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
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
The Galleria Plaza located at Mile Marker 80 in Islamorada is quickly becoming a wedding hot spot! The plaza has been home to Caribbean Catering for nearly 15 years now. With our success in the industry, we have surrounded ourselves with other trusted wedding vendors that we work in conjunction with. We lovingly call our plaza the Islamorada Wedding Plaza we are truly a one-stop shop to plan your entire wedding. Many of our couples are planning destinations weddings from afar and most only have a chance to come and visit the keys once or twice throughout the planning process. At our plaza, you can meet with nearly every one of your vendors all in one stop! This will make your planning process so streamlined when you come into town on a planning visit. These are the amazing wedding professionals that share the Islamorada Wedding Plaza with us: John Rudolph Designs
Event designer and interior decorator. John has an amazing eye for design and he also has a lovely collection of high-end event rental items. He is also one of our go to vendors for the amazing draping set ups you have seen us doing this past year.
Our resident florist! New to Islamorada, but with 25 years experience in the industry in their hometown they are certainly fit for the job. They are more than happy to meet with couples and do any custom florals that you may have in mind.
Our resident baker! A truly talented baker with a great eye for style and design. Extremely skilled with fondant and custom designed cakes. She also does a variety of custom cookies, cupcakes, and mini cakes. Oh, and did I mention, also delicious!
Julia at BWW is our talented resident wedding planner. She is so professional, organized, and creative planning a beautiful wedding that is on budget with her will be a breeze.
Monica at engaged design is our resident printer. She is a talented graphic artist and she can meet all your custom paper good needs. She does everything from invitations to table numbers.
One of our resident photography studios. one of my favorite photographers to work with. He takes amazing and unique photos and is incredibly professional and reliable.
Another incredibly talented photographer that resides in our wedding plaza. Her work is awesome and she great to work with. You won't be disappointed.
A super cute boutique where our brides and their friends can find affordable last minute necessities, or just take a quick shopping break between vendor meetings!
So come on down and see us at the Islamorada Wedding Plaza and get your next wedding or event all planned in one stop!
Your cocktail hour should be like a souped-up version of your favorite happy hour. Think about it: It's early in the evening, and you have all of your friends together with your favorite drinks, apps and great music. When planning your menu a great place to start is the appetizers. You will want to make sure that you have something to fit everyone's tastes. On our menu we will provide you with any three of the passed appetizers on our menu for $8 per person. I usually recommend choosing a seafood option, a vegetarian option, and a meat option. You can also choose to do more than three appetizers each passed app after your first three choices are $2 per person. You can also choose to do a combination of passed appetizers and an appetizer station. We have a couple tasty stations available or you can mix and match your own!
Caribbean Catering Appetizers
Brie & berries in puff pastry Chicken potstickers with Asian dipping sauce Crab balls with chipotle aioli Coconut shrimp Fruit & cheese platter Grilled mango shrimp Guacamole/salsa with homemade flour tortilla chips Hot artichoke dip puff pastry Hummus & house made spicy chip Jerk grilled jumbo scallops Island Jumbo Lumb Crab in Coconut Mango Sauce Jumbo shrimp cocktail Macadamia chicken bites Mini Cuban sandwiches Peanut chicken satays Prosciutto de parma wrapped asparagus Seared tuna on wonton crisp Shrimp potstickers Smoked fish dip with homemade chips Spinach & feta triangles Spring rolls Sweet & sour meatballs Tenderloin carpaccio teardrops Tequila jalapeno chicken bites Tomato,basil, and mozzarella crostini
Here are some of our most popular choices:
On the left is for sure one of our most popular options. Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna and a wanton crisp drizzled with Creamy Wasabi and Sweet Soy Sauce. On the right is a great meat option Tenderloin Carpaccio tear drops.
Pictured here we have (above) a light and fresh seafood option, our Jumbo Lump crab in coconut mango sauce. A great summer option. Below is our coconut shrimp with horseradish marmalade dipping sauce.
Pictured here is our Proscuitto wrapped asparagus.
Pictured here is our grilled mango shrimp, chicken potstickers with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, and a keys favorite, Conch Fritters with a Bimini Sauce.
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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.
If you haven't noticed, this year has been flying by! Already well into the seventh month of the year and you know that the holiday season will be here before we can catch up. In this post, I want to look back on some of our favorite weddings so far this year. Whether it be the flowers or the menu I have chosen some of the best wedding details this year so far. Last month our Bride had a Sperry tent. I have always loved the look of this type of tent and it really made a statement. Perfect styling for a fairytale garden party. Something special for sure.
This rehearsal dinner was perfectly styled for a real old world tropical vibe. Vintage cigar boxes filled with birds of paradise, colorful napkins, vintage water vessels and bamboo chairs. Complete with a Cuban themed menu, mojitos and a real live cigar roller we were instantly transported to Havanna.
We honestly can't get enough draping. So elegant and sophisticated and so many variations and creations that can be made with this. The possibilities truly are endless. Looking forward to seeing more of this to come.
This Rehearsal Dinner had a super fun summer menu. Brings you back to summers past with friends and family around, cold beer and digging to some crab legs and corn on the cob.
