THE MILANO ROOM on How to Choose the Date for your BIG DAY!


Engagement Season is upon us and THE MILANO ROOM is almost as excited as you are! As you gaze at the BLING on your left hand, you’ll start to wonder what to do next. THE MILANO ROOM is here, as always, to guide you. It’s nearly impossible to do any other thing until you have selected your  date. Many of  your style elements and major decisions will be affected, or even dictated, by the time of year and date  you select.

THE MILANO ROOM infographic boils it down to the beautiful basics!

Eliminate times that are bound to be stressful for either of youExams, or times of the year that are busier in your profession, probably aren’t going anywhere. Consider scheduling around them. Decide how long you want to plan your wedding AND enjoy your engagement. Make sure you give yourself all that, and a little extra. Be courteous to family. Check with the nearest and dearest for dates they may have already “claimed” for a graduation party or special birthday, for example. Right off, you will avoid some stress in your first step!

Imagine how you want your Big Day to look and select the right season for it. Remember style elements you can’t live without, and whether they will be available in the range of dates you have selected.  Tulips, for instance, may be super expensive or even unavailable for a winter wedding. Even some menu must- haves may depend on your time of year.

Consider your locationFestivals or seasonal events have the potential to jack up travel and lodging costs for out- of- town guests. It may even affect vendor pricing or availability. Check the Chamber of Commerce and newspaper website of your chosen location for this important information.

Narrow down to a range of dates to avoid disappointments with vendors you are bound to set your heart on in the planning process.

Finally, call THE MILANO ROOM (904) 461-0102 to schedule a tour of our breathtaking setting before December 31 to score a FREE CHAMPAGNE TOAST. And, to be certain THE MILANO ROOM saves your date for you!

I look forward to working with each of you. Please let me know how I can help.


Meaghan Towne, The Milano Room



Fifteen Fabulous Ways to add FUN to your Milano Room Reception

At THE MILANO ROOM, ways to fire up the FUN at your affair are as limitless as your love for each other. These are some of our favorites in an infographic. THE MILANO ROOM has the know how, and all the space you need, to make it FuN and flawless.

As in all things wedding, let your style be your guide. It always makes good sense to let your style decisions (theme, color, etc.) be reflected in EVERY element of your Big Day! Are you a sentimental couple having a vintage affair? Hire Bogie and Bacall impersonators to banter and pose with your guests.THE MILANO ROOM TIP:  Check  your local community college theatre departments or community theatre groups for enthusiastic, affordable entertainers.

Photo booth or circus clown, whatever your taste in FUN, PICK ONE! Don’t stretch your focus or your budget! Choose something awesome, choose something very you, and let that be EVERYTHING!

Be certain that your venue can accommodate the reception fun you dream of, and that they can keep your offerings private, available for your Honored Guests only. You wouldn’t want your Cirque Du Soleil performer to land in Uncle Bernie’s lap, or  hotel guests fresh from the pool to drip water into your cotton candy cart! The Milano Room has 3,500 square feet of indoor  space alone for your choice in FuN to fly!

THE MILANO ROOM can work with you and whatever amusements you choose, to be sure you and your guests have FABULOUS FuN! Like and follow us on Facebook for loads of pro tips on wedding FuN and so much more. THE MILANO ROOM TIP: Book your FuN wedding in THE MILANO ROOM before the end of the year and receive a FREE CHAMPAGNE TOAST. See Facebook for details, or call (904) 461-0102 to schedule a tour TODAY!RECEPTION EXTRAS IN THE CAN


The Milano Room on CAKE! An Infographic for The St. Augustine Bride.

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The Milano Room FREE CHAMPAGNE TOAST for The St. Augustine Bride


On Having Your Ceremony and Reception at the Same Location


I have been receiving more and more requests from brides and grooms interested in having their ceremony AND reception in The Milano Room. In the same way many choose to write their own vows, ceremonies, as much as receptions, are about each couple’s personal style.

What could be better than creating your own unique nuptials WHILE saving time, money, and making things breezier for your honored guests? At The Milano Room, we love the idea. Here is our need-to-know guide for combining ceremony and reception locales.

FIRST – PLANNING IS JUST EASIER (and cheaper).  If you are doing your own planning, please, re-read that last sentence.

  • All of your vendors have one stop in which to dazzle with their music, flowers, videography, etc. Less room for error this way, and you save money.  Vendors won’t need to charge for added time, labor and travel.
  • Move flower arrangements and other decor from one area to the other. Take this Milano Room Tip: use your ceremony backdrop as a focal point for the reception or vice versa. Save a bit more!
  • You’ll have less hurdles in coordinating cohesive times, even matching dates, with two locations.
  • You won’t be required to include a reception card with your invitation. More savings!
  • You will save on transportation fees for limos and other rental transportation with one drop and pick up point..

SECOND — IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TWO OF YOU The Milano Room knows that modern brides need every moment of their celebration to be a very personal statement. Why not make the most meaningful part of the day the most uniquely yours? A venue, more than a House of Worship, art gallery, or public space allows flexibility in decor. Copious pillar candles that can be reassigned to the cocktail area or dining room have a romantic effect. Paper flower garlands are chic, inexpensive, and can be reused to decorate for the couple’s first dinner party!

You can MIX IT UP! I have met two couples recently who tinkered with the traditional timing of things; one by having the guests enjoy a     Cocktail Hour before the ceremony, while the bridal party took photos. A tea and lemonade station with a Milano Room Antipasto Platter would be a great choice for that scenario. Another couple actually chose to have the ceremony AFTER the reception. Both were fun-filled and showcased the couples’ unique personalities.

