Make Your Wedding Reception the Best Party Ever!

Make Your Wedding Reception the Best Party Ever!

It is your wedding reception and you’re probably so excited about getting married that it is difficult to make set plans. The ideas are probably just whirling in your head and you have no idea which are best and which you should pass on for your huge celebration.

Wedding Reception

The wedding reception is the big party to celebrate and present the happy couple’s life commitment to each other. It should be the grandest party you’ll ever have as a family, if this is your first wedding. If it is a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or even an 8th, a quaint celebration is perfectly acceptable, too.

Villa Ragusa has many options for your to explore when you’re picking your venue for the reception. You have choices on whether or not to use a dance floor, a small gathering of family and close friends in a smaller room or a huge reception with everyone you know in a very large room.

Seating and the meal are something to give a lot of thought to. Some couples have a limited menu dinner with full service. Waitstaff will serve every course along with wine and coffee. Other couples like the idea of a big buffet with oodles of choices in dinner entrees, salads and desserts. Each choice has its benefits and drawbacks. Whichever way you find you want your wedding to be, Villa Ragusa will support your decision. We also allow you to bring in an outside caterer, a choice that most venues do not allow. But we want your reception to be exactly the way you’d like it.

Give us a call for an appointment to discuss what you’d like to do with your wedding reception. We can give you lots of ideas, too. We are specialists in planning receptions and parties. We are happy to share our experience and knowledge of how to put on the best party.

Make Your Wedding Banquet a Beautiful Romantic Money Saver

Make Your Wedding Banquet a Beautiful Romantic Money Saver

Your wedding banquet is going to be so amazing! Usually amazing costs a lot of money and really, your money is better spent on starting your new life together. So, here is an idea that will let you budget your money elsewhere and still put on an incredible celebration of your vows.

Wedding Banquet

By shifting the wedding banquet from evening to the daytime, you will save a lot of money. An early reception might save money on the social hall, given they can still rent the hall after your event.

But beyond the social hall where the reception is held, you’ll save money on the caterer, liquor and entertainment, too. Every step of the way there is savings.

The caterer might be able to do another event after yours, but more importantly you’ll have a lighter meal. Luncheons are not as elaborate as dinners. They are quicker without so many courses, possibly just a soup and entrée followed by an array of small desserts.

The entertainment is where things get creative. Dancing is not expected in the middle of the day, so light music playing is perfect. You can have a string quartet for the entire reception for music. Even streaming music is acceptable. But you’ll need to have fun, memorable things to do in place of dancing.

One of those fun things of late are photo booths and wedding books. There are services that will show up with a photo booth to take costumed photos of the guests one or two at a time. The guests get to keep a video or a keepsake book of the images.

But, for luncheon wedding banquets, sometimes people just want to enjoy each other’s company and sit and chat without any wild activities, especially if the guest list is smaller than 75 family members and friends.

Wedding banquets done as luncheons are intimate, fun and an easy way to reduce the wedding budget. Spend the savings on a down payment on a house.

The Most Forgotten Wedding Spot Items

The Most Forgotten Wedding Spot Items

You’ve pick out the perfect wedding spot for your reception and have everything in place for your big day. But wait! There are some important things you’ve probably forgotten to have on hand for your reception.

Wedding Spot

Your grand wedding spot’s facility that you discovered for your reception probably has everything, right? No, probably not. You will need to bring everything you need. Here are some of the most overlooked items that nobody thinks to bring.

Cake Box

When the baker delivers and sets up the cake, they typically take all their protective packaging with them. It is a tradition in many families to keep the very top of the cake for your first anniversary celebration. Some bakers think to leave a small box for you for that purpose, but many do not. Make sure the request is put in with your cake order. Your event facility isn’t likely to have something like that.

Twilight Time

Some of the most gorgeous photographs are taken during twilight time as the sun is just starting to set. Have your photographer notify you with plenty of time for those beautiful shots.

Gratuities

There are many people to tip after the wedding ceremony and reception. Give envelopes to a designated tip person that have the gratuity already in the envelope and addressed to the receiver.

Gift Table

Assign a person to keep an eye on the gift table and to accept envelopes and cards on your behalf. Have this person deliver the gifts and cards to your home.

Great Planning

Great planning will result in a smooth reception and no worries for the bride and groom. Make your special day a day where you haven’t a care in the world, just the joyous celebration of your new life together.

