Find­ing the Per­fect Match

Ring shop­ping should be a joy­ful time for both the bride and groom, but often­times it can cause some anx­i­ety. Once you’ve got­ten through choos­ing the per­fect engage­ment ring for your now fiancé, it seems that it should be eas­ier to choose a wed­ding ring to match. We hope it does, but it can be just as stress­ful. You won­der which one matches the best or try to get the per­fect mix between drop dead gor­geous but not too much as to take away from the engage­ment ring. There are so many things that go through your mind, from the cut, mate­r­ial, fit, and even the color of your rings. Per­son­al­iza­tion is also some­thing to con­sider, like an engrav­ing that sym­bol­izes you and your fiancés’ love, so the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less!

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Above: Kelly Marie Pho­tog­ra­phy

The graphic below takes you through how to find the per­fect pair­ing to the engage­ment ring, whether you’re shop­ping sep­a­rately or together!

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Of course, your per­sonal taste will also be a huge fac­tor when choos­ing the match­ing wed­ding ring, but this is def­i­nitely a great place to start! If you need more inspi­ra­tion, check out sites like Blue Nile, that have an exten­sive and unique col­lec­tion of wed­dings rings to fig­ure out just how to make the per­fect ring stack!




You’ve Got Ques­tions, We’ve Got Answers!

We know there are a mil­lion ques­tions that come up when plan­ning a wed­ding. No mat­ter where you’re at in the process, there will always be more ques­tions that pop up when you meet with a new ven­dor, a rel­a­tive gives advice, or some­times even your guests will have a ques­tion. Here at Lesner Inn, we try to answer them through­out the plan­ning process, but we’ve also come up with a list of our most fre­quently asked ques­tions! Happy read­ing!


Can I have a tast­ing of my menu before my event?
Absolutely! Tast­ings are included for the cou­ple but, cost $30 per per­son for any addi­tional per­sons. Tast­ings include your choice of 4 appe­tiz­ers & 3 entrees. Our chef requests two weeks’ notice for tast­ings & we typ­i­cally host them Wednes­day – Fri­day. Week­end tast­ings are based on our event sched­ule & our chef’s avail­abil­ity.

Do I need to get a plan­ner or a day of coor­di­na­tor? Is that what my venue man­ager does?
Your venue manager’s main focus on the wed­ding day is the food, bev­er­age, & venue. She will make sure that every­thing is run­ning smoothly on the cater­ing side as well as mak­ing sure every­thing in the build­ing is stocked & pre­pared cor­rectly for your event. We rec­om­mend hir­ing a plan­ner or day of coor­di­na­tor to help you with the details of the day as well as mak­ing sure your cer­e­mony runs smoothly. Lesner Inn has an in house day of coor­di­na­tion ser­vice that can be added to your con­tract as late as your 90 day meet­ing. Trust us, you won’t regret hav­ing some­one to assist you on the big day!

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Above:Jason Jarvis Photography


Do I need a wed­ding hash­tag?
No, it is not nec­es­sary. We love when cou­ples cre­ate their own per­sonal hash­tag so that they can see pho­tos that guests take at their event but Lesner Inn also has a hash­tag. Fol­low #lesner­in­nwed­dings for lots of wed­ding inspi­ra­tion! Also make sure to fol­low us on Face­book, Insta­gram, & Pin­ter­est.

Why can’t I sched­ule my rehearsal until 2 weeks before my wed­ding?
Lesner Inn hosts nearly 150 events a year & we try our best to make sure each cou­ple gets the time frame that they want for their rehearsal. Unfor­tu­nately, we can­not guar­an­tee a time until two weeks prior to your wed­ding. We do accept last minute events, so we must keep our sched­ule open until two weeks before your event in order to best fit the needs of all of our clients. Fear not though! Rehearsals are very easy in our cer­e­mony spaces & can be repli­cated in another space if we can­not accom­mo­date your ideal time frame.

What do I do if I have a last minute guest addi­tion?
Let your event man­ager know ASAP. We need your final guest count two weeks prior to your event & any addi­tions after your final meet­ing will incur a $50 late fee.

Some­thing has come up & we need to move or can­cel our event. What do we do?
Let your event man­ager know ASAP. We under­stand that things hap­pen & some­times every­thing doesn’t go as planned. How­ever, there is a can­cel­la­tion fee & a date changeWaterfront Wedding Venue Hampton Roads (3) fee since your event was block­ing us from book­ing that space & time. Please see your cater­ing agree­ment for more infor­ma­tion regard­ing these fees.

