Creative Reception Table Numbers

Hello my sweets! I hope you all are having a great weekend so far. As you can probably guess, this post is about some awesome, creative ways to display the table numbers at your reception.
Really they can be used for any party or gathering you may be planning.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with wedding/party planning; Table Numbers are used so that your guests can easily find where they are supposed to sit. When you figure out the seating arrangement for everyone, you make individual cards or “escort cards” for each person with the table number & their name on them to put on display. Usually near the entrance to the venue is the best place.

I have heard & read that it is starting to be more of a trend to not have guests “assigned” to certain seats. And I totally get that. I personally did not have them at my wedding. But then again, I didn’t know about it either! I believe there are quite a few good reasons why you might want to have a seating arrangement: It makes counting how many people you’re serving a meal to easier. It helps take away the anxiety of making your guests have to guess where they should sit. On the more extreme end, you or your soon-to-be spouse might have family that just cannot sit near each other without fighting, ect. Heck, maybe you want to just for the fun decorative aspect! It makes your guests feel more involved in your big day to know you made a special place “just for them” at your dinner! And you don’t have to be throwing a party with 200+ guests to want to have a special place for them when they arrive. Either way, I do know when you’re in the middle of planning it is sometimes hard to come up with neat & fun ideas. I can easily do it for others but when it’s for Me I draw a blank lol. So hopefully this will help someone get their creative juices flowing. And maybe you will see something you might have not thought of on your own. I sure know I found a few I would’ve not thought about! Get your pin it buttons ready!

*warning, this post it picture heavy*

(All photos via Pinterest & Etsy.com & are credited to their original artists)

 

 

 

 

~Balloons~

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~Luminaries or Candles~

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~Picture Frames~

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~Buttons~

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~Rocks~

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~Antique or Mismatched Mirrors~

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~Old Photos of the Couple or of Their Families~
*I love the idea of using what year the photo was taken as the Table Number! Too cute!*

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~Destinations~
*Either places you want to go or use photos of places you have been together*

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~Vinyl Records~

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~Plates and/or Tea Cups~

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~Topiary or Greens~

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~Message in a Bottle~
*Perfect for Nautical or Beach Themes*

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~Shells~
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~A Picture of The Number Drawn in Sand~

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~Old License Plates~
*I never would have come up with this! But I love it!*
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~Gothic~

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~Comic Book / Pop Art~

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~Steampunk Victorian~

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~Agate/Geodes Gemstone~

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Are those pretty awesome or what?? I personally LOVE the agate & gemstones. But they’re all so cool! I hope this gives you some ideas for your party or event. For me it really helps to see things put together & draw my ideas from there ๐Ÿ™‚ What ones were your favs? Do you have any unique ideas you’d like to tell me about? What did you do for your Table Numbers & Escort Cards? I’d love to hear them! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย *All of these ideas can be DYI’ed if you want to. But almost all of them are also available on Etsy.com for your convinence* ย See ya next time!

Peace โœŒ

โ€ Lorie Leeย โ€

 

Favorite Wedding Gowns Of 2015 ~ Part 2 Affordable Gowns

Happy New Year Everyone!! I truly hope your holiday season was as awesome as mine! May this new year be full of happiness & may your cup (and bouquets) runneth over with many blessings.
As most of you are probably aware, New Year’s & Christmas are the two biggest Wedding/Getting Engaged Holidays of the year second only to Valentine’s Day. So to all newly engaged couples, Congratulations!
This post is my 2nd of 3 for my lists of Favorite Gowns of 2015. I thought it would be easier to split it up this way so I’m not bombarding y’all with this huge list and then you miss half of the pretties I put on it. So, today’s post is going to be my favorite affordable gowns. I can say from personal experience that there aren’t too many things more heartbeaking to a bride-to-be than not being able to afford the gown of your dreams. So go ahead and feel sad for a bit, or as long as you need to. It really is OK to feel bad. Now let’s get up & shake it off. Cause when you see these beauties you’re not even gonna want to look at another gown again! Yes ma’am! So let’s get to the pretties! ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Mermaid/Trumpet Lace Embroidered Gown with Sequins. Sold by JJ’s House $379.00 USD.

