How to Prop­erly Thank Your Wed­ding Ven­dors!

Your wed­ding ven­dors are the pro­fes­sion­als that make your Vir­ginia Beach wed­ding come to life, and hope­fully in a way that is even bet­ter than what you hoped for! Most of these ven­dors are work­ing with you from start to fin­ish, and do every­thing they can to make sure you trust them to han­dle the details of your wed­ding. Things like answer­ing emails after office hours, sched­ul­ing an impromptu appoint­ment, or pro­vid­ing ser­vices that go above the con­tracted agree­ment are all ways that wed­ding ven­dors will go beyond the call of duty to make our clients happy. Your wed­ding ven­dors do so much to make sure you reflect on your wed­ding as the per­fect day, so show them how grate­ful you are in any of these sim­ple ways!

Leave Reviews
Think back to when you were select­ing your wed­ding ven­dors. You were prob­a­bly read­ing reviews to make sure they would be the right per­son for the job. Leav­ing reviews on wed­ding web­sites like The Knot and Wed­ding­Wire are one of the best ways to appre­ci­ate the work that your ven­dors did for you. If you don’t have accounts with either of these top wed­ding web­sites, Face­book and Google are also great places to leave reviews! This will not only bring a smile to their face, but will bring them more busi­ness in the future!

Write Thank You Cards
Hand writ­ten thank you notes are a small token of appre­ci­a­tion, no mat­ter who you’re writ­ing them to. See­ing how happy a client is after their wed­ding is so sat­is­fy­ing, and at Lesner Inn we like to dis­play all of our thank you notes as a reminder to why we love our jobs so much!

Leave Tips
Some of your wed­ding ven­dors don’t expect or require a tip, but this is always a nice ges­ture! If you’re unsure about who should be receiv­ing a tip, this blog from Bridal Guide will help you out!

Give Small Gifts
For those ven­dors who don’t accept or require tips, a small gift is a great ges­ture! One of our Lesner Inn cou­ples brought in mono­grammed san­dals for her event man­ager to wear on her wed­ding day. It was such a thought­ful gift and some­thing so easy to have made! Things like can­dles, cof­fee mugs or tum­blers, or jew­elry are also great ideas as small gifts to give your wed­ding ven­dors.

Think about how stress­ful wed­ding plan­ning is. Now think about doing it for a liv­ing! Your wed­ding ven­dors do so much to make sure that you are happy with the ser­vice they are pro­vid­ing, and deserve a lit­tle recog­ni­tion when it’s all said and done. With that being said, speak up if you feel they could be doing bet­ter! Chances are they have no idea how you are feel­ing, and would love the con­struc­tive criticism.

Work­ing at Lesner Inn — A Few of my Favorite Things

To con­clude our series about what the Lesner ladies love about work­ing at Lesner Inn, we hear from our Event & Sales Direc­tor Alexis Hio­nis. It can be hard to pin­point one thing that we love about our job, so Alexis high­lights all of her favorite things below:

Alexis Retouch 2.jpgI grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia with a bachelor’s in His­tory & Soci­ol­ogy, so peo­ple always ask me “How did you end up in the wed­ding indus­try? What made you want to do this?” My answer is sim­ple. Every­thing about my job at Lesner Inn makes me happy. I’m con­stantly sur­rounded by peo­ple and things I love, so why wouldn’t I do this?

I’ll start with my cowork­ers. The team at Lesner Inn is unlike any team I’ve worked with before. I con­sider the girls I work with in the office like my sis­ters. They each hold a spe­cial place in my heart. You’ll often find us laugh­ing to tears over absolutely noth­ing, singing the Lion King Sound­track, or binge eat­ing sweets. We may share a com­mon inter­est of every­thing wed­ding, but our friend­ship goes beyond our office. And I’m lucky to have them in my life.

The loca­tion. Lesner Inn is located right on the Lynnhaven River, so every day I’m at work I’m reminded of how beau­ti­ful our home is. The view is incred­i­ble. And the sun­sets are breath­tak­ing. When things become hec­tic at work, it’s nice to take a moment on our Sun­set Deck and appre­ci­ate where I live and where I work. Not many peo­ple can say the same, so I feel #blessed.

