One of you proposed. The other one of you accepted. Now tell the whole entire world about your engagement and celebrate your excitement of your commitment to each other with friends and family. Here are some ideas and what is next for the two of you lovebirds.
You simply must, must, must have an engagement party. Of course, this is necessary for an obvious reason, it’s one of the best excuses for a party! You want all of your friends and family to share in your joy, get drunk then give you loads of hilarious advice, some of which will actually make sense, so listen carefully.
You want an elegant party with a bit of a crowd. So, book a room that can fit both of your families and besties. This isn’t the type of party where you go super small, because you’ll need the joy to keep flowing.
While you want a bit of a crowd, you don’t want to upstage your own wedding. Everyone will expect your wedding to be way better than the engagement party, so minimalize the party aspect of this celebration.
A nice dinner and some kibitzing before and after the dinner would be perfect. But save the photo booths, entertainers and lavish party favors for the actual wedding. This party is all about your best peeps telling you congratulations and giving you advice on having a wedding and a little about what to expect from married life.
Rent a room and have it catered. Parties are exhausting to set up and tear down. You and your future spouse should do the planning, possibly with the help of a professional event planner. Then turn it over to your favorite caterer and Villa Ragusa for the room.
Congratulations on your engagement from Villa Ragusa. We hope your engagement party and wedding ahead is everything you dreamed it would be.
Having an unforgettable wedding reception is the ultimate goal, right? Well, only in a good way, of course! Here are some unforgettable acts that will prove to be the best wedding reception activities for your wedding that everyone will love.
Wedding Reception Activities
Ready for something very different than a violin trio playing Vivaldi? Here are some great acts from around the San Francisco Bay Area that will come to your reception to entertain you and all your guests.
Hire a Vaudeville Act
Yes, it isn’t too late. There are still Vaudeville acts that will make your party the best ever. Here is one couple that will keep your guests laughing.
Daredevil Chicken 617-543-8633
As seen on ABC’s The Gong Show, A husband & wife duo performing comedy & vaudeville, magic, acrobatics, quick change, puppetry and banana juggling! Las Vegas flair meets pop-glam.
Belly dancing is always so fascinating, mesmerizing and a little sexy in a way that is still wholesome for your kids and great-grandparents.
Romanza Dance Entertainment (415) 794-7463
Romanza Belly Dance Event Entertainment specializes in instruction and performances of enchanting dance from the Middle East & Central Asia.
Mini Circus Acts
From unforgettable gymnastic presentations to LED light robots to strolling stage acts working the crowd, there is so much to love with these acts you used to see in the circus. Circosphere has so many acts that you’ll need to browse them all on their website.
Dixieland Jazz Band
Vaud and the Villains
Don’t hire a DJ, hire the band. There is a band that is equal parts orchestra, jazz band, cabaret and Vaudeville. Every single wedding guest will jump to their feet and dance, sing and cheer – for hours.
Ask Our Events Coordinator
Our Events Coordinator at Villa Ragusa loves to help people plan their wedding reception activities. Check with her for some more great ideas for your reception.
Fun wedding reception activities should be planned for everyone to engage in, from the children to great-grandma. There are some choices that will make your wedding reception an unforgettable experience for all your guests.
Fun Wedding Reception Activities
There are some amazingly fun wedding reception activities these days. Here are some unique ideas that are wedding trendsetters.
Everyone loves to watch a magician, especially if he is in the crowd working close-up magic. Hire one or more magicians to entertain your guests.
There are a lot of different fire performers that will wow guests at your outdoor wedding. Not all of them are swallowing flaming swords, some have very creative ways to entertain your family and friends.
It should be easy to find a comedy troupe or singing waiters to excite the crowd, given there are so many theater actors and entertainers to choose from in the Bay Area. They blend into the crowd and start performing when guests least expect it.
Shockingly entertaining are living statues. These are actors in full makeup that look exactly like a plaster statue – until they start moving!
Let your guests try their hand at spinning the wheel or playing a little blackjack. Any money raised will go toward a predetermined, worthy charity.
Hire a dance troupe that can be hip hop, ballet dancers or traditional folk dancers. Guests will be in awe of the professional dance moves and try to join in.
Only certain venues will be able to accommodate these amazing performers. They hang by scarves twisting and turning in a beautiful dance. It is amazing to watch.
A Glamorous Cabaret
Cabaret isn’t just for Paris anymore. There are many cabaret acts that are not only sexy, but will entertain while they sing and dance to the joyful cheers of the crowd.
We want your wedding as incredible and entertaining as possible. We are happy to help you with some more ideas for fun wedding reception activities and entertainers. Ask for an appointment for planning your reception at our facility.
When planning your wedding there is a lot to know, especially when it comes to the wedding event hall. It is so easy to go over budget, so you need to plan ahead to make sure in the end you’ll be right on budget. Here are some things to plan for.
Wedding Event Halls
The first thing you need to know is that wedding event halls have two sets of prices. Their highest pricing is on weekends, holidays and other popular wedding days. If you want that fabulous place for your wedding, pick one of the less popular days of the month. You will save a considerable amount of money.
Another thing to watch out for are overtime fees. Make sure you are out on time. If the wedding reception is rocking it’s tough to quit. But if you don’t quit you might be paying the DJ overtime, the caterer, bartender and for the room. So, allow ample time for the party and budget for it.
If the hall requires you to do the cleanup, consider budgeting for the wedding hall to do it for you. None of your friends wants to clean up and unless they run a housekeeping company, they won’t do a very good job. So, either pay the hall to clean up or hire a cleaning crew to come in and do it for you.
Remember that all the people you hire will need to be tipped. Put money in the budget for tipping the minister, DJ, catering company, servers, delivery drivers, and valet parking attendants.
It is very easy to get carried away with wedding favors, but all those cute ideas cost big bucks when it is hundreds of guests. Set a budget for the favors and stick to it. Keep it simple.
At Villa Ragussa, we’re a wedding event hall that is happy to help you keep to your budget for your reception. Our staff loves to give advice for weddings. Have a discussion with us about costs and coming in on or under budget.
Your wedding space needs to be organized in a functional way, of course, but going beyond a good use of space there are some elegant trends for 2019. And no, overly puffy sleeves on bridesmaids has yet to go retro, oh darn. Here are the newest trends for wedding receptions that will put you ahead of everyone who will want them later.
Every year there are some trends that take wedding design into a new fun and interesting area. The year 2019 is no different. Here is what you’re going to see a lot of this year.
Speaking of going retro, we can go back many decades or even centuries for this new trend. It is velvet! If your wedding is in the chilly months, warm up the table with a deep grey, lightly designed velvet table cloth.
Put your very first new Monogram on everything, cookie boxes, linen napkins, goodie bags and banners. Just brand the heck out of yourselves, the new couple in town.
Especially in the spring and summer, use loads of natural greenery to give a natural background to your floral arrangements. It gives everything a fresh scent and allows your flowers to really pop.
Have your reception in a historical building that brings old world elegance and style into your wedding space. Combined with a shabby chic decorated wedding, this makes a beautiful, romantic design.
This year the flower arrangements and bouquets are hanging from above instead of taking up valuable tablespace. The food is now the centerpiece of the table.
Make your guests toss the phone in the basket upon entry and lock them up in the event space’s safe. Nobody wants a wedding full of people staring down at their phones. Offer professional photographer keepsake photos to replace the selfies they won’t be able to take.
When planning your wedding space, give us a call. We love to offer suggestions that will set your wedding apart from all others.
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.
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.