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2. Gown #F14-2548 from The Informal Collection sold by MarysBridal.com
This gown is one of my top 5 favs of all time! I Loooove the illusion sweetheart neckline. Then, Bam! The back of this gown is Killer! And for $488.00 USD it makes it super-awesome!

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3. Erez Ovadia “Charlotte” gown from The Provence Collection – Sold by Musewardrobe.com $288.00 USD (I still can’t believe this price!) The perfect Boho Glam dress. Love the ruffles & the floral print on the skirt!

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4. Erez Ovadia “Juliette” – The Provence Collection sold on Musewardrobe.com
This dress is so dreamy. Love the 3D floral details & the flow of the tulle skirt! Perfect Boho Chic, Gatsby, Outdoor, Garden Party Wedding Gown. $319.99 USD.

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**Side note: I was actually going to put gowns #3 and #4 in my 1st post with the other, more expensive gowns. My jaw hit the floor when I saw how much they really cost! Happy Surprise!**

5. Princess Scoop Neck Floor-Length Chiffon Wedding Dress With Beaded Lace Sequin Appliques on Illusion Neckline.
Sold by JJSHOUSE.COM
$149.95 USD. This dress is just perfect. Just enough detail to make it unique, just the right amount of flow in the skirt. I love that you can really accessorize this with anything you want to create a one-of-a-kind Bridal look of your own!

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6. “Siena” by – Donna Morgan $240.00 USD. The crystal and pearl beaded keyhole neckline perfectly accent this glamorous chiffon gown with soft a-line, hankerchief hem skirt. I really love the jeweled neckline on this beauty. I can totally see this gown on an azure beach at sunset!

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7. “Colette” by Donna Morgan $280.00 USD. This captivating gown features elegant shoulder drapes and a thoughtfully designed layered skirt in mesh swiss dot. This gown is oh so dreamy! Any bride wearing this would just float around all day! Love!!

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8. Beaded Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress | White by Vera Wang sold by David’s Bridal Stunningly chic, this beaded lace column gown features all over beaded lace applique detail.
Illusion long sleeve bodice features an alluring v-neckline and v-back $1400.00 USD. Now I realize the price point on this gown is a bit high. But I included it in this post for 2 reasons. One, Just Look At It!! Omg. And two, because at David’s you can put your gown in lay-a-way and pay on it for 6 months. That makes gowns like Vera Wang actually accessible and that to me is Totally Awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

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9. Wedding Dress Style #6816
Chandelier Crystal Beaded Straps on the Shoulders with Embroidered Appliques on the Soft Net Gown by – Mori Lee sold @ New York Dress $599.00 USD Omgoodness the beading on this gown is TDF! Modern touches on a soft Romantic flowing gown. Perfect!

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10. Janique W974 Sweetheart Bodice Racerback Long Sheath Wedding Gown – sold @ Madame Bridal $458.00 USD. Shimmering floral appliques on mesh accent the sheath silhouette defining the sweetheart bodice with illusion side cutouts which meet beneath the cutout back. Sleek, Sexy & Oh So Fab! This gown has it all and then some! If you’re looking for something totally unique & stunning well this is it baby! If ya can’t tell I like this gown just a lil bit….*so gorgeous*

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Well how was that? Can you believe how gorgeous AND affordable these gowns are?? The majority of people in general (myself included at one time) associate good prices with lesser quality and/or materials. Especially when it comes to dressy attire. But if you look, there are really a lot of great designer clothes & dresses to be found. So don’t give up hope! You can have a stunning wedding gown that you don’t need to take out a loan for. I hoped this helped someone on their hunt today! If anyone would like my help in finding a gown, please let me know. And don’t forget to add a Lil Dapper to your Everyday! See you next time! ๐Ÿ˜Š โœŒ

