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
This new wedding cake trend is sooo cool! The possibilities are endless really, with this cake mapping. You can project any type of image you choose. From sprinkles a pixie dust to shooting stars, or a personalized wedding logo. Check out this video.Read More
This collection of vintage perfume bottles are totally awesome. Colorful and mismatchey they are perfect for the whimsical romantic feel.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
If you haven't heard of Pantone, they are a world renowned authority on color and providing color systems. Every year they name the colors of the year and everything from fashion and home decor to weddings will reflect these color selections.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
A new local vendor is baking up some super cute cookies that will be perfect for dessert or wedding favors. We have ordered a batch to do a taste test, can't wait!! Custom designed cookies make unique party favors weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties and corporate events.
These ones wold make a perfect dessert for our Mexican Fiesta Themed rehearsal dinner menu!!
She also has some great ideas for decor details for cake pops and I love these boozy Nassau rum shot cupcakes.
For more information contact Caribbean Catering or visit their Facebook page.
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 cannot wait for Hillary & Aaron's wedding weekend, here is a sneak peak! Caribbean Catering, Blue Water Weddings and John Rudolph Designs will be creating a very unique and beautiful wedding this weekend. Hillary and Aaron of Chicago are having the wedding of their dreams this Friday. Hillary was inspired by the inside/outside feel of a lavish dining atmosphere under the stars for her destination wedding here in the Florida Keys. We will create a sophisticated experience with romantic draping, soft lighting surrounded by a shimmer of rose gold. Hanging florals and crystal chandeliers will evoke the royalty of an English Garden ambiance. The simple elegance and romance of this design will be a show stopper. Check out these inspirations boards and stay tuned to see the real thing:
Engaged design studio is located in Islamorada and they can handle all you printing needs for your next event or wedding. From invitations to escort cards they can do it all. They are conveniently located in Caribbean Catering's plaza. We are quickly becoming wedding central at the Galleria Plaza! We use them for all of our printing needs and come highly recommended. Here is a little about one of our favorite local vendors: "In the summer of 2014, digital and print communication became much easier in the Florida Keys when Monica Horsley, former owner of By Invitation Only, one of the largest invitation and stationery stores in Central Virginia open Engaged Design Studio. The Islamorada resident created a one-of-a-kind boutique design and marketing studio specializing in personal and business communications and correspondence. She combines the traditional elegance of printed cards and stationery with the latest in web design and digital outreach to help everyone from business owners to brides with their communications needs.
On the paper side of the business, EDS's offers one-stop shopping for save-the-dates, invitations, place cards, menus, holiday cards, business cards and so much more. Prospective clients can come into the studio, view an array of samples and receive expert advice from Horsley who has helped hundreds of brides and businesses with all of their paper and printing needs."
Visit Engaged Design Studio's website at this link or contact us at Caribbean Catering for more information on local vendors.
A casting company called Liz Lewis Casting Partners are working on a great LGBT project that's looking to feature some same-sex couples who are either engaged or married to share their stories. The flyer below has more details. This video project will be on a popular YouTube channel and will incorporate video content (interviews, home video footage, photos, etc.) from 50 different couples from 50 different states.
If you could help us spread the word, that would be great! They are looking for couples who are either engaged or are already married. That would be very helpful if you could reach out to them! All we are looking for is a self-tape of them talking about their stories. We have a few questions that we are hoping these couples can answer in the videos such as...
1. Your names and where you live. 2. How you met. 3. First date story 4. First kiss story 5. Relationship Status/Future plans 6. Any activities you like to do as a couple, or any other interesting facts. It can be done on a computer or a phone, nothing too fancy. Just as long as we can see them and the video is clear.
A huge trend we are seeing a lot of this year is......the ruffle cake! It is a beautiful and modern design and works well with so many different styles from rustic to elegant. Here are some photos of ruffle cakes we have done this year. As ruffles, frills and extensive layers splashed across the runway from designers, it was inevitable that this epitome of femininity would continue its reign in wedding style.
