5 Must Haves at a Summer Wedding

Summer is right around the corner and it will sure bring the heat! When planning your summer wedding here are a few tips to help you keep your cool. 1. Hydration Station

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With the sun high in the sky and the alcohol flowing, you will want to make sure everyone is keeping hydrated. Have cold water readily available. Consider doing some fruit infused waters to encourage guests to sample it more.

2. Shade

summer wedding

summer wedding

Protect your guests from the harsh rays of the sun. Sun glasses will help shield the eyes, plus they double as a cute a favor. Consider getting a tent if your venue doesn't have enough shade for your dinner tables. Parasols are another cute way to provide shade and they look great in photos.

3. Light Menu

summer wedding

Keep your menu light and fresh. No one will want to sit down to mashed potatoes and gravy in the heat. Choose fresh salads, grilled veggies and fresh fish to keep it cool and refreshing.

4. Get started a little later

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Starting your ceremony later in the day is good way to keep cool as well. Late afternoon is often the hottest part of the day so its best to avoid that all together.

5 A Primping Spot

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Make sure your guests have a place where they can fix make-up melt downs and tame frizz in the humidity. It is also advised that you hire a local professional to do your bridal hair and make-up who can prep your style for the humidity. You can also get a restroom trailer that is fully air conditioned.

For even more tips on beating the heat at your summer wedding contact us at Caribbean Catering!

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Sunset Reef House

Sunset Reef house is a gorgeous house and property located in one of the most beautiful areas of Islamorada and is now available as wedding venue. Here is some additional information:

Islamorada Florida is known as the Sports Fishing Capital of the Florida Keys. Our custom designed and built 5000 square foot home, “Sunset Reef,” is half way between Key West and mainland Florida. Our home is located on the calm bayside at Mile Marker 76 on the Historic Overseas Highway. The highway follows Henry Flagler’s famous railroad to Key West that was destroyed in the deadly Labor Day hurricane of 1935. Miami International Airport is a 90 minute drive without rush hour traffic. Fort Lauderdale International Airport is a 2 hour drive without rush hour traffic. From Sunset Reef a visit to Key West is an easy 75 mile, 90 minute drive. “Downtown Islamorada” is home to a number of great restaurants for casual waterside dining or more upscale seafood, chop or steak dinners. Whether you are coming to the Keys for a restful break from cold weather, to catch lobster and stone crabs, to go scuba diving, to spend your time fishing the back country for snook, redfish, bonefish and tarpon or to go off shore fishing for dolphin, wahoo, snapper and grouper, Sunset Reef in Islamorada can be your comfortable home away from home. Our property and home are available for special events and bayside weddings with an additional event fee. Our Islamorada vacation rental license number is VR-257. Maximum of 8 adults plus children for Sunset Reef rentals.

Sunset Reef is a private, gated, one and one quarter acre, bayside waterfront estate. From outside the reef scene gates on Overseas Highway, US 1, you have no idea what is located on the property. The “Keys” styled home is surrounded by immaculate manicured grounds. We are located on the calm bay side of Lower Matecumbe Key in Islamorada, Village of Islands, Florida. The property includes a pool and hot tub looking out over the bay and Matecumbe Bight. There is a cut-in boat slip with a boat house and a separate 90 foot dock. Deep water docking and 50 Amp shore power is available. The bayside deck area has Adirondack chairs and a fire pit. The pool area includes lounges, tables and umbrellas. Relax in the hammock or a lounge, read a book, snorkel and swim in the calm shallow bay water, have fun on a stand up paddle board or kayak south to the “hurricane hole” to look for Manatees. You can fish from the dock and walk into the water to snorkel for lobster. We never tire of the stunning sunset views from the bayside deck area and then enjoy an open fire sitting around the fire pit.

Our 4 bedroom, 4 ½ bath home is three stories with a roof top sundeck. You will climb the spiral staircase from either the middle level or the upper level to the sundeck for views of not only the islands in Everglades National Park on the bayside, but of the Atlantic Ocean and the historic lighthouse on Alligator Reef. Walk the property through our shade garden, ring one of the peace bells, sit on a teak bench and relax amid the native and tropical landscaping. The spacious ground level covered patio facing the bay is perfect for entertaining and dining. The complete “outdoor kitchen” includes a large gas grill, burners and rotisserie.