The ven­dors. Or bet­ter yet, my frien­dors. The Hamp­ton Road’s wed­ding indus­try is large, and I’m for­tu­nate to have so many friends in the indus­try. We con­nect each week­end to work sim­i­lar clients’ wed­dings. And we team up through­out the year to host open houses and cre­ate styl­ized shoots. They’ve even sup­ported me through the start of my non­profit, riseVB, and my fundrais­ing ven­tures with Beach Ball.

The icing on the cake for me is see­ing every­thing come to life on the wed­ding day. My rela­tion­ships with my clients grow through­out the plan­ning process. I become so fond of their story – how they met, how they fell in love… all of the good stuff. But there’s some­thing about the way they look at each other when they’re stand­ing at the arch that gives me all the feels. And I wouldn’t trade that in for the world.

To become another rea­son why we love our jobs so much, send us an email at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can help you plan your per­fect Vir­ginia Beach wed­ding!

Work­ing at Lesner Inn — Unique Details

Happy Mon­day every­one! To kick off the week, we hope you take a moment to read what Event & Sales Man­ager, Cayleen Javorsky, loves most about work­ing at Lesner Inn! You may be sur­prised to know that it’s not just the great food… more on her thoughts below:

Cayleen Retouch 1.jpgWhen I think back to how I ended up work­ing at Lesner Inn, plan­ning one of the most epic days of someone’s life, I think back to my first expe­ri­ence work­ing around wed­dings in Vir­ginia Beach. While I was in col­lege, I spent my sum­mers work­ing at the front desk of a local Vir­ginia Beach hotel. Dur­ing my time there, I was able to meet so many peo­ple who were cel­e­brat­ing their wed­ding week­end! My inter­ac­tion with their big day was pretty much non-​existent, but I always got to see the team of ven­dors pile in & work their magic to cre­ate what each cou­ple had planned for so long to be the best day of their lives! Watch­ing what each cou­ple found to be their per­fect wed­ding come to life was so fun to watch, & it has eas­ily become one of my favorite parts about my job at Lesner Inn.

Since start­ing as an Event & Sales Man­ager at Lesner Inn almost 3 years ago, I have seen so many dif­fer­ent color schemes, menu & dessert choices, & new­found tra­di­tions that cou­ples have wanted to incor­po­rate to set their wed­ding apart from the rest. Even though a lot of wed­ding trends stay pretty con­stant, most of our cou­ples will have at least one minute detail that is com­pletely unique to their style & tastes. Each of these unique details can make one wed­ding the com­plete oppo­site of another, but regard­less of if they choose to have break­fast for din­ner, a gelato bar for dessert, or to dance to an uncon­ven­tional song all of these wed­dings are per­fect in their own ways!

These unique touches make my job SO much fun, espe­cially when even I am sur­prised on the night of (shout out to Amanda & David Haas for the guest appear­ance from a T-​rex)!


Above: Luke & Ash­ley Photography

We love being a part of the plan­ning process with our clients, so send us an email at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see how we can make your Lesner Inn wed­ding stand out from the rest!

Wed­ding High­lights: Becca & Billy 12.2.2017

Becca & Billy tied the knot on Decem­ber 2, 2017 on Lesner Inn’s famous Sun­set Deck, while over­look­ing the Lynnhaven River. They were a DREAM cou­ple! We loved get­ting to know them dur­ing the plan­ning process & espe­cially loved how per­fect for each other they are. Not only were they so sweet, but the love from their friends & fam­ily sur­round­ing them was so evi­dent through­out the entire cel­e­bra­tion as well. We know you’ll smile as big as we did while read­ing Becca & Billy’s responses about their Lesner Inn wed­ding!

Waterfront-Wedding-Ceremony-Lesner-Inn-Virginia-Beach-Stellar-Exposures-Photography.jpgHow & when did you meet?