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Do I need to tip the staff who will be work­ing my event? What is the 20% ser­vice fee?
The ser­vice fee pays for the hourly wage of ALL staff work­ing your event – dish­wash­ers, prep cooks, chefs, bussers, food atten­dants, park­ing atten­dants, man­agers, etc. Tip­ping is entirely optional, but it is a nice way to acknowl­edge & thank the staff who worked your event. Either way, we will divide the money left at the bar & dis­trib­ute it to the bar­tenders, food atten­dants & bussers.

Do I need to do any­thing after my event?
Relax! Wed­dings are a lot of work & you deserve a break. Once you are ready to tackle your to-​do list, the first thing you need to do is send thank you notes & write reviews. Thank you notes should go to any­one who gave you a gift, helped with wed­ding prepa­ra­tions & to your ven­dors. You should also hop on The Knot, Wed­ding Wire, Face­book or Google & leave a review for your ven­dors! Think back to when you were book­ing your own wed­ding & all of the reviews that you read to help you make your deci­sions. Leave one about your expe­ri­ence too!

Why do I have to make place cards for a plated meal?
For a multi-​entrée plated meal, we will need you to pro­vide place cards for each guest so that our staff knows who will be get­ting which meal based on the sig­ni­fier (Ex. “F” for fish or “C” for chicken in the bot­tom cor­ner of the place card). We request that all meal sig­ni­fiers be on the front of the place card so it is eas­ier for our event staff to read. We will also a need a break­down of which meals go to each table to help expe­dite ser­vice in the kitchen. (Ex. 4 chicken & 5 fish at Table 1, 6 chicken and 4 fish at Table 2, etc.).

Am I lim­ited to two meet­ings after my book­ing?
No, you are more than wel­come to call or email us with ques­tions you may have about your event at Lesner Inn. The two meet­ings are based around your pay­ment sched­ule to make your life eas­ier dur­ing the plan­ning process! Our office does oper­ate by appoint­ment, so if you know that you will be in town and would like to come by, please make sure to call ahead.

Can I have a sparkler exit?
Yes! We love sparkler exits but request that they only occur out­side of the build­ing & not on the docks. Many of our cou­ples use the park­ing lot on the side or in the front of the build­ing for their sparkler exits. Please make sure to bring a bucket of sand or water to extin­guish the sparklers.

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Above: Kirstyn Marie Photography


Do I have to use the ven­dors on your list?
In short, no. We only require you to use Lesner Inn for all of your food & bev­er­age – with the exclu­sion of your dessert. We under­stand that is a spe­cialty cre­ation! We do like to pro­vide you with a list of pre­ferred ven­dors because these are trusted pro­fes­sion­als that we truly enjoy work­ing with & know you will too! There are lots of other great ven­dors out there though & we are always excited to work with some­one new.


There’s prob­a­bly a few that we’re miss­ing but we hope this helps answer any ques­tions you may have while plan­ning your big day! If you have a ques­tion that we didn’t cover, feel free to email us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we would be more than happy to help!



Fea­ture Guest: Stage Right Light­ing

As we’ve men­tioned before, we love talk­ing all things wed­dings with our cou­ples and giv­ing our best insight, but some­times we love to have a guest on our blog to share other insight on their spe­cialty in the wed­ding indus­try as well. Stage Right Light­ing has been to Lesner Inn more times than we can count, and the way they can bring a room to life is beyond us, so we wanted to give you a chance to learn a lit­tle more about what they do and how you can use them at our venue!


What is one of the most excit­ing up and com­ing trends in light­ing?
One of the most excit­ing light­ing trends are twin­kle lights right now! There are so many dif­fer­ent ways to incor­po­rate these into our couple’s spe­cial day! We have been using them behind fab­ric for back­drops and lots of cus­tom drap­ing looks. Waterfront-Greenery-Iceland-Wedding-Virginia-Beach (20)We have also cre­ated designs with these lights drip­ping down for a mag­i­cal starry night feel­ing! What is really awe­some is that they actu­ally twin­kle and sparkle all night, unlike Christ­mas lights!

Do you have any favorite light­ing projects that you’ve done at Lesner Inn?
One of our favorite designs that we have done, and have also been doing for wed­dings at the Lesner Inn, is the full ceil­ing cus­tom twin­kle lights & drap­ing in the main ball­room. The design really com­pli­ments the space and adds a gor­geous focal point! The first time we did it for Open House took our breath away!

