Wedding Video Without the Price Tag!!!!

Wedit is a fun and interactive way to capture your total wedding experience, from the rehearsal dinner to the brunch afterwards. Your friends and family will help you preserve these memories through creative videography. Our Wedit package includes the rental of 5 HD cameras, shipping both ways and the ability to view, share and download all your pictures and videos for 12 months. We can even edit your footage to create a personal, professional and priceless finished product.

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Rent the Dress For Less

Why should the boys be the only ones who can rent their wedding attire? With so many different occasions involved with your wedding why not take some of the strain off your budget and rent, plus you get the chance to wear some seariously nice digs, with out the price tag.

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Cute Cookies

A new local vendor is baking up some super cute cookies that will be perfect for dessert or wedding favors. We have ordered a batch to do a taste test, can't wait!! Custom designed cookies make unique party favors weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties and corporate events.  

These ones wold make a perfect dessert for our Mexican Fiesta Themed rehearsal dinner menu!!

cute cookies

cute cookies

She also has some great ideas for decor details for cake pops and I love these boozy Nassau rum shot cupcakes.

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For more information contact Caribbean Catering or visit their Facebook page.

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New Florida Keys Wedding Venue

Always with an ear to the ground, we have discovered an amazing new Florida Keys wedding venue.  This gated, 2.5 acre property boasts a beautiful sandy beach directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Which means, Sunsets!!! We love a sunset wedding and there are much fewer properties available on the bayside with a sunset view, making this a gem. The property is also nestled in beautiful palm tree and hardwood hammocks dotted with bougainvillea. florida keys wedding venue

The estate has three residences on the property. The best part is that you can choose to rent out just one or all three. They are flexible and have a lot of different options available. From one day or one night rentals to three day or weekly rentals. Which is a huge benefit for a lot of our out of town brides who would prefer to not rent for a full week as many other rental properties require.

florida keys wedding venue

florida keys wedding venue

The property also has parking for up to 75 vehicles, which is a huge bonus many venues have the space for a large event but no parking to match.

A property representative is available 24/7 during your stay.

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The option of booking a massage, yoga and even a Wedding Etiquette course during your stay is also a nice amenity.

For more information about this venue please visit their website or contact us at Caribbean Catering.

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DIY Beach Wedding Ideas

Many of our brides these days do at least some of their wedding details DIY, or do it yourself. It's a great way to save a little money when costs can add up quick. It can also give your wedding details a personal touch and sentimental value for you and your partner. I have recently discovered a new and amazing craft product, Japanese Washi Tape. This amazing invention can be used for so many things.  If you haven't heard of it before, get ready for your obsession to begin! The best way to describe washi tape is that it feels like masking tape — very, very pretty masking tape. It's made of paper, but is not as delicate as you would expect. Plus, it comes in patterns and designs that will make even the most dedicated crafters swoon and varying widths to allow you to create some fun and intricate washi tape designs.Here are a few cute projects using Washi tape for a DIY Beach Wedding. Check out these easy to make washi tape centerpieces.

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Spice up your wedding favors with a bit a Washi tape.

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

You can use Washi tape to add some color and design to your invitations.

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Have your guests use washi tape to put notes or photos in your guest book.

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

Use washi tape on your escort cards.

DIY Beach Wedding

These are just a few cute ideas for DIY projects using washi tape. It is inexpensive and just so damn cute! You can buy it on Amazon or from Michaels. Happy crafting!!

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7 Money Saving Wedding Tips

Money Saving Wedding Tips

When planning your wedding it really is staggering how quickly costs can add up. There are so many elements to consider for your wedding from the flowers to the dress, there are ways to save. I have some great money saving wedding tips. It is possible to have a beautiful wedding that your guests will always remember on a budget.

Prioritize

money saving wedding tips

Sit down with your partner and decide on your top five priorities. It is so easy to get caught up in the details and your families expectations along the planning process but just remember that this is supposed to be about YOU! So if your favorite DJ is a must, you need to have peonies or if you already have that perfect designer dress in mind get that down first so you can decide where it is most important to spend your money.

Guest List

money saving wedding tips

The biggest money saver of all is keeping your guest list small. Most of your costs will be per person or per table and the more people the more money. The difference in cost of 100 to 150 is quite significant. Start by making three lists; the short short list: those people who must be in attendance, the short list: those people who you would like to attend and the dream list: the list of anyone you can possibly think of. Try keeping the number low by refraining from inviting children or coworkers. Only invite spouses and significant others not casual dates. Another great option for keeping your numbers down is, get out of town! If you are getting married where you were born and raised you may feel obligated to invite everyone and their brother. Consider doing a destination wedding so you won't have to invite all the neighbors. A great rule of thumb is don't invite more people than you can spend at least one minute with each. If you invite 300 people it would take 5 hours to spend one minute with each one! Also consider keeping your bridal party small. You'll save on bridesmaids / groomsmen gifts and flowers. In addition it will save you a ton of precious time on your wedding day when comes to taking all your photos.