We met dur­ing grad school at Stony Brook Uni­ver­sity about 5 12 years ago now. He was in PT school, and I was in PA school but we had an over­lap­ping anatomy class the first sum­mer of school and started hang­ing out and the rest is his­tory!

We love a good story! How did you get engaged? (This is so thought­ful & well planned, great job Billy!)

We had a week­end planned to stay out in the east­ern part of Long Island near the winer­ies (we had done the same thing the year prior as it’s one of our favorite places), but this year he drove us back through Stony Brook (which is on the way) where we first met and pro­posed on the beach out­side of his old house where we used to spend a lot of time together. Then, he sur­prised me by hav­ing my par­ents come into town from Vir­ginia Beach, so we spent the week­end with both of our fam­i­lies cel­e­brat­ing our engage­ment!

Why did you pick Lesner Inn for your venue?

My cousins got mar­ried at the Lesner Inn about 7 years ago, and I fell in love with the venue at their wed­ding. After we got engaged, I knew that I wanted to get mar­ried there as well. I’m a huge beach/​water lover and the set­ting and view that the Lesner Inn offers is just incred­i­ble! One of my favorite parts of the venue is that you can have your cer­e­mony out­side on the water, and then walk inside for the recep­tion rather than hav­ing your guests have to travel!


What out­side ven­dors did you use & why did you choose them?

I LOVED all of our ven­dors! We used a lot of the Lesner Inn pre­ferred ven­dors who I was extremely happy with but then our DJ, Tay­lor Hay­cox and video­g­ra­pher, DSP, were out­side ven­dors. Tay­lor was actu­ally rec­om­mended to us by our cousin’s friend, and I am so grate­ful for that because he was absolutely per­fect and all of our guests were rav­ing about him after. We found our video­g­ra­pher on Wed­ding­Wire, and his reviews were all great as well as his pric­ing. He did an amaz­ing job and again we are so pleased with how it all turned out.

Virginia-Beach-Winter-Budget-Wedding-Lesner-Inn-Greenery-Bouquet-Stellar-Exposures-Photography.jpgWhat was your vision for your wed­ding day & did it change through­out the process? If so, how?

Billy and I both wanted our wed­ding day to be fairly sim­ple. I wanted the color scheme and decor to be very neu­tral with lots of white flow­ers and green­ery. We went with a dusty blue for the brides­maid dresses which I thought went well with hav­ing our wed­ding in Decem­ber. It also fit into the water­front venue vibe. We pretty much stayed with our vision the entire time with only a few minor changes as we got fur­ther into plan­ning. The nice thing about the Lesner Inn (par­tic­u­larly the Sun­set Deck) is that the scenery is already so nat­u­rally pretty that we didn’t worry about doing much else for our decor. Look­ing back on the pho­tos, we are so happy with how it all turned out!

We always love dif­fer­ent dessert bars. What made you choose to do a donut bar?

Billy was actu­ally the mas­ter­mind behind the donut bar! He loves donuts and wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent for our desserts! We still had the tra­di­tional cake, but I think all of our guests loved the donuts the most!

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How did you pick your first dance song & why did you pick it?

We both love Ed Sheeran (espe­cially me) and the first time we heard Per­fect together we knew that we wanted to do that for our song. We really didn’t even debate about any other songs because we felt that one describes us so well and the music is so beau­ti­ful.

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Are there any funny or silly moments from your wed­ding day or the plan­ning process that stand out to you?

I remem­ber at the end of the night walk­ing through the sparklers and it dawn­ing on me how flam­ma­ble my hair was after all of the hair spray, and then Billy went to dip me and acci­den­tally almost dropped me back­wards into the flames. Luck­ily we recov­ered well and my hair didn’t catch on fire haha.

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What advice do you have for other cou­ples plan­ning their wed­ding?

I would say to just keep things sim­ple, go with your gut and don’t stress over the small details! The day goes by so quickly and you really have to soak in every moment because it’s gone in a sec­ond!

