Mandee

With 20+ years in the wedding and event industry, I have seen a lot of unique, unusual and funky weddings. Every one of them were a journey of discovery and a reflection of the bride and groom. I had a ball and am now passing along some of those pearls of wisdom to today's brides and grooms. A wedding is personal -- it's about the two of you and your relationship -- let's make it as unique and offbeat as you each are!

Unusual Guest Book Alternative — Calendars

Unusual Guest Book Alternative — Calendars

Written by on December 25, 2013 in DIY Wedding Ideas, Wedding Guest Books, Wedding Planning with 0 Comments

Traditional guest books are hoo-hum, definitely not something the unique bride would be drawn to. Over the years I have seen some interesting and fun guest book alternatives but this is my favorite — a calendar. How the Calendar Guest Book Works Basically, you choose a calendar style that will work best for you — […]

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Unique Weddings can also be DIY Weddings

Unique Weddings can also be DIY Weddings

Written by on December 24, 2013 in DIY Wedding Ideas with 1 Comment

Here at Unique Wedding Ideas, we like DIY. In fact, lots of unique, funky and unusual weddings are full of DIY elements. Those elements reflect personalities, hobbies and likes. They can bring a wedding to life for the guests. We are also committed to helping you come up with the most unique and offbeat wedding […]

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Add Some Light to Your Reception with El Wire

Add Some Light to Your Reception with El Wire

I have been a big user and proponent of adding LED lights at wedding receptions and events as a way to make things glow and add ambient lighting to the event. I just recently ran across this newer product — El Wire — and wanted to share it with our unique brides. What Advantages does […]

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Ditch the Veil — Try a Different Hair Accessory

Ditch the Veil — Try a Different Hair Accessory

Written by on October 2, 2013 in The Bride, Wedding Attire with 2 Comments

Veils can be beautiful — but they are almost expected anymore. Are you the kind of bride that shies away from the standard strapless dress with tiara and veil? Seems that is what most brides have chosen in the last 10 years. Maybe not the statement a unique bride wants to make… There are a […]

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Unique Fall Color Combinations

Unique Fall Color Combinations

Written by on September 18, 2013 in Wedding Decor, Wedding Planning, Wedding Reception with 2 Comments

As fall approaches I seem to be contemplating color schemes again. Traditionally, fall colors are golds, browns and oranges but I think we can come up with some new fall color combinations that would be a more unique twist for your wedding. Let’s take a look at a few… Greens, Blues, Reds & Oranges Who […]

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Unique Wedding Ring Sets

Unique Wedding Ring Sets

Written by on September 4, 2013 in The Bride, Wedding Jewelry with 2 Comments

There are a lot of ways to ensure that your wedding rings are more unique than others we’ve all seen. One sure fire way is to choose a stone other than a diamond. For me, it all started with the gorgeous blue sapphire ring Prince Charles gave to Lady Diana. It was stunning but unique […]

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Unique Wedding Invitations

Unique Wedding Invitations

Written by on August 21, 2013 in Wedding Stationery with 2 Comments

Where can you find unique wedding invitations that won’t break the bank? Some companies that make invitations have a line per year, quarter or season. They use retail stores as their outlets so when you search, you see the same invitations time and time again. Others are unique, maybe even handmade but they have a […]

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Are You a Gothic Bride? Gothic Wedding Ideas

Are You a Gothic Bride? Gothic Wedding Ideas

Written by on August 7, 2013 in The Bride, Wedding Attire, Wedding Planning, Wedding Themes with 3 Comments

Contrary to what some think, a Gothic wedding isn’t always about all black clothes and white face with black lips. Gothic themed weddings are actually growing in popularity with a lot of unique couples. It is possible to have a wedding with a Gothic feel or Gothic elements and it still be quite elegant and […]

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Make Your Menu Unique

Make Your Menu Unique

Food is always a big part of a wedding. Everything from appetizers through a full meal, to cake and dessert, to sending guest home with a late night snack. Obviously, you don’t need to incorporate all the different meals and snacks. Just pick one or two that work with your celebration. For a morning wedding, […]

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Thank You Cards for Your Wedding Guests

Thank You Cards for Your Wedding Guests

Written by on December 19, 2012 in Unique Bride, Wedding Planning, Wedding Stationery with 0 Comments