Booze

money saving wedding tips

An important part of any celebration and in many cases one of the most expensive. There are a couple of options to save here. Consider doing a signature drink rather than a full open bar. We often do Vodka Key Lime Coolers or Tropical Rum Punch. Find a venue that will let you bring in your own booze, rather than paying per drink or per person for an open bar. Then find deals at your local liquor stores or bulk bargain stores like Costco or BJ's. Another cost saver is skip the champagne toast, 50% of people who are served champagne for a toast don't even touch it, 25% will have a sip just because it is there. People will already have their drink of choice in hand for the toast. Keep the bubbly at the bar and serve it only to those who ask for it.

Flowers

money saving wedding tips

Flowers can be a big cost for many brides between the centerpieces, accent arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres it adds up fast. Stick with flowers that are in season and local at the time of your wedding. If you have a specific flower or fruit in mind that you want to use, do your research on seasons before picking your date. Consider using bud vases, not only are they beautiful they require a lot less stems than huge arrangements and can easily be assembled by your bridesmaids or coordinator, no florist necessary. Choose flowers with a large bloom, the bigger the flower the less stems needed for a large arrangement or bouquet. Use non-floral accent pieces like lanterns, driftwood, candles or vintage books and suitcases.

The Cake

money saving wedding tips

Huge tiered cakes with intricate and custom designs can break the budget. If you really still want the look of the fancy cake, get a small one just for cutting and serve your guests a regular sheet cake. Steer clear of sugar flowers. While they are beautiful it takes great skill and lots of time to make them. Use fresh flowers instead. Consider buying regular sheet cakes and stacking them yourself using baking dowels from your local craft store, then decorate with fresh flowers.

The Dress

money saving wedding tips

There are loads of websites out there now like tradsey.com, oncewed.com and preownedweddingdress.com where you can find great deals on pre-worn or sometimes even brand new designer dresses at a fraction of the cost. Consider selling your dress on one of these sites to recoup some of the cost. Also give out your details on designers websites for special sales and trunk shows.

The Honeymoon

money saving wedding tips

Fly for free! Do your wedding spending on a card that will rack up airline miles so you and your new spouse can fly for free to your honeymoon. Do some research on airlinecreditcards.com. This day in age most couples getting married already have all their housewares. Rather than a registry at a home goods store ask your guests to contribute to your honeymoon with a site like honeyfund.com.

There are lots of money saving wedding tips! My last tip: hire a professional. With years of experience working with their bride's budgets they will have lots of cost saving tips and ideas for you. They also have relationships with vendors and can help you save there too. Call us at Caribbean Catering for more information on your wedding and how we can help you stay in budget!

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Islamorada Wedding Package

Planning a wedding away from home is attractive to couples for many reasons these days. Many decide to forgo the traditional and sometimes more expensive wedding for a more intimate affair in a favorite vacation spot. Here are just a few reasons to have a destination wedding; 905430_10151601737360801_632228447_o

1. Be Unique

less than 25% of all couples getting married have a destination wedding. So tie the knot somewhere special rather than your hometown spots where everyone you know has already booked.

2. You have friends and family....everywhere

If your friends and family are all traveling to get to you anyway might as well make it somewhere pretty.

3. Spend some quality time

With a destination wedding you will be able to extend the celebration. spend at least a few days with your friends and family making memories, rather than a quick five hours. Bonus: Using a roomblock and discounted group rate at your destination everyone can get a discounted vacation. What's more fun than some downtime to relax and connect with friends and family.

4. Streamline Costs

Surprisingly is can be easier to keep costs in check in a faraway locale. Two reasons: One, you’re likely to have a smaller guest list (the best way to save $$ on your wedding is to keep the list short); and two, your choices are less copious than they might be at home. At home you’d be visiting a half-dozen florists and designers being tempted by more lavish (and pricey) options.

5. Make the Planning Easier (yes, Easier)

Planning a wedding can quickly turn into a logistical nightmare at home or away. Caribbean Catering provides a service that will take all the leg work out of the planning process for you. We have all of the resources you need to plan your whole wedding, no stress.

Islamorada Wedding Package

Islamorada weddings

Wedding Package for upto-25 guests

All inclusive

Ceremony setup w/ chairs on the beach.

