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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Destination Event Favors

I wanted to take this opportunity to spotlight a new company based locally that has some great products for destination brides and local party hosts alike. Destination Event Favors offers customized packages for welcome bags and wedding favors. They also offer favors for birthday parties or corporate events. Thier welcome bags come printed packed and ready to go making it super easy for you! Below is the Gold Glitz style. 

They have a full range of favor options from bottle openers and kissing bells to super cute favor boxes. I love these pineapple ones!

To give you a little more insight here is what they have to say about the company: 

Make Any Event a Destination Event. No matter the location, any event can be a destination event. You may be inviting guests to travel to a new and exciting location or hosting an event in your home town that will take your guests on a journey away from their daily lives.

Whether you are planning a wedding, baby shower, birthday, corporate event or family gathering, Destination Event Favors has everything you need to enhance the day.

From intimate occasions to large affairs, Destination Event Favors services events and weddings of all sizes. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service to our clients and are available anytime to assist with offering inspiration and consultations. No matter the occasion or destination, we can help you with planning those final touches that will make your wedding and event talked about for years to come.

We work closely with your vendors from your venue, wedding and event planners, décor companies and travel agents to ensure that we create the look and feel that you want for your special day.

We offer an extensive collection of products from top designers for any type of event or theme, from a beach wedding to your little prince or princess’s birthday celebration or a backyard BBQ with family and friends, our products offer you the broadest range of selections to match any style.

Event and wedding planning should be an exciting process, however we all know with our busy schedules at times it can seem tedious and overwhelming. Let us help you make the planning process as easy and as fun as possible. With more than 15 years of experience planning weddings and events internationally and domestically, we offer our clients our extensive knowledge in all aspects of event coordination.

Let us help you plan the perfect day. Click here to complete our virtual event planner form and send to info@destinationeventfavors.com. We provide our customers with recommendations on how to plan the wedding and event they are envisioning. From finding the best venues, planners and travel agents, to menu planning tips and selecting the perfect favors and gifts, Destination Event Favors is here to assist you with all the important details to enhance the day.

We service weddings and events throughout the United States and Canada and offer a wide range of products on our website. We can also customize your order if you are envisioning something different than what we have available online.

Contact us directly and we would be happy to discuss your vision for your wedding and event and make your dream day come to life.

Don’t forget to visit our blog for insight on the latest tips and trends in wedding and event planning.
— https://www.destinationeventfavors.com/pages/about-us

Contact us at Caribbean Catering or Destination Event Favors directly for more information on booking them for your next event. 

Mix & Match Bridesmaids

Mix and Match bridesmaid’s dresses have been becoming more and more popular for quite some time now. It is a style that I think is great for so many reasons. We all know that we each have different body types and personal styles. With a mix and match style, your girls can all choose a dress that they look and feel the best in.

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Masquerade Themed Wedding

It is always a great idea to come up with a fun theme for your wedding to create a unique vibe for your special day. As Halloween is right around the corner and many brides have their fall wedding happening so close to such a fun holiday. Who doesn't love a good costume party! A masquerade themed wedding allows you to combine the fun of costumes and mystery of wearing masks as well as that classy vibe of a Venetian masquerade ball. The best part is there are so many options on where you can take the style of decor, all black and white, classic Venetian,  or 1920's. There are also a lot of different masks out there for the wedding party and wedding couple as well. This website has a great selection of wedding masquerade masks. It will also give your guests a chance to show some creativity in how they match their mask to their outfits and there are also several nice couples masks out there. Even amazon has a large selection of masks. Another great idea is to have a big basket of masks available for your guests to choose as they arrive also.