Stay tuned for more, Part two will be Thursday.
One of the most important things on your wedding day or any event really is the timeline, and a realistic one at that. This is one of the things your planner should draft for you based on the activities you have planned for your day. There are so many things that need to be squeezed in! It is important to budget your time wisely and have your day of coordinator there to ensure that the timeline is followed accurately to be sure you can fit everything in. It is very easy to get caught up in conversation, drink in hand and lose track of time. It is one of the main reasons I always recommend to at least have a day of coordinator even if you haven't hired a planner. Your timeline should really include all aspects of the day including the rehearsal, set up, hair and make-up and transportation. Today we will take a close look at some of the things to consider for your ceremony timing and choosing the traditions you will include in your wedding day as it relates to creating you timeline.
The ceremony timing has its own set of parameters when looking at timing that will vary depending on your ceremony style. If you are having an outdoor or beach ceremony you will want to consider the lighting and time of day. Will the sun be beating down on your guests for an hour long mass? Are you dreaming of a sunset ceremony?
If you are planning to have a beach ceremony down her in the Florida Keys you may want to start later in the day when it will not be so hot. If everyone is siting in the blaring sun for they duration they will be sweaty and uncomfortable. So consider starting later or be sure to provide shade and programs that double as fans for you guests.
If you would like to have a sunset ceremony you should consider choosing a date in the winter, when the sun sets earlier in the day. This will allow plenty of time for your reception festivities afterwards. Alternatively if you are getting married in the summer when the sun sets later, consider holding your cocktail hour before the ceremony. This will allow you to have your sunset ceremony and have enough time to party after. The pre-cocktail hour will not only save you precious party time but it will account for lateness. In addition it will also give your guests a chance to mingle and greet each other as they arrive in a relaxed atmosphere rather than feeling rushed directly to the ceremony.
If you are having your ceremony at a separate location from your reception make sure you consider travel time for your guests to arrive at the new location. Arranging transportation for all is ideal, but it can be pricey. If all of your guests are providing their own transportation it may be a bit of a lengthier process. Consider driving time and traffic, as well as quick stops along the way and chatting at the church before hitting to road.
There is a very long list of traditions that happen at a wedding:
cutting the cake
mother / son dance
bouquet toss / garter toss
This is just a basic list of traditions that many people include in their wedding reception. Each culture has it's own wedding traditions that they include so the list can start to become daunting. I always recommend couples take the time to think about the experience they want in a wedding day when choosing which of these they want to include in their reception. Some want them all and some want none. A wedding, in general, lasts about 5-6 hours so the more structured activities you have planned the less time you will have to mingle and spend time with your guests. It's great to do it all, but I must say I have done so many weddings where they have everything possible included and the bride and groom never seem to have the opportunity to enjoy! Take a minute to think about what is important to you on this day before trying to do it all.
Make sure you have wisely budgeted your precious time on your wedding day. This post includes the parts of your timeline that will have the most effect on your experience of your wedding day. Our goal is for your wedding day to be an amazing and memorable experience! That is why we want you to know the facts when it comes to the anatomy of a wedding day. Contact Caribbean Catering for more advice on making your time work for you.
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!
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;
1. Be Unique
less than 25% of all couples getting married have a destination wedding. So tie the knot somewhere special rather than your hometown spots where everyone you know has already booked.
2. You have friends and family....everywhere
If your friends and family are all traveling to get to you anyway might as well make it somewhere pretty.
3. Spend some quality time
With a destination wedding you will be able to extend the celebration. spend at least a few days with your friends and family making memories, rather than a quick five hours. Bonus: Using a roomblock and discounted group rate at your destination everyone can get a discounted vacation. What's more fun than some downtime to relax and connect with friends and family.
4. Streamline Costs
Surprisingly is can be easier to keep costs in check in a faraway locale. Two reasons: One, you’re likely to have a smaller guest list (the best way to save $$ on your wedding is to keep the list short); and two, your choices are less copious than they might be at home. At home you’d be visiting a half-dozen florists and designers being tempted by more lavish (and pricey) options.
5. Make the Planning Easier (yes, Easier)
Planning a wedding can quickly turn into a logistical nightmare at home or away. Caribbean Catering provides a service that will take all the leg work out of the planning process for you. We have all of the resources you need to plan your whole wedding, no stress.
Islamorada Wedding Package
Wedding Package for upto-25 guests
Ceremony setup w/ chairs on the beach.
Wedding Officiant to perform ceremony & file paperwork
Welcome Cocktail when guests arrive
Signature Cocktail “Keylime Kooler”
Appetizers your choice of 3 items
Dinner: Caribbean Salad
Rum Glazed Steak w/ Grilled Mango Shrimp
Garlic Mashed Potoatoes
Home baked Bread (flexible menu if you would like to change it up)
Wedding Cake 2 tier
Music 2 piece live music
Bridal Bouqet & 2 centerpieces
Reception Setup: tables, chairs, linen tableclothes, dinner china, glassware, silverware, cake table, bar w/ linen, ect..
Full Service Staffing during event
Wedding Coordinator Day of event.
All setup, & cleanup.
