Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Nine to Twelve Months Before:
● Pick out engagement ring with fiancĂ©.
● Determine who will officiate at the ceremony.
● Select a wedding date and time.
● Announce your engagement in the newspaper
   and with engagement announcements by Carlson Craft.

● Determine how many guests may attend.
● Determine the type of wedding you want (size, formality, style, color scheme).

Six to Nine Months Before:
● Start compiling the guest list (inform your families to do the same).
● Select the attendants for your wedding party.
● Shop for wedding dress, headpiece, veil, etc.
● Start planning for honeymoon.
● Register with a gift bridal registry in your favorite store(s).
● Send Carlson Craft Save The Dates.

Four to Six Months Before:
● Make appointment for a physical exam with your doctor/dentist.
● Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state.
● Shop for wedding rings.
● Select and order Carlson Craft invitations and stationery.
● Decide where to live after the wedding.
● Complete the guest lists.
● Begin shopping for trousseau.
● Send your engagement announcement to the newspaper.
● Inform mothers to select their dresses.
● Select and order the men’s attire.
● Finalize honeymoon details and make the necessary reservations.

Two to Four Months Before:
● Confirm the menu and catering details with the caterer.
● Prepare all maps and directions for the ceremony and reception.
● Select your wedding rings.
● Buy a wedding guest book, available through Carlson Craft.
● Set the dates and times with the officiate for the rehearsal.
● Plan the bridesmaids’ luncheon and any other parties.
● See your Carlson Craft Retailer for designing and printing the program for the ceremony.
● Finalize the florist details, photographer, videographer, musicians, etc.
● Arrange the necessary accommodations for out-of-town guests.
● Plan a rehearsal dinner, time and place.
● Confirm the wedding cake details with the baker.

Six to Eight Weeks Before:
● Mail invitations and announcements.
● Prepare a portrait for the newspaper. Check your local newspaper for
   details and timing.

● Set appointment with photographer for your formal bridal portrait.
● Select gifts for all your attendants. Shop Quite Personally! by Carlson Craft.
● Set appointments with any hair dressers and/or make-up artists.

● Hire the limousine or other forms of transportation for the wedding.

Four to Six Weeks Before:
● Decide what your menu is going to be for the reception. Estimate the
   expected number of guests.
● Buy a gift for the groom.
● Schedule a final fitting for your gown so it can be ready for your formal
   bridal portrait.

● Purchase a going away outfit.
● Pick up your wedding rings.
● Purchase wedding accessories from Carlson Craft such as the ring pillow,
   goblets, garter belt, candles, etc.

● Confirm florist details and delivery times.
● Plan the seating for the reception as well as other details for the ceremony
   and reception.

● Start writing placement cards.
● Make sure all bridesmaids’ attire has been fitted.
● Buy a gift for the bride.

Two Weeks Before:
● Make arrangements to have your wedding gifts moved to your new home.
● Handle business and legal details such as name changes, address changes, etc.
● Prepare the wedding announcement for the newspaper.
● Reconfirm your guests’ accommodations.
● Make sure all clothing and accessories for you and the bridal party are ready.
● Get your marriage license and any blood tests which are needed.

One Week Before:
● Review any seating details with the ushers.
● Make sure all wedding attire fits.
● Finalize the seating arrangements.
● Reconfirm your honeymoon reservations. Ensure you have any necessary
   plane tickets.

● Start packing for your honeymoon.
● Call any guests who have not responded yet.
● Finish all the place cards for the reception.
● Review all the final details with your photographer, videographer, etc.
● Give a final head count to the caterer.
● Confirm the availability of the musicians and vocalists.
● Delegate responsibilities to reliable individuals on your wedding day.
● Wrap and present the wedding party gifts.
● Finalize your rehearsal dinner arrangements and other plans.

One Day Before:
● Get a manicure or massage to relax yourself.
● Stay with your family the night before and go to sleep early.
● Review and rehearse all the details of your participants.