These are somee of my favorite bridal masks. It is nice that it is on a stick so you have the choice to hold it up for pictures but not have it ruin your nice hair and make-up.

masquerade themed wedding

masquerade themed wedding

masquerade themed wedding

Here are some other fun shots of masquerade themed weddings:

masquerade themed wedding

masquerade themed wedding

masquerade themed wedding

masquerade themed wedding

For more on having a masquerade wedding or more theme ideas contact us as Caribbean Catering. Islamorada weddings

 

Sneak Peak of Hillary and Aaron

We cannot wait for Hillary & Aaron's wedding weekend, here is a sneak peak! Caribbean Catering, Blue Water Weddings and John Rudolph Designs will be creating a very unique and beautiful wedding this weekend. Hillary and Aaron of Chicago are having the wedding of their dreams this Friday.  Hillary was inspired by the inside/outside feel of a lavish dining atmosphere under the stars for her destination wedding here in the Florida Keys. We will create a sophisticated experience with romantic draping, soft lighting surrounded by a shimmer of rose gold. Hanging florals and crystal chandeliers will evoke the royalty of an English Garden ambiance. The simple elegance and romance of this design will be a show stopper. Check out these inspirations boards and stay tuned to see the real thing: sneak peak

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Stay tuned for more pictures from Hillary and Aaron's wedding. For more inspiration and wedding design contact us at Caribbean Catering or Julia at Blue Water Weddings.

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Wedding Trend: Bridal Cape

Love the idea of something trailing behind you as you walk down the aisle, but want something more unique than the traditional veil or train? Capes and caplets seem to be one of the most popular (and unexpected) trends from the most recent bridal runway season. I am looking forward to seeing some of these at our weddings soon, we love this look. Perfect for those with a flair for the dramatic.  Designers featured gowns with these lacey and romantic cover-ups in their latest wedding dress collections. And the adornment isn't just for fashion-forward brides looking to make a style statement on their big day — capes are a great alternative for ladies who need a modest layer for a religious ceremony but want the flexibility of removing that layer for the reception.

And while a blinged-out, full-length layer is certainly glam, there's more subdued, sheer lace caplets out there, too.

Here, are few beautiful capes we have found, take a look. We certainly hope this runway-inspired trend continues to pop up in the wedding world!

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wedding trend

wedding trend

wedding trend

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Watch this space for more wedding trends to come!

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Local Vendors Spotlight: Greg Poland Photography

Greg Poland photography comes highly recommended from Caribbean Catering. They one of our local vendors, which is key down here many people try to bring in Miami vendors and they just don't have the knowledge we locals do. They are extremely professional and responsive to their clients, not to mention their work is amazing. He also owns several super cool vintage cars that look great for your wedding shots. My brother was recently married locally and we hired Greg Poland Photography to shoot my family's special day. From a professional perspective and a personal perspective, I highly recommend them. A little about Greg:

As a revered storyteller, Greg’s attention to detail is impeccable. He gets to know you as a couple, learning about the dynamics and foundation of your relationship, from his very first meeting with you, through the engagement shoot, up to the wedding. He conveys every emotion, every laugh, every tear that shapes your day.

Letting events unfold naturally, he has the uncanny ability to capture the flowing magic of your wedding. This allows him to be a part of a scene, as it happens – without interrupting real emotion. His fun and relaxed approach will make your day as memorable as his timeless images.

When not shooting or editing you might catch him spending time on the water or taking his girl for a ride in his hot rod.

Greg is located in Islamorada, Florida and is available for weddings, elopements, and portraits worldwide.

Below are some of the great shot we got at my brothers wedding!

local vendors

local vendors

Please visit Greg's website for more information 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.

DIY Beach Wedding DIY Beach Wedding

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.

DIY Beach Wedding

 

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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Our Fave Wedding Details 2015 Part 2

Continuing from Tuesday's post, these are a few more of our favorite wedding details so far in 2015... wedding details

These flowers are just so romantic. Show me some garden roses and peonies, and I'll melt. Not to mention the matte rose gold sequin table runners. Rose gold is a definite up and coming trend in color.

wedding details

The natural coral pieces are a great addition to this tablescape. Each one is unique and truly adds a Keys touch in an elegant way. Also a great way to add natural beauty without the expense of floral arrangements.

wedding details

This is our Antipasti station. Appetizer stations in addition to passed hor derves makes for satisfied guests. At a destination wedding, most guests have been in town for a few days indulging with friends and family and will be hungry by the time cocktail hour arrives. Also a great focal point in your cocktail area, not to mention tasty.

