Swankey Balcony & Penthouse Available For Fantasy Fest

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s practically August. That means in just a few short months it will practically be Fantasy Fest! Yes, that fabulous, fantastical time of year is nearly upon us. While many of you are last minute planners making trips to Fairvilla the week of, I know some of you want to know where you’re going to be partying, especially the night of the big parade!

Well, look no further than our Swankey Balcony & Penthouse to host a Fantasy Fest shindig for you and 75 of your closest friends. Located at 623 Duval Street above Wyland Galleries, you will be in the heart of the mayhem, yet above it all! Fully furnished and boasting a spacious patio deck, a full kitchen, and a wet bar, you and your guests will enjoy the festivities in true swankey style!

The choice is yours, rent the space, invite your friends, and throw a party.

Or opt for a tailor made all-inclusive Swankey Package to include:

  • Catering
  • Beverage Service
  • Music/Entertainment
  • Party Favors
  • T-Shirts
  • Decor
  • and of course, lots and lots of beads!

For details on availability and pricing during Fantasy Fest October 21-30, call Kristin and Megan at 305-396-7076.

Unique touches from recent weddings

Monogrammed aisle runner

A cute alternative to a ring bearer!

With an¬† island is only five miles long, a bike is all you need! ūüėČ

Displayed at the wedding and later within their home. Dual purpose!

Kristina and Andy had customized welcome bags for their guests!

Using Pinterest to make inspiration boards

Remember back in July of this year when we posted about, Pinterest, a cool, new image bookmarking/archiving service? If not, this post will tell you all about it.

It’s a great service where you can make a visual archive of all your favorite images. You can divide them up by categories and make different boards based on these categories. It is part social media too – you can follow other Pinterest users and repost images they post and vice versa.

We mentioned the service would be a great tool when it came to social media. Here’s a board as an example.

Click here to see the board in action. Notice when you click on an image, it will take you back to the original website the image was found so if it’s a DIY project, it’ll take you back to the site that has the materials needed and instructions.

One of the cool features that Pinterest has is a toolbar option. When you install the toolbar option, you can go post an image from a website* without having to go to the Pinterest website. You simple go to the website you want to pin, go to the image, and click on the “Pin It” button on your toolbar. If you have categories set up already,¬† you use the drop down menu to choose which category you would like the particular image to go to.

Due to privacy issues, some images on websites, such as Facebook, and images within Google Reader, may not be pin able.

Beautiful, personalized maps for your destination wedding

Wouldn’t a personalized map of Key West be a great gift for the bride and groom having their destination wedding in Key West? It would be a wonderful way to remember the venue they got married at and the place they stayed while there.

This could even be a cute and personalized idea to include in your wedding invitations for your guests! Swiss Cottage Designs even notes that could be something great to include in welcoming bags for your out-of-town guests. I agree! Visit Swiss Cottage Designs for more details and quotes if you want her to create a map. Her work is beautiful!

A unique gift: custom rolled cigars

Grooms to be often ask us, “What’s a unique gift I can get my groomsmen that they will actually use and enjoy?”


What man wouldn’t love a good cigar? They’re not just for celebrating the birth of a new baby. In fact, here in Key West, we have someone that can custom roll cigars with a personalized label.

You could even provide the cigars as a favor at your wedding. Some couples even hire a cigar roller for the actual rehearsal dinner or reception – a perfect addition to a destination wedding, especially in a location only 90 miles from Cuba!

And you know how the bride and groom saves part of the wedding cake to eat on their 1st anniversary? Be the couple that smokes a cigar¬† to commemorate your first anniversary. ūüėČ

Here are a few shots from a recent Key West wedding of a cigar roller in action. No detail was left off from the genuine cigar mold to the experience of the rollers hands. Each guest that observed the show was given a little piece of Key West culture.

Key West Wedding Cigar Roller

Studio Julie Photography

Key West Wedding Cigars

A special thanks to Studio Julie Photography for the wonderful photos. We absolutely love the detail in the wrapper pictures. Oh an it looks like the guest enjoyed it too.

Halloween Glamour

Halloween’s coming up so we thought we’d wipe up some inspiration for anyone having a Halloween themed wedding.

Halloween Glamour

Some Halloween touches.

Petite Josie- Black on Black Bridal Sash

Paris Romance Black Raw Silk Bolero

Dia de los Muertos – Bizcocho Decoracion

Have you ever been to a Halloween theme wedding? What was the craziest thing you saw?

Keeping guests engaged

Have you ever been to a wedding where you had to wait? If you’ve been to a few weddings in your lifetime, then chances are you have.

Sometimes it’s because the wedding ceremony and the reception are at the same venue and they need to make a switcharoo to accommodate the reception.

Other times it’s transportation issues. Hey, you try getting from one place to another in drapy grown. Being gorgeous takes work.

Often times, it’s the photography. Photographers are geniuses (well, most), but they aren’t magicians. They don’t have a magic wand that will magically snap good quality photos of the wedding party in five minutes. Most photographers do have decent time management skills and will take the photos they can before the ceremony. Some, like the ones with the entire wedding party, often have to wait to be taken until after the bride and groom have seen each other.

Thus, event planners, brides, and grooms (mostly brides), are always searching for ways to keep their guests entertained in the transistional moments of a wedding or event. Cocktail hours, hors d’oeuvres, dancing,¬†and slideshows of the bride and groom are just some of the examples to keep wedding guests preoccupied.

There is a new trend in the house though – you might be a bit surprised. Scroll down for some awesome examples!