The Big Day:
● Make sure the best man and maid of honor sign the wedding certificate.
● Allow yourself plenty of time to get dressed.
● Enjoy your wonderful wedding and cherish each and every moment.
● Be sure to eat properly.
● Rest and relax with a good bath.
● Prepare for your hairdresser and make-up appointments.

After the Wedding:
● Send thank you notes from Carlson Craft, as soon as possible, after the wedding.
● Have bridal gown cleaned and preserved.
● Change your name on ID and important documents.
● Complete change of address cards.


The flutter of spring brings refreshing excitement to the air. What a great time for a wedding!

One of the bonuses of a spring wedding is the increased availability of event locations and vendors; however, with spring comes prom, so hire the limo and rent the tuxes early!

With unpredictable weather this time of year, select a dress that is adaptable to the conditions. Satin shoes should be avoided due to the elevated possibility of rain showers. As gifts, supply your wedding party with matching umbrellas. They may come in handy on your special day, and they can always again.

The defining elements of spring include flowers. Use them abundantly when decorating! Tulips, daffodils and crocuses are well-known symbols of spring. Branches of cherry blossoms are also a fabulous choice! For a unique and entertaining decoration, consider a may pole. Have guests release butterflies or throw rose petals thrown instead of rice, for a special touch.

A carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is a great spring choice for your wedding cake. Not a fan? Consider decorating your cake with fruits that are in season now (e.g., blueberries, strawberries). Incorporate the variety of in-season berries and melons into your menu as well.

To complement your spring wedding, fresh, young vegetables (e.g., sugar snap peas, baby asparagus, and baby carrots) could be used in your menu, too. With this variety at hand, the sky is the limit when it comes to menu creativity.

Build on the exciting energy of spring!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


A perfect way to say thank you to your family and friends!  This can be used for shower thank you cards, wedding thank you cards, perfect for any occasion. 

These Photo Cards are only $1.38 each for 100!  

The more that you order the more that you save!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

2010 Wedding Trends

Can you believe 2010 is almost here!
Here are the latest and greatest on the 2010 Wedding Trends!


  • Off-the-shoulder dresses
  • Sheer fabrics
  • Big necklaces, strings of pearls and dressy earrings
  • Intimate and personal affairs in the backyard
  • Butter Cream Cakes make a comeback
  • Importance of a favor is felt more than ever
  • Nearby destination weddings
  • Video DJ’s are immerging, allowing your dance party to dance to the visuals of the music videos is hot
  • HD and even Blu Ray the norm in wedding videography
  • Red wedding gowns are a top trend for 2010 weddings
  • Bridesmaid dresses get a pop of color for 2010 weddings in pink, bright orange or turquoise shades
  • Bright yellow and peach tones are also some of the top color trends for the 2010 wedding season

 Strapless Dresses Are in for 2010

Backyard Weddings Make a Comeback

To order your wedding accessories, invitations, announcements or favors feel free to give us a call.
We follow the trends and know we will provide you with excellent customer service.
Love To Promote - Weddings 815-603-2324
Thank you for visiting our Blog we hope you come back soon!

    Tuesday, August 25, 2009

    Private Quarters Wedding Registry

    Create Your Wedding Registry
    in the Comfort of Your Own Home!

    Does going to a department store to create your registry feel overwhelming? Do you want to register for luxury bedding and towels, but can’t find the quality and affordability you are looking for?

    Private Quarters Luxury Linens, Towels, and Gifts are the answer!

    As your personal wedding registry consultant, I will come to your home. You will have the ability to touch and feel all of our high quality sheets and towels, and build the bedroom and bathroom of your dreams. Take the time you deserve to design and coordinate with our color and design swatches.

    After you have chosen the perfect bed and bath, I will create an online registry, with your own unique website. And, the best part, when your guests order your gifts, you get addition free merchandise, specials, and half-off items.

    Check out our online catalog at: and contact me, Kristin McDonough to schedule your in home personal registry appointment.