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We are SO glad that Becca’s hair didn’t catch on fire haha, that def­i­nitely would have been a first! Becca & Billy really did give the best advice for other cou­ples to take in. Try­ing not to stress is much eas­ier said than done for the biggest day of your life, but the details that seem so big dur­ing the plan­ning process won’t be the things that you really cher­ish after it’s all said & done. So, try not to worry, take in every sec­ond, & enjoy your big day!

If you are inter­ested in hav­ing a wed­ding like Becca & Billy’s at Lesner Inn, con­tact us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call at 7574811122.

Pho­tos by Stel­lar Expo­sures Pho­tog­ra­phy!

Work­ing at Lesner Inn — Cre­at­ing Con­nec­tions

We’re kick­ing off this Mon­day by shar­ing another Lesner Inn lady’s per­spec­tive on work­ing at Lesner Inn! Lind­sey Bas­night, Event & Sales Man­ager, shares that what she loves most is cre­at­ing con­nec­tions with cou­ples through­out the wed­ding & event plan­ning process! More on her thoughts below:

Lindsey Retouch 1.jpgWork­ing at Lesner Inn for the past year and a half has been filled with beau­ti­ful views, fun cowork­ers, won­der­ful clients and lots and lots of cake! The event plan­ning busi­ness has allowed me to grow cre­atively & pro­fes­sion­ally and I couldn’t be more grate­ful for the oppor­tu­nity that I have at Lesner Inn.

While there are many aspects that I love about this pro­fes­sion, my favorite part is that I have been lucky enough to meet and con­nect with so many dif­fer­ent clients. From the first email, tour­ing, and all the meet­ings we have before the big day, I am able to get to know so many brides, grooms, and even some­times the par­ents of the cou­ple! The wed­ding plan­ning process is such a happy, fun, and some­times stress­ful time for these cou­ples, so being able to meet with them dur­ing this time and help their wed­ding come together is so ful­fill­ing.

I always look for­ward to meet­ings because it’s also a time to catch up with the cou­ple about every­thing that has been going on in their lives dur­ing this excit­ing time. Once all the plan­ning is com­plete the big day finally arrives, I am able to see all the spe­cial moments shared between the cou­ple and their friends and fam­i­lies, which makes the job that much more sat­is­fy­ing!

To meet with Lind­sey, or any of our Event & Sales Man­agers about plan­ning your wed­ding or event, email us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Work­ing at Lesner Inn — A Small Part of Their Big Day

On a more per­sonal note from our typ­i­cal blog posts, the ladies at Lesner Inn wanted to share with every­one what each of us loves most about our job. Our newest Event & Sales Man­ager, Eliz­a­beth Bai­ley, shares that what she loves most about work­ing at Lesner Inn is being a part of even the small­est por­tion of someone’s wed­ding day. More on her thoughts below:

Lesner Inn -3-14.jpgWhen I first started col­lege, I knew 100% that I wanted to be a teacher. As my first semes­ter started, I was ecsta­tic because I was tak­ing my first teach­ing course! After the first day of classes, I was a lit­tle dis­cour­aged because it just was not what I was expect­ing, but I was deter­mined to keep going. Well, through­out the semes­ter, I real­ized that teach­ing just wasn’t for me, but I did real­ize that I loved coor­di­nat­ing events through my Recre­ation and Leisure class I was also tak­ing. From then on out, I knew I was going to be an event coor­di­na­tor.

Skip to my job at Lesner Inn, which is amaz­ing!! It is my first job out of col­lege and I could not have asked for a bet­ter way to start my career. I love the envi­ron­ment that I work in, but I mostly love how I get to be just a small por­tion of someone’s biggest day of their life. I have the oppor­tu­nity to be with them through almost the entire plan­ning process, rec­om­mend ven­dors, help plan their décor, and see their big day come to life, and it’s what makes my career so much fun! Do I con­nect with some cou­ples more than oth­ers? Of course, that’s just because of who they are and who I am, but I still love get­ting to be a part of their wed­ding day. The amount of stress I see through­out the plan­ning process is over­come by so much joy on the wed­ding day, and the fact that I get to be a part of mak­ing that joy hap­pen, is beyond mea­sur­able.

