Month: July 2014
Of course we’re always going to say that good food and drinks are what really make a wedding, but we know that it’s really impossible to oversimplify things like that. There are so many elements that go into making a wedding special, and we love helping brides and grooms plan them all. Choosing vendors that will be able to perfectly reflect the style and tone of your dream wedding is important. Having good music and choosing the right DJ is
essential. Then comes the fun part – choosing your wedding playlist. Of course, you can let the DJ have free reign to choose songs during your reception. They really know how to read a crowd and get people out of their seats and onto the dance floor. But it can be very helpful to give the DJ a playlist that they can start from and use to get to know your personality a bit. You also need to choose your songs for the ceremony and important moments – walking down the aisle, first dances, etc. We think this is one of the most fun parts of wedding planning (right along with the tasting!), but it can also be a little daunting – so we’ve put together a few tips to help you out!
Def Leppard – Pour Some
Sugar On Me
Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Yesterday was even National Ice Cream day, but it’s never too late to celebrate! We love putting together specialty ice cream sundae bars for events, but there’s definitely no wrong way to enjoy ice cream. With all the kids home from school for the summer, we thought we should share our top ten favorite ice cream-based treats. Don’t forget to read until the end for our basic vanilla ice cream recipe, too. It’s easy to make, and the perfect canvas for letting your imagination run wild.
Here’s a little photo recap of this year’s Mango Fest. We’ve been excited about
it for a while now and it definitely didn’t disappoint. To all of you that came out and visited
us – thank you!
Summer is admittedly one of our quieter times, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been plenty going on around here. From growing our team and executing a few large events and festivals, to all of the showers, birthday parties, and communions that we’ve been honored to be a part of, there really never is a dull moment for our team. Not to mention all the planning we’ve already started doing with our fall and winter brides. We just wanted to take a moment and look back on some of our favorite events so far this summer, and also share a little peek at what it’s like here behind the scenes!
and it’s fantastic.
This July 12th and 13th Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will once again celebrate the mango at their 22nd Annual International Mango Festival. Visitors will have a chance to enjoy mango lectures, view the world’s largest display of mangos, take part in the world’s only mango auction, buy mango merchandise, and the best part – indulge in mango-inspired food. There will be mango culinary demonstrations, a one of a kind mango brunch, a fantastic International Fruit Market, and tons of amazing local food vendors. We have two amazing concepts for Mango Festival – Casa Paella and Grand Central Sliders – that will be serving up fantastic mango-inspired menus. At Casa Paella, our menu will include a Traditional Seafood Paella with Mango, as well
as a Mango Glazed Chicken Paella. Paella is ALWAYS a hit, and our sous chef Rosie makes the best paella in all of South Florida, but something tells us that our Grand Central Sliders menu might just steal the show. We’ll be making three kinds of sliders: Black Angus Beef with Cheese and Pickled Mango, Chile Rubbed Pulled Pork with Mango BBQ Sauce, and Mango Mojo Pulled Chicken. As if those sliders aren’t enough, we’re also doing a spin on a Colombian-style Hot Dog with Coleslaw, Creamy Mango Mustard, and Crushed Potato Chips.
In conjunction with all the usual mango fest activities, we’re also going to be participating in Fairchild’s 15th Annual Mango Brunch. Some of South Florida’s greatest chefs will be preparing the menu, including Chef Allen Susser of Chef Allen Consulting, Chef Steven Jung of Sofitel Miami, Chef Tim Andriola of Timo, Chef Kareem Anguin of The Oceanaire, Chefs from Los Verdes Colombian Restaurant and, of course, our very own Chefs Frank & Andrea. The Mango Brunch is a fundraiser for Fairchild’s Tropical Fruit Program and the Fairchild Farm. Ticket prices for the brunch are $100 for members, and $125 for non-members. Purchase tickets online here.
For more info on the Mango Festival and the full schedule of events, including some really cool cooking demonstations, be sure to check out Fairchild’s website.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Summer is definitely not wedding season here in South Florida. Even though there are gorgeous indoor venues, most brides we meet really don’t want to have to deal with the heat and humidity, not to mention the almost daily afternoon thunderstorms. For us, summer is still an exciting time, though. Aside from our corporate events and private parties, it’s when we really start to hear from brides planning winter and spring weddings for the upcoming season. As we start to really dive into planning these weddings, it’s a lot of fun to see the trends emerging. Here our some of our picks for the top wedding trends for the 2014-2015 South Florida wedding season:
– Just because we’re in Miami doesn’t mean you can’t have the rustic wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Of course, you’ll have to get a little creative with your venue choice as there really aren’t “woods” to speak of here, but we can always help you choose the perfect spot. Floral design is one of the most important elements for a woodland wedding, and we love combinations of ferns with wildflowers scattered throughout with wood slabs, antlers, and richly colored foliage. String lights are practically a must, as is an elegant but rustic menu heavily dictated by what’s fresh, local, and seasonal. A naked cake is the perfect finishing touch.
