Monday, November 30, 2009

Your Last Chance!!

It's your last chance to send in your entry for our "Unique Date Night" Contest!

In honor of Unique Event Design's 1st Birthday, we are giving YOU a gift! Send in your best idea for a "Unique Date Night," to We want the most innovative and fun idea you've got, for a night out, or even in! It can be with the girls or time with your significant other! Anyone is eligible - clients, vendors, friends, fans, etc.

We've already got some great entries! Send your entry in ASAP! We are accepting them until midnight tonight, Eastern Standard time. The winner will be declared and awarded THEIR Unique Date Night, courtesy of Unique Event Design. It's just our way of saying, thank you for an amazing year!

Thanks again and good luck!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

We will be unavailable by phone or e-mail from Wednesday, November 25 through Monday, November 30, in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will return all correspondence in the order it was received, on Tuesday, December 1. In the meantime, please check out our website!

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Seeking Interns!!

We are still accepting resumes for an internship with the UED team! Do you have what it takes?We are seeking an Assistant Coordinator to assist with day-to-day business activities, including, but not limited to: phone calls, e-mails, consult preparation, organizing client folders, research, assisting with design compilation, as well as client meetings and errands. Some of this work may be done on a "virtual" basis, via phone and e-mail. In addition to these day-to-day activities, this individual will also be assisting on events, including: setup, design execution, and strike at the end of the event. Also, you may be asked to assist with the rehearsal coordination. This internship will work around your work and/or school schedule, but you must be able to work weekends (including Friday). This internship opportunity will be hard work, but the hands-on experience will be invaluable!

The only qualifications for this position is an interest in wedding and event planning, good communication skills, and the ability to think quick on your feet! We'd prefer if you are getting some kind of school credit for this internship, but it is not required.

If you are interested in interning with us, please e-mail your resume to No calls, please.

Happy Birthday to Me!!

The energy around the office this week is amazing! Not only are we working on some fantastic weddings, but Tuesday was my birthday! The celebration has been going on since Saturday! I'm so happy to have so many wonderful family members, friends, and yes, even clients! I've even received numerous birthday wishes from our clients, something like..."Happy birthday! Now get back to work!" :)

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for such an amazing last year! I don't have a single complaint! I consider myself extremely blessed for the life that I have!

I shared my, '27th Year Dose of Wisdom' on Facebook and it received a great response of all of my "FB" friends, so I also wanted to share it with you, in hopes that it will also inspire you:

"Life is too short, eat pizza off your china! Drink champagne everyday, there's always something to toast to! Give your time to those that love you, they are the ones that will always be there! Bad things will always happen, but you have a choice, how you respond to ...them. Learn and grow! And finally, God is an essential part of your life, let him guide you!"

Here's to another fabulous year! Thank you again and God bless!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Weekly Dose of Inspiration

We're so sorry for missing last week's dose of inspiration! We've got a very interesting one this week, that I hope, more than makes up for it! I admit, this week's dose of inspiration is an unusual one. You can blame hanging around the Don Cesar during a late night wedding for this one. While walking past the aquariums in the lobby area, the amazing sealife began to trigger my inspiration. I began to think of one of my favorite of the marine life, the leafy sea dragon.

Yes, he is a little odd looking, but there is so much beauty in the flowing lines of his body. Even the way that he moves through the water is extremely graceful. The colors present are different shades of white, ivory, and cream. I also can't help but wonder at the contrast of the blue water against the light colors of the dragon's body.

We built our color scheme on the same shades present on the body of the leafy sea dragon. A combination of whites, ivories, and creams create a clean, modern look. Small accents of royal blue are present, but the most intriguing would be the blue uplighting that will surround the guests, giving the illusion of being beneath the sea! We found the perfect gown that reflects the thin lines of the body and the leafy texture of the sea dragon. All the ruffles create the perfect flow to replicate the graceful way it moves through the ocean. We continue the ruffley look with the cake design, by utilizing ruffles on every other tier. As for the flowers, the visual texture of hydrangea and phalaenopsis orchids, as well as piles of rose petals, will do the trick perfectly! For the ceremony, we would want to keep it simple, no flowers, only some flowing sheer fabric and the beautiful blue sky!

A Modern, Marine Life Inspired Wedding
A Modern, Marine Life Inspired Wedding by uniqueeventdesign

We hope that we've inspired you to find inspiration ANYWHERE! Check back next week to be inspired again!!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Rave from the Newlyweds!

