Exciting Things Coming in 2020!
Today was our first Wedding Expo of 2020! We got to hang out at the Naper Settlement and meet so many new engaged couples!
Check out the picture of our booth and let us know what you think.
Reach out for an appointment for your own invites or wedding favors!
Here, the top 10 words couples used to describe their weddings in 2017
(from The Knot Real Weddings Study 2017):
1. Romantic (27%)
Down vs 25% in 2014
2. Fun (25%)
Flat vs. 24% in 2014
3. Elegant (22%)
Up vs. 21% in 2014
4. Down to Earth (22%)
Up vs. 19% in 2014
5. Classic (20%)
Down vs. 23% in 2014
6. Do-It-Yourself (19%)
Down vs. 24% in 2014
7. Practical (16%)
Up vs. 15% in 2014
8. Creative (15%)
Down vs. 17% in 2014
9. Traditional (14%)
Down vs. 18% in 2014
10. Casual (13%)
Up vs. 12% in 2014
Which one describes your style?
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Enjoy 20% off all in stock Christmas gifts, 30% off all in stock Christmas boxed cards and 20% off all My Saint My Hero blessing bracelets.
Join us on Saturday, December 16th in your jammies, robes & slippers for early shopping from 8am-10am. 20% off all Christmas plus an additional 10% off for Jammie clad happy customers. While shopping you can enjoy hot cocoa and bakery delights.
Giving Tuesday 2017
Among many local nonprofit organizations, Beth and I have supported Mulliganeers stands out. Since we opened our business back in 2010, we have had the honor of designing and printing their marketing and event materials, and we proudly donate our time, talent, products and money to help this worthy cause. This year, on Giving Tuesday, we donated 10% of our profits to Mulliganeers and invited our customers to learn more about this wonderful local nonprofit. If you are looking for a nonprofit that makes a difference locally, learn more about the Mulliganeers on their website: www.mulliganeers.org
Thank you card timing & etiquette
The wedding invitations have gone out, the celebration had happened, now its time to thank your guests! As a rule, thank-you notes for shower gifts should be mailed within two or three weeks, and early wedding gifts should be acknowledged before the big day. Besides the fact that its good manners to respond promptly, theres a practical reason for this: The work won't get a chance to pile up. All remaining thank-you notes should be sent within three months. If you're falling behind, consider calling the people who sent gifts by mail to assure them the package did arrive; then follow up with a written note as soon as you can.
This Minted "Someone Like You" is available at 221 Creations. Thank you cards can be coordinated with your invitation.
Engagement Party Etiquette!
The purpose of an engagement party—usually scheduled no later than three months after the big announcement—can be threefold: to share the news of your imminent union with future wedding guests, to introduce your families to each other and to celebrate the impending, well, celebration. Tradition has it that the bride's parents host the initial gathering, but the groom's parents can then throw their own party, or both sets can come together to host the fete. As you decide, here are five things the hosts should keep in mind:
1. Your family should give you time to breathe.An impromptu family gathering the weekend after your partner proposed is the perfect opportunity to break out the vintage champagne, but don't schedule an all-out opulent affair during the first month of your engagement. You both need some time to revel in just being engaged. Plan to have an engagement party two to four months after the question was popped. That gives you the chance to envision your eventual wedding (our app can help with that!)—a crucial element to consider when deciding on the type of event to throw.
2. Find out the size of your wedding.Everyone who's invited to the engagement party should ultimately be invited to the wedding. Otherwise, guests might wonder what they did at the engagement party to insult you. That said, if you decide to host your own wedding and keep the list small but you want to throw an extravagant engagement party, go for it. Just be sure to let people know that the wedding will be small so no feelings will be hurt when guests aren't invited to the wedding. If you're worried your friends will think you want to have a big bash solely to garner gifts, include a note in the invitation that requests no presents.
3. Consider what will make the in-laws most comfortable.Since the engagement party custom was actually designed to help you start building bridges between your families, consider their style. If one of you has a very formal family, an impromptu picnic in the park might not be the most appropriate setting for getting to know one another. Likewise, a five-course sit-down dinner attended by all your friends might be a bit intimidating for them. Settle nerves by including as many people from their side as you can reasonably accommodate.
Small Business Saturday 2017
In 2010, Beth and I began our first business, 121 Creative Communications. Four years later we opened our shop in Downtown Downers Grove, 221 Creations.
Our brides and their families, our customers and vendors, our neighboring shops have all made a difference in our lives and we hope that we have made a difference in theirs.
We have had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful people and supporting hundreds of local non-profits. We hope you find time to visit our shop this holiday season so we can say
"Thank You" for your friendship, support and encouragement.
MK and Beth
Navy is the new Black in 2018
Navy is the new black. As an alternative to formal black, brides and grooms are opting for dark blue as the neutral shade in their wedding’s color palette. Midnight blue is now the color of choice for formal weddings. “Instead of a classic black and white engraved invitation, couple’s are opting for a deep midnight blue letterpressed invitation.” Wedding Wire: Beth Bernstein of SQN Events Chicago.