Brides and Grooms are always looking for unique cards to thank their guests for attending their wedding and/or for their gift. A thank you card is the perfect opportunity to show your uniqueness. Photo cards are very popular and give you the opportunity to pick and choose a formal wedding portrait or a fun, impromptu shot of you […]

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Non-Traditional Ceremony Seating | Unique Brides

Non-Traditional Ceremony Seating | Unique Brides

Let’s break away from the traditional ceremony seating and think outside the box for a minute. A traditional ceremony has, more or less, a rectangle or square design, something like this: Non-Traditional Ceremony Seating There are a number of ways you can make the ceremony seating for your guests unique and out of the norm. […]

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Unique Picture Display for Reception or Rehearsal Dinner

Unique Picture Display for Reception or Rehearsal Dinner

Written by on November 21, 2012 in Wedding Decor, Wedding Planning, Wedding Reception with 0 Comments

Umbra Fotofalls Metal Floor-Standing Photo/Memo Holder I ran across a pretty cool product recently I just had to share. At many of the wedding receptions and/or rehearsal dinners I have decorated over the years, I always loved when they had an area for photos. Family, friends, the happy couple, childhood photos and more are always […]

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Rehearsal Dinners that are Unique too!

Rehearsal Dinners that are Unique too!

Written by on November 9, 2012 in Wedding Planning, Wedding Themes with 0 Comments

Unique Vintage Rehearsal Dinner Invitations by UniqueInvites Unique weddings take a lot of work. Sometimes, you become so focused on the wedding and reception, other things slip through the cracks like rehearsal dinners. Rehearsal dinners traditionally are a gathering of the wedding party with their significant others, immediate family and close friends and can even […]

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Coming Up with Unique Wedding Themes

Coming Up with Unique Wedding Themes

Written by on October 17, 2012 in Wedding Planning, Wedding Themes with 0 Comments

Every bride wants her wedding and reception to be memorable — not only for her and her spouse but for the guests as well. It is becoming harder and harder to stand out from the crowd. If you can think of a theme, it has mostly likely been done already. So, how can you make […]

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Color Trends for Spring 2013 – Pantone

Color Trends for Spring 2013 – Pantone

Written by on October 3, 2012 in Wedding Planning with 0 Comments

I realize (and applaud) that unique brides don’t chose colors based on a trend report. However, fashion designers and the whole of the wedding industry do pay attention to these forecasts. That translates into Unique brides being handicapped in their color choices if they purchase from bridal salons and others in the industry. One way […]

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Ceremony & Reception in the Same Room

Ceremony & Reception in the Same Room

Written by on September 25, 2012 in Wedding Planning, Wedding Reception with 0 Comments

We need to have the ceremony and reception in the same room. The venue has a foyer, ante room but it’s not big enough to hold all the guests for a cocktail hour to have the room changed over. We will have a dance floor in the middle and were trying to figure out the […]

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Unique Wedding Ideas for Bridal Bouquets

Unique Wedding Ideas for Bridal Bouquets

Written by on September 4, 2012 in DIY Wedding Ideas, The Bride, Unique Bride with 0 Comments

Another area you can potentially have a unique look is with your bridal bouquet. You don’t have to use the standard hand tied flowers or traditionally cascading bouquet — unique brides think outside the box. Some want DIY wedding bouquet ideas and others just want a design they can take to the florist or decorator […]

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What is a Unique Bride?

What is a Unique Bride?

Written by on August 28, 2012 in The Bride, Unique Bride with 0 Comments

What is a Unique Bride? Aren’t all brides unique? Yes, to some degree all brides are unique. After all, you are individuals. But, some brides picture duplicating all or some of the major elements from a wedding they’ve seen or attended. Or, they want the traditional floral arrangements, popular colors and conventional white dress. Nothing […]

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Hollywood Theme — Unique Centerpiece Ideas

Hollywood Theme — Unique Centerpiece Ideas

Hollywood Wedding Invitation | Large | Blonde by vintageweddinginvite My fiance’ and I love movies — old, new and everything in-between. Our wedding will incorporate a lot of elements from Hollywood and the movies. I’m stuck on centerpieces. I don’t want just flowers or candles. I want the centerpieces to tie into the theme. Do […]

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Room Layout Suggestions with Rectangle (or Mixed) Tables

