It may look like the stuff of witches brew, but this disarmingly simple combination of beer and bubbly wine is true to its name: rich, smooth, and lush. It’s also perfectly balanced, with the dark, chocolate notes of the stout (perfect for Halloween!) offset by the crisp fizz of the champagne.
- 3ounces stout beer, such as Guinness
- 3ounces dry sparkling wine
- Pour stout into a large champagne flute. Slowly top with sparkling wine and stir gently.
Despite its name, the only thing devilish about this tequila cocktail is how easily you can slurp one down. Even traditional margarita drinkers will have to admit that the combination of sweet crème de cassis, earthy tequila, bright lime, and spicy ginger beer is a stroke of utter genius.
- 1½ounces tequila
- ½ounce crème de cassis
- ½ounce lime juice
- ginger beer
- 2lime wedges, for garnish
- Add tequila, crème de cassis, and lime juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a squeeze of lime and a lime wedge.
Blood and Sand
This elegant cocktail is nearly a century old and takes its name not from gruesome ingredients, but a 1920s movie starring Rudolph Valentino. Though the components may seem a little odd, they blend seamlessly, and the warming scotch and sweet vermouth are a welcome nod to early autumn.
- 1ounce scotch
- ¾ounce Cherry Heering
- ¾ounce sweet vermouth
- ¾ounce fresh orange juice
- 1maraschino cherry, for garnish
- Add the scotch, Cherry Heering, vermouth, and orange juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cherry.
Caramel Apple Punch
This autumn punch calls for just four ingredients—apple cider, spiced rum, lemon juice, and a sliced apple (naturally) for garnish.
- 1quart apple cider, chilled
- 1 1/4cup spiced rum
- 2tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 red apple, thinly sliced
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the apple cider, rum, and lemon juice; chill for up to 12 hours. Serve over ice and garnish with the apple.
Stay away from those cloying pumpkin-flavored liqueurs—this drink uses pure pumpkin puree, with vodka for the kick.
- 1tablespoon sugar
- 1/4teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 3tablespoons vodka
- 2tablespoons half and half
- 1tablespoon canned pure pumpkin puree
- 1tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Combine the sugar and ⅛ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice on a small plate. Dip the rim of a chilled martini glass in water, then dip in the sugar to coat.
- In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, half and half, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and the remaining ⅛ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice. Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glass.
A generous dash of juicy pomegranate seeds adds a sweet-tart bite to every cup.
- 1/4cup sugar
- 1/2cup Campari
- 1/2cup gin
- 1/2cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 3cups club soda, chilled
- 1/2cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- Combine the sugar and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar has completely dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Let it cool.
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the Campari, gin, orange juice, and sugar syrup; chill for up to 12 hours. Just before serving, add the club soda, pomegranate seeds, and orange. Serve over ice.
A cayenne-spiced salt rim gives this easy margarita its heat.
- 1/8teaspoon cayenne pepper
- kosher salt
- 1/4cup fresh lime juice, plus squeezed lime half
- 3tablespoons tequila
- 1tablespoon agave nectar
- Combine the cayenne and 1 tablespoon salt on a small plate. Rub the rim of a glass with the cut lime, then dip in the cayenne salt to coat.
- In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the lime juice, tequila, and agave. Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with the lime half.
Dark and Spooky
Use ginger beer—not ginger ale—and dark rum for the deepest, most intense flavor.
- 1/2cup ginger beer
- 2teaspoons fresh lime juice, plus 1 lime wedge
- 3tablespoons dark rum
- 1gummy candy bat
- Fill a glass with ice and pour in the ginger beer and lime juice. To float the rum onto the ginger beer, turn a metal spoon upside down, hold just above the ginger beer, and slowly pour the rum over the back of the spoon. Garnish with the lime wedge and the gummy bat on a swizzle stick or wooden skewer.
Shake up your usual brunchtime beverage with a shot of tequila instead of vodka.
