Money Saving Wedding Tips
By Debbie, on March 3rd, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
Pantone Inspired Wedding Colors
By Debbie, on February 24th, 2015
Pantone is an institution when it comes to color. I always look to their color forecasting for the year to get some great ideas for design. It is a great source of inspiration when styling anything from your home to your wedding. Here are the 2015 pantone inspired wedding colors…..
These shades all have a very elegant and sophisticated feel. Perfect for creating that rustic vintage feel for an outdoor wedding. These are some weddings we have done recently that have used some of my favorite colors here.
Islamorada translates to Purple Isle, so I love pops of purple at our weddings down here. Our waters are sparking blues and purples so it really compliments the atmosphere here in the Keys.
This vibrant color makes for a deliciously bold statement color. It also has a great tropical feel to go with your palm trees and blue water.
This innocent and sweet tone of blush pink really completes that vintage chic theme. It is very romantic and sweet and will look great with lots of warm candle light.
This stunning and Caribbean blue is a classic tone for weddings here in the Florida Keys. It is the color of our beautiful waters so will always make a beautiful accent color for a beach wedding.
This lovely hue of pale yellow makes an excellent match with tones of gray. The cool grays with pops of sunny yellow make for an inviting yet elegant atmosphere.
This palette of pantone inspired wedding colors gives the nod to outdoor wedding, rustic and bohemian look and that are a huge style in the wedding industry right now. So how would you make use of these colors and how many colors should you use? Well it comes down to personal taste, however some I feel some are bold enough to ride solo, while others can be paired beautifully. What’s your opinion?
New Wedding Venue
By Debbie, on February 19th, 2015
We have recently scouted a new wedding venue here in the Keys. I am super excited about this new wedding venue and cannot wait to do some events here! Not only is this an idillic location for a florida keys wedding, with 5 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms you and your close family or friends can enjoy this beautiful home and property for the whole week of your wedding!
Not only does this new wedding venue have a gorgeous beach with plenty of room for a tent, it also has an amazing lounge area and pool undercover of the house with plenty of space for covered dinning there as well.
Heres the specifics:
It is a brand new dream home, gated and set far back and elevated, acre plus private beach front, 2 hours from MIA AND 1-1/4 hours from Key West. A grass motor court leads to the stunning Coral stone-clad minimalist contemporary, with the glass entrance flanked by illuminated reflection pools with shooting water arcs. Designed to maximize beach and sunrise views, and oriented to catch prevailing ocean and bay breezes.
The spacious, luminous reception area, with walls of glass for breathtaking ocean and garden views, features a floating staircase and a wine room with glass doors. Downstairs guest quarters or bedroom suites with recreation/meditation room. Spacious terrace and fully equipped summer kitchen with a large island/bar featuring a raw-bar or chilling trough and mirrored back splash for ocean views. Heated spa and infinity edge pool with swim-in place feature. Indonesian ‘Bali’ tiki on beach.
Wake up to sunrise views from the upstairs master suie with walls of windows and glass doors open to the upstairs terrace, framed by the sea and sky. The fabulous bath and dressing suite includes 2 walk-in closets. Three additional upstairs bedroom suites hav eversatile folding walls for privacy or open plan. Large upstairs terrace floats above pool and overlooks beach.
Dramatic illumination and water features and limestone floors throughout, marble and granite custom designed sinks and countertops. Top of the line appliances. Two-car garage, laundry/utility area. 4-zone AC.
This new wedding venue trully has it all! Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more information on this and other locations.
Beachside Lounge Party
By Debbie, on February 17th, 2015
We created this fun Beachside Lounge for a milestone birthday party this weekend. Don’t you think it would work beautifully for a variety of other occasions? I’m thinking rehearsal dinners, engagement partys or weddings for starters! It’s hip and contemporary and is a great way to get your guests mingling and everyone talking. It works perfectly with a roving dinner of butler passed appetizers combined with action stations of tappas style entrees. Here’s how the look for our beachside lounge party came together…
Design Elements: Navy & Natural color pallet to accent our waterfront location, bamboo lanterns and bamboo chairs, tall brass lanterns, mixed seating styles including low tables and sofas, fire pit to create a midsummers beach party vibe and provide warm light.
We have all the lounge furniture rentals you need for a beachside lounge party. Get this look for your next event for under $1000.00!! Contact us at Caribbean Catering.
Best Destination Bridal Show January 18, 2015
By Debbie, on November 17th, 2014
Don’t miss the Bridal Show of the Year!
We are excited to be participating in the Bridal Show scheduled for January 18, 2015 at the Islander Resort Convention Center. Come and taste samples of our delicious Florida Keys wedding menu.
Come plan your wedding and meet over 80 Florida Keys wedding vendors.
For more information on the Show or to register, visit: www.flkeysweddingshow.com.
Grooms Cake Cohiba Cigar Box
By Debbie, on October 10th, 2013
This Grooms Cake is completely edible.
Havana Rum Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!!!
Surprise your groom with this awesome cake.
Contact us at Islamorada Weddings to order one.
Wedding Savings Tip for your Bridal Gown
By Debbie, on September 8th, 2013
Girls , there is a great source for a wedding dress
Dual Usage: Seating chart idea and gift glass w/ name for the guests.
By Debbie, on August 31st, 2013
Head Table Idea for Your Beach Wedding
By Debbie, on August 28th, 2013
Looking for a creative and inexpensive head table idea for your beach wedding? This is one you should definitely consider. Takes less than one hour to make and all you need is scissors and a glue gun.
Two-step directions for assembling head table ribbon decor:
- You will start with one 11 ft piece of ribbon for the top
- Hot glue 18″ strips every 4″ and your done!!!
If you try this idea or have any other great head table ideas, let us know in the comments below or post on our Facebook page.
Islamorada weddding gift idea – Coconut Envelope
By Debbie, on June 15th, 2013
In most cases family and friends surpass bringing along a gift to the wedding and instead bring a check to help the bride and groom create their new future together, this action is gratefully appreciated by the new couple. But as a gift-giver you may not want to settle for a plain white envelope. If you are looking for a creative way to have your gift stand out among the rest try using an organic coconut envelope! You can create this by simply cutting the top off of a green coconut draining the coconut milk out and inserting your check, then attach the top again with glue and write your message on the front. The bride and groom won’t forget your gift long after the wedding, no matter the amount.