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.
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Weddings are some of those important events that tend to linger in everyone’s mind for a lifetime, and admittedly so. This is because they are the most talked about, and it is imperative that everything comes out perfect. If you plan on a traditional wedding dance, it is vital to dance the right way and in order.
Nonetheless, you should not limit yourself. Customize the dance according to the tastes and needs of the wedding couple. After all, it is their big day. The desire is to make it unique and memorable, not uncomfortable.
The Order of the Traditional Wedding Dance
The first honor for the dance goes to the groom and bride. The couple must practice the dance several times before the big day. Remember that everyone will be watching, and any missteps might take a long time to forget.
The bride’s father is the next to take the floor with the bride, and the mother of the bride with the groom. Next, the bride’s father dances with the mother, and the groom extends his hand to his mother to dance. The groom’s parents are next in line to dance with each other.
Thereafter, the best man and each groomsman may dance with the bride, and the groom with the bridesmaids. Depending on the length of the wedding reception, this dance can be for partial or full songs. Lastly, wedding guests are allowed to join in.
Of course, the traditional wedding dance’s primary goal is to have fun, and if necessary, everything is editable to achieve it. Some variables, such as a deceased or disabled parent, may affect the traditional wedding dance order, but be sure nobody is excluded because of a disability. Keep in mind that the wedding dance order is not cast in stone.
At Villa Ragusa, there is plenty of room for traditional wedding dances, and our staff is at your disposal to help make the reception successful.
Everyone wants a picture-perfect event, with attention to detail. We all have different tastes and preferences, which most banquet halls or event places may not accommodate. In such a case, outside catering comes in handy. In Silicon Valley, there are not many event places that allow outside catering.
Here is What You Receive at Villa Ragusa
For outside catering, it is a requirement to purchase beverages from Villa Ragusa. The event place provides barware unless you bring your own. We will require an on-site catering manager to ensure that everything flows smoothly.
Normally, there are about 7 bar packages you can choose from to entertain your guests. The simple package includes soft drinks and juice, while the essential package is juice soft drinks and a cash bar. You may prefer the usual package: a cash bar, tab bar, juice, and soft drinks.
The traditional package has house wine, tap bar, juice, soft drinks, and a cash bar. On the other hand, the “priceless” package incorporates Well Brands, cash bar, house wine, tap beer, juice, and soft drinks.
Sit down dinners at the reception and buffets can be done with your own caterer. For the guidelines that your caterer needs to follow, please see our catering information.
Premium brand liquor, Well Brands, draft beer, house wine, soft drinks, and juice are in the “finest” package. The full package will have everything mentioned plus bottled water, premium wine, and champagne.
Villa Ragusa has up to 6 galleries with different capacities. The gallery with the lowest capacity is The West Gallery, which can accommodate up to 170 guests. The Grand Gallery is the highest with a capacity of 600 guests.
Please note that all the room rentals are according to a 5-hour period. You can still arrange for additional hours at an additional fee.
Day of Coordination
Our team will be on hand to help ensure that the day becomes a memorable one. The event team will maintain good cooperation and communication with the vendors, and help with the ceremony rehearsal, as well as, help the ushers on the big day. Our people will also set up the reception and help on the day of the reception.
At Villa Ragusa, our goal is to ensure that everything turns out as you had imagined. Contact us if you are looking for a banquet hall in Silicon Valley that allows outside catering.
You can settle for an intimate and personalized wedding atmosphere and make it the most memorable. But having a small wedding doesn’t mean that you have to keep it modest with the celebrations. If anything, it can open up a realm of wedding ideas, only applicable to an exclusive guest list.
We sample a few of the best small wedding ideas below.
Finding an Appropriate Venue for a Small Group
A group of around 12 people is all you need for an extra personal celebration. We recommend a location that is car accessible, unique and elegant to grace the special occasion. The location plays a big part in encouraging both sides of the family to interact and enjoy the company.
Having your loved ones with you makes it feel like a unique blend of wedding and vacation – precisely what you need for the big day.