The entire home was designed to embrace the fabulous west facing bay views. The upper level contains the living/dining great room, large gourmet kitchen, powder room and master bedroom. The entertainment area has a wall mounted HDTV, DVR, DVD player with surround sound and a stereo system including speakers in the master bedroom, bathroom and on the outside deck. The master bedroom has a desk area with a printer/scanner/copier, walk-in closet and bathroom with a double shower/steam room, separate jetted tub and double vanity. The entire west wall of the great room is sliding glass doors opening onto a covered deck for dining, lounging and relaxing. There is a built in gas BBQ, lounges, dining table and seating area. The all granite kitchen has an island with cook top, prep sink and eat-in area. There is a third prep/bar sink at the elevated bar/eat-in area. All of the stainless steel appliances, 48 inch refrigerator/freezer, double convection oven/microwave, warming drawer, dishwasher, ice maker and wine cooler are top of the line. The kitchen is completely stocked with all necessary small appliances, Keurig coffee maker, cookware, serving pieces, platters, pizza pan, cookie sheets, cutlery, food processor, teapot, toaster, blender, waffle iron, etc.

The middle level has three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. All open onto outdoor covered deck areas with lounges, tables and chairs. There is another living area on this level with a desk area, wall mounted HDTV, DVD player with surround sound and speakers on the outside deck and ground level outdoor kitchen area. The laundry room is also located on the middle level.

The ground level has the entry area with the elevator and stairs to the middle and top levels. The storeroom has a refrigerator, a chest freezer, some sports equipment and noodles. Three kayaks, 2 SUPs and 5 bicycles are included for guest usage. The garage and motorized watercraft are not included with the rental of Sunset Reef. The house has the X-1 Comcast Cable TV and the fastest residential Internet available. Both hardwired and passphrase secured wireless Internet access is available on both living levels.

Sunset Reef has immediate access to Everglades National Park and back country fishing. Atlantic Ocean access is 2.5 miles SW to Channel 2 and 3.5 miles to Channel 5 for larger boats. Robbie's marina and Atlantic Ocean access is 2 miles NE through a mangrove channel.

Sunset Reef is available for special events and bayside weddings. Sunset weddings on the bay are welcome with wedding planner/caterer approved by owner. Special Event Fee of $1,000 additional to the minimum of the weekly rental. Weekly rental can be any 7 consecutive days.

To get further information contact us at Caribbean Catering or visit the VRBO to get in contact with the owner.


Wedding Entertainment Idea

Since the release of The Little Mermaid I think just about every girl has dreamed of being a beautiful and mysterious mermaid.  It is certainly not an exception for the girls that live here in the Florida keys. Everyone wants to live that mermaid life.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting The Mermaid Jessica at a local event. I had read an article about her in the free press that same week. She has two young daughters that love mermaids which inspired her inventions and local celebrity business. She makes all of her own tails from a variety of different molds with special effects quality latex and she's got that long, long mermaid hair. once I met her in person it hit me....what a great wedding entertainment idea! Especially for a beach themed destination wedding. Have her greet your guests with a cocktail as they arrive, or have a live mermaid lounging in the pool, or even a surprise appearance in the ocean during your ceremony. How fun! Out of town guests will definitely not be forgetting that soon.

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I can't wait to hire her services for one of our brides!! Contact us at Caribbean Catering or visit her Facebook page or website for more information on having The Mermaid Jessica at your next event.

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Pantone Wedding Colors 2016

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Pantone Wedding Colors 2016


Check out some of this Rose Quartz & Serenity inspiration:

Pantone Wedding Colors 2016


Pantone Wedding Colors 2016

Pantone Wedding Colors 2016

We are even seeing this in Wedding Gowns.

Pantone Wedding Colors 2016

Pantone Wedding Colors 2016

Visit the Pantone website to see color pairing options with Rose Quartz & Serenity. Watch this space for more wedding inspiration!

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Bridal Henna Party!

How fun would it be to throw a bridal henna party! Have an artist give you and all your bridesmaids matching or mismatching henna tattoos while you get ready for the wedding! They even offer henna in white and it is just a one-day application and washes off after. Look how beautiful and romantic the white henna is: Bridal Henna Party

Bridal Henna Party


Here is some information about henna:

Henna Art (Mehndi) is a safe, natural way to beautify your skin and is temporary. It will last 1-3 weeks normally with proper post care. When Jagua is used, the blueish tattoo stain ,it is lasting the longest on some skin areas up to 3 weeks.. Originally native to India, Pakistan, Morocco, and other parts of northern Africa, the henna tattoo art has grown most recently in America and is being used as a body adornment, a great alternative to permanent ink tattoos and is a popular party entertainment for all ages .It's safe for skin being its only natural ingredients in the paste and can be used on all areas of the body including on children and pregnant bellies.

