WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® 2015 January 17 2015, 0 Comments

Effingham's Own Design Pro Wins a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award® 2015

Effingham, IL  – WeddingWire, the nation's leading online wedding marketplace, named Design Pro as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® 2015 for Wedding Stationery in Effingham.         

The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® 2015 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.          

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Design Pro. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.          

"It's always exciting to start the year by honoring the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who represent more than two million reviews on our website," said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. "Each of the businesses recognized are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We applaud Design Pro for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry."           

As a Couples' Choice Awards® winner, Design Pro is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.          

Design Pro is proud to be one of the top wedding stationery providers in Illinois in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. “We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® 2015,” remarked Tanya Pedersen, owner and graphic designer of Design Pro.           

For more information about Design Pro, visit their website at or their WeddingWire Storefront at         

To learn more about the Couple's Choice Awards®, visit    


About WeddingWire

WeddingWire, the leading technology company serving the $100 billion wedding and events industry, is the largest online vertical marketplace connecting engaged couples with event professionals. With more than two million consumer reviews, it is the industry leader in consumer reviews. The site enables engaged couples to search, compare and book from an extensive database of more than 200,000 recently reviewed event professionals, from venues to photographers. WeddingWire provides event professionals with the technology they need to serve their clients, including a SaaS platform, which powers advertising, marketing, and CRM needs of local wedding and events businesses nationwide.


Wedding Photo Fun November 13 2014, 1 Comment

During a recent trip to Las Vegas, we visited The Bellagio where my sister got married in 2011.  After reminiscing about that beautiful day, on a whim we decided to have a little fun and try to recreate some of her wedding photos with our parents as the subjects.  We found the exact locations where the photos were taken over three years ago and tried to pose Mom and Dad the best we could.  As you can see, the results were hilarious and this time we were crying from laughter rather than joy! 

Professional wedding photos by Cashman Professional.  Funny wedding photos by Design Pro.


Upcoming Bridal Expos October 30 2014, 0 Comments

It's bridal expo time!  Design Pro will again be participating in local bridal shows.  We really enjoy meeting all of the newly engaged couples and discussing the ways we can help you create your dream wedding stationery.  We hope to see you at one or more of these shows!

Walnut Street Weddings
314 W. Jefferson Ave.
Effingham, IL  62401
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
No admission fee!

Carriage House Event Center
8 W. Carriage Ln.
Altamont, IL  62411
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
No admission fee!
There will be a grand prize drawing at this event.

Thelma Keller Convention Center
1202 N. Keller Dr.
Effingham, IL  62401
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Brides and grooms get in free!
Admission is $5.00 per person.
Runway fashion show is at 12:00 p.m.
Finale show is at 2:00 p.m.
There will be a prize drawing every 25 minutes.

Cross County Mall
700 Broadway Ave.
Mattoon, IL  61938
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
No admission fee!


Wedding MBA Convention September 22 2014, 0 Comments

Tanya Pedersen, graphic designer and owner of Design Pro, along with in-house copywriter and proofreader Dawn Pedersen, attended the 11th Annual Wedding MBA (Merchants Business Academy) Convention in Las Vegas, NV Sept. 16-18. Over 2,000 wedding professionals representing each state and over 20 countries attended the three-day event.

“Design Pro believes strongly in engaging with other wedding professionals and keeping up with the best practices and latest trends in the wedding industry in order to provide our clients exceptional service and design ideas,” stated Tanya Pedersen.

This year’s convention featured over 60 innovative seminars presented by the top leaders in the wedding industry, such as The Knot, WeddingWire, Perfect Wedding Guide, TLC Network, Martha Stewart Weddings, and more. Speakers engaged attendees at the Las Vegas Convention Center with a variety of topics ranging from insights on wedding planning trends and preferences to the ever-changing world of technology.

Since 2008, Design Pro has provided custom wedding and event invitations and stationery from Suite 25 in the Lincolnland Building in Effingham. Additional information can be found at or by contacting Pedersen at or 217-342-3946.