personalities shine through.

Mismatched Gowns

A mismatched bridal party has its place on the big day. For example, the Carolina Herrera dresses, or other styles with touches of the classy and sassy, are incredibly adorable, similar to shades of coral and poppy for any wedding event.

Different necklines, unique patterns, and shades of neutrals or the bohemian style dresses are also easy stand-outs. And of course, we all know that one girl who loves everything shiny. Sequins will definitely lift their spirit and of everyone, and which is the main idea.

Skirts in prints announce class and good taste. They deserve their very own photo-op, and why not?

The charm of European architecture, natural woodwork, and marble columns at Villa Ragusa are the final touches to make your nuptials a ‘princess affair.’ We will also throw in some professional and experienced help to make it a successful wedding that you deserve. Contact us today.