    Kristin McDonough

    Your Comfort Specialist


    Discover the Benefits of a Private Quarters Unique Bridal Shower

    Host a Pamper the Bride Bridal Shower, and take advantage of all the benefits! Your guests will not have to worry about bringing you a gift. You will all have so much fun getting comfortable in our decadent robes, comfort wear, and spa items.

    They can buy you exactly what you want from your personalized registry display. In addition, they will love the products as much as you do and purchase items for themselves. Best of all, as your guests purchase, you receive free credit, special discounts, and half-off items.

    Many guests at bridal showers leave saying “that was the best shower ever….I didn’t even have to go shopping for a gift…and she got exactly what she wanted”!

    Wednesday, August 19, 2009


    Are you going to have a wedding shower but don't want to register for pots and pans because you already have them? Why not create a Honeymoon Registry?




    Willis Travels is a full service Travel Agency along with online shopping with Cash Back incentives!

    Tuesday, August 4, 2009

    How to Create Your Own Wedding Vows

    There are so many things that stand out in a wedding but the Ceremony is very special to the bride and groom. Exchanging vows is one of the many ways you can personalize this part of the ceremony. Here are some questions to ask yourselves when writing your wedding vows.

    What is the single greatest thing about the person you are going to marry?

    When did you know that you were in love/ know that this person was the one you wanted to marry?

    What does marriage mean to you? Why do you want to be a married person?

    What will change about your relationship once you are married? What will stay the same?

    What is your most favorite memory of your partner?

    When you were little, did you dream of your wedding day or your future spouse? How does that vision match up (or not) with your sweetheart?

    Tuesday, July 28, 2009

    Personalized Gifts for Weddings and Special Events

    Wine Stopper

    Wine lovers will appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of this heavy, faceted crystal wine bottle stopper. The rectangular crystal top may be engraved with a three-initial monogram as shown. The 4" long stopper has a rubber seal to keep wine fresh.

    Wine Stopper (Blank)
    $35.90 each

    Wine Stopper (Personalized)

    Please specify initials.

    $39.90 each

    Silver-plated Pocket Knife

    This handsome silver-plated pocket knife has useful fold-out tools. Personalize the knife with a first name engraved on the side, as shown. Black felt storage bag included. Pocket knife measures 3" long folded.

    Silver-plated Pocket Knife (Blank)
    $20.90 each

    Silver-plated Pocket Knife (Personalized)
    $24.90 each

    Pewter Train Bank

    The pewter train bank has life-like details and an opening at the bottom to retrieve coins. The top is available engraved with a first name as shown.

    Bank measures 5 1/2" x 3 1/4".

    Pewter Train Bank (Blank)

    $30.90 each

    Pewter Train Bank (Personalized)

    Please specify personalization.

    $34.90 each

    Fluttering Fun

    Everyone will adore these jeweled butterfly accessories. A matching 2 3/4" diameter compact has adjacent mirrors insides and may be engraved on the bottom with up to 5 lines of personalization. Make sure to also include the 3 5/8" x 2 3/8" business card holder with a first and last name engraved on the inside as shown.

    Fluttering Fun Card Holder (Blank)

    $23.90 each

    Fluttering Fun Card Holder (Personalized)
    Please specify personalization.

    $27.90 each

    Fluttering Fun Compact (Blank)

    $25.90 each

    Fluttering Fun Compact (Personalized)

    Please specify personalization.

    $29.90 each

    Tuesday, July 21, 2009

    Budget Invites

    You can still have beautiful invitations Professionaly Done
    without breaking the bank.
    When planning your wedding the last thing you have time for is learning how to print out and design your own invitations, ink can be costly and can wear out your home personal computer. It is always best to trust a professional company when doing your invitations though it might cost a few dollars more than getting them from a retail store you will be guaranteed satisfaction, and guaranteed that they will be done on time.

    Above is one of our many budget invitations available.

