Featured Planner: UNIQUE Weddings & Events

UNIQUE Weddings + Events is among the state of Florida’s leading wedding and event design, planning & production companies. As a Florida wedding and event planner, we are renowned for creative concepts, strong attention to detail, and creating unforgettable experiences for our clients & their guests


Our Wedding Style Is:

Our style is your style! Whether it’s rustic-country, sleek-modern, or jaw-dropping glam, we can do it all and do it well! We also love it when our clients bring us UNIQUE inspiration – photos from a recent trip to Italy, your grandmother’s vintage jewelry, or a beautiful fabric that you came across. No problem! We can translate it into a beautiful and fun wedding for you and your guests.

Our Personality Is:

We are fun and we want our clients to have fun with the wedding planning process! You are planning one of the most important celebrations of your life, if you’re not having fun, then you are NOT doing it right.

What Inspired Us to Start Our Business is:

After spending many years in the design field – working on residential, hospitality and retail interior design, I realized that I can take my education and experience, and carve out a niche within the wedding & event industry. We wanted to be the one that pushed out couples to truly personalize their wedding and not just “break,” but “rewrite” the rules.

We Love Being a Part of the Wedding Industry Because:

We are obsessed with the evolution from meeting a client and learning about them to creating a completely personalized, UNIQUE, and fun experience for them and their guests. Seeing a huge smile on our clients’ faces when they realize that we captured who they are, is the ultimate reward for us!

What Makes Our Business Stand Out From Other Vendors Is:

All of our UNIQUE wedding & event clientele all share a passion for “something different” and they are seeking the wedding planner or event planner to help them achieve it. Prior to being a Florida wedding planner & event planner, we spent many years in the design field. We utilize our extensive design background, by taking our client’s vision to a new level and seeking inspiration outside of the Tampa Bay and Florida event industry, and incorporating new ideas, color schemes, and innovative details. Each client’s event should showcase their own voice, style & personality, and not be restricted by the standard event rules or traditions. We are not your typical wedding planner & event planners, but rather we are designers that plan events!

One Thing Most Couples Would Be Surprised to Know About Us Is:

I wake up VERY early on a wedding day. Rest is for the weary and I can rest AFTER wedding day! It’s not uncommon for me to be up at 3 or 4 am on wedding day – looking over the timeline, doublechecking my supply list, or printing our wedding day forms. I always want to be prepared for everything!

One of Our Non-Wedding Passions Is:

My family – my husband and my eight-year-old daughter will always be my passion. They are very supportive of what I do and are always my greatest cheerleaders!

Our Pricing:

Our Day of Coordination / Event Management Package starts at $2,200, with Partial Planning services starting at $3,000-$5,000. Our Full-Service Wedding Planning & Design has a starting price of $7,500.

**Additional fees may apply for weddings outside of the Tampa Bay area, weddings at homes or at venues that require extensive setup, weddings over 100 guests, complex weddings, and weddings that require travel between two locations.**

Contact us today, so we can gather some detailed information about you and your wedding, and compile a personalized service proposal for your wedding and your needs.

Our Associations/Awards:

– Member of the Association of Bridal Consultants
– Member of the National Association of Catering & Events
– Awarded National Association of Catering & Events Wedding of the Year
– Awarded National Association of Catering & Events Program of the Year
– Awarded National Association of Catering & Events Rising Star Award
– Awarded Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award
– Awarded Tampa Bay Business Journal Best in the Biz Favorite Event Planner
– Rated City Voter Tampa A-List – Top Wedding Planners in Tampa Bay
– Awarded The Knot Best of Weddings
– Wedding Planner Magazine Contributor

We also have been published in numerous online and print publications, such as:
– Style Me Pretty
– Trendy Bride Magazine
– Wedding Wire
– Occasions Magazine
– Every Last Detail
– Offbeat Bride
– The Knot Magazine
– Marry Me Tampa Bay, of course


Staci Mandikas, UNIQUE Weddings + Events Headshot

Meet Staci

A Few Fun Facts About Me:
• I’m originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, so I spent my childhood hitting the Mardi Gras parade route & sucking crawfish heads.
• I describe my personal style as “preppy with a statement.”
• I like sweet wine and cocktails, but I also love a good spicy bloody mary.
• I’ve been known to spontaneously cut and/or color my hair.
• My guilty pleasure is anything Kate Spade.
• My go-to Starbucks order is an iced, vanilla chai latte.
• My favorite quote is “Make a bold mark, not a dull impression.” – Unknown
• My honesty can be loved and loathed.
• I love anything with tomato, although I’m still not convinced that it’s a fruit.
• My ideal client is sarcastic and may drop the occasional f-bomb.


Featured Planner: UNIQUE Weddings & Events Reviews from Marry Me Tampa Bay Couples:

Marry Me Tampa Bay curates the below reviews from real couples whom we've personally interviewed. As Tampa Bay's most trusted wedding planning resource, these reviews are 100% accurate and aren't created by fake accounts.