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Of all of the options you have to rent, what light­ing options do you wish all cou­ples had for their wed­ding?
We wish every cou­ple would get uplight­ing! Uplight­ing is one of our main com­pany sta­ples, it really can trans­form any space and cre­ate a beau­ti­ful ambiance! Through­out the night, we can also have dif­fer­ent looks for din­ner, toasts and spe­cial dances with just the uplight­ing. It really gives a wow fac­tor for all of the guests!

What types of rentals do you offer to your clients?
We offer cus­tom design pack­ages for each of our clients. We like to sit down or do a site sur­vey with our clients and really get a feel for the look that they are going for and then cre­ate a cus­tom pack­age for each cou­ple or client! Some of our main rentals include high end up lights, pin spots, dance floor or stage wash’s & cus­tom mono­grams. More design details include crys­tal chan­de­liers, cus­tom drap­ing & back­drops. Really fun, we have also been doing col­ored fab­ric for drap­ing! Adding a twin­kle light pop, a beaded crys­tal sparkle or even Edi­son bulbs or string lights to any cus­tom design have all been very pop­u­lar as Weddings-on-the-Water-Virginia-Lesner-Inn (5)well! Give us all the design ideas!

What is your favorite thing about work­ing in the wed­ding indus­try?
Our favorite thing about work­ing in the wed­ding indus­try is bring­ing our clients visions & designs to life! We typ­i­cally meet with our clients any­where from 6 months to 12 months before their big day. We love hear­ing their ideas and help­ing them cre­ate a cus­tom design that is per­fect just for them. We also help each and every cou­ple design dif­fer­ent looks through­out their night with uplight­ing, which is so unique & fun! When the big day arrives, see­ing the couple’s reac­tion to our designs is so reward­ing, there’s no greater feel­ing than a happy cou­ple on one of their most spe­cial days!


This is SO true! We love see­ing the cou­ples’ reac­tion when they first walk into the room and see every­thing come to life. The cou­ples’ vision is one of the most impor­tant aspects to a wed­ding and Stage Right Light­ing helps makes that vision a real­ity. We love work­ing with them all through­out the year, so if you loved what you read about today, reach out to them directly or con­tact us and ask how to get in touch with them!

Left: Chelsie Dar­ling Pho­tog­ra­phy



Cou­ple Spot­light: Mea­gan & Nicholas 10.7.2018

Mea­gan and Nicholas sealed the deal with a kiss on Octo­ber 7, 2018 at their home church in Vir­ginia Beach sur­rounded by their most loved fam­ily and friends. They then came to Lesner Inn to cel­e­brate and dance the night away. Although they had to resched­ule their wed­ding from Sep­tem­ber due to Hur­ri­cane Flo­rence, their day was noth­ing short of a fairy tale! We are SO grate­ful to have been a part of their big day and we just know you’ll love hear­ing all about their love story below!

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How, when, & where did you meet? We met in high school my senior year. He was a junior and the new kid at school. The first time I talked to him was when we were in the halls and we were both wear­ing moc­casins and I said, “Hey! Nice shoes!”

Wedding-Reception-Venue-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn (8) Dat­ing can be awk­ward, do you have any funny sto­ries from when you first started dat­ing? On our first date, we went to the movies and he paid for a sec­ond movie in 3-​D so we could stay longer, but I still had to end up leav­ing early.

Tell us your engage­ment story? When did it hap­pen? Nicholas popped the ques­tion when we were in Smith­field by the water on Novem­ber 5, 2017.

What made you pick Lesner Inn as your wed­ding venue? The view! It was absolutely beau­ti­ful.

What addi­tional ven­dors did you choose for your wed­ding day, and why? I chose Incred­i­ble Edi­bles Bak­ery for the cake because we loved how we got dif­fer­ent fla­vors for each tier with­out an extra charge since we had our recep­tion at the Lesner. We also used Mary Pol­lock for our florist. She is a fam­ily friend and AMAZ­ING!

What was your vision for your wed­ding day? Wedding-Reception-Venue-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn (80) Ele­gant and happy. And it totally was!



We loved your Pitts­burgh Cookie Table! What inspired it? My fam­ily is from Penn­syl­va­nia and at all of their wed­dings up north they have cookie tables so we wanted to keep the tra­di­tion alive!

