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.Read More
In this day in age just about everyone is on social media in some form or another. Each couple is entitled to their own view on how they want their wedding to be perceived on the social media outlets out there. Some couples may prefer to keep a low profile on social media, and that's OK. It is completely understandable that you may not want surprises to be ruined by other guests posts or have low-quality iPhone photos flood social media when you are expecting top notch professional shots that you paid a small fortune for. Couples looking to keep their wedding day tech-free, consider politely conveying this information on your wedding website and then again with a small note on the ceremony programs (so that less tech-savvy guests get the memo too!). If you really want to ensure guests get the message, ask the officiant to make a quick announcement before the ceremony begins. Try explaining to your guests that you want to enjoy the moment with them not through their phone. You can also consider having a cute sign made up for you welcome table or near the ceremony entrance like these two below;
On the opposite side of this issue, some folks embrace their guests use of social media for their wedding. Which can also be lots of fun and give your wedding a personal touch, it can also reach those guests you may not have been able to attend. There are lots of cute ideas for incorporating social media into your wedding day. A great one is the wedding hashtag, this your guests can use on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and create a wedding feed of your day. I see a lot of brides use this one because it is as easy as making up a sign.
This is a new trend I've found which is super cute! A sort of hybrid photo booth, a selfie station. Set up a sign and a few props and bam! Wedding selfies.
This brand new option I just discovered and I couldn't be more excited about it as an avid snapchat user. You can now make your own custom snapchat filters. Such a fun idea!! Check out this link to find out more.
For more fun ideas for you wedding please contact us at Caribbean Catering, at our website, by phone 305-664-0004 or email email@example.com
Love, Love, Love this new venue! Complete with pool and private island!Read More
What's a bride to do when she wants more (or less) bridesmaids than her groom wants groomsmen? Well, for one, stop freaking out and start looking at the positives. Not only will you have all the girls (or boys) you adore by your side on your big day, but you also won't feel pressured into adding or subtracting people simply to ensure your numbers match. For brides-to-be with an uneven wedding party, here's how to strike the perfect balance seamlessly.Read More
This new wedding cake trend is sooo cool! The possibilities are endless really, with this cake mapping. You can project any type of image you choose. From sprinkles a pixie dust to shooting stars, or a personalized wedding logo. Check out this video.Read More
Sunset Reef house is a gorgeous house and property located in one of the most beautiful areas of Islamorada and is now available as a wedding venue. Here is some additional information:Read More
This collection of vintage perfume bottles are totally awesome. Colorful and mismatchey they are perfect for the whimsical romantic feel.Read More
Here are some favor ideas for you that your guests at a destination wedding that will add a cute personal touch to your wedding day but that your guests will actually want.Read More
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;Read More
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. Why not have a real life mermaid to great guests at your wedding.Read More
You may be asking yourself, What is a Day of Coordinator and do I need one? The short answer is, yes you do need one and here's why...Read More
If you haven't heard of Pantone, they are a world renowned authority on color and providing color systems. Every year they name the colors of the year and everything from fashion and home decor to weddings will reflect these color selections.Read More
Studio South, a Wedding and Event Floral Design and Boutique has just opened their doors this month in our Islamorada Wedding Plaza. They have in the floral industry for many years with a ton of weddings under their belt and have relocated to the beautiful Florida Keys. Come down to the plaza and check out their shop they have more than just flowers.Read More
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:
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.
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The Castaway House in Islamorada is one of our favorite venues for events here in the upper keys. The property is well suited for both a large and small event. It has a huge beachfront overlooking the sparkling Atlantic Ocean with a white sandy walk-in beach, which as you may or may not know is a rare thing down here. It also has plenty of space for parking in the front and a shaded area on the beach for the ceremony. The house on the property is a super cute honeymoon cottage, that not only looks like a boat but actually is a boat! This property has a long history here in Islamorada making it a historic wedding venue. Here is a little bit about how this boat house came to be, a story told to me by Lisa Bradeen who is involved with the Islamorada Historical Society.
Clara Maw Downey first bought the boat and put it on her property of The Olney Inn. It then blew onto Preston Street during Hurricane Donna and Jim Gilmore (who had purchased the property already) dragged it on rollers to where it is today and used it as a winter house for his Family. Mr. Gilmore was from Kalamazoo, Michigan and was the owner of Gilmore/Foyt Racing Team, as in AJ Foyt, Indy Winner 3 times and owned Clear Channel stations and was big in the broadcasting industry. The Gilmore Family still owns the property today.
Mr. Gilmore was involved with the original World Wide Sportsman with George Hommell & The Green Turtle Inn. Doris Hommell was the caretaker of the property for many years. She bought the house that Joe & Debbie live in for $1.00 from Mr. Gilmore and turned it into a Flower/Nursery shop which was very successful in the 80's. I worked with Doris for 5 years during that time. It was a glorious time decorating all the homes & restaurants in Islamorada.
President Truman and his wife with their friend & guest, Edward R Morrow vacationed there in the late 50's. President Truman fished with Bucky Stark then. Mrs. Truman did not fish.
The property is for sale as of present for 5 million.
Watch this space for more inside info on some of our favorite wedding spots!
