How to Plan a Quinceanera

How to Plan a Quinceanera

A quinceanera is an important tradition marking the journey your daughter has taken towards adulthood. If you are a parent looking to plan the perfect celebration for your daughter’s big day, Villa Tuscana is here to help. There is a lot that goes in to planning and throwing the perfect quinceanera, so here are a few tips for ensuring your daughter and guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

What Is Your Budget?

Quinceaneras are major events but can also be costly as many parents want to provide the ultimate experience their daughters will remember forever. Whether you are looking for a basic package or an all-inclusive, deluxe experience, Villa Tuscana has options for you. Take a look at our packages and for a more accurate estimate, reach out to our team. We help you coordinate the entire process, from setting the theme to making sure the DJ, photography and catering are all taken care of.

Giving your daughter a day where she feels like a princess doesn’t have to come at a huge expense, and whatever your budget, we want to make sure all your needs are met.    

What is Your Timeline?

There are a lot of factors that go into making sure your daughter’s quinceanera runs smoothly. A quinceanera celebration is more like a ball than a birthday party, so ideally as a parent you should be planning out all the elements of the celebration at least 9 to 12 months in advance. In the first few months of planning the quinceanera, be sure to go over any design elements and theme for the event and start looking for times to reserve a venue and choose caterers. This is also the time to dress shop and discuss who you want in your daughter’s quinceanera court. The court is a great way for your daughter to share in her special day with close friends and family.

By the six-month mark, you should have a lot of the details finalized, including booking photographers, DJs, florists and other professionals who make sure your event runs smoothly. The weeks leading up to the quinceanera should be about finalizing smaller details like hair and makeup and making sure that invitations have been received.

A quinceanera is an important milestone in your daughter’s life, so it is imperative that you plan ahead and make sure a lot of the logistics are taken care of. By working with our professional team at Villa Tuscana, we take a lot of the stress off you by going above and beyond in ironing out these details.  

What are Your Decoration Ideas?

Whether you are looking for a more traditional, timeless aesthetic for your celebration or more modern elements, with over 40 color themes to choose from, our team makes your dreams a reality. Whether minimal or lavish, decorations are essential in celebrating quinceanaras. Themed decorations are also a great addition to a celebration – whether choosing a common overarching theme like Under the Sea or Old Hollywood, or basing the decor on a specific color palette.

A dress is one of the most important parts of a quinceanera and allows your daughter the chance to wear a beautiful dress in celebration of her milestone. Every parent wants their daughter to feel like a princess, and so finding and fitting a dress is a priority. Popular choices include dresses in more traditional colors like white and pink, but there is also room for variation depending on what your daughter wants.

Who is on Your Guest List?

Many families have different preferences when it comes to who they want to celebrate their daughter’s quinceanera with. Maybe you want a more intimate gathering with just family, or an all-out party with hundreds of people. At Villa Tuscana, we have the space for whatever size celebration you have envisioned and know how important it is to make sure you and your guests have a space where they can enjoy themselves.

Whether for pictures, dancing or cutting the cake, our staff wants to be sure your daughter has enough room for her loved ones to celebrate her on her big day.

Why Choose Villa Tuscana?

Celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday is an important but often stressful event for parents. From guest lists, to catering, to seating arrangements and dress choices, working with a professional venue relieves a lot of the stress and allows for additional benefits that make planning and throwing your event a breeze.

At Villa Tuscana, we offer plenty of space for your daughter’s big day. Our indoor reception halls can accommodate up to 300 guests, so whether you and your family want a big party or more of an intimate celebration, we have room for anything. Whatever your decoration or design needs, our team will make sure everything is taken care of. Photo opportunities are an essential part of any quinceanera celebration, and our courtyard and park provide the perfect backdrop for special photos of your daughter with friends and family. Our park has great views of the natural beauty of Arizona, and our courtyard includes greenery and wood elements that make a perfect background for your photos.  

Quinceaneras are a wonderful way to celebrate your daughter’s journey to maturity, and at Villa Tuscana we want to make sure all your needs are taken care of so you can worry less about the details and more about your daughter’s special day.

Whatever your plans are for your celebration, make sure to check out our packages and contact us today if you need a luxurious venue for your daughter’s quinceanera at an unbeatable price.

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Should You Have Your Wedding Reception Inside or Outside?

Should You Have Your Wedding Reception Inside or Outside?

When it comes time to deciding where to hold your wedding reception, there are many factors to consider. Summer is a popular time for weddings, but in Arizona in particular, the heat can be a key factor in deciding between enjoying dancing outside on long warm nights or opting for a more intimate and temperature-controlled indoor space if the weather gets too unfavorable.  