This crossword puzzle was created using from fun facts about the bride and groom is from a wedding featured on Style Me Pretty.


The next five images are from a fun wedding featured on Southern Weddings, which you can see here and here.

 This couple had fun DIY watercolor kits that guests were able to take home or paint right at the reception if their heart desired.

On the paper to the right, which served as the RSVP card, it says, “Draw us your meaning of love.”

And here are those RSVP cards the guests sent back. The bride and groom proudly displayed them at the reception.

A program of fun facts about the wedding party and their relation to the bride and groom – as well as a cute little diagram of bride and groom’s courtship.

Word search puzzles!!

Not only do these elements serve as entertainment to keep guests occupied, but also can serve as wedding favors and as a chance to get to know the bride and groom even better! In addition, it’s a nice way to really include your guests on your big day. Not to mention, the bride and groom get some cool take aways (like the RSVP artwork) from the day as well.

A bonus: I read at this same “art of love” wedding that they hired an artist to paint a six-ft mural of the wedding party and even bought enough brushes so that all the guests could contribute too! The bride and groom hung the mural up in their home so that they could forever have the memory of their day.

Note: The images above were from two different wedding in which coincidently the colors were both yellow and gray.

Wedding carbon offsets & an oil spill update

Moved by the devastating effects of the recent oil spill, one of our Swankey couples are giving their wedding guests carbon offsets in lieu of a table gift or traditional favors.

Businesses, such as major airlines, have been participating in carbon reduction programs for years. Many companies, such as TerraPass, are encouraging participation from every day individuals now.

Carbon offsets are credits in which individuals or businesses can purchase to go towards greenhouse gas reduction projects such as wind farms.

Thus, in lieu of gifts, this couple will purchase carbon offsets in honor of their guests to offset their flights and hotel stays.

Check out both Terrapass and CarbonFund.org. Both organizations have carbon footprint calculators not only for every day living but specialized ones for weddings and events.

Wind farm photo courtesy of alt.energy

Speaking of the environment, here is an update on the oil spill in regards to the Keys from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Positioning of oil slick around the spill site for Thursday, July 29. The spill site is 500 miles to the northwest of Key West. Graphic courtesy NOAA.

  • The Florida Keys are fully open to visitors and there are no current oil impact risks to the island chain, according to NOAA.
  • Currently, there are no advisories recommending against travel to the Florida Keys or any other precautions advising visitors and residents not to engage in fishing, diving, swimming or other water sports, according to the Monroe County Health Department.
  • There have been no physical impacts to the Florida Keys from the Gulf oil spill and none are anticipated in the immediate near future, according to NOAA trajectory forecasts.
  • A large area in the Gulf of Mexico, west and northwest of the Keys, has been closed by NOAA Fisheries to protect the public. But no area in the Keys is under the order at this time. That means Keys-caught seafood has not been affected and is safe to consume.
  • According to officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard, if the Florida Keys get any effects from the non-contiguous patches of oil sheen currently in the Gulf Loop Current, they are expected to be in the form of small tar balls, not large amounts of aqueous oil as seen near the spill site.
  • At the current time, the northern end of the Loop Current has been pinched off into a large clockwise eddy (Eddy Franklin) so there continues to be no clear path for spilled oil to enter the Loop Current from the source in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
  • Happy 4th of July from Swankey Events!

    We hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July! In honor of Independence Day, here’s a fun DIY from Twig & Thistle.

    Adorable 4th of July sparklers, matchbox covers, and straw ornaments:

    What You’ll Need:

    8.5 x 11″ 80lb white card stock (like this from Paper-Source)
    8.5 x 11″ 80lb white text paper (like this from Paper-Source)
    Color Printer
    Paper Cutter
    Double Sided Tape
    Standard Hole Punch
    Matchbooks (found at my local grocery store)


    1. Download the Matchbook and Straw Tags Template and print onto white text paper. Download the Sparkler Card Template and print onto white card stock. Print using the highest quality settings on your color printer to ensure that the patterns and text are clear.

    2. Trim out all the shapes using scissors or a sharp blade and making sure to trim off all the black edges. Use a standard hole punch and punch where indicated to allow the straws to be thread through. Carefully trim out the small rectangles in the Sparkler Holders to weave the sparklers through.

    3. Secure the wrap around the matchbooks with double sided tape, making sure not to cover up the striker strip. Crease the edges with your fingers or using a bone folder so that they are crisp. Thread the straw through the holes and position towards the top of the straw. Thread the sparklers through the slots.

    *For personal use only (non-commercial use).

    Thanks Twig & Thistle!

    Drink up: weddings favors with flavor

    Saw this project on Sunlight Nights blog back in February and was inspired. Wouldn’t these babies look great at a Key West shindig? I mean it practically screams “island”. You just need the labels, huh?¬† If your wedding or event has a specific logo, you could even use that. And it doesn’t just have to go on beers. For smaller events, this could make a cool treat for out-of-town guests.

    Staci, of Sunlight Nights, says to remove existing labels from the beer bottles by either soaking them overnight and scrubbing the remaining residue, or use an adhesive remover such as Goo Gone.  Next, print your labels on sticker paper, cut them out, and adhere to the clean bottles!

    This next cool drink idea is much easier and comes from Project Wedding.  All it involves is doing a little research to find colorful, old fashioned soda pop. You know, the ones that come in a glass bottle?

    For more awesome images of this old fashioned soda bar, go to Project Wedding. The comments section of this post offers various suggestions as to where you can find these vintage sweet pops.