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
Think outside the box when it comes to your cake! Here are some awesome cakes in unexpected colors that will blow you away....Read More
Mix and Match bridesmaid’s dresses have been becoming more and more popular for quite some time now. It is a style that I think is great for so many reasons. We all know that we each have different body types and personal styles. With a mix and match style, your girls can all choose a dress that they look and feel the best in.Read More
As you may know, if you have ever had a long Pinterest session. It is easy to get carried away quickly, here are some tips to harness this tool to build your wedding Pinterest without going overboard.Read More
In this day in age just about everyone is on social media in some form or another. Each couple is entitled to their own view on how they want their wedding to be perceived on the social media outlets out there. Some couples may prefer to keep a low profile on social media, and that's OK. It is completely understandable that you may not want surprises to be ruined by other guests posts or have low-quality iPhone photos flood social media when you are expecting top notch professional shots that you paid a small fortune for. Couples looking to keep their wedding day tech-free, consider politely conveying this information on your wedding website and then again with a small note on the ceremony programs (so that less tech-savvy guests get the memo too!). If you really want to ensure guests get the message, ask the officiant to make a quick announcement before the ceremony begins. Try explaining to your guests that you want to enjoy the moment with them not through their phone. You can also consider having a cute sign made up for you welcome table or near the ceremony entrance like these two below;
On the opposite side of this issue, some folks embrace their guests use of social media for their wedding. Which can also be lots of fun and give your wedding a personal touch, it can also reach those guests you may not have been able to attend. There are lots of cute ideas for incorporating social media into your wedding day. A great one is the wedding hashtag, this your guests can use on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and create a wedding feed of your day. I see a lot of brides use this one because it is as easy as making up a sign.
This is a new trend I've found which is super cute! A sort of hybrid photo booth, a selfie station. Set up a sign and a few props and bam! Wedding selfies.
This brand new option I just discovered and I couldn't be more excited about it as an avid snapchat user. You can now make your own custom snapchat filters. Such a fun idea!! Check out this link to find out more.
For more fun ideas for you wedding please contact us at Caribbean Catering, at our website, by phone 305-664-0004 or email email@example.com
What's a bride to do when she wants more (or less) bridesmaids than her groom wants groomsmen? Well, for one, stop freaking out and start looking at the positives. Not only will you have all the girls (or boys) you adore by your side on your big day, but you also won't feel pressured into adding or subtracting people simply to ensure your numbers match. For brides-to-be with an uneven wedding party, here's how to strike the perfect balance seamlessly.Read More
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
Here are some favor ideas for you that your guests at a destination wedding that will add a cute personal touch to your wedding day but that your guests will actually want.Read More
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
The new year will be upon us faster than you think, with only about 30 more shopping days till Christmas, its closing in. It is also engagement season! So heres a few ideas on what will be trending next year in weddings. 1. Glitter on your Stationery Out, Foil Stationery In
Foil stationary really adds a pop of elegance and is stunning. The metallics are so bold and we love it.
Best of both worlds for sure! You still have a your dance party but the fun and entertainment of live music at a fraction of the price of a full band. Scott Youngberg is a great musician that we work with often that offers this option.
3. Chiavari Chairs Out, Ghost Chairs and Crossbacks In
Chivari chairs are getting a bit tired now that everyone has them. I still find that they do have an elegant look, the ghost chairs and cross backs are awesome! Two completely different looks with ghost chairs being modern and chic and the crossbacks being rustic and elegant. Both styles a bit on the pricey side so be sure to make room in the budget for them.
4. Fluffy Light Colors Out, Deep Jewel Tones In
So excited for this trend to take hold, rich jewel tones really look stunning and dramatic on the beach.
5. Sit Down Dinners Out, Stations and Cocktail Receptions In
This has been coming for awhile now. As weddings stray from the formalities more and more, and guest lists include more friends and less family (sorry moms), couples are doing whatever they can to make it a party. Many couples want a relaxed and mingling atmosphere at the wedding reception which is better achieved with stations or roving dinners.
