Island Vibes: How to TASTEFULLY Give Your Local Wedding a Touch of the Caribbean

IslandVibes_TitleBannerAnyone getting married first needs to choose their perfect setting. You might chose a venue with natural woods to play off of your rustic theme, or a hall with white marble and twinkling light fixtures to convey a winter wonderland atmosphere. For many couples the perfect atmosphere would be on a beach in the Caribbean, but the reality of a destination wedding just isn’t in their budget. In The Mix Event Group has some great tips on how to bring a touch of the islands to your local wedding in a tasteful way. When planning and executing the perfect island wedding think about how you will bring the islands to each of your guests five senses – see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.

Your venue or location will be the first way you convey the islands in your wedding. When someone mentions the Caribbean people will think of ocean waves. Start by researching venues that are on or near water. A local boat house, riverfront venue, or yacht club could be the perfect place to tie the knot. In 2015 In The Mix Event Group helped Livio and Justine DiRubbo plan a picture perfect waterside wedding at The Keyport Yacht Club in North Jersey complete with boats, gentle waters, and silhouettes of New York City in the distance. We have also provided sound to picturesque beach weddings in Atlantic City, Stone Harbor and other Jersey Shore destinations. The ocean and a little sun will have your guests gazing upon an island-like scene while they smell the fresh ocean breeze scent we all love.GetWet_Pic1
Reggae music is an easy way to bring the islands home. There are tons of great reggae jams for your cocktail hour that will have guests swaying in the breeze with every tap of the Caribbean steel drum. It does not have to be all Bob Marley. John and Jen Yerkov requested in the Mix Event Group play a reggae cocktail hour at their 2017 wedding at Stone Harbor Yacht Club. Guests were enjoying the vibe while sipping cocktails right on the bay. Reggae is feel good music, and even if guests don’t know the song they will be transported to the islands simply by sound. Check out this Spotify playlist with some of In The Mix’s favorite reggae jams to stimulate your guests ear drums. (
The taste of your wedding is important. From the time guests get to your reception to the time they leave they will be eating, drinking, eating, and drinking some more. Start by picking signature cocktails that use Carribean inspired ingredients like rum, blue curacao, pineapple, and coconut. The drinks will give people the memory of the last time they were clutching a pina colada on a beach somewhere. Your cocktail hour appetizers will also help guests taste the island. Ask your venue if they can prepare simple and light finger foods that include the flavors of island dishes like seafood, chicken, fruit based salsas, etc.©Alexis June Weddings | Aisle Society Loves Sandals, Sandals South Coast, Jamaica | NYC + Destination Wedding PhotographerBoozin_Pic3

One of the best things to do when in the Caribbean is relax under the shade of a beautiful palm tree. They provide protection from the sun while beach bathing or swimming, and look beautiful along the coast of all the Caribbean islands. You cannot bring full palm trees into your venue, but you can have your florist put palm leaves in your floral arrangements. Omar and Tiffany Khanataev had a beautiful waterfront wedding along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, and our creative director Gregg was able to incorporate the palm leaves they chose for their table arrangements into their gorgeous invitation suite and other print.


So don’t think that you can’t have your dream island wedding just because a trip to the Caribbean isn’t in the cards for you. The planning team at In The Mix Event Group is ready to bring the island vibes to your wedding no matter where it is. Plan a free consultation and see what we can do for you.

Segall Wedding 10/15/17

By: Joe Sanchez

This wedding took place in the Joseph Ambler Inn in North Wales, PA.  It felt like a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia, which made it even more enjoyable overall. It allowed everyone to solely focus on this beautiful wedding, especially those that stayed the weekend at the Inn.  The Jewish ceremony was exciting to be a part of. I truly enjoy seeing the wedding traditions of all cultures when I emcee weddings. Love and happiness was abundant in the room as Jeff and Beth shared their vows. This bride and groom are a match made in heaven.

Somewhat limited on time, as well as the wedding taking place on a Sunday night, Jim and I took what we had and made it an incredible and unforgettable experience for everyone, including ourselves.  From the romantic first dance to the sweet and cleverly spoken toasts from the Maid of Honor and Best Man, to the Hora and the parent dedication dances, everything in this wedding fell into place perfectly.  Our only regret is that we couldn’t freeze time and keep the party going.

