Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012


Venue: Salvatore's Ristorante
Photography: Gerber + Scarpelli
Floral/Lighting/Wedding Consultant: Anthony Gowder Designs
Entertainment: Ron Harris Music Group

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Congratulations on your engagement! Now the work begins! First you must establish a budget, and of course you will buy the most fabulous dress! After you recover from the sticker shock of the cost of a wedding, many brides realize they may have to compromise something to ensure they do not overspend. But where should you really cut corners?

Most professional wedding planners suggest the easiest way to reduce costs (by up to 20 percent) is to avoid the peak seasons and Saturday evenings. Today’s brides are serious about minimizing costs, and the trend seems to suggest doing it yourself (DIY) is in.  Brides who are crafty, artsy, and love the challenge of making something beautiful completely on their own, are capable of printing their own invitations. However, if you do not fall into this category, then think long and hard before you commit your time, energy & money to this task. Doing it yourself can sound like an easy way to save money, and for the trained professional, it makes sense, or should we say “cents”! Your time is valuable, and if the return on your investment is not well compensated, then, seriously think twice before attempting to make them at home. The amount you actually save is often not worth the effort.

It is tempting to pick up a do-it-yourself kit at the local hobby shop. How hard can it be to formulate your text and send it to print? Honestly, you need to be very familiar with your printer and load up on ink in order to produce a product you will be proud to mail. For printing, most metallic paper won't work well with inkjet printers, so buy test paper first. A color laser prints beautifully on metallic paper and can be purchased for approximately $150; however the toner is very expensive and ultimately may erode away any actual savings. All of these additional costs add up fast.

For those designing an invitation from scratch, you can hire someone on etsy do it, or do it yourself in Corel, Photoshop, Illustrator, Powerpoint or Publisher. Keep in mind that in addition to purchasing quality paper for printing, you will need a heavy-duty card stock cutter to properly slice the invitations. Often times you must rely on the aid of family and friends to coordinate all the details including stuffing and assembling. Plus, don’t forget you need to purchase envelopes to match perfectly.  

You often stop in the local stationery shop to purchase a pre-printed birthday or bridal shower card off the shelf for $3.00, yet hesitate spending that amount on a custom printed wedding invitation?  Remember that this is the most important day of your life, and you have a gorgeous dress, venue and ring; you certainly need an invitation that compliments the tone you are dreaming of.  The invitation is the actual preview of your special day; it sets the mood of what is to come. Your guests can often determine their attire for your event from the invitation. How do you want them to feel and dress when they attend your wedding?

As I rationalize the reasons why a bride would take on this overwhelming project at such a busy time, I remember that not everyone is aware of how a stationer can actually save you money. A professional stationer has access to numerous vendors for every budget, she knows what products are a good value, and is able to direct you accordingly. The local storefront’s buying power is something you can benefit from, and her expertise in etiquette and trends can help you avoid embarrassing and often costly mistakes. She can resolve any issues that come up with the printer, because you are her customer and your satisfaction determines her success. If you give her a budget, she can show you which particular invitations will work for you. There are so many beautiful options to choose from, and many only look expensive!  You can always dress up a very basic invitation she sells with ribbon, jewels, or layers, rather than taking the risk of doing it entirely yourself. Also, check with your bridal salon to see if they offer any invitation incentives when you purchase your dress. It is always to your benefit to keep your purchases local and under one roof, since the shop wants to ensure your online review is five stars!

At Kathryn’s Bridal & Invitations, we can offer significant value to brides who purchase their dress from us. We have a wonderful Invitation & Design Studio with the largest selection to satisfy every price point. In addition, we promise superior customer service and etiquette expertise. Our goal is to ensure each bride is confident that she is in the care of true local professionals who will help make her dream day a reality and within budget.  Your time is money and we want to make sure you spend it wisely.

-          Anna Novak, Manager, Kathryn’s Invitation & Design Studio, McHenry

Monday, October 22, 2012

Venue: Ravenswood Event Center
Wedding Consultant: SQN Events
Photography: Maypole Studios
Floral: Dily Lily
DJ: Toast and Jam

Friday, October 19, 2012

Brides Across America, Operation Wedding Gown, will salute our troops this November while making dreams come true for military brides. Brides Across America is teaming up with the industry’s leading bridal salon, Kathryn’s Bridal, to provide military brides the opportunity to make their wedding dreams come true by receiving a free wedding gown. As part of the partnership, Kathryn’s Bridal will be hosting a Brides Across America event on November 7th, 2012 at their McHenry, Illinois salon. Kathryn’s Bridal will be donating designer wedding gowns to military brides who qualify for the program.


As part of Brides Across America’s commitment to support our troops and veterans, the non-profit organization will host their 6th annual bridal gown giveaway at salons nationwide.  From coast to coast, bridal salons are honoring veterans by giving away free wedding gowns as a thank you for their service to this Country. To date, Brides Across America has donated over 8,000 wedding gowns from prominent designers.


In order to qualify, brides or their fiancé must be serving in the military; either currently deployed or deployed within the last five years to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Libya, Korea or Japan.  Identification and deployment papers must be presented at the event to qualify. For military brides who are interested in more information, please visit on how to qualify. Brides must pre-register for the event by logging on to Brides Across America’s website.


Many military brides find it difficult to plan their dream wedding due to deployment, injury or economic circumstances.  Brides Across America founder, Heidi Janson, wants to continue making dreams come true.  “My goal is to make sure we don’t forget all the servicemen and women overseas fighting for our freedom. It is imperative at this point for Brides Across America to continue growth and to make a bigger difference by gaining more support from bridal salons and designers.”


About Brides Across America

Brides Across America is a nationwide 501c3 that focuses on providing free wedding gowns to those military brides that have not been able to have their dream wedding. Brides Across America is connecting with bridal salons across the nation to help spread the military spirit. Operation Wedding Gown made headlines when it was featured on NBC's "Making a Difference" with Brian Williams this fall. Since 2007, Brides Across America and its partners have made a difference in the lives of many military brides. Brides Across America was just recently honored by the Joining Forces program, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families, which was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.  The national charitable organizations new mission is to support wounded warriors, post-traumatic stress, and jobs for veterans.  Brides Across America is an organization about helping people through building community awareness and be a leader in social responsibility. 


About Kathryn’s Bridal  

Kathryn’s Bridal offers wedding gowns from top designers such as Enzoani, David Tutera, Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee, and much more. Kathryn’s Bridal offers a wide range of sizes with over hundreds of dresses to choose from. For more information about attending the event contact Kathryn’s Bridal at  815-385-7330 or visit their website at

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Venue: The Drake Hotel
Wedding Planner: Big City Bride
Floral: Scarlet Petal
Photographer: Emilia Jane Photography

Monday, October 15, 2012


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Venue: Petergof Banquets

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Art of Seduction -

Monday, October 8, 2012