Indoor, Winter Wonderland Wedding Reception Decor with Ice Sculpture, Draping and Ivory Floral Decor | Tampa Wedding Planner UNIQUE Weddings and Events

Blue and Silver Modern Icy Wonderland Downtown Tampa Wedding | University of Tampa

“I always go with my heart on things and instantly after my fiancé and I met with Staci of UNIQUE Weddings and Events, there was no need to go home and think about it. Everyone that I met through UNIQUE exceeded my expectations. Their services were very affordable and worth every penny spent, if not more. Staci was so helpful; she seemed more like a best friend then a wedding planner. Every moment of my wedding day went flawlessly, thanks to Staci and her team. Now that the wedding is over I miss talking to her almost daily.”

-Cynthia and Lee
Alice in Wonderland Themed Whimsical Fairytale Wedding Reception Decor Cake Table with Grey and White Cake and Purple Uplighting

Whimsical Alice In Wonderland Inspired St. Petersburg Wedding | Dali Museum

“I didn’t really know what to look for in a wedding planner to be honest. I got lucky AF I think! Staci of [UNIQUE Weddings & Events] and her crew knocked each and every detail out of Wonderland! She and her staff were organized, professional, always on time and just generally had all their shit together. They operate like a well oiled machine tending to every last detail. Almost everything about our wedding was unique. Staci had surprised us with a floating rose cake topper. It hung from the ceiling and floated perfectly like a Dali painting above our cake. Truly a perfect finishing touch and delightful surprise. Staci killed it!”

-Paige and Rick
Wedding Reception with Fuchsia, Lavender, and Turquoise Centerpieces with Floating Tea Light Candles on Grey Silver Linens | Sarasota Wedding Planner UNIQUE Weddings and Events | Linens Rentals by Connie Duglin

Lavender and Turquoise Waterfront Sarasota Wedding | Powel Crosley Estate

“I asked Staci of UNIQUE Weddings and Events to be our wedding planner because she was professional, detail-oriented and diligent. She helped us bring our vision to life and seamlessly handled every aspect of the wedding. When our wedding day came I was able to focus on enjoying my time with family and friends instead of worrying about the logistical details.”

-Anna and John
Intimate Wedding Reception Decor with Floating Votives in Brass Geometric Holders with Red Floral Centerpiece with Greenery | Tampa Wedding Planner UNIQUE Weddings and Events

Intimate Organic Copper and Orange South Tampa Wedding | The Epicurean

“We thought it was a priority to consult with someone who understood what we wanted and was flexible. Looking at Staci’s work I was very surprised with her uniqueness and her way of thinking outside the box. I came across a wedding at the Dali Museum that she did, and I was so surprised how unique and creative this wedding was. We were able to guide her with our ideas, but ultimately we left Staci to do what she does best. She not only delivered, but she blew us away with the entire wedding. We put so much trust into Staci of UNIQUE Weddings and Events, that we didn’t even want to see anything until the day of the wedding.”

-Sarat and Colin
Indoor Wedding Reception with Long Feasting Table with Pink Satin Linens, Wooden Crossback Chairs, Greenery Garland and Glass Votive Candlesticks Centerpiece | Venue the St Pete Beach Community Center | Tampa Bay Planner and Designer UNIQUE Weddings and Events | Rentals A Chair Affair and Over The Top Rental Linens

Organic Blush Pink and Navy St. Petersburg Wedding | St. Pete Beach Community Center

“From the moment we sat down with Staci of UNIQUE Weddings + Events, I just knew she was right for us. She was basically already finishing my sentences and predicting what I wanted based on what we were talking about. I knew that I could trust her with our special day, and I am so incredibly lucky to have found her. Staci was absolutely perfect and made everything come to life. Every bride needs a wedding planner like Staci in their lives! I loved every aspect of our wedding. Everything came together so perfectly, and I have Staci to thank for that.”

-Katie and Jason
Romantic, Modern Wedding Reception Decor, Long Tables with Blush Pink Linens, Gold Chargers, Clear Black Acrylic Ghost Chairs, Greenery Garland Table Runner, Candlesticks and String Lights Over Dance Floor | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Dali Museum | Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair | Wedding Linens Over the Top Rental Linens

Urban Meets Garden Chic Downtown St. Pete Wedding | Station House

“I interviewed several wedding planners before I found Staci from UNIQUE Weddings + Events. Since we live in Seattle, I wanted to find someone who I could communicate with easily over the phone. I found Staci from Marry Me Tampa Bay, and then she found the rest of my vendors. I am in no way someone who is good with details, so I needed someone who could handle all the little things I knew I would forget. Staci is an amazing, talented individual who puts together amazing weddings! I loved all of her previous work, and she was so easy to talk to! She was such a champ and never complained. She did an amazing job, and I could not have done it without her!”

-Madeline and Quentin

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