Indoor Receptions

Indoor receptions are always a popular option, and in Arizona especially are often mandatory because of the heat or other weather conditions. But indoor receptions can still be wonderful options for your wedding in their own right, and allow less worry when it comes to weather, electricity or decorating. If a more formal aesthetic is what you are going for, indoor receptions are an easy choice. Indoor reception spaces provide ample room for decorations and design motifs and have a more classic and timeless appeal than outdoor receptions.

If you really want to get the party going during your reception, it is hard to beat the acoustics and lighting capabilities of most indoor spaces. With a good DJ and lighting rig, indoor spaces are often the best for dancing the night away and allow for light shows and ambience that would not be possible outdoors. And because you are inside, you can turn the music as loud as you want and not have to worry about noise ordinances or complaints. 

One important thing to remember is that you don’t have to have your wedding or reception outside to make the most of the beauty of the desert — photos outside before and after your ceremony still mean you can get some amazing shots, without worrying about you or your guests not being able to handle the heat. The bulk of your ceremony and reception being inside while also being broken up by photos or other activities outside is an ideal compromise if an entirely outside reception isn’t feasible.

Outdoor Receptions

There’s always been something magical about outdoor wedding receptions, even if Arizona summers often make them a little less desirable in reality. But it is often hard to beat the beauty of desert landscapes, and especially if you have a lot of guests or family from out of town, it is often worth braving the heat to enjoy the views. Outdoor receptions also make the need for decorations a lot simpler, as the natural backdrops and other elements already do most of the work for you.    

The last few years have led to a lot of uncertainty and cancellations in the wedding industry, so if you finally have a date set and have the option of inviting a lot more family and friends than you could in 2020, outdoor receptions are great for accommodating any sized guest list. Outdoor receptions also free up your photographers to use natural light and have a lot more mobility, ensuring your pictures will look amazing.

The inclusion of fans with programs, or programs that double as fans, go a long way in ensuring guests stay comfortable and can address their own cooling needs. And with summer also being monsoon season, the concern isn’t always just the heat — rain, lightning and dust storms can be just as much if not more of a concern. That’s why if you are counting on having your reception outside, it’s paramount to have a “plan B” in case of variables, and account for a potential increase in your budget if the worst does happen. The last thing you want on your wedding day is to be enjoying the outdoors and have a haboob roll in. Insects can also be a concern if you opt for an outdoor reception, as you want your guests worrying more about their dance moves and less about mosquitoes.  

Both outdoor and indoor reception venues have pros and cons, and even in the heart of the summer it not always an easy choice. Indoor receptions allow for air-conditioning, which helps ensure your guests are always comfortable, and allow for a lot of decoration and music options to really set the ambience you want. But outdoor receptions also provide a totally unique experience, and if the heat is not too bad and no inclement weather is expected, make for a fun and carefree experience. Depending on your needs, maybe even a mix of the two would be the ideal situation for your special day.


The Benefits of Villa Tuscana

At Villa Tuscana, we offer plenty of space for indoor or outdoor ceremonies and receptions. Our courtyard and park make for great ceremonies and photo shoots, and our ballrooms and reception halls are a great way to beat the heat when the weather warms.

Our indoor reception halls are highlighted by beautiful Tuscan décor and can comfortably accommodate up to 300 guests. With over 40 color themes to choose from, our team makes it easy to bring your most elegant dreams to life. With plenty of room to dance and a DJ taking care of any and all formalities, our all-inclusive packages mean you can enjoy dancing the night away as we take care of everything. With incredible music and lighting effects, we want to make sure your reception will be one to remember.

However, if dancing under the stars or sky is more to your tastes, our outdoor reception spaces can also accommodate you. If the weather permits, why not enjoy long summer nights in our beautifully designed courtyard? Our outdoor reception spaces include a lot of greenery and expertly designed wood elements, making them the perfect place for pictures or partying.   

Whether you choose an indoor or outdoor location for your reception, be sure to check out our wedding packages and contact us today if you need a luxurious venue for your big day at an unbeatable price.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Planning a Summer Wedding

The Do’s and Don’ts of Planning a Summer Wedding

From sunny days and beautiful flowers to delicious seasonal produce and lighter evenings, it’s no surprise that the summer is prime time for wedding planning. But if you’re looking to get married in Phoenix during the hottest season of the year, there are lots of pros and cons that come with planning a summer wedding.

Before you get too deep into the planning process, take a well-deserved break and read on. At Villa Tuscana, we’ve put together a detailed guide on the do’s and don’ts of planning a summer wedding and how to ensure your special day is one that you and your guests will remember for all the right reasons.