It’s almost funny to look back and think that I could have been a teacher and expe­ri­enced a dif­fer­ent type of joy, but the hap­pi­ness that I get from see­ing the cou­ples on the biggest day of their lives is what I LOVE. The first kiss as new­ly­weds, the father/​daughter dance, the cake smash­ing, all of that brings the biggest smile to my face because I had the oppor­tu­nity to be a small por­tion of their big day!

If you’d like to see how we can be just a small part of your big day, please email us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lets’ Talk Bud­get­ing

One of the most com­mon issues that we have when dis­cussing wed­ding bud­gets with poten­tial clients is the fact that they haven’t edu­cated them­selves on what a wed­ding can actu­ally cost. A wed­ding is usu­ally one of the first big invest­ments that you & your fiancé will make together. It requires as much research & bud­get­ing as it does to pur­chase a home! Before you give poten­tial ven­dors a call to help you host a two hun­dred per­son wed­ding for $5,000, sit down with your fiancé to answer these impor­tant bud­get­ing ques­tions.

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Before throw­ing a ran­dom fig­ure out there for your wed­ding bud­get, you MUST sit down with your fiancé & put together a guest list. This list should include every­one you absolutely can­not cel­e­brate your mar­riage with­out! You should even have a sec­ond list of peo­ple that you may want to invite if your bud­get allows for it, or if peo­ple on your “A list” can’t make it. There is no shame in hav­ing a B list!

Right: Christina Vanta Pho­tog­ra­phy

When do I want to say “I do” to the love of my life?
Most venues & cater­ing facil­i­ties will have a required food & bev­er­age min­i­mum that you need to reach on spe­cific days of the week, months of the year, & times of day. At Lesner Inn, your food & bev­er­age min­i­mum can be sig­nif­i­cantly less in the months of Jan­u­ary, Feb­ru­ary, March & Novem­ber com­pared to any other month of the year. How­ever, keep in mind when select­ing your date that Sat­ur­day evenings are the most cov­eted day & time for a wed­ding recep­tion, so the min­i­mum require­ments are going to be higher than they would on a Fri­day or Sun­day!

Where do we want to say our vows & cel­e­brate with our clos­est friends & fam­ily?
Between, food, bev­er­ages, favors, desserts, & décor there is a lot to con­sider when adding another name to your guest list. To cre­ate a more edu­cated bud­get, find out what your favorite venues offer & at what cost. If the cost per per­son of your wed­ding venue or cater­ing com­pany doesn’t match up with what you were expect­ing, don’t be afraid to ask how you can cus­tomize their menu to fit your needs. If you don’t want to offer a bar, speak up! As long as you are reach­ing their min­i­mum for your selected date & time it doesn’t mat­ter how you get there!


Above: Daissy Tor­res Photography

What do we need to make our wed­ding day per­fect for OUR story?
A lot of peo­ple for­get about the details that go into plan­ning a wed­ding. We typ­i­cally sug­gest bud­get­ing at least $5,000 for things like cake, flo­rals, DJ, & pho­tog­ra­pher. Of course the total cost of these ven­dors can be more or less, but it all depends on your vision. Lesner Inn is a one stop shop for food, bev­er­age, much of cou­ples favorite décor, wed­ding coor­di­na­tion & even desserts. We also have pre­ferred ven­dors who offer dis­counts for cou­ples who book with us if our ser­vices don’t quite ful­fill every­thing that you & your fiancé want on your wed­ding day!

Will you help us make this day every­thing we want it to be?
After sit­ting down with your fiancé about the who, what, where, & when, talk to both of your fam­i­lies to find out if they are will­ing to con­tribute to your wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion. If so, get a dol­lar amount so that you will know what you & your fiancé will be respon­si­ble for, & how much room is left in your bud­get to add that donut bar that you really wanted!

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Above: Stel­lar Expo­sures Photography

Cre­at­ing a wed­ding bud­get after edu­cat­ing your­self on what you expect for your wed­ding day will make the whole plan­ning process far less dif­fi­cult & scary! If you’d pre­fer an expert opin­ion over try­ing to gues­ti­mate a cost by your­self, be pre­pared to answer some of the above ques­tions for your wed­ding pro­fes­sion­als. We want to make sure we are giv­ing you the most accu­rate infor­ma­tion to help you cre­ate the wed­ding of your dreams WITH­OUT break­ing the bank!