What were you most excited for your wed­ding day? Being with every­one I love!

How did you han­dle the stress of wed­ding plan­ning? Were there any major hic­cups along the way? It was a lot to han­dle but I got all the big things done early which helped a ton. Our wed­ding also had to be resched­uled due to Hur­ri­cane Flo­rence. But it worked out and the Lesner Inn and all of our ven­dors were able to resched­ule only a few weeks out. It was amaz­ing!

Do you have any advice for cou­ples who are plan­ning their wed­dings now? Enjoy it. It is one of the most excit­ing times ever so take it all in! Ask for help if you can not han­dle some­thing! Look around a lot on your wed­ding day. There is so much you will miss! Also, ladies, put your toss garter on right before the toss so it is not sweaty! :)

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From the very begin­ning of the plan­ning process to the end of your wed­ding day, look around and take it all in. It is the most excit­ing day of your life!

It truly warms our hearts work­ing with cou­ples like Mea­gan and Nicholas. If you’d like more infor­ma­tion on our ser­vices, con­tact us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (757)4811122.



Pho­tog­ra­pher: Nicki Ahrens Photography



10 Quotes to Get You Through Wed­ding Plan­ning

When you start wed­ding plan­ning, you’re really not quite sure what to expect unless you’ve done it before or work in the indus­try. You begin with mak­ing your guest list and look­ing at wed­ding venues and then, once you get full-​fledge into the plan­ning after meet­ing with your first venue, you may be over­whelmed. So many details you didn’t think about, things you didn’t think you had to do until later, peo­ple you’re not sure if you should invite, and so on. At Lesner Inn we try to make things as sim­ple as pos­si­ble for you, but in the case that you get over­whelmed, we hope these moti­va­tional quotes help through­out the process! You will get mar­ried and it will be per­fect!

Waterfront-Wedding-Venue-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn (6) • “You are capa­ble of amaz­ing things”
• “Noth­ing can dim the light that shines from within”
• “Focused. Intel­li­gent. Moti­vated. Oh, and cute.”
• “Life is tough, my dar­ling, but so are you”
• “Don’t let any­one ever dull your sparkle”
• “Turn your dreams into plans”
• “She believed she could, so she did”
• “The most beau­ti­ful thing you can wear is con­fi­dence”
• “Chin up princess, or the crown slips”

Pic­tured right: Cortese Pho­tog­ra­phy & Film

And one of our per­sonal favorites: “Today know that YOU are good enough. Stop wor­ry­ing if you are pretty enough, strong enough, rich enough, smart enough…You must KNOW that you are ENOUGH. Don’t let neg­a­tive thoughts have power over you…Take a deep breath and know that you mat­ter and you are enough.”

Plan­ning an event of any­where from 50200 peo­ple is not easy, espe­cially when it’s one of the biggest days of your life, so we get it! It can be very stress­ful try­ing to make sure every­thing looks per­fect, your guests are pleased, and you don’t pull your hair in the midst of it all. It may get hard, but it will all be WORTH it when you kiss for the first time as new­ly­weds, and we hope this lit­tle list of moti­va­tional quotes help you get through it all!




DIY Donut Wall

The ladies at Lesner Inn stepped away from our desks and picked up a tool belt for a day with this fun DIY donut wall! With one crafty man­ager and another math­lete, we proved that two heads are bet­ter than one. This adorable donut dis­play wall is for rent now at Lesner Inn! Stay tuned to watch the pro­gres­sion of this project.

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We started by sand­ing the ply­wood & wooden dow­els that were cut to size for us at Lowe’s. We decided to go with a 5′ x 3′ wall so that it can be set on a table, & 5″ long dow­els so we could eas­ily fit 23 donuts per peg.

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The next step was stain­ing the sanded wood. We chose an espresso fin­ish that we think turned out great!

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After every­thing was stained, we did two coats, we packed every­thing away to dry prop­erly & got ready for the final steps.

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A lot of the tuto­ri­als that we found online said to use hot glue to put the pegs on the wall, but we’re per­fec­tion­ists & chose to place wood screws through the back for a more durable option. We per­fectly mea­sured the dis­tance between each peg, drilled holes into the pegs so we could screw them in, & then screwed them in halfway to pre­pare for the polyurethane finish.

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We went with clear satin so that the wall didn’t lose it’s nat­ural wooden look.