Do Send Save-the-Dates Well Ahead of Time

Many people choose to take a vacation during the summer. Sending save-the-date notes or cards well ahead of time will ensure your guests have plenty of time to mark their calendars and plan their time around your big day.

Don’t Forget to Follow Up on Invitations

It’s always a good idea to include an RSVP deadline on your invitations. This will help you to finalize guest numbers with your venue, plan catering, formulate your table plan, and start planning those little extras like wedding favors. People are busy and just because some of your guests haven’t replied, it doesn’t mean your wedding is unimportant to them. Giving them a little nudge with a friendly email, phone call, or message over social media is sure to get those last remaining replies signed, sealed, and delivered.

Do Consider a Backup Venue

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you may want to check whether your venue has a backup plan in the event of bad weather. You never know when a rainstorm may occur, and while it might be over as soon as it’s begun, a few minutes of heavy rain could be all it takes to ruin your carefully made plans. Wind can also be a factor and can wreak havoc on delicate floral arrangements, the bride’s hair, and guests’ hats. While you may not want to consider an alternative to getting married on a beautiful sunny day, having a backup room or area inside your venue will ensure everything else goes to plan even if the sun doesn’t shine.

Do Keep Your Guests Cool and Comfortable

Nobody likes to be uncomfortable in the heat, especially if the bride is fashionably late. You can keep your guests cool and comfortable before and during the ceremony by providing them with hand fans, bottles of water, and shade. Alternatively, you may want to go all out with electric fans placed strategically so that they blend in with your floral arrangements and wedding decor.

Don’t Forget to Keep Your Own Cool

Imagine spending hours having your hair and makeup perfected, only to have it ruined within moments of stepping out into the heat. From wilting updos to melting makeup, there are many ways a hot day can ruin your look. Getting ready in an air-conditioned bridal or groom’s suite will give you a great start when it comes to looking your absolute best and keeping your cool. Invest in a good deodorant, too, and keep wedding makeup light and natural. Ask one of your bridesmaids to keep some makeup in her purse for those pre-photo touchups.

Do Consider a Morning or Evening Ceremony

You don’t have to subject yourself or your guests to sweltering summer heat. By scheduling your wedding ceremony in the morning or evening, you can avoid direct sunlight and unbearable heat and keep everybody comfortable. A morning ceremony will also allow you to get the best light for your photographs and enjoy a longer wedding day.

Do Consider Your Wedding Dress

When shopping for your wedding dress, consider how you will feel wearing it on a hot day. If you have your heart set on a dramatic dress with lots of layers, you may regret your choice if you’re sweating from the moment you step into it. Airy and light dresses are always a safe bet for summer weddings. However, if you’re not prepared to let go of the princess dream, and we don’t blame you, you might want to consider changing into a cooler dress for your reception. You’ll certainly be glad you did once you hit the dancefloor.

Don’t Choose the Wrong Shoes

On a really hot day, the last thing you want is for your feet to swell, or even worse, sweat. If you can, choose shoes that allow your feet to breathe. Leather is always a good choice, but if you’d rather not wear leather for ethical reasons, choose a good pair of fabric or PU-leather strappy sandals. If you really love wearing heels, why not wear them to the ceremony and then change into more comfortable shoes for the reception? Ask one of the bridesmaids to slip some blister prevention pads, baby powder, and non-slip insoles into her purse just in case.

Do Choose Comfortable Bridesmaid Dresses

Your bridesmaids will be there for you throughout the day and at your side when you need them the most. Make sure they are comfortable and cool in dresses that are light, airy, and easy to move around in. Silk, cotton, and chiffon are all great choices. Look for dresses that are shorter in length, that are backless, or have slits up the side to allow plenty of airflow.

Do Choose Flowers That Can Survive the Heat

Flowers are beautiful, but some kinds can quickly start to wilt in the heat. If you are using the services of a florist, they will know exactly which blooms will do well on the hottest days. For example, orchids, calla lilies, and roses should last the whole day if they are of good quality and prepared and arranged properly. Instead of real flowers, you might want to consider silk or satin flowers. Not only will they stand up to the heat, but they also last for years and are perfect for your wedding bouquet.

Don’t Serve Hot and Spicy Food

When the summer is already serving up the heat, you might want to consider your wedding food selection carefully. Hot and spicy foods may only raise the heat even higher and cause your guests to feel uncomfortable. Instead, why not serve lighter foods that are cool, refreshing, and delicious? How about a delicious shrimp and avocado cocktail, or a light chicken and citrus salad? If you really do want to add some spice, serve it on the side in the form of salsas, hot sauces, and chopped chilis so that your guests have a choice.