    Classic Rose on Soft White
    A classic rose design is embossed on a soft white folder.
    $41.90 for 100

    If you have any questions or would like to place an order feel free to contact us at 815-603-2324 or call our toll free number at:

    Phone: 1-877-290-8487 or 1-507-386-2320, access code KCS90Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. CST, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST, Saturday

    Other: Please have access code: KCS90 when contacting us.

    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    Travel Gift Registry

    The typical registries are for linens, pots and pans, kitchen utensils etc...  But, what if you and your fiance' have everything already? You have lived together for a few years and really all that you need at this point is money to go on a honeymoon. Well, the answer really is simple.  Start a honeymoon registry!  Many travel agencies are able to assist you with these plans however if you would like something that is very unique go to and Kathy will be able to help you with all of your honeymoon needs.

    Honeymoon Registries are becoming very popular with brides and grooms these days.  Now, your guests can give you something that you truly can remember.  A monetary donation to the site can now assist you with all of your honeymoon needs.

    Remember to post that you have a honeymoon registry on your bridal shower invites!

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    How to Throw a Co-Ed Wedding Shower

    Why should the girls have all the fun?  Supporting your groom to be by having his close friends and family there is becoming more and more popular. 

    Set a Theme:

    Having a co-ed shower that is themed is sure to produce gifts that even the men will enjoy seeing.

    Think about having a honeymoon shower. If you know where the bride and groom intend to vacation after the big event you can keep the destination in mind and use it for the theme of your co-ed shower. The guests will be expected to bring gifts that the couple will enjoy on their honeymoon such as cameras, excursion gift certificates, guidebooks, or even a video camera.

    If you decide to host a shower around the theme of home entertaining, this will allow the guests to purchase gifts with that in mind. Some gift ideas might include a wine rack, decanter or glasses, barbeque tools, cake plates and special tableware.

    Whatever theme you decide upon for your co-ed wedding shower, it is sure to be a hit.


    It is always nice to hear that businesses are going green, grocery stores are now offering re-usable grocery bags, people are recycling, and now even weddings are going Green!!

    What a fun way to let everyone know what is near and dear to your heart.

    We sell a large selection of recycled invitations, announcements and save the date cards as well as earth friendly accessories. Call us for more product information or go to our website to order online.

    Here are some great environmentally friendly wedding items:

    Reaching Up - Recycled invitations
    Embossed wildflowers are accompanied by silhouettes that reach up toward your wording on this citrus, non-folding invitation.
    5" x 8 1/2"
    These invitations are crafted on quality, recycled papers containing at least 30% post-consumer fibers. 

    Natural-Tone Favor Boxes
    Favor boxes of thick, natural-tone paper are available in two sizes to suit your needs. The 3" square box is generously sized to hold a slice of cake, big chocolate truffles or small gifts. The smaller box measures 2". Ribbons sold seperately. Customer assembly required. Contents not included. Boxes may be personalized.
    Large Natural-tone Favor Boxes (Blank)
    $36.90 for 50

    Seeds of Love
    "Love Blooms" flower seed packets make charming favors for wedding guests. Each packet features a colorful design and instructions for planting. "Please plant these seeds and when they bloom, may they be a sign of a love always growing" is printed at the bottom of the packet. Packets are not available personalized.
    Price: $36.90 for 24
    Item Number: ZBK1537