- 3/4cup tomato juice
- 3tablespoons tequila
- 3tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus 1 lime wedge
- 1teaspoon chipotle hot sauce or regular hot sauce
- 1/4teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4teaspoon black pepper
- pinch celery salt (optional)
- 1pimento-stuffed olive
Have a great Halloween weekend everyone, from all of us here at Caribbean Catering!!
Images and recipes from RealSimple.com
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:
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.
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.
With so much focus being on the bride on the wedding day and in the planning process a groom can sometimes feel steamrolled and completely left out. Unlike the ladies who have probably been envisioning their wedding day since birth most grooms have probably not given it much thought. It is a good idea to come up with some ways to include him on the planning process and give him some time in the spotlight on the big day as well. After all it is the groom's day just as much as it is the bride's. The goal should be to make this a shared experience. Here are a few tips to get the groom involved in his wedding day!
The Planning Process
Let him choose the suits him and his groomsmen will wear. It's his day and it's probably just as important to him that he and his besties are looking dapper as it is to you. After all he will probably be in more photos on this day than a swimwear model in Sports Illustrated. If you can't quiet your inner control freak give him a few thoughts on what you had in mind before you let him loose. Hey, maybe he loves a bargain and he can get you a great deal on buying them in bulk!
The Guest List
This one is pretty much a must. You will need his input on this topic. I'm sure he has just as many people he is hoping to invite as you do. Work together to keep the list in check, while still including all of the people that mean the most to each of you. Think of it as a little training for married life!
Your groom may not get as excited by gravy boats and a new set of guest towels as you do. Consider adding a registry on amazon.com or at target where there will be more options of things he may want for your new life together. He may surprise and come up with something more useful than crystal stemware.
The Wedding Day
This tradition offers a great opportunity to give the groom a special moment at the wedding day. After the cutting the traditional cake give him his 15 minutes of wedding fame while he and his groomsmen cut the grooms cake. You can get a super cool cake to show off his style, like this mahi cake.
Let your man represent you at the wedding. There will be many people to thank after the long planning process and wedding day. Stand by your man while he get up to thank all of your guests and family.
Not everyone writes their own vows. It is a part of the wedding where focus will be on both of you and it will give both of you a chance to shine. You probably be happily surprised by how touching his vows are.
It can be fun for anyone to look back on their wedding photos. make sure your groom and his groomsmen get some alone time with the photographer to take some fun photos together with just the boys. His groomsmen mean a lot to him and he will be happy to share the memories.
Planning a wedding can be a trying time for a relationship. So make it easier and work together on this one. Happy Planning!
Who doesn't love a good movie marathon! Today may be bright and sunny out, but it feels like one of those days to soak up the A/C and binge watch from your favorite streaming device. In the spirit of all things binge worthy I have compiled a list of all our favorite wedding movies!! There are so many wedding movies out there it was hard to choose just ten, as you can see I do happen to love a good comedy. Wedding Crashers
Divorce mediators John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey are business partners and lifelong friends who share one truly unique springtime hobby--crashing weddings! Whatever the ethnicity of the wedding party--Jewish, Italian, Irish, Chinese, Hindu--the charismatic and charming duo always have clever back stories for inquisitive guests and inevitably become the hit of every reception, where they strictly adhere to their proven rules of wedding crashing to meet and pick up women aroused by the very thought of marriage. At the tail end of another successful season of toasting brides and grooms, Jeremy learns that the daughter of Treasury Secretary William Cleary and his wife, Kathleen, is getting married in what is sure to be the Washington D.C. social event of the year. After infiltrating the lavish affair, John and Jeremy quickly set their sights on two bridesmaids, Claire and Gloria Cleary. With the lavish reception in full swing, Jeremy works his game plan to perfection in seducing Gloria, ...
Father of The Bride
In this remake of the Spencer Tracy classic, George and Nina Banks are the parents of young soon-to-be-wed Annie. George is a nervous father unready to face the fact that his little girl is now a woman. The preparations for the extravagant wedding provide additional comic moments.
The Wedding Planner
Mary Fiore is San Francisco's most successful supplier of romance and glamor. She knows all the tricks. She knows all the rules. But then she breaks the most important rule of all: she falls in love with the groom.