Wedding Officiant  to perform ceremony & file paperwork 

Welcome Cocktail when guests arrive

Signature Cocktail “Keylime Kooler”

Appetizers your choice of 3 items 

Dinner: Caribbean Salad

 Rum Glazed Steak    w/ Grilled Mango Shrimp

Garlic Mashed Potoatoes

Roasted Asparagus

Home baked Bread  (flexible menu if you would like to change it up)

Wedding Cake 2 tier

Photographer for3hours 

Music 2 piece live music

Bridal Bouqet & 2 centerpieces

Reception Setup:  tables, chairs, linen tableclothes, dinner china, glassware, silverware, cake table, bar w/ linen, ect..

Full Service Staffing during event 

Wedding Coordinator Day of event.

All setup, & cleanup.

All sales taxes & gratuities

Cost: $6,000.

The Islamorada Wedding Package is our most all inclusive package. Contact us at Caribbean Catering to hear more about our available packages our get a custom package designed just for you!

Rehearsal Dinner Ideas

Just as you think you've got all the details for your wedding wrapped up you realize that there's a whole other event that needs to be planned, your rehearsal dinner! is a get together for family and wedding party the day before the big day. Usually right after you do an actual rehearsal of your ceremony, hence the name rehearsal. The rehearsal dinner is a great opportunity for families to get to know one another in a more relaxed environment than the wedding day. Take advantage of the casual atmosphere and get in some chatting time with some of your guests, on the wedding day you will be getting pulled in so many directions you will most likely not have the chance to get any real quality time with anyone.

You can choose to have a formal or casual event, as long as you don't outdo what's to come. The wedding is the big event, the rehearsal should be the sneak peek. Since the rehearsal dinner is more informal than the wedding reception, the food and atmosphere should reflect or complement that. Ultimately, the setting of the rehearsal dinner depends on the budget, how many guests there will be, and what kind of party the host envisions.

Traditionally when it comes to who to invite to the rehearsal dinner it is mainly immediate family, the wedding party, anyone who is involved in the ceremony like ring bearers and flower girls and their parents as well as any guests who have traveled a significant distance. In most cases down here in the Florida Keys couples are having a destination wedding. In these cases it can get tricky on you to invite since most everyone has traveled to attend. Some do invite all of their guests to the rehearsal in this case, however if that is really just not in the budget many will just invite a small group for dinner and then have the rest of your guests join later for drinks and dessert. Another money saver at your rehearsal dinner is to have a self service bar doing just beer and wine.

Caribbean Catering Rehearsal Dinner

When you are working with us at Caribbean Catering for your wedding we are more than happy to work with you to plan your rehearsal dinner as well. If you are getting all of your reception rentals from us we offer to provide your tables and chairs a day early for the rehearsal at no additional charge. We also offer fresh linens for your tables in your choice of color at $14 each and we can do non-floral centerpieces for $25 per table and with flowers for $35 per table. We have several theme dinners available for $25 per person.

rehearsal dinner

rehearsal dinner

BBQ Dinner:

BBQ chicken, Pulled pork, Spicy island beans, Mozz & tomato pasta salad, Island pineapple slaw

Asian Theme Dinner:

Chicken Potstickers, Seared Tuna Sashimi, Thai Peanut Chicken Satays, Rice Noodle Salad, Coconut Stirfry Tropical Rice.

Mexican Theme Dinner:

Chicken Fajitas, Beef Burritos, Enchiladas, Guacamole, Salsa, Sour cream, Cheese, Tortilla Chips, Lettuce, Tomatoes.

Italian Theme Dinner:

Caesar Salad, Shrimp Alfredo w/ Bow tie, Penne Marinara, Meatballs, Sausage, Home baked Bread/butter.

The theme dinners and fresh linens give you the option to keep your rehearsal dinner different from the wedding day. For more information on our rehearsal dinners contact us at Caribbean Catering.

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For More useful planning tips check these out;

Beach Wedding Ceremony Tips 

Caribbean Catering Centerpieces

 Lighting is Everything

Money Saving Tips!

 

 

 

 

10 Reasons to Elope in the Florida Keys

Planning a wedding can be stressful on so many levels and that is why more and more couples are feeling overwhelmed by the pressure of it all. The process can be a lot to deal with, between stressing over the money and who will pay for what, who to invite and who not to invite and feeling obligated to consider opinions about the wedding from seemingly everyone you know (and don't sometimes!). If when you think of planning a traditional wedding and all you see is a stressed out bride, anxious mothers and enough family dysfunction for a week long special on Jerry Springer, then I'm sure running off to an exotic location has crossed you mind! So here's 10 reasons to leave it all behind and elope in the Florida Keys:

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Romance

It's a romantic to pack up and get away to a beautiful place with the one you want to marry! Bring along a few close friends and family and it will certainly be a trip to remember.

