So you're engaged, now what? Most people have some type of vision in mind for their wedding and then it seems like as soon as you're engaged it all goes out the window. Your engagement period should be a fun and exciting time for you and your significant other, not stressed out planning mode. So here are a few steps you can take in the first month or two to keep that stress in check.Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
This new Wedding venue has popped up on our radar and it is a great spot for an outdoor keys wedding. The property is located in Key Largo making it a bit easier of a journey from the airport for guests who may be traveling from out of town. It is waterfront and very spacious. The property itself has been in the same family for 6 generations and it one of the oldest examples of 1920's Florida Keys architecture. The homes on the property are full of character and hold vintage surprised around every corner. Here is the low down on the property's history.
This unique property is an unforgettable slice of 1920's Key Largo. Because of its size and location, Historic Shadow Point is very popular for weddings, family gatherings, and other special events. They have catered to guests from all over the world, and many come back year after year. The vintage Cottages are situated on a secluded, shady peninsula surrounded by water on three sides, with clear views of mangrove islands and abundant wildlife. Built in the 1900s by a sailing ship's captain, each house represents early Keys architecture from the pioneering times of Florida. The property was acquired by the same family who still owns it to this day. They have worked very hard over the generations to keep the houses as original as possible. The homes are decorated with pieces reflecting the years of being connected to the local waters. Their ancestor, Marvin D. Adams, is responsible for constructing the canal that bisects Key Largo. Known as The Cut to locals, The Marvin D. Adams Waterway allows boaters to travel conveniently from the Atlantic Ocean side to the Gulf of Mexico in minutes. The structures on the property are likely the oldest original residential homes still intact and in use on all of Key Largo.
Guests who rent Historic Shadow Point will enjoy many extras, including the use of paddle boards, kayaks, floating tubes, life jackets and snorkel equipment located on-site. Shadow Point has a private sandy beach for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and launching kayaks into the beautiful waters of Largo Sound. Also available for use are a gas barbeque grill and equipment. There are several shady spots to have evening dinners outside or fun picnics under the Gumbo Limbos. There are two fully stocked kitchens, one in each house. There is even a full laundry facility in the Cottage.
Please visit Historic Shadow Point's Website for more detailed information on the property and booking. Watch this space, the team at Caribbean Catering is always sniffing out new venues!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another popular trend this wedding season has been the natural runner. An absolute must for a rustic and whimsically styled wedding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For More useful planning tips check these out;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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?
Photo by Greg Poland Photography
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.
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!
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!