Update: 01/12/16 ~ Hi there! I came across a gown today that I meant to include in this list. So I HAD to post an update! This gown is waaaay to gorgeous not to ๐Ÿ˜†

11. After Six Wedding Dress Style #1048 sold by Love Lush Bridal $299.00 USD.

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See! The Illusion Sweetheart Neckline & Back Details! Total *Swoon City*! And under $300 to boot! Ok sweets, that’s it for now. See ya on the flip ๐Ÿ˜†โœŒ๐ŸŒผ

๐ŸŒป Lorie Lee ๐ŸŒป

My Top 5 Tips For Wedding Gown Shopping

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Hello my beauties! Well if you’re reading this post, then that probably means you have already read other articles about helping you find the “perfect” gown for your big day. And that’s a good thing! The more you know about the whole gown shopping process, the better your chances are of having an awesome experience & finding your gown that much faster. And just like with most everything in life, the knowledge you do acquire needs to be correct for it to do you any good. And that very thing is what has inspired me to write this post.

I have read sooooo many posts & articles that claim to know the true secret to finding your dream gown but most of the time they are anything but helpful. It seems like about 95-98% of them are just trying to sell you something or another. Leaving you wondering half way through the article if they ever plan on telling you this big secret or not. And that’s just plain annoying. No one has time to read pointless bridal articles when there’s a ton of other things we need to do. So let’s get to it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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5. Make sure you know your measurements before you start shopping. ~ When it comes to dress shopping, knowing your size doesn’t mean a thing. Ya know that scene in Men in Black where K and J are descending into the alien check-in point and J sees for the 1st time how many aliens there really are and K says to him, “Ok slick, but as of right now, all your ‘skillz’ mean squat!”? Yeah, it’s kinda like that. Every designer has their own size chart, and even certain gowns by the same designer will have a separate size chart from the rest of the collection! So to save not only time, but also to save yourself from being shocked by the fact your dress is 3 sizes bigger than you’ve ever worn before, it’s just better to know your measurements before you get started. This would be a very good time to remember size is just a number. How you look & feel in your gown is waaay more important than the size on the tag. In addition, I highly recommend having someone else measure you. Even if your fully capable of doing it. It’s your wedding gown, and a little one inch mistake could be the difference between ‘Happy ever after’ & disaster. So just don’t risk it. It’s not worth it.

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4. Have an open mind when trying on dresses. I know you have probably heard this one a lot. And there’s a very good reason for that, because it is totally true! I myself have experienced this when bridal gown shopping. I was totally set against a strapless gown, but my daughter wanted me to try one on for her. So I did, and I Loved It! It’s a good thing to go to your bridal appointment with an idea of what you want. But also be prepared to try on different styles. Another thing I experienced dress shopping that surprised me a bit was a lot of the gowns I fell in love with online looked totally different in person. So while I was looking through the racks, I jotted down the names & style numbers of gowns I loved “in person” at the store. Then when I got home I looked them up. I did this mainly because I kept saying to myself, “how come I didn’t see this gorgeous gown on so&so’s website?” I could of sworn I looked at them all, more than once! Well guess what!? I actually HAD seen them before! And had scrolled right by them without a second thought. I couldn’t believe it. So go to your appointment and be prepared to be surprised. Those dresses really do look different in person AND on a person. If you go in with an open mind, there will be less stress for you because your not limiting yourself to something that might not be what you really want. Trying to force yourself to stick with a certain type of dress will only make you frustrated & more anxious than you already are.