Curated Gift Boxes
Curating gift boxes for everyone, customized to preferences and location is an excellent idea to thank your guests for accepting the invitation. You can include essential items such as a facemask and sanitizer in the gift box. You can never be too careful in this COVID-19 era. Of course, don’t forget a thank you note.
Upgrade the Menu
The wedding meal is the foundation of a happy and memorable wedding celebration. A small wedding guest list allows you some freedom with the meal budget. Upgrade it with unique wine pairings, extra appetizers, and creative food presentations. You can include a menu card on every plate for the VIP treatment.
The full-service on-site catering, with entrees and classic American appetizers, is available at Villa Ragusa. The serving staff and catering department are at your beck and call to make your intimate wedding a truly memorable event.
Incorporate a Creative Seating Arrangement
A small intimate wedding allows you the flexibility of seating layout. For example, a long banquet table to accommodate everyone will come in handy. With social distancing rules, you can go with two people at each small table and focus on the layout, such as a circular or u-shaped arrangement.
The event space at Villa Ragusa can accommodate any seating arrangement that you have in mind. You are free to pick the brain of our event’s organizer if you can’t come up with something worth an intimate wedding.
The best thing about a small intimate wedding is that you have a free hand on many things. You can skip on many wedding traditions and be a bit creative.
Entertainment is one crucial area that can help keep the energy going for the small group. You can incorporate some interactive elements, and you won’t have to worry about the small things such as skipping the bouquet toss.
Focus on the Guest Experience
Smaller parties often have a richer experience because of the easier interaction and quality time with everyone. Think of the touches that can make the celebration feel exclusive and unique. For example, you can arrange for a private tasting or even a personal chef.
A wedding is never complete without the Kodak moments. Consider setting up a photo booth that accommodates the interests of your guests. A variety of face masks and costumes for the photo shoot behind the charm of European architecture at Villa Ragusa may stoke the interests of everyone.
For the drink reception, you can have a magician do their thing with card tricks. Add harps for their most romantic sounds, and you can have them at the drinking reception. The relaxing view of Downtown Campbell at Villa Ragusa only serves to make the moment even more special.
A small intimate wedding allows you to break away from the tradition and experiment with some great ideas such as a designer wedding cake. The event organizer at Villa Ragusa can give you a hand with some fun ideas.
Disco is a party essential, and it should incorporate a playlist that spans two to three generations to get everyone dancing.
Other ideas include a table trivia to entertain everyone between courses. You can also have an awards ceremony for such categories as best man and best-dressed guest. And everyone will have the time of their lives.
Undoubtedly, wisdom increases with age, but so does the love of your grandparents. Their love and influence is the adhesive that keeps the family together. They dreamt of you lovingly even before you were born.
Well, their wedding anniversary is around the corner, and you can’t figure out the best way to appreciate them. So how do you appreciate your grandparents on their special day?
An Extended Family Get-Together
Nothing fills the hearts of your grandparents with so much gladness, like seeing their familial loved ones together. Surprise them by having every member of the extended family together to celebrate the special day.
The unique banquet hall at Villa Ragusa has exceptional rooms. They can be resized to accommodate a get-together of up to 650 people. The event space has a lot of natural light and a European theme to create an intimate moment.
A Romantic Dinner Date
A romantic dinner date is never complete without the most exotic and finest dishes. A fine dine out at an exotic place will light up their faces and make them know how much you appreciate them.
Villa Ragusa has a wide variety of menu choices. If your grandparents have a special favorite dish, the staff at Villa Ragusa can create a custom menu, with drink service and butler passed hors d’ oeuvres.
A humorous skit to honor the special day will fill the hearts of your grandparents with joy. Make your grandpa and grandma overjoyed with laughter as they point fingers at different members of the family in costumes.
The venue rooms at Villa Ragusa are expansive, airy, and open for a humorous skit. You can decorate it as you wish to accommodate a humorous theme. Our staff is at your disposal for ideas on how to decorate the event space.