Pantone Wedding Colors 2016

 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. 

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Cute Cookies

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!!

cute cookies

cute cookies

She also has some great ideas for decor details for cake pops and I love these boozy Nassau rum shot cupcakes.

cute cookies

 

For more information contact Caribbean Catering or visit their Facebook page.

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Masquerade Themed Wedding

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.

masquerade themed wedding

masquerade themed wedding

masquerade themed wedding

Here are some other fun shots of masquerade themed weddings:

masquerade themed wedding

masquerade themed wedding

masquerade themed wedding

masquerade themed wedding

For more on having a masquerade wedding or more theme ideas contact us as Caribbean Catering. Islamorada weddings

 

Sneak Peak of Hillary and Aaron

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: sneak peak

sneak peak

 

Stay tuned for more pictures from Hillary and Aaron's wedding. For more inspiration and wedding design contact us at Caribbean Catering or Julia at Blue Water Weddings.

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Local Vendors Spotlight: Engaged Design Studio

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."

Local Vendors

Local Vendors

Local Vendors

Visit Engaged Design Studio's website at this link or contact us at Caribbean Catering for more information on local vendors.

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Ruffle Cake

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.

ruffle cake

ruffle cake

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Watch this space for more wedding trends!

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DIY Beach Wedding Ideas

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.

DIY Beach Wedding DIY Beach Wedding

Spice up your wedding favors with a bit a Washi tape.

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

You can use Washi tape to add some color and design to your invitations.

DIY Beach Wedding

 

Have your guests use washi tape to put notes or photos in your guest book.

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

Use washi tape on your escort cards.

DIY Beach Wedding

These are just a few cute ideas for DIY projects using washi tape. It is inexpensive and just so damn cute! You can buy it on Amazon or from Michaels. Happy crafting!!

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Our Fave Wedding Details 2015 Part 2

Continuing from Tuesday's post, these are a few more of our favorite wedding details so far in 2015... wedding details

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.

wedding details

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.

wedding details

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.

wedding details

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.

wedding details

Another popular trend this wedding season has been the natural runner. An absolute must for a rustic and whimsically styled wedding.

wedding details

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.

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The New Wedding Table

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.

Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more inspiration for your wedding tables.

wedding table

Check out our new Cuban Themed Menu

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.

The Look

cuban themed menu

 

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.

The Menu

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.

Entertainment

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.

cuban themed menu

 

Contact Caribbean Catering to book your next event and we can help you with more menu and theme ideas like this one!

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Beach Wedding Ceremony Tips

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.

Seating

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.

beach wedding ceremony

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.

Archways

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.

Aisleway

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.

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