The Secret Your Wedding Venue Doesn’t Want You to Know

The Secret Your Wedding Venue Doesn’t Want You to Know

Your wedding venue has a secret. It is a secret that they won’t tell you unless you ask before you book your event and it could save you hundreds of dollars.

Wedding Venue

It isn’t that your wedding venue is trying to overcharge you, that isn’t it at all. It is just good business to quote the space for the date you tell them that you want. However, you should really ask this one question before setting your wedding reception date in stone:

“Do you offer discounts for any other dates?”

The not so surprising thing about weddings is that typically every couple wants a Saturday wedding. There are only 52 Saturdays in a year. And if you have your heart set on a June wedding like most brides, you’re competing with a lot of weddings to get one of 4 or 5 Saturdays. That is an expensive dream!

Meanwhile, for all the other days of the week the venue is starving for bookings. So, it makes sense that they’ll offer hefty discounts to the couples that will move their wedding reception to a day or evening during the week. You can save hundreds of dollars by taking advantage of the venue’s slow time.

Of course, you’ll want to avoid Valentine’s Day, any 3-day holiday weekend, big holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve and pretty much any weekend in June. By being willing to change your date to a less popular one, you can have a spectacular wedding venue at discount prices. You’ll still have your dream wedding, it’ll just be on a less attractive date.

Another option is to have your wedding ceremony on a beautiful June Saturday at the church and book the reception at a wedding venue on another day. Contact our staff at Villa Ragusa to find out discounted dates are available for your gorgeous wedding.

When Shopping Wedding Facilities Keep These Points in Mind

When Shopping Wedding Facilities Keep These Points in Mind

Wedding facilities are not all the same. Sure they vary on their setting and how much they can do out of doors, but there are a lot more differences than that. Wedding halls vary greatly in the type of services that they offer and how they divide the rooms to accommodate guests. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re looking for the perfect place for your wedding.

Wedding Facilities

The list of perfect wedding facilities probably has different locations for wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. Most couples start out assuming that both will take place in the same place, but that is not the ideal situation. Gone are the days when couples get married in the church and then have the reception downstairs in the church basement. While it still happens, most couples like to have the perfect ceremony spot and then the perfect wedding hall for the reception.

Your ceremony can be at your favorite church, in a park, in someone’s gorgeous backyard or a public garden. There are so many possibilities, because you don’t need much for the ceremony. You can get away with standing room only or put out hundreds of dressed chairs in isles and rows. A ceremony is usually short for most couples and it can be a fit for just about anywhere. The reception is quite another matter.

A reception needs to be large enough to seat everyone on your guest list and leave enough room for socializing, dancing and eating, but not so big that it looks like most people didn’t show up to the happy occasion. The wedding facilities should allow an outside caterer if you have special dietary concerns for the menu and that can be difficult to find. A dance floor needs to be available if you are going to have dancing. There are many things to consider to ensure your reception is full of happy memories. See the Villa Ragusa facilities page to explore our wedding hall.

What an Ideal Wedding Spot in the Bay Area Includes

What an Ideal Wedding Spot in the Bay Area Includes

There are some questions you should be asking when shopping for a wedding venue. Enjoying the overall ambiance of a venue or the grounds isn’t enough to help you make a perfect wedding spot. This blog post focuses on the reception, not the place you have the actual ceremony.

Wedding Spot for your Reception

The wedding spot you pick to hold your reception needs to be a perfect fit for what you want to do. It’s your wedding and of course, you want everything to be perfect! Here are some things you should ask about when you’re interviewing venues for your reception.

Number of People

The first thing that can be a deal breaker is the number of people the venue can handle. If you’re planning for a 500 guest reception, a venue that is not used to adequately handling that number should be passed on.

Packages

What is included in your wedding package? Does it include wait staff to serve a sit down dinner or only a buffet? Are hand-served appetizers included? How many hours are included?

Dancing

Is there a dance floor in the room you’ll be using?

Cancellation

If something comes up and you have to delay your wedding, are you able to cancel or reschedule without a penalty?

Parking

Is parking adequate for the number of guests you’re expecting?

Discounted Dates

Are there less expensive dates? Some venues offer lower rental fees for certain times of the week or year.

Wedding Venue

Villa Ragua prides itself in making hundreds of weddings possible in the beautiful Villa Ragusa building. Enjoy a wedding spot with open air balconies, dance floors and banquet rooms that can handle smaller, cozy receptions up to hundreds of guests. Give us a call to discuss your wedding reception needs.