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.
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.
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.
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?
Is there a dance floor in the room you’ll be using?
If something comes up and you have to delay your wedding, are you able to cancel or reschedule without a penalty?
Is parking adequate for the number of guests you’re expecting?
Are there less expensive dates? Some venues offer lower rental fees for certain times of the week or year.
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.
Picking your wedding venue might not be quite as stressful as picking the menu, caterer or the dress, but it is one more thing that you’ll need to do. And you should do this first, when you have a specific date in mind. Banquet halls have only so much space and their schedule fills up fast. So, here is a wedding spot that will have everything you need.
Exchanging vows is usually done in a church or a cute park setting. Then everyone will drive to the reception after the ceremony. Villa Ragusa is the perfect wedding venue for your reception. From small to large weddings, this is a beautiful space with open air balconies. It even has a grand staircase for you to ascend in your flowing wedding gown.
Aside from the beauty of this restored bank building that is loaded with marble and mahogany woodwork throughout, one of the reasons brides like this particular place is that the onsite catering is optional. You are free to bring in an outside caterer of your choice. There are very few wedding venues that will allow this.
This banquet hall is a 12,000 square foot building. The space for your wedding is configured to the size you need and most every room will include balcony access on the outside wall. With the high ceilings, every space has all the roominess you need for your decorations and guest tables. Our staff will guide you on the easiest ways to use the space for your decorating ideas.
The Villa Ragusa building is downtown Campbell, CA, and overlooks the quaint, small downtown area. It is an ideal view. The staff is very helpful in guiding you through menus, appetizers and drink selections for your big day. Browse our wedding packages for reception ideas.