Room Layout Suggestions with Rectangle (or Mixed) Tables

Written by on August 14, 2012 in Wedding Planning with 0 Comments

The venue I fell in love with only has 8 ft rectangle tables. The room is also rectangle shaped with a dance floor at one end. How can I set this up so it doesn’t look like a cafeteria? — Meghan the bride Great question. Sometimes we fall in love with the look of a […]

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Western Wedding | Chuckwagon for Appetizers or Dessert

Western Wedding | Chuckwagon for Appetizers or Dessert

I was in charge of the decor for a western themed event. And, as usual, I wanted something unique, bold and memorable for the guests. I had a brainstorming session with my mom and we came up with a plan for a chuckwagon appetizer buffet during the cocktail hour. One thing led to another and […]

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Wedding Decorations for Rectangular Tables | Part 2

Wedding Decorations for Rectangular Tables | Part 2

In the first article, Wedding Decorations for Rectangular Tables | Part One, we learned how to set a rectangle table. Since the shape is different from the standard round, you actually have less room for decor. This means coming up with non-standard place settings to allow room for decor. In this article, we are going […]

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Wedding Decorations for Rectangular Tables | Part 1

Wedding Decorations for Rectangular Tables | Part 1

Sometimes we choose to use a table shape that is different than the normal round tables that are found at most wedding receptions in the U.S. That’s part of what makes us unique. But, if you are unfamiliar with this size and shape of table, it maybe challenging to come up with a decor plan […]

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Dessert Only Wedding Receptions

Dessert Only Wedding Receptions

Written by on August 1, 2012 in Wedding Food, Wedding Reception with 0 Comments

Another unique wedding idea is that more brides are opting for a dessert only wedding receptions. This is for a variety of reasons and definitely has pros and cons. You have to weigh what’s most important to you and decide if this is a good idea. Pros for a Dessert Only Wedding Reception Saving money […]

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Steampunk Weddings — What is a Steampunk Wedding?

Steampunk Weddings — What is a Steampunk Wedding?

Steampunk Vintage Brass Pendant A Steampunk wedding is the perfect marriage of science and history — vintage and futuristic. It’s the Victorian era on steroids. It’s truly back to the future in idea and finds it’s roots as far back as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Wild Wild West , […]

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Dessert Tables for your Unique Wedding

Dessert Tables for your Unique Wedding

Written by on July 21, 2012 in Wedding Food, Wedding Reception with 0 Comments

Dessert tables are all the rage at weddings and other events. Why not? Dessert is usually one of the favorite things that guests look forward too. (A dessert reception is also growing in popularity.) How can you make it unique? By taking inspiration from others and creating your own version. No, it’s not a new […]

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Wedding Invitation Wording | Unique Brides want Unique Wording Ideas

Wedding Invitation Wording | Unique Brides want Unique Wording Ideas

Written by on July 19, 2012 in Wedding Stationery with 0 Comments

He proposed, she accepted — you decided together — she proposed, he accepted — however it happened, you now find yourself planning a wedding. Not just any wedding but a unique wedding. Knowing that the Invitation/Save the Date sets the tone for your wedding, traditional wedding invitation wording is just not going to cut it […]

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Practical and Unique Wedding Favors

Practical and Unique Wedding Favors

Written by on July 11, 2012 in Favors and Gifts, Wedding Favors with 1 Comment

One aspect of a wedding that I always got tons of questions about from brides was favors. Do we need them? Are they affordable? Do guests really take them home? Let’s delve a little deeper into the “to favor or not to favor” question. Do we need favors? The answer to that is the standard […]

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Unique Wedding Tables | Round, Rectangle & Square

Unique Wedding Tables | Round, Rectangle & Square

Written by on July 9, 2012 in Wedding Planning, Wedding Reception with 0 Comments

One way to make your wedding reception seem different and unique right off the bat is to use a mixture of different shaped tables — round, rectangle & square. There are a few different ways to do this. The easiest way is to have the dimensions of both the tables and the room so you […]

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What Sets the Tone for Your Unique Wedding?

What Sets the Tone for Your Unique Wedding?

Written by on June 29, 2012 in Wedding Planning with 0 Comments

Two elements set the tone for a wedding and reception. Brides capitalize on this when planning their unique weddings. Wedding Stationery PixDezines Eiffel Tower + swirls Invitation by custom_stationery Wedding stationery like save-the-dates and/or invitations are the first glimpse into your wedding style for your guests. The design, colors and style of these items set […]

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