For a seriously elegant look, skip the bold patterns and add-ons in favor of subtle embellishments with allover sugar ruffles. The look is light and airy and needs very little added detail. Finish it off with fresh flowers in between each tier or a few sugar flowers on top.
Watch this space for more wedding trends!
From the beginning of the planning process to the time the cake is cut Julia is there for you each step of the way to ensure your wedding is as beautiful as you imagined it, while having a flawless flow. Since all couples have different needs and may be at many different stages of the wedding planning process, please contact me today to custom build a package that suits your individual needs.
Wedding Planning Package
This wedding planning package has it all. If you don’t know where to begin in planning your Florida Keys wedding, this is the package for you. I will help you From start to finish. This includes helping you find a venue, booking all of your vendors, day of coordination as well as all the little things like invitations, stationary, gifts, favors, any welcome parties, rehearsal dinner plans and everything you are going to need.
My bridal assistant package is for those Florida Keys brides who want to be part of the wedding planning process but still needs some help from a local professional to get it all done. This package will include help in finding a venue, as well as vendors. This also includes a day of coordinator as well as the rehearsal ceremony the day before.
If you have the whole Florida Keys wedding planned out and vendors booked but need help ensuring your do-it-yourself projects (that you’ve worked forever on!) are assembled and set-up exactly like your vision, this is for you. In this package you receive hands-on help for 12 hours of your wedding day! Included are: Setting up décor, running errands, coordinating with vendors on where to set up, timing, coordinating ceremony and ensuring a “flow” for the night’s events from toasts to cake cutting. This package also includes a 30-minute rehearsal of the bridal party the evening before.
Please feel free to contact us at Caribbean Catering for more information on Blue Water Weddings or contact Julia directly at this link.
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.
These flowers are just so romantic. Show me some garden roses and peonies, and I'll melt. Not to mention the matte rose gold sequin table runners. Rose gold is a definite up and coming trend in color.
The natural coral pieces are a great addition to this tablescape. Each one is unique and truly adds a Keys touch in an elegant way. Also a great way to add natural beauty without the expense of floral arrangements.
This is our Antipasti station. Appetizer stations in addition to passed hor derves makes for satisfied guests. At a destination wedding, most guests have been in town for a few days indulging with friends and family and will be hungry by the time cocktail hour arrives. Also a great focal point in your cocktail area, not to mention tasty.
This groom's cake got lots of sports media attention after twitter leaks from the groom's buddies. This couple are both avid football fans of their opposing alma maters. The bride had a little trick up her sleeve. Inside the Alabama cake, she had the baker make the cake inside in gators colors! The groom was shocked and word spread fast.
Another popular trend this wedding season has been the natural runner. An absolute must for a rustic and whimsically styled wedding.
This new signature drink recipe we used recently was an awesome twist on an old classic. The Black Pepper Kumquat Margarita was an absolute showstopper! Delicious, refreshing and boozy it was a big hit.
Year to date these have been some of our favorite wedding details so far. Watch this space and Caribbean Catering's social media outlets for more of our work to come this year.
For a long while round tables have been the top choice for brides. Round tables are great - they create an intimate atmosphere where everyone at the table can chat and no one feels left out. But it's always good to think about your design options and not to blindly follow suit of those that have gone before you. What we have been seeing a lot of lately are Long tables. They are the new wedding table of choice!
We love them for lots of reasons. Of course they look amazing and they also make the table plan easier because groups can be merged along the table without having group or separate people. Plus, if you have a miscount you might be able to squeeze a few extra seats in!
Flowers, candles, lanterns and runners look amazing on long tables - the symmetry of their arrangement on a long table creates a fantastic visual effect. The long tables really have an old world romantic look to them.
The Long Wedding Table
Here are some beautiful examples of this latest trend.
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)
Contact Caribbean Catering for more ideas for your big day!