    Recycled Guest Book
    When you love each other and the environment, this is the perfect guest book for your wedding! The book is covered in natural cotton, which is a renewable resource. The inside pages hold more than 800 signatures and are made of Green Seal Certified paper containing 30% post-consumer fibers. The book measures 7 1/2" x 5 3/4" and may be personalized with a gold-tone or silver-tone plate in the engraved lettering style shown. Please specify personalization.
    Recycled Guest Book (Blank)
    The guest book measures 7 1/2" x 5 3/4" and the inside pages hold more than 800 signatures and are made of Green Seal Certified paper containing 30% post-consumer fibers.
    $23.90 each
    Recycled Guest Book (Personalized)
    Please specify your first names and event date.
    $27.90 each
    Recycled Favor Boxes
    These classic, white favor boxes are made from paper with 30% post-consumer fibers to show your care for the environment. The boxes measure 3" x 2 1/4" x 1 3/4" and may be personalized. Flower, Leaf, and ribbon sold separately.
    Aqua Flower Card
    Flower cards are perfect for layering and accenting with leaf cards (sold separately). Not available personalized.
    $12.90 for 104
    Fuchsia Flower Card
    Flower cards are perfect for layering and accenting with leaf cards (sold separately). Not available personalized.
    $12.90 for 104
    Pink Flower Card
    Flower cards are perfect for layering and accenting with leaf cards (sold separately). Not available personalized.
    $12.90 for 104
    Recycled Favor Boxes (Blank)

    $35.90 for 50
    Recycled Favor Boxes (Personalized)
    Favor boxes may be personalized with yur first names, first names and event date, first names and event date and choice of design. Please specify foil color and personalization.
    $44.90 for 50

    Stainless Steel Water Bottle
    Colorful, stainless steel water bottles make perfect gifts for sports enthusiasts and people on the go! They're easy on the environment too - just fill and cap, eliminating the need for water in disposable plastic bottles. The BPA-free bottles have black, screw-top lids with hooks that match the bottle color. The 11" tall bottles hold approximately 25 ounces. Personalize the bottle with a name or names and your event date in script or block lettering as shown. Black and Blue bottles will be personalized with white ink; pink bottles will be personalized with black or white ink. Specify personalization, lettering style and ink color (for pink bottles)
    Black Water Bottle (Blank)

    $28.90 each
    Black Water Bottle (Personalized)
    Specify personalization, lettering style.
    $32.90 each
    Blue Water Bottle (Blank)

    $28.90 each
    Blue Water Bottle (Personalized)
    Specify personalization, lettering style.
    $32.90 each
    Pink Water Bottle (Blank)

    $28.90 each
    Pink Water Bottle (Personalized)
    Specify personalization, lettering style and ink color.
    $32.90 each

    Monday, April 20, 2009


    For the past few years, chocolate brown has been the color of choice,  popping up in weddings as a hip neutral, and combined with bright colors. While chocolate brown isn’t going anywhere, the hippest new color for 2009 is gray.

    You may think of gray as too dreary a color for weddings, but on the contrary, it can serve as a sophisticated foil to brighter colors. It’s great paired with pink or yellow, but perhaps the hottest combination this year will be silver and royal purple.

    Sunday, March 29, 2009


    1. Don't Be Super Bride - You can't do it all by yourself.  Believe it or not people do want to help all you have to do is ask.  Divide your tasks and conquer.  Even the small items on your To Do list can eat up your valuable time.  Running errands, calling vendors, attending expo's, can all be things your bridesmaids or groomsmen would be happy to do for you.
    2. Don't ask for Cash instead of Gifts.
    3. Don't plan a wedding for everyone else - it's your wedding plan it for you and your future husband or wife.
    4. Don't stress over the little things. Take a deep breath and try to savor these moments how you plan your wedding together is a great reflection on your relationship. If you stress over the small stuff now chances are that this is how it will be when you are married.  Show your future spouse  how calm cool and collected you can be.
    5. Don't drink too much. You'll have people bringing you Champagne all day. Just take a sip here and there, but pinch yourself to stay in the moment. You'll want to remember all of it. That goes for guests, too.
    6. Don't forget to offer a vegetarian option at dinner.
    7. Don't seat divorced parents at the same table. YIKES!!!
    8. Don't go over 5 minutes on your toast.
    9. Don't forget to send thank you notes.  Try to send the thank you notes as soon as you can 5 weeks is the general guideline.
    10. Don't skimp on your honeymoon you will regret it.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009

    Wedding Vendors

    We recently had a Wedding Expo held at A Portrait Boutique it was alot of fun and we personally got to meet and learn about some wonderful Wedding vendors.