The Wedding Singer
Robbie, the singer and Julia, the waitress are both engaged to be married but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.
Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.
I Love You Man
Friendless Peter Klaven goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But, when his insta-bond with his new B.F.F. puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée, can the trio learn to live happily ever after?
My Best Friend's Wedding
When a woman's long-time friend says he's engaged, she realizes she loves him herself... and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.
The Wedding Date
Single-girl anxiety causes Kat Ellis (Messing) to hire a male escort (Mulroney) to pose as her boyfriend at her sister's wedding. Her plan, an attempt to dupe her ex-fiancé, who dumped her a couple years prior, proves to be her undoing.
On the night of one of their old high school friend's wedding three irresponsible and capricious bridesmaids reunite for one last bachelorette bacchanal in the Big Apple. They unintentionally create a mess of their best friend Becky's wedding dress, before she marries her sweetheart Dale. They attempt to repair the situation by spending the evening before and morning of the wedding desperate to get the dress to Becky on time before the wedding starts, whilst discovering themselves and what they truly want from their lives along the way.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Toula Portokalos is 30, Greek, and works in her family's restaurant, Dancing Zorba's, in Chicago. All her father Gus wants is for her to get married to a nice Greek boy. But Toula is looking for more in life. Her mother convinces Gus to let her take some computer classes at college (making him think it's his idea). With those classes under her belt, she then takes over her aunt's travel agency (again making her father think it's his idea). She meets Ian Miller, a high school English teacher, WASP, and dreamboat she had made a fool of herself over at the restaurant; they date secretly for a while before her family finds out. Her father is livid over her dating a non-Greek. He has to learn to accept Ian; Ian has to learn to accept Toula's huge family, and Toula has to learn to accept herself.
What are your favorite wedding movies?
Wedding favors are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude to guests from the bride and groom during a wedding ceremony or a wedding reception. Usually well deserved, most guests have had a hand in your relationship as well as the wedding itself. They are especially nice for a destination wedding when most guests have spent quite a bit in travel expenses. While the gesture itself is nice, as a wedding professional I must be honest in that most favors are a bit of waste. If you are looking for somewhere to save, this is a good one. Most times people never take them. That said, if done right they can be great. We had a wedding recently that used customized tumblers as favors, that doubled as a seating chart. It was a huge hit! It can also be a great way to incorporate your wedding style and colors. This website Beau Coup has a lot of cute cutomizeable options.
We love these flamingo bottle openers!
Here is a little bit of history on the wedding favor for you to chew:
The tradition of distributing wedding favors is a very old one. It is believed that the first wedding favor, common amongst European aristocrats, was known as a bonbonniere. A bonbonniere is a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones. The contents of these precious boxes were generally sugar cubes or delicate confections, which symbolize wealth and royalty. (In this era, sugar was an expensive commodity and was treasured only among the wealthy. It was believed that sugar contained medical benefits). As the price of sugar decreased throughout centuries, the tradition of providing gifts to guests reached the general populace and was embraced by couples of modest means.
As sugar became more affordable, bonbonnieres were replaced with almonds. For centuries, almonds were commonly distributed to wedding guests to signify well wishes on the bridegroom’s new life. In the thirteenth century, almonds coated with sugar, known as confetti, were introduced. Confetti soon transformed to sugared almonds, which later evolved into the wedding favor for modern day weddings. Traditionally, five Jordan almonds are presented in a confection box or wrapped in elegant fabric to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. The bitterness of the almond and the sweetness of the coated candy are a metaphor for the bitter sweetness of a marriage.