The Savings

A traditional wedding with all the bells and whistles can cost a pretty penny.  With an intimate wedding you can use all that extra money for so many things when starting a new life together, the possibilities are endless.

Location, Location, Location

Keeping your wedding day just between you your groom a select group of friends and family rather than a traditional wedding you will be able to use those savings to hop on jet and head straight to the keys, and stay at the best places we have to offer in Islamorada.  The Keys are a great place for a romantic get away and an intimate wedding celebration. With sparkling turquoise waters, lush tropical gardens, warm sunny days, beautiful beaches and breath taking sunsets it's the perfect location to elope.

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Leave the Drama

That's the beauty of it really, forget all of the drama of the whole process. Pack your bags and head south! There are elopement packages available to handle all the little necessities. All you have to do is show, up be married and enjoy the keys lifestyle.

A Big Wedding isn't For Everyone

For many of us it is just not in the budget and for others the thought of having to walk down the aisle with hundreds of eyes upon their backs seems more like a bad dream than a wedding day. If it is a second or third marriage it may feel excessive to ask all of your friends and family to shell out again for gifts and wedding expenses.

Enjoy the Celebration

Many times the bride and groom are so wrapped up in greeting guests, taking photos and being ushered from one tradition to the next that they barely have time to actually enjoy the day. It ends up flying by in a haze and over before you know it. Instead enjoy a holiday that starts with an intimate wedding with your closest loved ones and then spend your days enjoying our turquoise waters or soak up some sun and sand on a private beach.

No Dress Code

There's no need for tuxedos and over priced dresses in the Florida Keys. Our motto here is; no shirt no shoes no problem. So pack your flip flops, we've already left the traditional behind so wear whatever makes your heart content.

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Focus on Each Other

So many times the planning process and wedding day itself can end up becoming all about everyone accept the most important; the bride and groom! You will have the time to enjoy each others company and focus on beginning your life together.

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Early Honeymoon

You will basically be on your honeymoon the minute you arrive here! As soon as the papers have been signed just enjoy being alone with the one you love.

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We can have a package just for you to include all the necessary details on the documentation, officiant, and small celebration to follow. No stress, no drama. Contact us at Caribbean Catering for information on having an elopement wedding in the Florida Keys.

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Lighting Is Everything

Lighting is a very important element to any event whether it be indoors or out. Your lighting will set the mood and has the ability to truly transform your event space. When it is done right it makes everything look better, even your guests! Use it to highlight details and define spaces. At an outdoor event they become even more critical because once it is dark out this will be your main light source not just for mood lighting but for being able to see what's on your dinner plate!

String Lights

lighting string lights islamorada weddings Market lights or bistro lights are great for illuminating dance floors and dinning areas. They can illuminate a large area and create a charming warm ambiance that can be admired by night.

 

Up-Lighting

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Here is your chance to play with color. Led lights can easily be matched to any color in your pallet. They are also one of the most inexpensive ways to transform a space. When placed properly they can really take your design to the next level.

 

Spot Lights

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This lighting element can be used to highlight details, such as the cake or floral centerpieces.

 

Lanterns & Candle Light

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There is an endless possibilities when it comes to lanterns and candles with so many styles to choose from. They add a soft warm glow to your tablescapes and create perfect mood for dinner conversation.

 

Hire a Professional

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When thinking about lighting many of us think that we can take this on ourselves and save a few bucks. In the end it will be more than worth it to have a professional do the handle it for you. Not only will they have a creative eye to really use your event space well, they also have all the necessary tools and equipment to install everything properly. We have seen so many times people who have decided to do their own lighting and end up either blowing a fuse with no options of being able to replace it and therefore ending up with no light or they don't have enough lights. You also don't need any guests falling off a ladder trying to string up lights for you! Check our facebook for more ideas on lighting, or contact us at Caribbean Catering.

 

Menu Planning

menu planningEven if you're a master planner and a genius in the kitchen, planning a catering menu can be quite the challenge for a beginner. You must consider both your guests taste preferences as well as dietary restrictions, practicality and portion sizes. Covering all of your bases will improve the likelihood that your guests will be satisfied with your menu. menu planning

First, determine if there are foods that you absolutely do or do not want at your event. You know your guests best, so take into consideration what you know about their background and tastes. Make a list of menu requirements.