We received this overwhelming Rave from Sabrina and Rustie, who were recently married at the Don Vicente Inn in Ybor City.

"I cannot say enough good things about Staci with Unique Event Design. I hired her for day of coordination only, however she went above and beyond that! My wedding day would not have been the same without her. She took care of everything that day, all I had to do was show up. I told Staci my vision throughout the planning process and she made it come to life on the big day! I've received numerous compliments on how beautiful our wedding was and I can truly say Staci contributed volumes to that. I basically handed her boxes of decorations and said "Have at it!" I was so impressed with everything that day, it was exactly what I wanted :) She is friendly, funny, prompt and very reliable! If you haven't hired her yet you are missing out."

Sabrina & Rustie, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your wedding. It was a true pleasure! Best wishes for love, health, and happiness!

This is just a teaser, more details and photos of their event, to come!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Exotic Invites

We are so delighted that the invitations for one of our December clients, Ari & Allan, were featured on the Not from a Box Blog!

Ari and Allan wanted the perfect invitation to set the tone for their dramatic December event, but were not prepared to spend an arm and a leg. Not from a Box answered their needs by combining beauty and price! With the inspiration for their color scheme being pulled from a peacock feather, the invitation had to have drama and elegance. Their invitations featured an antique gold pocket accented with specialty paper from Thailand. The decision to use the beautiful paper was a decision from the groom, at the eleventh hour! We are so glad he did push for it! It truly made the invitation UNIQUE!! The monogram created by Not from a Box will also be featured at the wedding in a few distinct places. Keep an eye out for the pictures from this amazing event!

To learn more about Not from a Box:

Not from a Box, Inc.
3941 5th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

A special 'thank you' to Amy Willoughby for blogging about our client! And the shout out!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pure Heaven!

A little something to get your blood flowing this morning from the most famous Event Designers in the world.

Who needs coffee when you've got this...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Birthday to US and A Gift for YOU!!

It's been a whirlwind of year! Unique Event Design is celebrating one year in business! One year of amazing events. One year of the sweetest clients. One year of the craziness that I LOVE! Thank you to everyone of our clients that made this last year possible. We truly could not have done it without you.

Since we have been creating unique ideas and easing your stress for a whole year, we want to continue doing so with a birthday gift for YOU! We are having a contest for the most UNIQUE ideas for a date night! We want you to e-mail us your most unique and innovative ideas for a date night, either at home or out on the town, with your boyfriend, fiance, husband, heck...even a great friend. We want to know your most innovative ideas to kick back and relax! Please keep it clean, people! :)

E-mail your ideas to, by Sunday, November 29th at midnight. We will review all of the entries and declare a winner on Monday, November 30th. The winner of the contest will receive their unique date night out, courtesy of Unique Event Design!

Anyone is eligible - clients, vendors, friends, etc. So, get to brainstorming and send us your most UNIQUE ideas!!

Good luck and thank you again, for an unbelievable year!

God Bless,

Staci Mandikas

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Weekly Dose of Inspiration!

This week's 'Weekly Dose of Inspiration' is soooooo pretty! We are being inspired by china! We were asked to design a table for a Christmas Tea Party at our church. We are utilizing the Mikasa Parchment china in the design and used it for the inspiration!

The Mikasa Parchment china design is white, with a frosted pearl-gray design with a scrollwork pattern, and a platinum rim. The overall look of this china is simple and traditional, but also is timeless and modern. We were inspired by the simple elegance of this china and were asked to incorporate Christmas into our design as well.
Knowing that the typical red and green Christmas look was not going to work, we opted for a modern 'Winter Wonderland' theme with a blue, white, clear, and silver color scheme. The stark look of white branches will be contrasted with the elegance of white roses, carnations, and orchids. Crystals and clear rock candy will be incorporated to translate the look of ice. Details of feather and fur will offer warmth to our design, and only minor touches of snowflakes will be present. The traditional overtone of the china is interpreted in the fashion aspect with mostly closed heels and pearls. Our Christmas Tea Party tablescape will be beautiful, welcoming, and extremely textured.

Winter Elegance and Grace
Winter Elegance and Grace by uniqueeventdesign on

Be sure to check back next week, and if you have an idea for a future edition of 'Weekly Dose of Inspiration,' please e-mail us at

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