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After the donut wall was done it was time to bring in one of our tal­ented staff mem­bers, who pro­vides cal­lig­ra­phy ser­vices on the side, Michelle. Check out her work for Zens Pens below & send her an email at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re inter­ested in hav­ing cal­lig­ra­phy done for your wedding/​event.

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We’re extremely proud of how this DIY project came out, & hope you all like it! Donuts are a great alter­na­tive wed­ding cake & even make great wed­ding favors!

If you’re a Lesner Inn cou­ple & would like to use this awe­some wall for your wed­ding or event don’t for­get to con­tact us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 7574811122.





Lesner Inn Open House 2019

It’s that time of year again. The time of year where our cre­ative and moti­vated event and sales man­agers begin plan­ning our annual Open House! We are so excited to kick off 2019 with some of the top wed­ding ven­dors in Hamp­ton Roads, but the only thing that could make it bet­ter is see­ing the peo­ple who make it all pos­si­ble… you! Whether your plan­ning a big or small wed­ding stop by to ask us how we can make it pos­si­ble at Lesner Inn.

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Above: Stel­lar Expo­sures Photography

Every­one in atten­dance is eli­gi­ble to receive book­ing spe­cials from Lesner Inn and par­tic­i­pat­ing ven­dors, and even win raf­fle prizes. You will taste com­pli­men­tary hors d’oeuvres and spe­cialty cock­tails while over­look­ing the Lynnhaven River to receive the full guest expe­ri­ence. No RSVP nec­es­sary, just be sure to mark your cal­en­dars and tell your friends!

If you can’t wait until Jan­u­ary, just give us a call to sched­ule an appoint­ment! We can’t wait to meet you!

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Gifts to Give your Wed­ding Party

Your wed­ding party is a very spe­cial group of peo­ple for your Lesner Inn wed­ding, and we think they deserve some recog­ni­tion today! These awe­some peo­ple help plan your wed­ding, throw you the per­fect bachelor(ette) party, calm your nerves, and in some Afternoon-Waterfront-Wedding-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn (13)cases sac­ri­fice a lot to be a part of your wed­ding day. We real­ize that it can be hard to find the per­fect way to say thank you, so we’ve come up with a few of our favorite sug­ges­tions! Most of these are inter­change­able between brides­maid and grooms­men, so do what­ever feels right for your group of girls or guys!
  • Thank you cards: say thank you after spe­cial events like your engage­ment party, bridal shower, bachelor(ette) party, and espe­cially after the wedding!
  • Cus­tomized flasks
  • Jewelry/​cufflinks/​tie/​fun socks to wear on the wed­ding day
  • A mani pedi/​spa day before the wedding
  • A bot­tle of their favorite drink
  • Pro­vide food & drinks while get­ting ready for the wedding
  • A fun activ­ity to do together before the wedding
  • Cus­tomized wine/​champagne/​whiskey glasses
  • Cig­ars
Right: Jared Beasley Pho­tog­ra­phy

You know your wed­ding party best, so how­ever you show your grat­i­tude make sure it is cus­tom to your rela­tion­ship! If Lesner Inn can help you accom­plish any­thing for your wed­ding party, please don’t hes­i­tate to ask! We can’t wait to help make you and your fiancés wed­ding at Lesner Inn perfect!



Hur­ri­cane Flo­rence: the wed­ding crasher

With the recent scare of hur­ri­cane Flo­rence hit­ting Vir­ginia Beach, we thought it would be a great idea to cover what you should do if a hur­ri­cane threat­ens to crash your wed­ding! Lesner Inn had four sched­uled events to take place Sep­tem­ber 1416th. How­ever, with the media that hur­ri­cane Flo­rence had received, all four of our wed­dings decided to say their “I do’s” at a later date. Now, even though the storm no longer threat­ens us, we are here to tell those cou­ples that they made the right deci­sion and to share their wis­dom with you all!

1. Con­tact your wed­ding venue
Our Lesner Inn cou­ples began con­tact­ing us on Mon­day about the impend­ing storm and gath­ered infor­ma­tion about can­cel­la­tions and mod­i­fi­ca­tions that would be allowed due to the hur­ri­cane. The cater­ing agree­ment that each of our clients sign cov­ers what would hap­pen if a nat­ural dis­as­ter hit and states that we offer a one-​time date trans­fer in these cases.