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3. Don’t be afraid to look at non-bridal gowns. Yep, you read that right! Non-Bridal gowns can be some of the most beautiful you’ll ever see. Evening gowns, Bridesmaid gowns, Moms gowns, Prom gowns, you name it! (I love ’em all if ya can’t tell lol). With more and more brides breaking away from the white & ivory traditional gowns and opting for some color, it just makes sense to look at gowns other than a regular bridal gown. And a lot of the time these gowns are much easier on your budget. The wedding industry is just that – an industry. You take a simple white or ivory lace maxi dress and stick the word ‘bridal’ on it & the price shoots up about 5X’s what it originally cost. So if your on a tight budget or just cannot see yourself spending $1000 for a gown you’ll wear once, then this is a great alternative. And don’t you worry about people “knowing” your gown isn’t bridal. I’d bet dollars to doughnuts they won’t know a thing unless you tell them! Besides, if you go have a look on some of the big name wedding websites, the articles they post of real weddings are just chock full of high praises for the fashion-forward brides who dared to wear something non-bridal. So just keep this in mind if you’re having issues finding your perfect gown. Because it might just end up not being “Bridal” at all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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2. Be very picky about who you take to your appointment. If you have watched ‘Say Yes To The Dress’ at all, you know how awful & painful it is to have someone at a bridal appointment that isn’t putting the bride-to-be ahead of themselves. If you haven’t seen the show, I’m pretty sure it’s not that hard for you to imagine. It isn’t pretty. No matter who or how important the person is ~ Mom, Sis, Dad, BFF, whoever! If you feel like this person isn’t going to be supportive & helpful to you Then Do Not Take Them With You! If for some reason you must, such as they’re the ones paying for the dress for example, then you need to be realistic about it. Don’t expect that they will magically change who they are and start agreeing with everything you think when they never have before. Yes, it would be very nice if they did because it’s your wedding and they should care enough about your big day to bite their tongue for once. But don’t expect them to. If you do your just setting yourself up for disappointment, tears & drama. All of which you do not need right now. Do yourself a huge favor and leave the “drama mamas & bridezillas” on TV where they belong ๐Ÿ˜‰

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And my #1 biggest helpful tip is ~ Research, Research, Research!
Let’s face it. If you are old enough & mature enough to be getting married, then you should already know this simple fact of life. If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. And believe you me, this is the gospel of wedding dress shopping! Especially if you are ordering your gown online! Research the heck out of those stores & boutiques before you even slightly consider making a purchase. Even some bigger name wedding shops go through times when they might not have the best manager & things aren’t what they used to be. And this is also why when you’re researching the heck out of it, you need to make sure your info is the most recent. Sometimes it can happen the other way around as well. A store may have not been run very well 2 yrs ago, but now they’re a 5 star boutique. You just have to be so careful where & who you buy from. And even then things can happen. So do your best to protect yourself & your future spouse by knowing everything you can about it. And when in doubt – google it! Their image search function is a really awesome way to find out who the original designer of a gown is. By doing this, you’ll also get to see what stores are out there trying to pass the gown off as their own. Another way to search gown images is the app “Similar Images” on Apple & Android. It’s a free app. It’s what I use to find the designers of the gowns I feature here on my blog. I can honestly say, it may seem like a lot of tedious work, but think about what hell you’d be going through if you order your gown & something goes wrong and you don’t have the time or money to fix it? A couple hours of research is totally worth not going through that kind of disaster. And if you’re just not so great at that kind of thing, enlist one of your maids, your mom or someone else to do the research for you. I bet they’d be more than happy that you asked them for help with finding your gown!

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There we have it. My 5 top tips for successfully shopping for your wedding gown. I hope you found this info useful and maybe a bit different from what you mostly see out there. And a big huge Thank You to anyone who read this all the way through! Good Luck on your hunt & many blessings to you on this grand adventure of wedding planning ๐Ÿ™‚ Take care. And I’ll see ya next time on the flip. 💖👰โœŒ