wedding details

This groom's cake got lots of sports media attention after twitter leaks from the groom's buddies. This couple are both avid football fans of their opposing alma maters. The bride had a little trick up her sleeve. Inside the Alabama cake, she had the baker make the cake inside in gators colors! The groom was shocked and word spread fast.

wedding details

Another popular trend this wedding season has been the natural runner. An absolute must for a rustic and whimsically styled wedding.

wedding details

This new signature drink recipe we used recently was an awesome twist on an old classic. The Black Pepper Kumquat Margarita was an absolute showstopper! Delicious, refreshing and boozy it was a big hit.

Year to date these have been some of our favorite wedding details so far. Watch this space and Caribbean Catering's social media outlets for more of our work to come this year.

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The New Wedding Table

For a long while round tables have been the top choice for brides. Round tables are great - they create an intimate atmosphere where everyone at the table can chat and no one feels left out. But it's always good to think about your design options and not to blindly follow suit of those that have gone before you. What we have been seeing a lot of lately are Long tables.  They are the new wedding table of choice!

We love them for lots of reasons. Of course they look amazing and they also make the table plan easier because groups can be merged along the table without having group or separate people.  Plus, if you have a miscount you might be able to squeeze a few extra seats in!

Flowers, candles, lanterns and runners look amazing on long tables - the symmetry of their arrangement on a long table creates a fantastic visual effect. The long tables really have an old world romantic look to them.

The Long Wedding Table

Here are some beautiful examples of this latest trend.

Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more inspiration for your wedding tables.

wedding table

Our Fave Beach Wedding Quotes

When it comes to weddings, it's all in the details. This is where you can make it your own and really show off your style and your love story. One of my favorite details is signage. Even though I've seen a beach wedding or two I always come across a new quote or sign at each one that is unique. I've compiled some of my favorites here in this post.

Caribbean Catering has several signs like these available for your beach wedding. Contact us for more information on our available signs. Etsy.com is a great spot to get custom signs made if you have a great quote in mind. I always love seeing new ones, please share your favorites!!

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Check out our new Cuban Themed Menu

Our new Cuban themed menu is perfect for an Islamorada event. With the Caribbean influences in this part of the country it is a perfect match. Not only is the food delicious but there are many possibilities for decor with in this theme as well. Colorful, fun and tropical are perfect decor elements for a wedding or event here in Islamorada.

The Look

cuban themed menu

 

This event that we did recently totally captured the look. White linen, rattan chargers, bamboo chairs and bright multicolored napkins. Square tables give a regal feel with the extra space they provide. Centerpieces consist of cigar boxes filled with tropical stems and greens, and vintage tequila bottles used to serve cold water. Brightly colored and tropical yet still classy and elegant.

The Menu

Our Cuban themed menu consists of the following delicious dishes:

Mojo pulled pork - The pork is slow cooked until it is fall apart tender and marinated in garlic, olive oil and citrus juices. A wonderful combination of tangy and savory flavors.

Tostones - Twice fried and pounded plantain chips, that are crispy and golden brown, served with a citrus garlic dipping sauce.

Avocado and tomato salad - Sweet ripe tomatoes and creamy avocado slices dressed in a light vinaigrette, salt and pepper.

Rice and black beans - A Cuban classic and tasty combination of savory black beans paired with perfectly cooked white rice.

At the bar serve some traditional Cuban cocktails. The Mojito, it's combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus, and mint flavors is intended to complement the potent kick of the rum, and has made it a perfect summer drink. The Cuba Libre, a highball made of cola, lime, and dark or light rum. The Havana Club Daiquiri, ingredients are rum, citrus (typically lime juice), and sugar. Again light and refreshing and decidedly Cuban, the drink is named for a small beach village in Cuba.

Entertainment

Consider hiring a cigar roller. To provide cigars and roll cigars in person for all of your guests. We often work with Rodriguez Cigars out of Key West.  They do a great job and have a beautiful display for events.

cuban themed menu

 

Contact Caribbean Catering to book your next event and we can help you with more menu and theme ideas like this one!

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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!