THIRD — YOUR HONORED GUESTS  WILL LOVE YOU EVEN MORE FOR HAVING THE CEREMONY AND THE RECEPTION IN ONE PLACE A reception is intended to be an extension of hospitality to your guests. It follows that couples would want to make the day as easy, and enjoyable for them as possible. Gaps between ceremony and reception are “acceptable,” but the truth is, your guests don’t like them.

Some guests will feel left out if they aren’t invited to the “I Do’s.” It is the reason we are all in our party clothes, after all! You can avoid hurt feelings by having the same guest list and moving everyone together through the festivities.

While you are taking post ceremony photos, guests are well-looked-after and entertained, leaving you to give that carefree smile of yours for the scrapbook.

A long gap between itinerary items poses a number of concerns. Our years of experience at The Milano Room have led us to always advise AGAINST taking on “a number of concerns.” You are expected to provide some amenities, or at least suggest activities for your guests when they have time to kill between your ceremony and reception. A hospitality suite, like any option to provide entertainment and refreshment, is an added expense. Too often, guests choose to kill that free time on a pub crawl, leading to a very messy reception replete with unsavory memories.

  • Having both your ceremony and reception in The Milano Room is a brilliant way to create the smoothest flow for you AND your guests between the moments of your Big Day (and keep some extra cash in your budget)!
  • You choose your colors, theme, and styles with such care that it makes sense to have them shine throughout your wedding event.

Contact The Milano Room today about YOUR ceremony and reception plans. We can’t wait to hear them!


Meaghan Towne

Director of Marketing and Group Celebrations
The Milano Room at Amici Italian Restaurant

Premiere Bridal Expo and Congratulations!

Yesterday, the 19th of February, 2017, we had the pleasure of meeting beautiful, brides-to-be at the Premier Bridal Expo at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.  I want to thank each of you for taking the time to speak with me. I hope that I was able to provide you with some great information regarding our venue and services. This event enabled us to showcase what we offer, give information on other services we provide and see some fantastic vendor set-ups.

We held a drawing for a “Complimentary Champagne Toast” for 50 or more guests, with a wedding reception that was booked by July 31, 2017, and MARIAH RIVERA IS OUR LUCKY WINNER!!!  CONGRATULATIONS!!!  I am so excited to be giving her this news!  I shared this on our website, and our Facebook,

If you are looking for that dream wedding reception venue, The Milano Room has exactly what you are seeking.

Thank you again.

Veronica Barth

The Milano Room

St. Augustine Florida



Premiere Bridal Expo

What an exciting event we are attending!  On February 19, 2017, The Milano Room is gonig to be a vendor at the Premiere Bride of Northeat Florida’s bridal expo at the World Golf Village.  We are so thrilled to be a part of such a spectacular day.  Grab your friends, gather your brides to be and come see us! There will be many vendors there, so we know you will accummulate an abundance of useful and fun information. Set your date and make sure you come see us!



Perfect Location for a Perfect Day

The Milano Room ambience captures the heart of those who are able to enjoy be guests at any event hosted.  From the beautiful chandeliers to the Ivory colored linen, the Milano Room has exactly what you are seeking.  Your guests will be in awe, your food will be fresh and filling and you create memories for a life time.

Our granite bar is fully stocked and prepared to provide what you desire; from beer to cocktails and champagne.   We can even help you create your OWN signature cocktail to serve to all your guests.

Our Wedding Package Menu has all the information you will need to design THE perfect menu for your reception.  Your ideas allow us to work with you to make sure everything is flawless.  We offer hot and cold hors d’ oeuvres, beautifully plated or buffet style entrees (with a carving station)  and delicious desserts for the enjoyment of those in attendance.

We even offer an incredible Three (3) Hour Cocktail Party menu for you and your guests. The variety of this menu is remarkable.  These hors d’ oeuvres are butler passed or stationary.  How fun is the idea of your guests being served butler style?  The conversations and exchanges keep your guests happy and making memories.

The beauty of the Milano Room, your dream and ideas and the love that is shared for your event is priceless.  Give us a call today and schedule an appointment to come see for yourself.  Our professional and experienced staff looks forward to working with you.

Wedding Ring Trivia

Wedding rings are worn on the left hand, on the 3rd finger. Why?

(a) Because most people are right-handed and so this prevented rings from getting damaged less during activity.

(b) Because the custom was for men to walk on the right side of women (as protectors against such things as mud splashes from street cars etc.). So, the woman needed to use her right arm to circle his left arm. If a ring was on the right hand, it would snag his clothing.

(c) Because the belief was that… there was a vein that ran down that finger directly to the heart. Therefore it symbolized heartfelt love and devotion.

Tell us what you think!



Spectacular Events held with Us

Are you looking for a banquet or restaurant venue for your next event? With superb food and great service, Amici Italian Restaurant and The Milano Room has what you need. We are delighted to be able to offer semi-private dining (up to 45 guests) in our restaurant and private dining (up to 150 guests) in the Milano Room.

With a variety of selections on our delectable entrees and hors d’ oeuvres menu, we are positive you will find that perfect meal that will please any palate…. Our chefs offer the finest in Italian cuisine and make sure each dish is prepared to perfection.

We go to great lengths to ensure our clients and their guests receive the best food and first rate sevice. We pride ourselves in the ethics, professionalism and quality we produce.

Amici Italian Restaurant and The Milano Room have been very fortunate in that we have many clients that return and continue to refer new business to us. This is an excellent testimonial to the quality of services we offer you.

We welcome you to visit us and see what values, options and possibilities Amici Italian Restaurant and The Milano Room have to offer.

Feel free to call (904)461-0102 or email ( us any time to discuss your event, requests and ideas. We will be happy to take the time with you to make sure we completely understand your wishes and provide you with more information.

We truly look forward to hearing from you!

Kind Regards,

Benedetta Dubetz, Banquet and Catering Director

Veronica Barth, Banquet and Catering Asst. Director