Why should the boys be the only ones who can rent their wedding attire? With so many different occasions involved with your wedding why not take some of the strain off your budget and rent, plus you get the chance to wear some seariously nice digs, with out the price tag.Read More
One of our most frequently asked questions is about our bar service. So I thought I'd take a moment to give you all some information on our bar service and how it works. We provide you with a bartender and all of your nonalcoholic bar set up, which includes: all of your ice for icing down beer, wine, champagne and white wine as well as drink ice, coke, diet coke, ginger ale, sprite, club soda, tonic water, cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice and sour mix for making mixed drinks, plastic cups and limes for garnishing. The only thing we do not provide for you is the booze. Our clients provide their choice of alcohol that we set up and serve. Many of our clients find this to be a big bonus for saving some money. It seems there always is someone in the family or a friend of a friend who can get you a deal. Even if you don't have an connect in the industry it is certainly much more cost effective to buy in bulk than pay based on consumption or an hourly rate as most hotels and bar services will charge. Not only do we provide all of your supplies at a reasonable price, we also set up your entire bar. Which is a big job! Some of our clients request to provide all of their own bar supplies without understanding truly how much work it is to haul all of these supplies around. When our crew arrives in the morning we bring out of your alcohol, get everything iced down and set up the bar for you. One less job to worry about the morning of your big day!
Please contact Caribbean Catering for more information about this or our other services.
There are so many great wedding venues available in the Florida Keys. This week I would like to spotlight a couple of our favorite venues in the Upper Keys. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing an appropriate venue for your wedding. Before we get to our Spotlight Local Wedding Venues here are some things to consider when choosing a venue: 1. Your Wedding Style: Do you dream in tuxedos and ballgowns? Then choose a venue that will reflect this style it will save you money in the long run since you won't have to spend as much in transforming the space to suit you needs.
2. Size appropriate for you anticipated guest list: Expecting 300 people? Then be sure to check with your venue on their maximum capacity.
3. Ease of accessibility: When having a destination wedding you will want to take into consideration the proximity and availability of accommodations and goods and services for your guests.
One of our favorite locations here in the upper keys is Ocean Pointe Suites. It has 60 acres of property tucked away on the Oceanside in Tavernier. It is in close proximity to shopping and restaurants and boasts 170 spacious suites. This means that in most cases all of your guests will be able to stay on property. The pool will be one big family reunion! There is also a bar and restaurant on-site and boat dockage available.
The property also has a beautiful sandy beach perfect for a ceremony or even for the reception itself. There is also a covered space near the beach where many of the receptions are catered following a beach ceremony. The property has an affordable site fee and you get a lot for your money.
1. Covered space: A commodity down here for a beach wedding. Short of springing for a tent you won't find this anywhere else.
2. Fans: This space has built in ceiling fans, so clutch on a hot day down here.
3. Lighting: Lighting is also built into this space so another way to save.
4. Tables & Chairs: Depending on how many guests you have they can accommodate dinner seating for up to 40 people.
5. They take care of the bar: For a reasonable price your full bar service is covered. No guessing if you will run out of booze or hauling it all with you.
With all of these great points for this local venue, there is still more. It has an absolutely lovely view and the staff is friendly, accommodating and a pleasure to work with.
Here are some images from recent events at Ocean Pointe Suites.
For more information about Ocean Pointe Suites contact us at Caribbean Catering 305.664.0004 or Adrian at Ocean Pointe 305 440 2365.
Many of our brides these days do at least some of their wedding details DIY, or do it yourself. It's a great way to save a little money when costs can add up quick. It can also give your wedding details a personal touch and sentimental value for you and your partner. I have recently discovered a new and amazing craft product, Japanese Washi Tape. This amazing invention can be used for so many things. If you haven't heard of it before, get ready for your obsession to begin! The best way to describe washi tape is that it feels like masking tape — very, very pretty masking tape. It's made of paper, but is not as delicate as you would expect. Plus, it comes in patterns and designs that will make even the most dedicated crafters swoon and varying widths to allow you to create some fun and intricate washi tape designs.Here are a few cute projects using Washi tape for a DIY Beach Wedding. Check out these easy to make washi tape centerpieces.
Spice up your wedding favors with a bit a Washi tape.
You can use Washi tape to add some color and design to your invitations.
Have your guests use washi tape to put notes or photos in your guest book.
Use washi tape on your escort cards.
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!
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.
[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!
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.