Our designs range from simple to complex and the possibilities are endless. We do everything freehand and We will help you choose one best for you and you can also bring your own ideas. Call us to set up a private appointment at our location in Miami beach or we can come to you for our hourly rate. Book us for your party or special event. We can also supply you with some henna products and kits to professionals.
Kathleen Wright is the henna artist that we work with and she is truly talented. She also offers exotic jewelry trunk shows and lots of other types of entertainment. I think throwing a bridal henna party in conjunction with some exotic jewelry is a great idea not only for the wedding day but also engagement parties, bridal showers or even bachelorette parties.
Here are some more photos of her work:

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Bridal Henna Party
Please contact us at Caribbean Catering or visit her website and facebook for more information.
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Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends

Caribbean Catering we offer lots of menu styles. Each wedding is unique and each couple has a vision of what they want their wedding guests to experience. Each menu style lends itself to a different ambiance or experience for dinner. Take a look at some Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends that we offer, their price points, and the guest experience they lend themselves to.

Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends

Plated Dinners

Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends

A plated dinner is certainly the most traditional route for a wedding. It is perfect if your vision is of a formal affair, where all the guests are seated for a full-service meal. Most of our guests that choose this type of menu will choose two proteins, two sides this will also be paired with a salad and bread course. Each guest will receive a dual plate with both of the selected proteins and sides. Alternatively, you can have a choice menu where your guests will choose their protein on the invitation and all guests would receive the same sides for both choices. You will then also need to assign each guest to a seat and their dinner selection will be represented at each setting for service.  The price point for a sit-down plated dinner will vary depending on your protein selections, however, we don't charge any extra for this type of service. Here is a sample menu that we offer:

Crabcakes with Roasted Red Pepper, Jerk Grilled Pork Medallion Herb Rice/Orzo Medley, grilled sweet potatoes with rum glaze. Island Salad and home baked bread. Cost: $45.00/person

Buffet Dinner

Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends

With this style of menu you will have more flexibility with your menu selections, we have had people add on up to four different proteins to their menu. Each guest will have the option of having everything or pick and choose what they want. A buffet style meal has a more laid back feel to it if your vision has people mingling and eating their delicious dinner as they please this is the perfect selection for you. However, we also offer the option of blending these two styles together. We can do a plated salad course followed by a buffet dinner. This will give you an element of that formality but still keep things light for dinner service. Here is possible buffet menu:

Island Snapper with key lime sauce, rum glazed beef, garlic mashed potatoes, steamed vegetable medley, Caribbean salad, fresh baked bread. Cost: $45.00/person

Roving Dinner

Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends

This type of dinner service is great for an off-beat wedding with a focus on a less formal atmosphere and lots of mingling and partying. Heavy passed appetizer as dinner is a really fun way to feed all of your hungry guests. Contrary to what most people may think this type of dinner service is not going to save you any money. Guests will certainly still leave with a full stomach, there will be plenty of food for all. Appetizers while they may be small bites, they are more labor intensive and have several different types of protein so it works out to be about the same price as a regular buffet or plated service. Here is a sample menu of a roving dinner:

             Mini Cubans

            Mini Burger Sliders

            Hummus w/ spicy chips

            Chicken Potstickers

            Mozzarella & Tomato Crostini

            Spinach & Feta Triangles

            Fruit & Cheese Skewers

            Shrimp cocktail

                        Cost: $35./person      Chef Fee  $150.00


Florida Keys Wedding Menu Trends

This is a new trend that we are getting asked about quite often these days. I think it is a great service style for a laid-back wedding (we do a lot of those here on Keys time). In this style of service, you will have live action stations where you guests will receive small plates of a large selection of flavors. It is almost like tapas style dinner, everyone tastes a bit of everything. This style of service is the most expensive in most cases because of the amount of staff needed as well as the larger selection of food. If it is in your budget a really fun service style. Below is a sample stations menu:

Cold Station:

  • Individual Mozzarella Tomato Salad with a Balsamic Reduction served on a rubber leaf
  • Asian Noodle Salad w/ julienne veggies, ginger, scallions, water chestnuts, pea pods in a coconut milk lemongrass sauce  served on bamboo plates.
  • Fruit Skewer display like flower arrangement, with pineapple, watermelon & strawberry
  • Home baked bread/roll assortment & Earth Balance butter

Seafood Station:

  • Deconstructed paella with Shrimp, Clams, mussels & scallops displayed with cast iron Pot
  • Saffron Rice in large cast iron skillet  Paella served in white china bowls
  • Pulled Pork topped w/ cilantro in mini corn husk boats.
  • Chicken Tropical served on bamboo mini plates.
  • Seared hogfish and yellowtail snapper rubbed with key lime rub & topped with tropical honey veggie slaw served on a banana leaf  on a Bamboo Plate.
  • Cooked onsite:  Chef & Flattop Grill Fee   $250.
  • Cost: $60./per person

We are happy to help you plan your wedding service style along with your menu planning. Come in and see us to book your wedding or event!

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