Lifestyle » Vol. 9

Simply Done

By Cristal Perriello

Patti White Davis
Patti White Davis

You are walking down the aisle. Your father gives you away. The ceremony goes off with a hitch. You are now pronounced husband and wife. You kiss the groom. It’s time to celebrate – when thunder strikes right before your outdoor reception. Within minutes guests are whisked inside, the table are set gorgeously (not even a fork is out of place) and everyone is laughing, drinking and enjoying shrimp cocktail. That seemed simply done!

“Every bride needs an extra pair of hands to do whatever needs to be simply done,” says
Patti White Davis; and she has been doing just that since the founding of her company, Simply Done, in 1999.

A retired special education teacher, Davis grew up in Millbury, attended Anna Maria College and did her graduate work at Assumption.

“In college, I worked at Jordan Marsh in Worcester as the manager of their bridal salon,” explains Davis. “It was a dream job…and I was offered a position as an assistant buyer in bridal after graduation. But being newly engaged myself; I thought that the teaching would allow for more personal time.”

Davis loved teaching, but with retirement approaching the 58-year-old wanted to get back to her roots. “I have always worked with friends and family on their events, but I gave serious thought on how to approach this new life chapter,” says Davis. “I began by enrolling at the Center for Women in Enterprise, wrote a business plan and prepared to launch my business.”

Davis retired from the Millbury school system after 35+ years of teaching in 2007-now she is having her cake and decorating it too!

Davis runs Simply Done out of her home and offers services ranging from calligraphy and of invitations and place cards to custom accessories for brides including d├ęcor, cake tops, favors, and keepsakes to vendor referrals. She even supervises the big day!

It wasn’t until she became a bride herself in June 2008 that she discovered first hand that every bride needs an extra pair of hands. “Naturally, I WAS prepared but even I had to recognize that everyone needs help on that special day when rain changed our plans,” says Davis. “You can’t relocate a ceremony when you are all dressed.”

A large family affair, she married Tom Davis, the love of her life, at the Asa Waters Mansion in Millbury.

What does Davis like most about her job? “Seeing people [brides] pleased and relaxed on their event day because I was able to help,” explains Davis. “Seeing individual pieces come together to create an overall impression. For example, taking an idea like roses and working it into a theme without being too over done.”

Her advice for brides-to-be: “Relax and enjoy the day- despite all preparation and planning some things may be out of your hands- weather, illness,” she explains. “Regardless, revel in the joy you feel as a couple. The time will pass far too quickly and you want this to be a perfect beginning.”

If you are looking for attention to detail, creativity, originality and someone to smooth out the glitches on your big day, visit

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