Do Have the Best Day of Your Life

No matter how high the temperature creeps, it’s still possible to have the best wedding day ever. With a little forward planning and consideration for the small details, you and your guests can focus on having a fabulous time rather than being distracted by being hot and uncomfortable.

Above all else, enjoy every moment. Here at Villa Tuscana, we’ll help you to make it the best day of your life no matter what time of year you choose to get married. With our stunning indoor spaces and outdoor environments, you’ll be all set for having a perfect day.

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Top Wedding Trends of 2022

Top Wedding Trends of 2022

Planning a wedding or tying the knot this year? Here’s what you need to know about the top wedding trends for 2022.

With so many life adjustments over the past two years, it’s no wonder that the wedding industry has experienced its fair share of challenges. That said, with the new year now in full swing and an estimated 2.6 million weddings on the cards for 2022, wedding celebrations are back with a vengeance, combining contemporary trends with traditional old-world charm that is guaranteed to dust off and shake up any event! We’ve researched and summarized the 10 most talked-about wedding ideas as a guide, so without further ado, let’s dive into what you can expect and look forward to in 2022.

1. Party Extraordinaire

It’s official – timid is out, bold is in! If you like making statements, you can’t go wrong by venturing off the beaten track this year. So what’s in and what’s out? According to Vogue online magazine, there is nothing like a theme to break loose from overused trends. Not only does it create an element of surprise for your guests, but it also puts whimsy, humor, and a generous helping of fun back into your special day. We’re not talking “Game of Thrones” or “Superheroes” themes (unless that’s what you would enjoy). Think themes such as a “Silver Soiree,” “Bohemian Nights,” “20s Gatsby,” or a “Magical Night in Paris” that will add a unique blend of flair and color to your day from start to finish and keep your guests toe-tapping all through the day (and night).

2. Aesthetical Décor

Unless you’re dead-set on twinkle light ceilings, muted color hues, and monogrammed dance floors, creating a wedding with your shared interests at heart can put an artistic spin on your event and make it completely unique. If art is your thing, it can be used as a central theme or incorporated into table center displays, used as a grand entrance backdrop, all through to the more minor details such as wedding guest gifts. Generally, flowers make up most of the wedding décor; however, due to the surging demand for postponed events, alternative design elements such as wallpaper accents can provide a similar aesthetic effect. Traditional colors such as pink, rose, and peach will always be in fashion; however, new spring and summer weddings trends include daffodil yellow, rose gold and blush pink, and yellow, blue, and gray.

3. A Big Affair

Restrictions over the past two years haven’t always allowed for Greek-style weddings that included a wide circle of friends and family. But all that is beginning to change. The new trend is “the more, the better,” depending, of course, on personal preference and budget. Event planner Stefanie Cove of Stefanie Cove and Company says: “As much as we loved the intimacy of 2020 weddings, couples are ready to go big. We’ve already seen guest counts increase by a lot.”

4. Stylishly Cozy

Having many guests doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to forfeit a sense of intimacy and familiarity. Special event planner Laurie Arons says transforming big spaces into cozy units is an exciting design challenge she enjoys. “Building little partitioned nooks in a large space, incorporating dining ‘booths’ in addition to tables and chairs, and designing a series of sheltered lounge areas are just some of the ways we’re making big weddings feel intimate and personal this year.”

5. Formal Dress-up

Just when we thought tuxedos and ball gowns were relics of the past, we see a resurgence of people wanting to and enjoying dressing up for weddings. No wonder, as getting dressed to go out has become a very casual affair of late, with more people spending time indoors and opportunities to embrace style and glamour few and far between. Outdoor, indoor, big, or small, there is a dress and tux for every wedding. Wear velvet, crepe, silk, or tulle, but make sure you are dressed for the occasion and make it a formal one! 

6. A Breath of Fresh Air

Another wedding trend for 2022 is having it in the great outdoors! Open spaces and open-air tents are popular choices due to the recent pandemic, and people have become used to open-air environments that make them feel more protected. Open-air weddings also allow for unique decorating possibilities and themed weddings designed towards a spot in nature. 

7. Eco-friendliness

One of the most exciting trends for 2022 is the movement toward sustainable, eco-friendly weddings, from using online save-the-dates and invitations to selecting plastic-free caterers and vendors with greener production. There is a greater awareness of the negative impact of specific décor items, such as balloons and sky lanterns, and a stronger focus on recyclable and reusable items such as glassware, non-toxic candles, and biodegradable confetti. More couples also prefer vegetarian or vegan menus, paving the way for greener weddings.