Our new Cuban themed menu is perfect for an Islamorada event. With the Caribbean influences in this part of the country it is a perfect match. Not only is the food delicious but there are many possibilities for decor with in this theme as well. Colorful, fun and tropical are perfect decor elements for a wedding or event here in Islamorada.
This event that we did recently totally captured the look. White linen, rattan chargers, bamboo chairs and bright multicolored napkins. Square tables give a regal feel with the extra space they provide. Centerpieces consist of cigar boxes filled with tropical stems and greens, and vintage tequila bottles used to serve cold water. Brightly colored and tropical yet still classy and elegant.
Our Cuban themed menu consists of the following delicious dishes:
Mojo pulled pork - The pork is slow cooked until it is fall apart tender and marinated in garlic, olive oil and citrus juices. A wonderful combination of tangy and savory flavors.
Tostones - Twice fried and pounded plantain chips, that are crispy and golden brown, served with a citrus garlic dipping sauce.
Avocado and tomato salad - Sweet ripe tomatoes and creamy avocado slices dressed in a light vinaigrette, salt and pepper.
Rice and black beans - A Cuban classic and tasty combination of savory black beans paired with perfectly cooked white rice.
At the bar serve some traditional Cuban cocktails. The Mojito, it's combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus, and mint flavors is intended to complement the potent kick of the rum, and has made it a perfect summer drink. The Cuba Libre, a highball made of cola, lime, and dark or light rum. The Havana Club Daiquiri, ingredients are rum, citrus (typically lime juice), and sugar. Again light and refreshing and decidedly Cuban, the drink is named for a small beach village in Cuba.
Consider hiring a cigar roller. To provide cigars and roll cigars in person for all of your guests. We often work with Rodriguez Cigars out of Key West. They do a great job and have a beautiful display for events.
Contact Caribbean Catering to book your next event and we can help you with more menu and theme ideas like this one!
The actual wedding ceremony itself is really the most important part of the day. This is what all of your guests have come to witness and the reason for the celebration! So don't forget to really consider the design of your ceremony. When having your ceremony on the beach there are few more things to consider, Caribbean Catering has a few tips for your beach wedding ceremony.
Many couples who opt for a beach ceremony are not sticking with traditional and do not require their guests to sit as guests of the bride and guests of the groom. Open seating makes it easy for your guests and keeps an inviting atmosphere. Since it is an outdoor affair guests will have more than one entrance to the ceremony area so keep it simple. Most only reserve the front rows for immediate family who will be walking down the aisle, such as parents and grandparents. In this case you won't need ushers although if you are going to have programs be sure to assign someone the duty of handing them out. Also consider getting sign to let people know that they can sit on either side, like this one.
There are also several option for your seating design. Here are some of the set ups we have done for our couples;
When choosing your seating design consider the size of the property you are working with and the amount of guests you will need to seat to be sure there will be space for your desired layout. Most of the properties we work with lend themselves to a particular style of ceremony layout and we are more than happy to do a walk through with you to go over your options at your desired venue.
When having a beach wedding you may want to think about getting an archway of some type for your ceremony. Some properties have landscaping and structures built in to frame your ceremony. If it doesn't, an arch really adds that drama to your ceremony design and gives you a nice focal point. There several different styles available, these are some that we have done in the past.
You will want to carefully consider your footwear for both you and your guests. Outdoor surfaces like grass or sand can be difficult to navigate in pumps. Wear wedges or flats for an easier time and be sure to let your guests and wedding party know what the appropriate footwear will be. On grass or sand a fabric aisle runner usually won't work out all that well. It can easily catch on your shoes since the surface is uneven. Sturdier constructed pieces tend to lend themselves better to outdoor ceremonies like bamboo or boardwalk.
Beach wedding ceremonies may have different aspects to consider than a traditional ceremony but are always beautiful. Who wouldn't like sand between your toes and a beautiful keys sunset as your ceremony backdrop? Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more ideas on your beach wedding ceremony.
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.