WEDDINGS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

the Garden has built up a reputation for painstaking, comprehensive services in hosting wedding receptions & similar party occasions

 

Off-beat ‘editorial,’ specially written for The Garden by JOHN EAMES, Consiglière on all words in English

THE ESSENTIAL RAVELLO

 

 

1.Why the Garden?

The setting – the travel writer’s “view to die for.” Ravello is arguably the best location on the Amalfi Coasts for every bride’s “Italian Dream Wedding.”
The hosts – the Mansi family, who over three generations has offered guests at the hotel & restaurant an experience of the genuinely warm hospitality, distinctive culture, & fine, fresh foods of the Italian “Deep South.”
The celebrations: From lavish to “local” – from a banquet to something smaller & (paesano) simpler – but still excellent. At whichever level, The Garden offers good value for money in comparison with other venues in Ravello & elsewhere on the Amalfi Coast.

2.The setting:

At the centre of historic Ravello, adjoining the fabled “Enchanted Garden” of the Villa Rufolo, with wide, open terraces overlooking the Amalfi Coast – the “World Heritage Site” described by legions of visiting writers and artists as “the most dramatic and inspirational meeting of land and sea on Earth.”

3.Menus & costs

All celebration lunches & dinners are custom-made on advice from the party hosts.
The weddings’ managers – Marco, Patrizia & Anna – would be pleased to discuss & cost the arrangements by exchange of emails.
Three sample, table d’hote menus have been prepared for email dispatch on request.
On advice, the Chef would provide special menus for children, vegetarians, or to meet requests (if they can) for religiously prescribed or dietary foods & preparation.

4.The cuisine

On the sea, but in the mountains, The Garden chefs make the best of both natural environments. On the basis of traditional Neapolitan cooking, the dishes are prepared almost exclusively from fresh local produce – organic, where possible.
The cuisine is not over-complicated (nor over-sauced). But the piatti are imaginatively conceived & presented by our Chef under the guidance of Marco Mansi, our managerial, true aficionado of regional food & wines.

5.The marriage services

Advice on, or oversight of, formalities/arrangements for Church, Civil (Town Hall) & “Symbolic” marriage formalities.

6.Arrangements for other services

• For the bride’s preparation – hairdresser & beautician, assistance with dressing, etc. Also “grooming“ for the groom, of course, as requested.
• Video & still photography
• Flowers – supply & creative floral presentations
• Live musicians & background CD music (see below)

7.Before the party:

Guest “welcoming” cocktails/other drinks, canapés & hot finger-food.

8.During lunch/dinner

“Serenading troubadour(s)” with guitar or mandolin, or other traditional Neapolitan musicians. Unobtrusive CD music selected by our staff “DJ.” (Italian classical or “universally romantic) Guests are also invited to bring their own favourite CDs.

9.After dinner:

Open bar. Small guitar/keyboard group for dancing*

*NOTE: In consideration for other guests, we must curtail loud music in the late evening, but a disco or small combo for after-dinner dancing can be arranged if all rooms are taken by party guests.

No music is permitted after mid-night by local statute.

10.Small, traditional touches

“Bomboniere” – small, souvenir gift packages for the guests, usually containing sugared almonds. Neapolitan artigianale ice-creams; a traditional wedding cake (light, lemon sponge) & other special patisserie.

11.Room and table settings

Also for discussion and costing would be the general décor for the occasion, including arrangements of fresh flowers, table centre-pieces, etc.

12.Spaces & capacity*

• Dining room – 40-50 covers, all guest seated. Any table configuration – 20-30 would not be unusual on an assembly of rectangular tables or arranged in a U-shape.

• Glass-walled Reception Room: up to 100 people seated – more if standing at a cocktail party.

• Three belvedere terraces: between 80-100 guests on each

*These are recommended maximums for each area to avoid over-crowding & inconvenience to other guests. Hosting larger parties would be possible, but by over-spilling from one space to another.

NOTE: Exclusive use of these areas and the hire of additional waiting/bar staff may incur additional costs, depending on numbers & catering arrangements.