6. Round Tables Out, Lucite and Mirror Tables In
Keeping with the idea of tossing the formalities aside when planning a wedding, banquet round tables are starting to not be "in" anymore. Long tables, square tables and even a mix of everything has been popular in 2015. However, the lucite and mirror tables are how you kick your wedding up from a 9 to a 10.
7. Barns Out, Blinged Out Barns In
I love the look of a barn wedding, but being that we are in the Florida keys, we don't have to many barns. It looks awesome though!
lets be honest, mason jars and burlap have been done to death really, glad to see something new on the horizon.
9. Large Guest Lists Out, Intimate Parties In Lets face it, its really the best way to keep your budget in check. Intimate weddings are so special especially at a destination.
10. Full Day Video Footage Out, Same Day Edits In
Perfect for our instant gratification culture. Same day edits give you a fun wedding day montage to show at the reception so everyone get see anything they may have missed.
Keep an eye on this space as I,m sure we will be seeing some of these awesome new trends in our weddings to come in 2016!!
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:
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.
Love the idea of something trailing behind you as you walk down the aisle, but want something more unique than the traditional veil or train? Capes and caplets seem to be one of the most popular (and unexpected) trends from the most recent bridal runway season. I am looking forward to seeing some of these at our weddings soon, we love this look. Perfect for those with a flair for the dramatic. Designers featured gowns with these lacey and romantic cover-ups in their latest wedding dress collections. And the adornment isn't just for fashion-forward brides looking to make a style statement on their big day — capes are a great alternative for ladies who need a modest layer for a religious ceremony but want the flexibility of removing that layer for the reception.
And while a blinged-out, full-length layer is certainly glam, there's more subdued, sheer lace caplets out there, too.
Here, are few beautiful capes we have found, take a look. We certainly hope this runway-inspired trend continues to pop up in the wedding world!
Watch this space for more wedding trends to come!
A Silent disco is an interesting new wedding trend that we have spotted on the horizon. It is perfect for an after party for those party-all-nighters out there! Our local noise ordinance means that all amplified music must be shut down at 11PM. The perfect time to start your silent disco party without disturbing the neighbors. I can't wait for our first silent disco wedding! Here's some information I found from a company called Silent Storm that provides silent disco service:
"Silent disco weddings are the perfect solution for entertaining all of your guests on your special day. Here are a few reasons why:
- Don’t cut your celebration short because of amplified music curfews. Continue celebrating late into the night without disturbing anyone nearby.
- Provide guests with a choice. Not everyone has the same taste in music; some like Top 40, some enjoy electronic music. Some like it loud, others may have sensitive hearing. With our 2 or 3-channel silent disco headphone models, your guests are enabled to switch between music channels with a flick of the switch. And with a personal volume dial on each headphone, your grandparents can enjoy a mellow dance to Django Reinhardt while your friends break it down to their favorite party jam on the other channel — all while staying together on the same dance floor.
- Encourage conversation and connection. No one enjoys yelling over loud speakers. Guests can remove their headphones and enjoy catching up with family and friends without losing their voices or hearing. And there’s no better conversation piece than a full dance floor of people dancing and singing to what appears to be silence!"
Watch this space for more wedding trends and advice!
If you look at our resources page on our website we freely give out useful information to our clients about our local Venues & Resources. Our goal is to make planning a destination wedding as easy and seamless as possible. We have been doing weddings down here in the Florida Keys for nearly 15 years so we have worked with just about everyone in the area and can give lots of great insight. Please find here some of our preferred vendors.
Wedding Event Coordinators:
Julia Timmins at Blue Water Weddings Blue Water Weddings specializes in Wedding Planning, Coordination, Design and Decor in the Florida Keys. Blue Water Weddings has everything you need to plan your dream wedding in the Florida Keys. Check out their wedding rental store! Brides there is no need to buy all your décor, lanterns, table names, etc. You can rent it all from Blue Water Weddings. They also do unique and custom designed favors, bags, invitations, seating charts and more.