Con­tact one of our sales man­agers today to see how we can help with your bud­get wed­ding!

Fea­ture Guest: Water­ford Event Rentals

We are total fanat­ics when it comes to blog­ging about the wed­ding indus­try & giv­ing our own insight, but we also love to give some insight from other ven­dors who spe­cial­ize in dif­fer­ent aspects of wed­dings. We want you to get to know the whole pack­age when it comes to plan­ning or design­ing your wed­ding, so we have asked Water­ford Event Rentals to be a fea­tured guest on today’s blog! Sit back & read about all of the won­der­ful things they have to say about their side of the indus­try!

Wedding-Decor-Boho-Chic-Lesner-Inn-Virginia-Beach.jpgOf every­thing you have avail­able to rent, what would you say would help spruce up a wed­ding recep­tion the most & why?

As lit­tle as it seems, nap­kins are a huge part of wed­ding décor! May sound silly, but they’re in every pic­ture of the table-​scape & can add a pop of color, fun print or just a lit­tle tex­ture to the table. Nap­kins are an easy, bud­get friendly addi­tion that can make a dif­fer­ence, even if the client is using linen that their venue pro­vides!

Right: Echard Wheeler Pho­tog­ra­phy

What items do you pro­vide for clients to rent?

We are a full ser­vice linen rental com­pany that spe­cial­izes in all­l­lll things linens! We of course offer the basics, but we have a big selec­tion of spe­cialty & even cus­tom print linens. We’re always will­ing to order in some­thing new! Not only do we spe­cial­ize in linens, but we also rent chairs & plate charg­ers. We have gold, mahogany & white chi­avari chairs, as well as white resin fold­ing chairs. We also have both resin & glass beaded charg­ers. We are cur­rently expand­ing our inven­tory, so stay tuned for our newest addi­tions!

Would you say chair sashes or cov­ers are nec­es­sary?

Chair cov­ers & sashes are def­i­nitely impor­tant, but totally not a must have! We may think dif­fer­ently though ;) Let’s say there are 15 tables & 150 guests. A table linen will only be on 15 of the tables, while a chair sash will be on 150 chairs. Makes such a big­ger impact to the room!

Have you seen a trend in a spe­cific type or color of linen?

All the neu­trals! We see a ton of ivory, blush & gold… but we’re totally not mad about it! Such a roman­tic color scheme that doesn’t seem like it will ever go out of style. Add a pop of sequins in there & call it a day!


Above: David Cham­pagne Photography

Blush-Boho-Wedding-Trend-Lesner-Inn-Virginia-Beach-Wedding-Venue.jpgWhat is your favorite part about wed­dings?

Hard­est ques­tion ever… but we LOVE see­ing the room trans­form! Walk­ing into a com­pletely empty venue & walk­ing out a few hours later with light­ing, linens, flo­rals, music, etc., it’s such a sur­real feel­ing. Know­ing that Water­ford has made a small impact in someone’s BIG day is such an amaz­ing feel­ing. Def­i­nitely will never get old!

Left: Echard Wheeler Pho­tog­ra­phy

We couldn’t agree more! We love see­ing our wed­ding venue trans­form into each couple’s dream & see their eyes grow wide when they see their designs come to life. We adore Water­ford Event Rentals & work with them all through­out the year, so if you love what you read today, con­tact them directly or ask us how to get in touch with them so we can help your wed­ding vision come true!

Lesner Inn’s Annual Open House: Fea­tur­ing 2018 Wed­ding Trends

Just like fash­ion, wed­ding trends are ever chang­ing & some­times it is hard to know if some­thing is hot or “so 2017”. The team at Lesner Inn wants to save you the leg­work & give you the top trends for this com­ing sea­son, straight from us in the know! We were able to show­case many of these trends at our open house on Jan­u­ary 28th, but in case you missed it, here are some inspir­ing pho­tos to show why you should incor­po­rate these trends into your upcom­ing wed­ding!

