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It’s your big day…

From sweeping centerpieces and pristine place cards to floor-length fashion and edible elegance, nothing should be short of spectacular. And it all begins with that first introduction (after the “boy meets girl,” that is)… the wedding invitation. As the preface to a new chapter, the invite gives a glimpse into your next step and sets the tone for this special affair.

Memorialize this magnificent milestone with an invitation that does just that. Combining a passion for paper and a love of planning, Magnificent Milestones designs custom invitations for your special moment. We launched in 2007 to show brides, grooms, wedding parties and event planners alike to fall in love with our inspiration: the power of the written word. Whether you’re preparing to walk down the aisle or celebrating a new addition to the family, rejoice in gorgeous paper, clever wording and unique embellishments to commemorate any occasion.

Magnificent Milestones proudly carries exceptional creations, hand-picked from the most talented designers. Each product line offers hundreds of variations in texture, color and other finishing details that blend in brilliance to produce a truly custom suite.

We attend stationery shows, scrutinize top trends and constantly update inventory to ensure the perfect paper products at your fingertips.

Stop in our specialty shop for ideas, inspiration, and most of all, invitations!

Kara Underwood Gordon

Kara Gordon_WebsiteI found my calling at six years old…

The memory is vivid and clear: the luxurious limo ride, the carefree dancing, the dazzling dress and the cake, almost too pretty to eat (but not quite)… it was my first wedding. But more than that, it was my first taste of joy and the power of such a simple pleasure. I didn’t know exactly what I would be when I “grew up,” but I knew it would involve weddings. Mesmerized by this magnificent milestone, I spent the next decade cutting up my mother’s catalogs, piecing together dresses, positioning floral arrangements and styling table settings – planning the perfect moment.

Eager and inspired, I packed up and plopped down in Chicago after college, determined to take the next step toward my dreams: opening my own invitation and consulting business. After years of coping with the corporate world; unwavering effort, perseverance and 3 a.m. nights; and endless moral support from my family and friends, my childhood calling was complete and Magnificent Milestones opened its doors in December 2007.

Even after years of planning weddings, executing events and designing one-of-a-kind invitations, I still see myself as that wide-eyed six-year-old, captivated by the development, details and delight a wedding brings.

Sarah Baran

S0005I’ve had an artist’s eye my entire life…

From the moment I first held a paintbrush to the day I received my degree in Art History, design has always been the centerpiece of my life.

As a self-described stationery guru and thank you note aficionado, I have found that some of the most beautiful aspects of personalized paper goods are not necessarily metallic foil details or elegant fonts. What makes a custom paper piece simply stunning is its inherent individuality. It turns a simple feeling or message into something truly special. What could be better than receiving a handwritten, heartfelt “thank you” or “hello” on gorgeous paper? In my book, absolutely nothing!

After years of experience working with creative people in creative fields, I am thrilled to help others envision the countless possibilities when it comes to paper personalization, from the perfect font choice, to stunning color combinations, to just the right amount of sparkle and shine.