Trinity VanSteenburg at On The Fly Girls On The Fly Girls is a full-service event planning company who also assists with vacation planning and catering services. Fly Girls is a company that you can call for just a little vacaiton planning or a full on 400 person traditional wedding. They also love intimate vow renewals and private catering for speciall events.
Bobby Camp at Keys Breeze Weddings
Wedding Invitations and Printed Wedding Accessories
Conveniently located next to Caribbean Catering and Blue Water Weddings. Stop in and see large selection destination wedding invitations and everything else you need for you wedding day such as menu cards, seating charts, save the date cards, place cards, personalized napkins, koozies and much more!! Truly a one-stop shop for all your wedding printing needs.
Florida Keys Wedding Photographers:
- Floral Fantasy: Contact Debbie at 305-664-1063
Florida Keys Wedding Musicians
Ray Jaworski “amazing guitarist” a must for the ceremony, cocktail hour & dinner music. 305-942-3753 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.musicbyray.com/
Steel Drum Band The Reel Ting Contact: George Pollis (561) 215-7596 www.ReelTing.com
Steel Drummer Sir Cedrick www.SirCedrick.com
David Feder Island, Flamenco and more. 12 string guitarist www.davidfeder.com
Micah Gardner Solo Guitarist, Barstool Sailor and Singer.Unique Island Vibe! www.micahgardner.com 305-747-4714
Sekond Nature Five piece band that gets the crowd dancing! www.sekondnature.com Contact: Juan 954-607-8334
Wylefyah (Wildfire) Reggae / Soca Band Contact: Clifford Mayers 954.803.7870 http://www.cliffmayers.com/
Florida Keys Wedding DJ’s
D.J. Reggae Ronnie 305.394.1789 www.floridakeysdjservice.com
M.B. Entertainment Mike Barrios www.mbeventdjs.com 754-703-6935
DJ Russ Ginsberg 954.816.3384
DJ Freddie 954.856.6166
SaxmanAJ DJ Al Johnson & Saxophone Player 561.541.0400
Feel free to contact us for more information about these venues & resources and many others.
One trend going on right now in weddings is the dessert display. Traditionally dessert at a wedding is, of course, wedding cake. A growing trend in weddings this year is to offer your guests a sweet treat in the form of a stunning dessert display at your wedding. Cupcake displays were big last year, but dessert displays will be the big treat for guests this year, focusing more on cookies, specialty desserts, and of course, a wedding cake or two! With so many different tasty options out there, it may be hard to decide what to offer for your guests’ indulgence. With this trend picking up, we have just added some new dessert options to our menu.
Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more information on dessert options for your special day!
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.
If you haven't noticed, this year has been flying by! Already well into the seventh month of the year and you know that the holiday season will be here before we can catch up. In this post, I want to look back on some of our favorite weddings so far this year. Whether it be the flowers or the menu I have chosen some of the best wedding details this year so far. Last month our Bride had a Sperry tent. I have always loved the look of this type of tent and it really made a statement. Perfect styling for a fairytale garden party. Something special for sure.
This rehearsal dinner was perfectly styled for a real old world tropical vibe. Vintage cigar boxes filled with birds of paradise, colorful napkins, vintage water vessels and bamboo chairs. Complete with a Cuban themed menu, mojitos and a real live cigar roller we were instantly transported to Havanna.
We honestly can't get enough draping. So elegant and sophisticated and so many variations and creations that can be made with this. The possibilities truly are endless. Looking forward to seeing more of this to come.
This Rehearsal Dinner had a super fun summer menu. Brings you back to summers past with friends and family around, cold beer and digging to some crab legs and corn on the cob.
Stay tuned for more, Part two will be Thursday.