All sales taxes & gratuities
The Islamorada Wedding Package is our most all inclusive package. Contact us at Caribbean Catering to hear more about our available packages our get a custom package designed just for you!
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.
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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.
Planning a wedding can be stressful on so many levels and that is why more and more couples are feeling overwhelmed by the pressure of it all. The process can be a lot to deal with, between stressing over the money and who will pay for what, who to invite and who not to invite and feeling obligated to consider opinions about the wedding from seemingly everyone you know (and don't sometimes!). If when you think of planning a traditional wedding and all you see is a stressed out bride, anxious mothers and enough family dysfunction for a week long special on Jerry Springer, then I'm sure running off to an exotic location has crossed you mind! So here's 10 reasons to leave it all behind and elope in the Florida Keys:
It's a romantic to pack up and get away to a beautiful place with the one you want to marry! Bring along a few close friends and family and it will certainly be a trip to remember.
A traditional wedding with all the bells and whistles can cost a pretty penny. With an intimate wedding you can use all that extra money for so many things when starting a new life together, the possibilities are endless.
Location, Location, Location
Keeping your wedding day just between you your groom a select group of friends and family rather than a traditional wedding you will be able to use those savings to hop on jet and head straight to the keys, and stay at the best places we have to offer in Islamorada. The Keys are a great place for a romantic get away and an intimate wedding celebration. With sparkling turquoise waters, lush tropical gardens, warm sunny days, beautiful beaches and breath taking sunsets it's the perfect location to elope.
Leave the Drama
That's the beauty of it really, forget all of the drama of the whole process. Pack your bags and head south! There are elopement packages available to handle all the little necessities. All you have to do is show, up be married and enjoy the keys lifestyle.
A Big Wedding isn't For Everyone
For many of us it is just not in the budget and for others the thought of having to walk down the aisle with hundreds of eyes upon their backs seems more like a bad dream than a wedding day. If it is a second or third marriage it may feel excessive to ask all of your friends and family to shell out again for gifts and wedding expenses.
Enjoy the Celebration
Many times the bride and groom are so wrapped up in greeting guests, taking photos and being ushered from one tradition to the next that they barely have time to actually enjoy the day. It ends up flying by in a haze and over before you know it. Instead enjoy a holiday that starts with an intimate wedding with your closest loved ones and then spend your days enjoying our turquoise waters or soak up some sun and sand on a private beach.
No Dress Code
There's no need for tuxedos and over priced dresses in the Florida Keys. Our motto here is; no shirt no shoes no problem. So pack your flip flops, we've already left the traditional behind so wear whatever makes your heart content.
Focus on Each Other
So many times the planning process and wedding day itself can end up becoming all about everyone accept the most important; the bride and groom! You will have the time to enjoy each others company and focus on beginning your life together.
You will basically be on your honeymoon the minute you arrive here! As soon as the papers have been signed just enjoy being alone with the one you love.
We can have a package just for you to include all the necessary details on the documentation, officiant, and small celebration to follow. No stress, no drama. Contact us at Caribbean Catering for information on having an elopement wedding in the Florida Keys.
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.
[video width="480" height="360" webm="http://www.islamoradaweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/PortlyIdenticalDodobird.webm" loop="true" autoplay="true"][/video] When planning an Islamorada wedding or event there are so many decisions to make and the wedding industry down here is booming so there are more and more options popping up all over. The choices can be overwhelming at times. The first choices to make is finding your planner, venue, caterer and rentals. Our service at Caribbean Catering covers all of these aspects and more.
We have been doing Florida Keys weddings and events for nearly 15 years. This wealth of experience gives us the local knowledge and relationships to help you through the entire process of planning your special event. We have relationships with so many local vendors and knowledge of all the best wedding locations available in the upper keys. From the very early stages of planning we can help you find the perfect venue for you based on your guest count, style and budget. Working with in your budget we can use our local resources to recommend photographers, musicians, offciants, florists, planners, hair and make-up and specialty vendors like cigar rollers, photo booths, espresso bar or a food truck.
Caribbean Catering also has all of the rentals you will need for your event; tables, chairs, linens, decor items, glassware, silverware, dinner china, charger plates, napkin rings, cake stands ect. Our catering and rental packages always include all of the set up. Many rental vendors do not include set-up in their rental quote, only drop off. The last thing you need to worry about on your big day is getting your guests to set up tables and chairs in the heat! We are on site early in the morning to set up every detail exactly as we have discussed in planning. We also offer for our rentals a day early at no extra charge for clients who would like to do a rehearsal dinner with us.
In addition we have a professional staff that has been working with us for many years. They are familiar with the flow of a wedding and the layouts of the locations that we work with. Our staff is knowledgeable about our menus and familiar with beer, wine, liquor and cocktails. We expect our staff to always be on time and to be friendly and personable.
Our service will also include making sure that all trash and recycling is cleared before we leave at the end of the event. We arrive in the morning to clear any remaining trash from the after party and breakdown all of the rentals. We will also ensure any items you provided, like centerpieces are set aside for you to take home.
We would love to help you plan your wedding or event. Contact us for more information on our full service catering and get a free quote!
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?
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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!