    Here are some of the wedding vendors I would highly recommend!

    La Bori Catering

    Andreasen Travel and Tours
    Contact: Ingrid Price
    Address: 24103 W. Lockport Street, Unit 101, Plainfield
    Phone: 815-436-7300
    Fax: 815-436-1840

    Cookie Lee Fine Fashion Jewelry
    Contact: Terri Oldenburg
    Phone: 630-542-7435

    Village Flower Shop
    Contact: Aimee Voitik
    Address: 612 W. Lockport Street, Plainfield, IL
    Phone: 815-436-9525
    Fax: 815-436-7224

    Jana Moore
    Makeup Maven
    Marie Hale
    847-608-1595 - Home
    847-542-2113 - Cell
    Private Quarters
    Elizabeth Anthony Gronert
    Phone (847) 502-8394
    Fax  (847) 483-1309
    White Satin Bridal

    Rev on the Run

    Shimmy Shock Entertainment
    Belly Dancing

    Balanced Bodywork
    Kathy Cervenka
    24103 W. Lockport, Suite 103, Plainfield, IL
    Limelight Catering
    Nicole Orlando
    Lori Jones Baird & Warner
    Michael E. Berris
    Prairie Bluff Golf Club
    Food and Beverage Department
    815-834-4256, fax
    Judy Baxter
    All Service Limousine

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    FREE PRIVATE WEDDING EVENT - By Appointment Only

    14722 S. Naperville Road
    Plainfield IL 60544
    Date: 2-28-09
    10AM- Noon or 2PM-4PM
    RSVP By 2-06-09

    Tuesday, January 13, 2009

    One Stop Shopping

    We have what you are looking for A Portrait Boutique & Love To Promote
    14722 S. Naperville Road, Suite 106
    Plainfield, IL 60544
    By Appointment Only

    Our boutique offers photography, videography and disc jockey services for all occasions.
    We also provide unique personalized accessories and gifts as well as invitations and announcements for your wedding or special occassion.

    Monday, January 12, 2009

    How to Cut Down Our Wedding List

    As wedding season approaches I find many brides including myself 11 years ago have the age old dilemma. How can we afford this many people on our guest list? Who are we going to erase from our list? It's always best to start out with a budget x amount of dollars total for your banquet cost is what you can afford but you have 250 people on your guest list and that puts you WAY over your budget. Instead of getting a loan out or maxing out your credit cards simply cut your list down here are some clever ideas on how to "Cut Down Your Wedding Guest List".

    Eliminating just 10 people could save you over $1,000! Limit your wedding guests to your nearest and dearest friends and family members.

    If you are feeling guilty about not inviting someone you can always send them an invite exclusively to your ceremony. If they ask why they weren't invited to the hall simply say "We kept it very intimate to keep costs down however we would love to see you at the most important part of our wedding day."

    Make a non-negotiable list.
    This is the short list of people that absolutely must be at your wedding. This could possibly turn out to be your list of bridesmaids and groomsmen as well.

    From your non-negotiable list add on all the people you would like to invite with your fiance' if you are allowing parents to invite friends or family members you may not remember give them a specified amount of people they can invite. Make sure that your future in-laws have this same rule. Once you have everyone's lists figure out how many people are over and decide how you want to narrow the list down.

    Some easy candidates to cut from your lists: Children, co-workers, out-of-touch friends and distant relatives. Don't feel obligated to invite neighbors or other brides that have recently invited you to their wedding.

    If you are having a hard time enlist some helpers to review your list and give their opinion of who they think should be on the priority invite list. Compare their list to your list and go from there.

    Remember this is your special day ask yourselves will I remember these people I am inviting 10 years from now?

    I can honestly say I don't remember 1/2 of the people we invited to our wedding.

    Have fun and best wishes for your upcoming wedding.

    If you are looking for wedding invitations, announcements, favors or bridal party gifts visit Love To Promote