(Info from Wikipedia)
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We have found a brand new wedding venue in Key Largo! A newly remodeled and gated – 5 bedroom, 4 bath house directly on the bay. The house is named, CASA de IVY. The house features an infinity pool, large sandy beach, and a newly constructed dock. CASA de IVY is decorated in a West Indies décor, with dark hardwood floors and red and yellow accents throughout the house. The kitchen is on the 2nd floor and features a large center island which seats 10. Just outside the kitchen is a 1200 sq ft covered lanai with travertine tile. From the lanai and every one our 6 French doors is an
We did our first event there this past weekend and the property is well suited for a wedding or event. There is a large beach with plenty of room to accommodate dinning space and ceremony. It has an amazing sunset view being on the bayside with a huge unobstructed view of the water. The pool also has a large deck space perfect for dancing. Check out these pictures!
Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more information on this and other wedding venues!
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!
Lighting is a very important element to any event whether it be indoors or out. Your lighting will set the mood and has the ability to truly transform your event space. When it is done right it makes everything look better, even your guests! Use it to highlight details and define spaces. At an outdoor event they become even more critical because once it is dark out this will be your main light source not just for mood lighting but for being able to see what's on your dinner plate!
Market lights or bistro lights are great for illuminating dance floors and dinning areas. They can illuminate a large area and create a charming warm ambiance that can be admired by night.
Here is your chance to play with color. Led lights can easily be matched to any color in your pallet. They are also one of the most inexpensive ways to transform a space. When placed properly they can really take your design to the next level.
This lighting element can be used to highlight details, such as the cake or floral centerpieces.
Lanterns & Candle Light
There is an endless possibilities when it comes to lanterns and candles with so many styles to choose from. They add a soft warm glow to your tablescapes and create perfect mood for dinner conversation.
Hire a Professional
When thinking about lighting many of us think that we can take this on ourselves and save a few bucks. In the end it will be more than worth it to have a professional do the handle it for you. Not only will they have a creative eye to really use your event space well, they also have all the necessary tools and equipment to install everything properly. We have seen so many times people who have decided to do their own lighting and end up either blowing a fuse with no options of being able to replace it and therefore ending up with no light or they don't have enough lights. You also don't need any guests falling off a ladder trying to string up lights for you! Check our facebook for more ideas on lighting, or contact us at Caribbean Catering.
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!
Contemporary Weddings are a symbol of love and commitment between the bride and groom. However, historically weddings were more like a business transaction between two families and rarely for love. Most weddings were arranged in order to form a beneficial alliance. So therefore, since the bride was meant to represent her family the dress was meant to show her family in the best possible light. Especially in terms of their wealth and social status.
Peasant brides did not purchase a new dress, they simply wore their finest gown. They were not usually white, in fact they were often black! Brides of wealthy families wore rich fabrics in bold colors and layers of fur to show the wealth and social status of her family and guests. Blue was a rather popular color for early wedding dresses as it was said to represent purity. The dark color also hid stains and imperfections well.
Prior to the Victorian era white was not a common color for a wedding dress. Although there are a few documented instances including Phillipa of England in 1406 and Mary Queen of Scots in 1559. Wearing a white wedding dress on your wedding day did not become popular until 1840, following the marriage of Queen Victoria. She wore white to incorporate lace that she highly prized. Their official wedding portrait was widely published and inspired many other brides to choose white in accordance with the queen. A few years following Queen Victoria's marriage, early women's magazines and publications declared white was the best shade for a bride.
From then on if you were someone, you wore white to your wedding. Even still white was a hard color to achieve and preserve in that time, so only the most wealthy could afford a white dress. With that said, you could hardly consider the dresses white, or even eggshell, as bleaching technology of the day was poor.
During the great depression the white wedding dress went by the wayside, as people were hit with hard times. Often wearing just their Sunday best regardless of color. Following the economic boom of the second half of the 20th century once again white became the color of choice. Such as the iconic weddings of Grace Kelly and Princess Diana.
Today Brides can choose from hundreds of colors and styles, however in western weddings white, ecru and ivory are still the most popular. About 75% of the wedding dress market is accounted for by strapless gowns. However we are starting to see a resurgence of sleeved dresses and those more like the styles of the early 1900's.
How do you feel about a colored wedding dress? Will you go strapless or go with a sleeve? Picking the dress can feel daunting with so many choices. Just be glad that today you marry for love and you get to love the dress too!
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