2. “Unplugged” Weddings – Yes, we love the idea of creating a unique hashtag for your event. Yes, we love the instant gratification of having photos at your fingertips right away. But don’t let your guests ruin your professional photos. There are few things worse than getting your beautiful photos back after the wedding, only to find that everyone’s iPhones and iPads are up in the air and blocking the view of your ceremony. More and more couples are asking the officiant to make an announcement requesting that cameras not be used during the ceremony, and it’s a trend that we can really get behind. Save the social media for the reception if you can.
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3. Meaningful Favors – Weddings can be rough financially. It’s something that we definitely take to heart here at Creative Tastes, and we always strive to provide an amazing service at a fair price. When budgets are tight, there are always a few things that can be cut without sacrificing a fantastic wedding. We would never recommend skimping on the food, but things like favors and programs usually aren’t missed. Let’s be honest – no one is going to remember a bag of Jordan Almonds. If you do want to get favors for your guests, we love the trend of giving something that’s personal or meaningful to the couple. Some of our favorite ideas include jars of local honey, bottles of cold brew concentrate for iced coffee, beers homebrewed by the couple, “hangover kits” (if you’ve got a youthful crowd with a sense of humor), candles handmade by the bridal party, infused salts or olive oil, etc. Get creative and pick something that’s meaningful to you.
4. Hors d’Oeuvre & Drink Pairings – Great cocktail hours need two things: great food and great drinks. The trend now is to offer perfectly curated pairings of hors d’oeuvres with mini cocktails or shots. Mini paella cups with mojitos, short rib sliders with bourbon, fried oysters with Bloody Mary shots, tiny tacos with margaritas, etc. It’s a great and simple way to put a fresh, fun spin on the usual cocktail hour.
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5. “First Looks” – Your cocktail hour is going to be amazing. Why miss it? Having a “First Look” isn’t a brand new trend, but it’s one that we really love. A lot of brides and grooms still aren’t comfortable with the idea, opting to go the traditional route of not seeing each other before the wedding, and we completely respect that decision. For those that are okay with it, though, we can’t recommend it enough (and most of our photographer friends would agree). Having a first look takes some of the pressure off, allows your photographer to capture some truly gorgeous and special photos, and frees up a little post-ceremony time for the bride and groom to actually be able to enjoy their cocktail hour with family and friends.
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6. Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses – We definitely don’t mean to knock brides who choose to have their bridal party all wear the same dress, but there’s just something that we love about the trend of mismatched dresses. As long as there are some common elements, like color or length, having your bridesmaids in different dresses can be beautiful. It can also be a lot less stressful, and we love anything that helps take the stress off of our clients.
7. Unique Bridal Gowns – Backless, cut outs, blush, gold, sleeved – there are really no rules when it comes to wedding dresses this season. As long as you feel beautiful, nothing else matters.
8. Late Night Snacks – Even if you want a very formal seated dinner, there’s always room for a little something unexpected in your menu. We love the trend of offering “late night snacks” later on in the reception, after the drinking and dancing are in full swing. At this point, your guests probably aren’t actually hungry – but they’re not going to turn down a great little snack, either. We love doing upgraded fun comfort food served in stylish ways, like mini milkshakes, sliders and fries, bite-sized churros, coffee and doughnuts, and mini corn dogs. It really ends the night on a high note.
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9. Desserts – It’s rare that we meet with a bride these days who wants to serve only wedding cake for dessert. Sometimes the wedding cake is even done away with entirely! We love wedding cakes, but we have noticed a trend toward offering a family-style platter of sweets to each table prior to the cake, and we love the idea of creating an entire buffet of miniature desserts, cookies, and cupcakes (more modern versions of elaborate Viennese tables). Having more than one wedding cake is a really fun idea, too. It’s also really great to incorporate some family favorites into the dessert course that might be unexpected at a wedding, like tres leches and flan, for example.
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10. Brunch – Brunch weddings are definitely not for everyone, but they do have their advantages for the right couple. For a lot of reasons, daytime events are much more affordable, and you may also find it easier to secure venues that would have otherwise been booked. You’ll also get to fully enjoy your wedding night, maybe even having a romantic first dinner as husband and wife, rather than rushing from the wedding in the middle of the night, completely exhausted and getting practically no sleep at all before your honeymoon flight the next morning. Brunch weddings can be so charming, and the menus can be a lot of fun. Who doesn’t like brunch? We love doing omelet bars, espresso and doughnuts, mimosas, Bellini and Bloody Mary bars, French Toast stations, biscuit bars – the list goes on. If a daytime wedding isn’t your style, you can always consider a “breakfast for dinner” theme for your cocktail hour or late night snack. No one is going to turn their nose up at an adorably tiny stack of pancakes or a waffle bar with every topping imaginable.
We’d love to hear what some of your favorite wedding trends are right now. If you’re planning a wedding, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can’t wait to hear your vision for your wedding and help make it a reality.