2. Con­tact your other wed­ding ven­dors
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If you are con­sid­er­ing can­celling or resched­ul­ing your wed­ding, it is best to con­tact each of your ven­dors as soon as pos­si­ble. That means reach­ing out to all of the ven­dors involved in your big day and find­ing out their poli­cies on can­cel­la­tion or mod­i­fi­ca­tion. Every ven­dor that we worked with this week to resched­ule Lesner Inn wed­dings was more than accom­mo­dat­ing given the threat to Vir­ginia Beach.
Right: Echard Wheeler Pho­tog­ra­phy

3. Con­sider your guests (and wed­ding ven­dors)
When a nat­ural dis­as­ter occurs near your wed­ding venue, con­sider what hoops your guests (and ven­dors) may need to jump through in order to attend your wed­ding. Whether they are fly­ing, dri­ving, or walk­ing across the street it is impor­tant to con­sider the con­di­tions they would have to travel in. In some cases, it may be best to have them resched­ule their travel plans to attend your wed­ding another week­end.

4. Set a dead­line
With an unpre­dictable storm like hur­ri­cane Flo­rence, you should set a dead­line to make your deci­sion by with your ven­dors. Lesner Inn allowed our clients to make their deci­sions by Wednes­day morn­ing, so we would hope­fully have the most accu­rate infor­ma­tion about the storm.

5. Fol­low through
We real­ize how dif­fi­cult it must be to even con­sider resched­ul­ing the day you have been prepar­ing for so long! How­ever, the safety of your fam­ily, friends, and wed­ding ven­dors is what is really impor­tant in mak­ing this dif­fi­cult deci­sion.

We feel for the cou­ples that felt they needed to resched­ule their wed­ding dates, because of the pos­si­bil­ity of the storm hit­ting the Hamp­ton Roads area. How­ever, we are extremely grate­ful that they chose to think about the safety of them­selves, their guests, and their ven­dors in the midst of chaos.

Our hearts go out to all affected by hur­ri­cane Flo­rence, and we hope that the areas dam­aged receive the help they need to rebuild!




How to Cre­ate your Wed­ding Tablescape

Cre­at­ing a tablescape for your wed­ding at Lesner Inn can seem like a daunt­ing task, espe­cially because most peo­ple plan­ning their own wed­ding are not pro­fes­sion­als. How­ever, we are here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be dif­fi­cult as long as you fol­low these help­ful tips and tricks!

Choose your color scheme
Color schemeThe best place to start is by choos­ing your color scheme for the wed­ding recep­tion! Some things that you should keep in mind when choos­ing your col­ors are what col­ors and accents are already seen around your wed­ding venue. Luck­ily, at Lesner Inn, both of our spaces are very neu­tral with wooden floors and golden accents so this doesn’t require too much thought. You should also make sure you don’t select col­ors all within the same hue so that you cre­ate dimen­sion through­out the room!

Choose your linen col­ors
We know this may seem the same as tip num­ber 1, but the way you incor­po­rate your color scheme into your tablescape has so many vari­a­tions. Not every color that is in your palette needs to be a linen color. For exam­ple, if you choose a color scheme like the one to the right, you should only choose two or three of the col­ors to be used as linens. Choose at least one dark or bold color with a com­pli­men­tary or neu­tral color to tie it all together! The rest of the col­ors can be used in flo­ral arrange­ments, menu cards, sig­nage, and uplight­ing!

Cre­ate your floor plan
Once you’ve selected which col­ors to use for your linens, you should cre­ate a floor plan so you have an idea of the dif­fer­ent tables you will need to linen and place cen­ter­pieces on. If you’re choos­ing tables of dif­fer­ent sizes to keep up with the lat­est wed­ding trends, we sug­gest alter­nat­ing your linen col­ors to make those tables stand out. Here is a great exam­ple from one of our favorite wed­dings at Lesner Inn!

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Above: Echard Wheeler Photography

Plan your cen­ter­pieces
While we think flo­ral arrange­ments make the best wed­ding cen­ter­pieces, we under­stand that doing this on every table can get a bit pricey. Meet with your florist to price out the arrange­ments you want at each table. If you need to cut back on your flo­ral bud­get, con­sider doing some tables with flow­ers and oth­ers with float­ing can­dle arrange­ments, or you could mix the two like in the photo below! You should come pre­pared with pho­tos of the arrange­ments you like using your color scheme and make note of any must have flow­ers. We hear dahlias are trend­ing for 2019!