We want all of our wedding couples to have the day of their dreams. That is why it is so important to choose reputable local vendors. We have had couples in the past find random people out of Miami or elsewhere because they think they are getting a better deal, but when they show up ill-prepared things can become a mess fast. This past weekend, for example, our wedding couple hired a DJ from Miami who ruined their wedding. He forgot his music and his microphone which made their ceremony music disjointed and the grand entrances and first dances almost embarrassing. I hate to see these type of things happen when it could have been avoided so easily. If you look at our website on the resources page we list all of the vendors that we recommend and prefer to work with because we KNOW they are good at what they do. We would never recommend anyone we don't have faith in because it reflects badly. Honestly, it's painful to see these things happen to people on their wedding day! When looking for your vendors be sure to take recommendations given to you from your venue or any other trusted local source (like us!) seriously as locals they know who's in the business and who does a great job. Be diligent in checking reviews and be sure to take into account how recent those reviews are. Make sure you have a meeting with each vendor whether it is by phone, in person or both. Also, be clear on what your expectations are and ask questions. In light of this past weekend I can give you one other tip; Do not hire this man as your DJ: DJ Luis Bode of Bode Music Services, LLC
We had never worked with him before and we will certainly never be working with him again. Now here is a list of DJ's and Musician that we highly recommend and love to work with!
Ray Jaworski “amazing guitarist” a must for the ceremony, cocktail hour & dinner music. 305-942-3753 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.musicbyray.com/
Steel Drum Band The Reel Ting Contact: George Pollis (561) 215-7596 www.ReelTing.com
Steel Drummer Sir Cedrick www.SirCedrick.com
David Feder Island, Flamenco and more. 12 string guitarist www.davidfeder.com
Sekond Nature Five piece band that gets the crowd dancing! www.sekondnature.com Contact: Juan 954-607-8334
Wylefyah (Wildfire) Reggae / Soca Band Contact: Clifford Mayers 954.803.7870
Florida Keys Wedding DJ’s
D.J. Reggae Ronnie 305.394.1789 www.floridakeysdjservice.com
M.B. Entertainment Mike Barrios www.mbeventdjs.com 754-703-6935
DJ Russ Ginsberg 954.816.3384
DJ Freddie 954.856.6166
SaxmanAJ DJ Al Johnson & Saxophone Player 561.541.0400
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!!
She also has some great ideas for decor details for cake pops and I love these boozy Nassau rum shot cupcakes.
For more information contact Caribbean Catering or visit their Facebook page.
We always keep an ear to the ground to keep up with the buzz in the Islamorada wedding industry. A new Islamorada wedding venue has popped up! Always exciting to find an amazing new venue! This property is unique in many ways and has some great benefits for holding an event. The La Jolla Resort located in the heart of the Islamorada Village has opened its doors to booking weddings for the coming season and for seasons to come. The Owners Cottage is located on the gorgeous property located just next door which has a huge bayfront perfect for holding your wedding or event with your toes in the sand. The resort next door has a total of 22 rooms wich can accommodate all of your guests and everyone can walk next door for the reception. Creating a personalized atmosphere for you and all of your guests since everyone can stay right on property. The owners cottage is cosy and has an amazing sunset view! It comes equipt with a full kitchen, two bedrooms, and two full baths and tastefully decorated in Tommy Bahama decor. It has the use of the pool next door at the resort and dock space available. It is also walking distance from most Islamorada attractions. Check out these photos:
For more information on booking this property please contact us at Caribbean Catering or speak to one of the friendly staff members at La Jolla Resort.
We love to work with our favorite local Florida Keys wedding vendors because they really have an understanding of the area and why our couples come down here to get married. We often work with Lisa Bradeen as an officiator of many of our weddings. She has a dynamic and charismatic personality that really shines in the ceremonies she writes and performs. She is more than happy to work with you on the whole process customizing your vows and explaining the legal process of getting your marriage license. She will customize as much or as little as you like and always offers a rehearsal of the ceremony to her couples the day before. She even offers a unique lobster release ceremony that really adds a keys flair to your ceremony and will certainly have your guests talking!! Here is a little bit about Lisa: WHY HIRE ME?
- Each Bride receives a detailed, ornate Wedding Packet which includes 14 sample vows to choose from, marriage license requirements, Florida Keys information from a Local's point of view and other helpful suggestions. It s a step by step guide on getting married in the Keys.
- My World Famous "Lobster Release" ceremony is one of a kind , an unforgettable ceremony your guests will never forget. A Bride's favorite!
- I customize the vows for each couple; no two are duplicated.
- Each couple receives a "keepsake" Marriage Vows/ Folder on decorative paper to commemorate their Special Day.
- I am available to assist you at the Clerk's Office with paperwork if needed.
- I certify and require a signature receipt with each Marriage License that is to be filed with the State of Florida.
- I am an Ordained Minister and a Florida Notary, licensed to perform non-denomination/secular or religious ceremonies.
- All insurances, religious licenses, and Notary certifications are active and current.
- I am involved with the development of the Ceremony from beginning to the completion with the Bride & Groom so it will be the perfect fit.
- My willingness, attention to detail and enthusiasm surpasses the competition. I make each Bride feel Special!
For more information on Lisa's services please visit her website or contact us at Caribbean Catering.
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!
Watch this space for more wedding trends to come!