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.Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact Caribbean Catering to book your next event and we can help you with more menu and theme ideas like this one!
Caribbean Catering has a large selection decor pieces available to rent. We can create a non-floral centerpiece for your wedding or event for $25 per table. We can add flower stems for an additional $10 per table. Here are some sample set ups I put together today. You can order any of the arrangements you see here or feel free to mix and match with the items we have available. Using non-floral arrangements or individual stems is a huge money saver! Feel free to come in and have design meeting with us! Come down and take a look at our inventory and we can create the perfect design for your style and color pallet. Weather you are looking for a classic beach style or sleek and sophisticated we have the right decor elements for you. Take a look at our pintrest board of centerpiece ideas.
There are so many wedding venues down here in the Florida Keys. They all have different pros and cons and when choosing a venue there are many things to consider. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing wedding venues in Islamorada;
An obvious one but important. You don't want to kill your budget with the venue, there is plenty more to spend on from there. Otherwise you will end up with a great location and surroundings but you will have to skimp on things like decor, flowers and food.
You will need to have at least a rough estimate of how many guests you will be having because most all locations will have a maximum amount of people aloud on property. These limitations are for good reason, not only for safety but in some cases it just plain won't work.
When having a destination wedding here in the keys this will involve travel for your guests. Make sure it is with in a reasonable distance from accommodation that will suit your guest's budget. Also be sure there is ample parking available at your desired location. If you are having the ceremony at a separate location be sure it is within a reasonable driving distance and try to account for traffic. Make the drive yourself a few times to clock the time. Another factor here in the keys is oceanside vs bayside. While you will still see a colorful sky at sunset time on the oceanside you do not get a full on sunset like you do on the bayside. So if sunset is must then you will have to consider bayside properties.
Think about what type of event you want. Will your wedding be formal, informal, traditional or non-traditional. You want your venue to reflect this style.
Here are some photos of some of our favorite wedding venues in Islamorada:
To get more information on these and other locations in the upper keys contact us at Caribbean Catering.
The color of the bridesmaids dresses usually dictates the outfits for the groom and groomsmen. Suits are usually classic in color (navy, gray, and tan), the accessories is where you can match your color theme. Lets say you've chosen coral bridesmaids dresses, then matching solid coral ties that exactly match the dress would then be chosen for the groomsmen. This over matching has the tendency to create a "Dysney" look. Remember it is all about coordinating and not matching. Far better and more unique are patterned ties or bow ties that show complementing colors. Ties that complement in color but are different in pattern create a nice contrast without causing disconnect. When styling your destination wedding or event don't overlook patterned pieces and and textures in your fabric choices. They will add a touch of whimsical and pops of color to your pallet, and stear you clear of being overly matched. Bring in some added style with your groom and groomsmen accessories. As we know it always seems that for every choice in men's fashion there are 500 for women. It took some real searching, but I discovered some really edgy brands to get that super cool patterned look for your groomsmen.
Patterned Brands We Love
Thomas Pink, a designer out of the United Kingdom, has a great selection of neckties, bow ties, pocket squares and dress shirts. They have several patterned styles that would be great for you groomsmen style. Here are some of my favorite styles.
Always a classic, and certainly a staple for an Islamorada wedding is Vinyard Vines. With a preppy feel, bold colors and tropical themed patterns the Vinyard Vines collection is a contender for style. A perfect line to shop to give your groomsmen a unique look.
The Tie Bar has a great selection of unique men's accessories and their website has a ton of great features to help you style your men. The Wedding Shop is a great find with professionally styled accessory groupings for the groom and groomsmen in several color choices.
Not a new kid on the block, but still on their game when it comes to men's fashion, Brooks Brothers has huge variety of colors and styles. It is great place to find the perfect accessories to deck out your men. In addition it is a big brand so it will be easy for the boys to coordinate their shopping.
This last company I found, General Knot & Co. really has some unique items. They use vintage fabrics and have a huge style impact. They also specialize in custom wedding styling! You choose your color pallet, style and fabric and they will custom make everything for you. Definitely check them out, how special will your groom feel with a custom designed tie for his wedding day!
When styling your men, be bold not boring! Think skinny ties, bow ties, suspenders, pocket squares, colors, textures, patterns!!
Watch this space for more ideas from Caribbean Catering!
I don't know about you, but I am in love with everything house and home from Anthropologie. They have such a great style and uniqueness in all of their lines. If I could, I would decorate my whole house with their stuff! The last time I was wishful shopping their website I was thrilled to see they now have a wedding brand. They have put together an amazing collection of off-beat, vintage inspired decor items. They even have attire for everyone moms, guests and brides. The style they convey has influences of bohemian and hippie and the style is on the rise. It is very romantic and feminine at its heart and that's why I love it for wedding decor. Even you don't buy anything it is certainly a great place to find some inspiration. It is a great place to find super cute odds and ends, like table numbers and cake toppers.
They have a great selection of ceremony accessories, from back drops to ring holders. I like this gilded seashell ring holder.
I am so loving the paper plate selection!
They also have a line of stationary that leaves nothing out. The place card selection is on point and there are cards for the mother and father of the groom on my wedding day. A very nice touch for your parents. Also super cute cards for your soon to be partner!
One thing that can slip your mind when planning all the details is gifts for your bridesmaids and mother. They have a great selection of gifts for bridesmaids, mothers and even for the couple. I think these Minimergency Kits make a super cute bridesmaid gift with out breaking the bank at only $18.00 each.
The range of dresses they carry is in word, dreamy. They also have a full line of bridal shoes and accessories as well as lingerie for the wedding night.
Visit Anthropologie's new wedding brand's webiste, BHLDN, for the full line of products, look book and inspiration boards. Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more ideas on styling a boho chic beach wedding.
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?