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Above: Kelly Stin­son Photography

One of our favorite things about our job is see­ing all of the dif­fer­ent color schemes and tablescapes that our clients come up with! We under­stand that wed­ding plan­ning can be stress­ful at times, but in the end we hope that the expe­ri­ence is as enjoy­able for you as it is for us!

If you need any help plan­ning your Lesner Inn wed­ding, please reach out to us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 7574811122. We hope to hear from you soon!



Wed­ding Time­line Tips

Cre­at­ing the order of events for your wed­ding day is no easy task but, we’re here to help! While we believe that every­one should tai­lor their wed­ding time­line to best fit their needs, these tips should help you cre­ate the per­fect time­line for YOUR wed­ding.

Cer­e­mony – Approx­i­mately 30 min­utes: From pro­ces­sional to reces­sional, it’s very rare that a wed­ding cer­e­mony would take more than thirty min­utes. Excep­tions include tra­di­tional reli­gious cer­e­monies, which can take 45 min­utes to an hour. Talk to who­ever is per­form­ing your cer­e­mony to get a more finite time frame.

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Above: Dustin Lewis Images

Cock­tail Hour – Approx­i­mately 45 min­utes: Imme­di­ately fol­low­ing your cer­e­mony, if you are host­ing your cer­e­mony & recep­tion in the same place, will be your cock­tail hour. This is where guests will have the oppor­tu­nity to min­gle, have some tasty hors d’oeuvres, and enjoy cock­tails if they are being served at your wed­ding. Dur­ing this time, the new­ly­weds are typ­i­cally tak­ing staged pho­tos with their fam­i­lies and wed­ding party. We rec­om­mend your cock­tail hour to be 45 min­utes to an hour long.

Announce­ments – Approx­i­mately 15 min­utes: When cock­tail hour dies down and you are tran­si­tion­ing to the party, most cou­ples will make the switch with announce­ments. This is where the wed­ding party and new­ly­weds are intro­duced to join the recep­tion, while friends and fam­ily are at their seats hyp­ing up the party. Some cou­ples intro­duce their fam­i­lies as well, but it is most com­mon to only include the wed­ding party. Announce­ments typ­i­cally only take 15 min­utes when you include hav­ing your guests be seated, lin­ing up the wed­ding party, and intro­duc­ing every­one by name.

First Dances – Approx­i­mately 510 min­utes: After announce­ments, you have the choice to jump into your first dances (i.e. new­ly­weds & parent’s dances) or to sit down and begin meal ser­vice. In most cases, cou­ples choose to get their first dance done imme­di­ately after announce­ments, while they still have their guest’s atten­tion. If you don’t want to have the parent’s dances right away, then hav­ing them right after meal ser­vice cre­ates a great oppor­tu­nity to open up the dance floor.

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Above: Kelly Stin­son Photography

Meal Ser­vice – Approx­i­mately 2040 min­utes: Deter­min­ing the dura­tion of meal ser­vice depends on your guest count and type of meal. How­ever, most meal ser­vices don’t take more than 2040 min­utes for all guests to be served. Dur­ing this time, the cou­ple is usu­ally going from table to table thank­ing their guests for com­ing.

Toasts – Approx­i­mately 5 to 20 min­utes: Toasts are the most dif­fi­cult event to set a time for, but I have never seen toasts run longer than 20 min­utes. There is no way of telling how long speeches will take, unless you ask those giv­ing a speech to keep it under a cer­tain amount of time. Regard­less of how long their speeches are though, we rec­om­mend hav­ing toasts towards the end of meal ser­vice. This ensures that you have everyone’s atten­tion and doesn’t require you to gather every­one up from dif­fer­ent areas of the venue. We also rec­om­mend that you do the tra­di­tional cake cut­ting imme­di­ately after toasts so dessert can be served as soon as pos­si­ble.

After these main events, the rest of your wed­ding should be filled with danc­ing, catch­ing up with old friends and fam­ily, toss­ing your bou­quet, or tak­ing pho­tos at your photo booth! If you plan your time­line accord­ingly, and have a wed­ding coor­di­na­tor to keep you on sched­ule, you should have plenty of time to really ENJOY your wed­ding day!

We hope you found these tips use­ful in cre­at­ing your wed­ding time­line. Please con­tact the experts at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any ques­tions about your Lesner Inn wed­ding in Vir­ginia Beach!




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