Saturday, May 30, 2009

Welcome Families, Friends, & Guests!

I absolutely love Etsy! How could you not! I spend a lot of time browsing through, looking for exciting, creative, and new things to try! So Imagine my surprise when I came across these "Welcome" signs on Style Me Pretty, (courtesy of Etsy seller The Wedding Chicks). They are just super chic, elegant, and fabulous!!!! Here are some other photos to give some ideas.

Isn't this one beautiful!

This just goes to show that sometimes you don't have to do a whole lot to make a BIG impact on your wedding/reception. Something as simple as this decor item, stands out in a simple, modern, & elegant way! So I challenge you to answer this questions for yourself:

"How are you going to welcome your families, friends, and guests to your wedding?"

Happy Planning!

(Speaking of Etsy (since we love it so much!), Simply Unique Weddings & Events is currently putting together some fabulous & creative DIY items for our storefront with Etsy, we'll be sure to post an update once completed! Thanks so much for your support!)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Personalized Custom Maps

That's it Brides! I've done my homework! Say good-bye to hand drawn maps and Hello to Custom Maps! Here are some of the questions that were recently asked:

  • "Hi Mary, I have a question for you if you don't mind helping. Do you think it would be tacky if I drew my own map of directions to the church and reception and include it in my invitations?" -Mandy
  • "Mary, I have been trying to find a place that does maps for invitations, do you have any suggestions of where I could go?" -Lori
  • "Mary I need HELP PLEASE!! I'm about a week late in my deadline to send out invitations, but I need to include directions to the sites. Please tell me you know where to get personalized maps created! I would like to have them sent out with my invitations ASAP! " -Marvina

Well Ladies, after a little bit of research, I now have the solution you've all been waiting for! And I find it to be a much better alternative to hand-drawn maps! Check out the man (Shawn Ashbaugh) who solved all of your dilemmas at The maps are so nice, I think you'll love them! I hope this helps!


I was doing some research earlier looking for favors with chocolate in it, and guess what I found! .....S'MORES!!!! Do you know that I haven't had S'mores since I was a kid!? I was blown away when I saw just how creative and unique they were!

This is perfect for an outdoor wedding reception or anything "Camp" themed. I am in love with the idea and the fabulous details that came from none other than Miss Pickles Press! Want more ideas? Check out the outdoor wedding that actually used this favor as part of their wedding details/decor.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Applause! Applause! Applause!

As I have mentioned before, I am an active member in my church (Cornerstone Liberty Community Church) working with our Youth Group (Chosen Ones & Chosen Too). Not long ago, we worked very hard to come together and not only perform at the game but also to hopefully minister to the people through our music, mime, & dance. And as a result, they put on a fabulous performance during half-time at the Erie Bayhawks Game, and I couldn't have been more proud of them! There were over 4,000 people in attendance that day! Amazing! I'm still in awe over that day, the kids blew me away! Here is the article from the Erie Times News that was written about that day:

Since the newspaper article came out a little dark in the papers, I took the liberty of posting the colored photo of us that we took in our church. I am just so proud to be a part of a family like this. Ladies & Gentlemen, here they are!

Chosen Ones & Chosen Too

"We are not Perfect Kids, Just Forgiven"

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fabulous Wedding Dress Stain Remover!

Just recently, I was going through some of the items in my Wedding Day Emergency Kit and came across one of the products called "Wine Out". It made me think back to all of the questions that I have received numerous times from brides asking me "Which product is best for removing unwanted stains from a wedding dress?" Well ladies and gentlemen, here you have's called "WINE OUT"! (Applause!!!!)

I absolutely love 'Wine Out' better than any other stain removing product. I've used it to remove lipstick, make-up, blood, dirt, grass stains, and more from bride's/bridesmaid's dresses and even suits! To be honest, you cannot afford to NOT have this as part of your wedding or event day emergency kit! So be prepared (in case your planner isn't)! But you best to believe that Simply Unique Weddings & Events will always be prepared for the worst! Don't worry! We've got your back!

Where you can buy "Wine Out"? I get mine at one of my favorite stores, Bed, Bath and Beyond. It actually comes in several different sizes, but we use the 1 ounce size (Cost $3.99) in our emergency kit and we've used it at almost every wedding or event so far!
Just another tip from Simply Unique Weddings & Events!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

FREE Destination Wedding Planning Package!

(Enter to win a FREE destination wedding planning package for your upcoming or future destination wedding!)

*Simply Unique Weddings & Events is excited to announce our 2009-2010 FREE DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNING CONTEST!

Upon qualifying, you will be entered into the contest and four winners will be chosen in no specific order or date from now until December 1st, 2009!

If you are one of the four winners, you will receive:

  • Full Wedding Planning Package ($2500 prize value)

  • Event Design/Decor Consultation & Set-up (if necessary) ($500 prize value)
  • Personalized Wedding Planning Organizer (Complimentary)

  • A Feature on my website & blog!
  • Suprise Gift ( which will be revealed at the time of winning!)

To qualify:

  1. You must be in LOOOVVVEEE & tell us how you fell in love, engagement, etc! Tell us your story :D It can include a video, essay, photos, or anything your creative mind can put together!

  2. Explain why you chose to have a destination wedding and where it will take place.

  3. You must be having a destination wedding between July 2009-December 2010

  4. You must be unique, fun loving, and up for anything!

  5. Must agree to have testimonials, interviews, & photos of wedding posted on our website as well as our blog.

  6. You must be able to provide transportation (flights/hotel accommodations for the Head Planner and Assistant if necessary)

Entries must have the following information included:

  1. Bride/Groom name, address, and all other contact information

  2. Date of your wedding, potential/hired venues (if applicable), and location

  3. One or two recent photos of yourselves

  4. A brief explanation as to why you should be the winner :D

Please visit the website for more information at or email submissions to:

We look forward to hearing from you!!!!