We thank you Jeff and Beth for having Jim and I be part of your very special day. You made us feel welcome at the celebration as if we were part of your guest list. We hope you can look back at this day and reminisce on the magic and great memories that happened at your wedding.  From all of us here at In The Mix Event Group, we wish you nothing but the best!  L’Chaim!


Thompson/Clerkin – 10/07/17

By: Joe Sanchez

thompson_photo2Where to begin? From surprise slideshow presentations, to dueling pianos, to even a Michael Jackson impersonator, this wedding involved a plethora of events and challenges for Jim and me as a DJ/Emcee duo, but at the end of the night, we had everyone wanting the party to never end.

Jim the DJ was stationed on a balcony overlooking the entire ballroom all night, which had me separated from him practically the entire night.  Since Jim and I have worked many weddings together, our ability to foresee what the others next move and communicate from far away helped us have the wedding go off without problem. The great cooperation from the catering staff at the Regal Ballroom was also a big help. It made the night run smoothly.  We made sure all events planned for the night were scheduled at the right time and nothing ran on for too long.  I also give the staff props for being able to feed 250 people a la carte and still give us enough time to party the night away (almost 2 hours of nothing but dancing!).


From the cocktail hour until the end of dinner, we had the company of dueling pianists, who worked with us by playing standby music when needed and livening up the crowd prior to our set starting.  With songs like “Sweet Caroline” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, the pianists had the crowd singing and ready to party, which made for a great party transition. A Michael Jackson impersonator arrived on the scene during the reception and had everyone awestruck.  His performance was out of this world and it felt like we were in the presence of the King of Pop himself! His energy and crowd involvement allowed us to rally the party back to where it left off.  He even stayed and partied with us after his performance.  Truly a great ode to the King of Pop!

Kelly and Kevin are a great couple who knew how to have a good time. We were honored to be a part of their special day and wish them many years of happiness together.THOMPSON_PIC3

Finneran/Yerkov Wedding 10/7/17

pic 3On a beautiful October day In The Mix Event Group had the pleasure of entertaining guests at the picturesque beaches of Stone Harbor, New Jersey as Jennifer and John tied the knot.
The weather was beautiful and the sun was shining as DJ Rock started the music for Jennifer and her bridesmaids to slowly walk over the dune to meet her groom at the altar. A beautiful canopy was set up for Jen and John to exchange vows with a stunning beach scene behind them. They could not have asked for a better day.
After the ceremony guests made their way to the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor. The venue is perfect for a wedding with large dancefloor and full wrap around bar to serve cocktails all night. The patio overlooked the water and made for an amazing backdrop as the sunset and the party was getting started.

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Emcee Gregg announced the party to rave applause and a boom of confetti. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner while they laughed along to a hilarious speech by the best man and very emotional and heart felt words shared by the maid of honor. When it came time to dance, the couple got all of the important requirements out of the way so they along with their guests could enjoy as much time as possible kicking up their heels. DJ Rock played a mix of rock, hip hop and pop from classics to today and had the dance floor jumping into the night.
It was a great honor to create the perfect reception for the new Mr. and Mrs. Yerkov. DJ Rock and Emcee Gregg agree that the Yerkov’s were a great couple to work for. The only disappointment is not being able to do it all over again.


Worton/Kinnon Wedding – 10/13/17


Some may find it strange to get married on Friday the 13th, but there was nothing but positive vibes and love in the air for Melissa and George Worton on their wedding day. I had the honor of creating the invitations, as well as providing the entertainment at Maggio’s Ballroom in Southampton, PA for Melissa and George’s reception. I couldn’t have asked for anything to go better.

Melissa was one of the most easy-going brides I have had the pleasure of dealing with. Her only concern was that everyone have a great time. In The Mix Event Group was able to provide her with that and much more.
Melissa called our office one day after already booking us as her DJ to ask about invitations. She was planning to create her own invitations but after a few attempts she needed help; help on the fly. Lucky for Melissa we had some beautiful damask and maroon metallic papers in stock and was able to create a beautiful invitation for her. The invitations fit her theme and were still in the mail on time.

When it came to the reception all George and Melissa wanted was a party. No other expectations. I was able to play a wide variety of oldies and top 40 including rock, pop, and party jams that everyone enjoyed. The dancefloor got plenty of use all night. We ended the night with a Pink Floyd song that had special meaning to the family and I was honored to recognize their special moment in that way.
George and Melissa were a great couple and I was pleased to be able to provide a great wedding reception for them. I wish their family (including little Georgie) many years of happiness together!Worton_pic2worton_pic3