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
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
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
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
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!
The new year will be upon us faster than you think, with only about 30 more shopping days till Christmas, its closing in. It is also engagement season! So heres a few ideas on what will be trending next year in weddings. 1. Glitter on your Stationery Out, Foil Stationery In
Foil stationary really adds a pop of elegance and is stunning. The metallics are so bold and we love it.
Best of both worlds for sure! You still have a your dance party but the fun and entertainment of live music at a fraction of the price of a full band. Scott Youngberg is a great musician that we work with often that offers this option.
3. Chiavari Chairs Out, Ghost Chairs and Crossbacks In
Chivari chairs are getting a bit tired now that everyone has them. I still find that they do have an elegant look, the ghost chairs and cross backs are awesome! Two completely different looks with ghost chairs being modern and chic and the crossbacks being rustic and elegant. Both styles a bit on the pricey side so be sure to make room in the budget for them.
4. Fluffy Light Colors Out, Deep Jewel Tones In
So excited for this trend to take hold, rich jewel tones really look stunning and dramatic on the beach.
5. Sit Down Dinners Out, Stations and Cocktail Receptions In
This has been coming for awhile now. As weddings stray from the formalities more and more, and guest lists include more friends and less family (sorry moms), couples are doing whatever they can to make it a party. Many couples want a relaxed and mingling atmosphere at the wedding reception which is better achieved with stations or roving dinners.
6. Round Tables Out, Lucite and Mirror Tables In
Keeping with the idea of tossing the formalities aside when planning a wedding, banquet round tables are starting to not be "in" anymore. Long tables, square tables and even a mix of everything has been popular in 2015. However, the lucite and mirror tables are how you kick your wedding up from a 9 to a 10.
7. Barns Out, Blinged Out Barns In
I love the look of a barn wedding, but being that we are in the Florida keys, we don't have to many barns. It looks awesome though!
lets be honest, mason jars and burlap have been done to death really, glad to see something new on the horizon.
9. Large Guest Lists Out, Intimate Parties In Lets face it, its really the best way to keep your budget in check. Intimate weddings are so special especially at a destination.
10. Full Day Video Footage Out, Same Day Edits In
Perfect for our instant gratification culture. Same day edits give you a fun wedding day montage to show at the reception so everyone get see anything they may have missed.
Keep an eye on this space as I,m sure we will be seeing some of these awesome new trends in our weddings to come in 2016!!
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!
It is always a great idea to come up with a fun theme for your wedding to create a unique vibe for your special day. As Halloween is right around the corner and many brides have their fall wedding happening so close to such a fun holiday. Who doesn't love a good costume party! A masquerade themed wedding allows you to combine the fun of costumes and mystery of wearing masks as well as that classy vibe of a Venetian masquerade ball. The best part is there are so many options on where you can take the style of decor, all black and white, classic Venetian, or 1920's. There are also a lot of different masks out there for the wedding party and wedding couple as well. This website has a great selection of wedding masquerade masks. It will also give your guests a chance to show some creativity in how they match their mask to their outfits and there are also several nice couples masks out there. Even amazon has a large selection of masks. Another great idea is to have a big basket of masks available for your guests to choose as they arrive also.
These are somee of my favorite bridal masks. It is nice that it is on a stick so you have the choice to hold it up for pictures but not have it ruin your nice hair and make-up.
Here are some other fun shots of masquerade themed weddings:
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.
This menu option is often overlooked, but it really is a great choice! It is a statement for you dinner service to have the chef on-site cooking to order. It also allows each guest to select their own meal. Everyone literally gets exactly what they want. It also accommodates for a vegetarian option, seafood and meat. One of the very few menu choices that can actually please every single one of your guests. We also load up the toppings! You are not going to walk away with a pig plate of just pasta. You can load on as much seafood and veggies you want! Each guest creates their own unique dinner from selections of: shrimp, scallops, mussels, chicken, julienne vegetables, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, onions, garlic, wine, pesto, alfredo, marinara, and of course several pastas. This option also includes a plated fresh salad and baked bread.
We did pasta stations at our event last weekend and it was big hit. Everyone loved their dinner and just about everyone had seconds.
Pasta stations are also pretty budget friendly; Cost: $47.00/person · Chef Fee: $150.00 per chef. Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more information on our Pasta Stations or to discuss other menu options.