8. Distinctive Flowers

What would a wedding be without the richly scented fragrance of flowers? Besides putting together arrangements full of variety and texture, the primary trend for wedding flowers in 2022 is color, color, and more color! Unique designs, including hanging florals and large floral installations, are the statement-makers this year. Alisa Smalls, lead floral designer and owner of The Perfect Creation, talks about mixing floral and décor items when she says, “Whether it is a continuous runner of flowers going down the length of the table or a canopy of dripping wisteria above the table, it is sure to create the wow factor and have guests talking about the wedding flowers for days!”

9. Extended Celebrations

Gone are the days of months of planning and preparation to only enjoy it for one day. Many couples are showing that they favor the “wedding weekend” concept, initiating beyond-the-scope of the day welcome parties, brunches, and picnics to extend the celebratory activities and make it an occasion for guests of all ages to enjoy.

10. Refreshing Entertainment

Last on the list, but not least, is the upcoming trend to surprise wedding guests with a healthy dose of suitable entertainment that will make them remember your wedding for many years to come. Enjoying a band performance or Broadway set in the middle of dinner is becoming increasingly popular, including enjoying your favorite wedding drink at a pop-up satellite bar of your choice. 

Whatever your ideas for the perfect wedding, the age-old adage “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe” rings true for the wedding trends of 2022!

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Tips for Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Tips for Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Weddings in the fresh air can be a lovely experience. The luxury of the natural elements, such as fresh air and an open sky, are unrivaled and romantic. That being said, any wedding, whether indoors or out, requires many moving parts. If an outdoor affair is the idea of your dreams, then we’re here with tips for helping you plan the best day.

There are many things to consider when it comes to outdoor wedding etiquette, with the comfort of your guests and loved ones being a number one priority.

Let Your Guests Know

First and foremost, if you fall in love with an outdoor venue, you’ll want to clearly convey this information to guests. Since being outdoors for large swaths of time can be uncomfortable, you want to do everything in your power to enable your guests to prepare ahead of time and take the necessary steps to ensure their own comfort.

We recommend including a note on your invitation or a section on your wedding website that directs people to this information so they can plan accordingly with attire, shoes and other items as needed.

Finding Your Vendor Team

Most professional wedding services, including that of florists, catering companies, rental companies, bands, DJs, officiants and others, are well-versed in outdoor events. You’ll need to do your venue research to be able to field questions about set-up and power needs, but trustworthy vendors will know the questions to ask or logistics required to create a seamless event. There are many inclusive rental companies that aim to supply a majority of outdoor items like tents, tables, chairs, generators and so on.

It’s worth a mention that tents and rental items are in high-demand due to delayed events stemming from COVID. After you secure your venue, you’ll want to knock out this item on your planning checklist sooner rather than later.

Decorations

One of the best things about open air spaces for weddings is that they require fewer decorative details. Whether a backyard, a beach, a mountain, a meadow or somewhere else, let the natural beauty of your environment shine and keep decorations simple. Flowers and lighting are two components that really make any outdoor venue pop.

Contingency Plan

The most critical aspect of planning an outdoor wedding is to create a thoughtful contingency plan in the event of bad weather. Inclement weather is beyond your control, but a backup plan is within your control. Most outdoor environments recommend renting a tent with sidewalls. It’s our recommendation to reserve one in advance, and then once the weather becomes more apparent closer to the day of your event, make the call whether you’ll need to use it or not.

Getting a Planner

All weddings are best served by a professional planner whose sole job is to make your day shine. Outdoor weddings in particular will benefit from their expertise. Since all elements of the party, from the ceremony to cocktail hour, dinner to the dancing party, occur outside, it’s great to have a professional onsite to manage flow and direct vendors. 

Understand Expenses

Couples opting for outdoor weddings should have a firm understanding of their budget. There are many small items that quickly add up and it can be a budget-escalating endeavor to undertake.

Don’t Forget Restrooms

Making sure that clean, accessible bathrooms are nearby is essential for the comfort of your guests. These days, there are a wide variety of rental companies that cater to this very niche.

Lighting

The quickest way to set a romantic mood is with soft lighting. Depending upon your location, you may need to bring in infrastructure and generators to do that. When walking through your venue, take stock of the pathways and figure out directional lighting to help steer your guests to where you need them to go.

Get Creative

Above all else, embrace the site of your dream wedding and find creative ways to make it work. At Villa Tuscana, we provide the best of both worlds. We have stunning indoor spaces and outdoor environments ready to host your perfect day.

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