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You should always consider some dietary restrictions when menu planning. Meatless dishes are a good place to start as they accommodate some religious restrictions as well as the restrictions of vegetarians and vegans. Grain, nut, sugar and dairy-free dishes help avoid allergies as well as people suffering from diabetes and other medical conditions. Offering dishes that fit these requirements will ensure that guests with allergies or restrictions can still enjoy the meal.

menu planning

Not everyone enjoys the same range of flavors, so it's important to select menu items with a wide range of flavor variety. A balance of sweet, spicy and savory dishes is a good place to start. Additionally, offer both rich and light dishes. This helps ensure that each guest enjoys at least one item on the catering menu. Contact Caribbean catering for more help with menu planning.

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New Wedding Venue!!

wedding venue When planning a wedding or event in the Florida Keys , or anywhere for that matter, your venue is likely your fist big decision. It is an important one as well, it will set the foundation for the style of your party. Here in the keys, events have a huge focus on our beautiful environment and sparking clear waters. That's why we come here right? This new venue really captures the essence of the Florida Keys and perfect for a nautical theme. There really are so many hidden unique places to have your wedding or event here in the Florida Keys and this new marina in Tavernier is a great venue.

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Mangrove Marina is a several acre waterfront property tucked away on the bayside in Tavernier. Which gives you your sunset, in other words magic time for your photos! The cove where this marina is located is considered a "hurricane hole." It is protected by mangroves and provides protection from wind and lovely quiet environment.

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The wedding or event venue has a fully renovated waterfront deck and bar area which is the perfect location for dinner and dancing. It comes with a few built in bonuses! The dinning area is pre-strung with overhead bistro lighting. Which will provide you with a great ambiance. The tables provided by the venue are beautifully hand crafted rustic farm tables. What a steal that is! Potted palms and tropical plants are tastefully arranged around the dinning and bar area. A water front gas powered fire pit, surrounded by adirondack chairs is a perfect spot for guests to relax and chat near the bar.  The property also has a food truck serving up gourmet dishes, perfect for a late night snack or your rehearsal dinner.

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Mangrove Marina also has a fleet of Aqua Lodges! They are fully renovated houseboats where you and wedding party can stay on property. They are super cute, I what to live on one! Impeccably redecorated and such a unique experience for your guests. It will give you the opportunity to fully enjoy the keys lifestyle. They sleep 4 adults comfortably or 4 adults and 2 children and are priced at $1500 per week.

wedding venue

wedding venue

Mangrove Marina has a great atmosphere and will make a great venue for a wedding or private event. With all of the of the built in amenities this venue has to offer it is sure to be a big hit with both your guests and your budget! For more information on this and other Florida Keys wedding and event venues contact us at Caribbean Catering.

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Week Long Wedding

One of the reasons I love a destination wedding is that it gives you, your family and friends they opportunity to have a week long wedding. The wedding is going to be amazing and all the careful planning that you've been doing for a whole year is finally coming together. Your vision is coming to fruition. Before you know it, it will all be over in a matter of hours! A destination wedding in a place like Islamorada is a great way to take a page out of Hindu tradition and celebrate your union for several days! You and your closest family and friends can rent a house for a week and split the cost, making it affordable for everyone. One of my favorite spots for your week long wedding here in the Keys is Southern Diversion Estates South.

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This stunning beach front estate sleeps 20 people and has 5 1/2 bathrooms. It would come out to only $165 per night per couple! You and your closest friends and family can all stay for week in this amazing mansion, what could be better!?

week long wedding

week long wedding

Week Long Wedding - Activities

During your stay there are so many activities you can plan for you and your family to do leading up to the wedding. The Florida Keys is the fishing capital of the world so why not get all the guys together for a fishing trip or two?

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Photo by Greg Poland Photography

There's offshore and back country charters available throughout the keys and a guaranteed hit with the boys! Check out some of our favorites; Greg Poland, Billy Knowles, Alex Adler.

Between relaxing at the pool and private paddle board yoga sessions consider taking a dip with the dolphins. A once in a lifetime experience for many and something your guests will never forget. Some good spots for a swim with the dolphins, Theater of the Sea and Dolphin Research Center.

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 Watersports and Eco tours are another amazing activity for you and your family. Take a lesson in one of the newest water sports in the keys and go Kite Surfing or wake skating. Take a guided paddle board, jet ski or kayak tour through the mangroves. Get a birds eye view of the keys and go parasailing!

week long wedding

A week long wedding celebration of fun in the sun will help bring you and your family closer together. It will also give you the time to relax and prepare for the big day, rather than coming into town the day before and trying to tie together all your loose ends in one day. When planning your wedding keep in mind the benefits of the week long wedding and spread the joy for a whole lot longer than one day. Contact us a Caribbean Catering for more information on locations such as the Southern Diversion Estates South and your options for planning you week long wedding!

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