🌻 Lorie Lee 🌻

15 Stunning Red Wedding Gowns

Hello Darlings! Boy I have a treat for you all today! 15 gowns that’ll make you seriously consider wearning a red wedding gown on you’re big day. As some of you already know, Red is my all-time favorite color. It’s been a life-long favorite far back as I can remember. And when I was looking for what gowns I wanted to put in my last post, 10 Gorgeous Wedding Gowns Under $500 ,
I came across so many Stunning color wedding gowns, that I decided to do posts for each of the most popular colors of gowns. And of course I had to start with Red 😍 lol lol.
One of my favorite designers, Miss Vera Wang, catapulted the Red Wedding Dress trend (that was already brewing) to new heights with her Spring 2013 Bridal Collection, that had a Whopping 12 Red Wedding Gowns in the line up. Those gowns as of today are still some of the most requested gowns by brides who wanna wear red. She made it possible for brides to imagine themselves wearing a color gown without looking like they were headed to prom.
So many Brides are opting to wear color wedding gowns. Whether it’s adding a pop of color with a sash, ribbons, bold shoes or gorgeous embroidery, to going all out and wearing an ombre or all color gown. Gold, Silver, Blue, Pink & Purples all the way to Reds and even Black. Personally, I am adoring this trend and hope it continues to thrive. Weddings nowadays are all about reflecting the personal tastes & style of the Bride & Groom. The use of color in your gown is a great way to add a personal touch to your Big Day. It also usually means your gown will be a very unique, one of a kind creation that’s all your own. And that’s always awesome! So let’s get started!

1. Red Chiffon Strapless Sweetheart Corset Long Wedding Gown
$88.00 by ~ Unique Vintage

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2. Romantic Semantics Dress in Crimson $89.99
By ~ Mod Cloth

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3. Snow White’s Fairytale Bridal Gown by ~ Alfred Angelo (price upon request)

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4. Organza Ruffles Burgundy Evening Dress Adjustable Lace Up Closure Long Mermaid Gown
$164.99 by ~ Magic Bridal Dress

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5. Hand Painted Silk Wedding Dress, One of a Kind Silk Wedding Custom Fabric – Ombre – Sunset Sunrise $1,000 by MicheleMorganArt

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6. Vostok (#1611L) from the Swan Princess Collection (contact for price) by ~ Papilio Boutique

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7. Red Wedding Dress Ball Gown, Silk Taffeta, Custom Made to Order. $1,650 on Etsy by ~ AvailCo

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8. Fadwa Baalbakiย Embroidered Red Lace Hi Low Dress – #JOAB16468 (inquire for price)
by ~ Little Black Dress

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9. Sophia Tolli “Geraldine”~ Champagne & Ruby beaded lace applique tulle ballgown
$1,798.00 at ~ New York Dress

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10. Elopement Dress ~ Mikado silk dress, lace and gemstone embroidery (visit pronovias.com for price) by ~ Pronovias Cocktail Collection 2016

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11. LAVENA red floral print chiffon gown (visit pronovias.com for price) by ~ Pronovias

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12. Bustle Gown Red Wedding Dress Rachael Gown
$689.99 by ~ TheSecretBoutique

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13. Red Tulle Strapless Sweetheart Mermaid Gown with Beading STYLE: Autumn H1232 $381 by ~ Kitty Chen Couture

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14. Handmade Lace & Tulle Red Long Dress, Cap Sleeve Mermaid Formal Evening Gown $169 by ~ customdress1900 on etsy.com

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15. White Red Tulle & Satin Mermaid Wedding Gown with Embroidery Appliques from Tiffany Designs $528 by ~ New York Dress

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As you can see, no matter if your wedding is Black Tie or Glam the way to Boho, there’s a red gown for all types of weddings. And they’re all so gorgeous! I could spend all day lookin’ at these pretties! Which is your fav? I’m not sure I could pick lol. So hopefully this helped someone on their big hunt. I wish you all luck & may you find the one you’re looking for. See y’all next time! And don’t forget to add a lil Dapper to your everyday! 💖💖🌹🌻

Find Your Perfect Wedding Dress Style

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via ~ Amanda Badgley Designs

Hi there! I know I normally don’t make 2 posts in the same day. But I just came across this article on Pinterest and had to share. Best wedding gown shopping advice ever! If you follow this advice you’re sure to have that “bridal moment” in no time! ๐Ÿ™‚ 💖 Stay dapper my lovelies & See y’all on the flip side!

Top 5 Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

P.S. ~ This advice will also work great for Maids & Mums as well! 💖👌 Happy Shopping! โญ

ฦธำœฦท Lorie Lee ฦธำœฦท