No longer for just the kitchen & bath­room, mar­ble is mak­ing its way into the wed­ding scene in a big way! From charg­ers to flo­ral vases, there are many ways to incor­po­rate mar­ble into your tablescape. You can even break out of the box & incor­po­rate mar­bled swirls into fon­dant for your cake or back­grounds for your invi­ta­tions! We decided to use a mar­bled linen from Water­ford Event Rentals, & even had mar­bled menu cards made from Paper Dolls Design for the place set­tings!

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These break­fast treats aren’t going any­where any­time soon. Cou­ples began to offer dough­nuts as an eco­nom­i­cal dessert option a few years ago & it is still going strong. Whether you dis­play these on a dough­nut wall or on per­son­al­ized plat­ters, guests will go nuts for sug­ary sweets! Add edi­ble glit­ter as a sweet & sparkly treat!

Bold Flo­rals
Rose bou­quets may be a clas­sic, but flo­rals with bold & excit­ing col­ors are being seen more often in the wed­ding scene! Add a pop of color with a pro­tea or ranun­cu­lus bloom & let your flow­ers do the talk­ing! Win­ter berries were added to this bou­quet from Wan­der­ing Petal for a touch of some­thing unique!


Deep Reds & Roman­tic Tones
For that roman­tic feel, you can’t go wrong with a deep red to com­pli­ment nat­ural tones. We have seen this color pop up in linens & brides­maid dress options & can’t get enough of it. We com­pli­mented our mar­bled & gray linens with bur­gundy nap­kins & bold red flo­rals!



We have to say that this is our favorite so far. Remem­ber the trendy wooden wel­come signs of the past? In 2018, you should be wel­com­ing your guests into your wed­ding with a trans­par­ent acrylic wel­come sign or mail­ing them a mod­ern laser engraved clear invi­ta­tion. We used trans­par­ent acrylic stands to hold up dec­o­ra­tive man­zan­i­tas, but another great idea is using a trans­par­ent table for your sweet­heart or cake tables. You can even spice these up by putting uplight­ing under­neath of them!

Cop­pers & Golds
This might be linked to the Moscow Mule craze, but we don’t hate it! Cop­per flat­ware, cop­per cake top­pers, cop­per jew­elry, cop­per table num­bers, cop­per chargers…the oppor­tu­ni­ties are end­less! Of course, gold tones in gen­eral aren’t going any­where!!


Wreaths & Hang­ing Décor
View More: just your mama’s door décor any­more! We are see­ing so many flo­ral hoops & wreaths, adorn­ing wed­ding arches, entrance­ways, & even see them sus­pended above tables. These can be full of sim­ple green­ery or they can have elab­o­rate flo­ral focal points. We love what Wan­der­ing Petal did with this hang­ing piece over our head table!

We are so happy that we were able to show­case many of these 2018 trends at our open house! With the help of some of our favorite ven­dors, were were able to demon­strate what a real wed­ding with us would look like! As always, we would love to meet any of you newly engaged cou­ples! Whether you’re local or live across the coun­try we hope to have the oppor­tu­nity to be a part of your wed­ding day! Give us a call at (757) 4811122 or send us an email at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more infor­ma­tion about our wed­ding & recep­tion ser­vices!

Thanks to Stel­lar Expo­sures Pho­tog­ra­phy for doc­u­ment­ing our 2018 Open House!

Thought­ful & Even Use­ful Favors

One of the many perks of going to a wed­ding are the favors that you get to take home. A lit­tle thank you from the cou­ple is super sweet, but it can be stress­ful on the new­ly­weds if they don’t know what to give or how to keep the cost low. To help with some ideas, we’ve put together a list of five thought­ful & even use­ful favors that your guests will love & won’t break the bank!

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We’re sure you’ve seen these at a wed­ding you’ve been to recently. They’re a huge hit with the guests & most likely will be used again! These work for both bot­tled & canned bev­er­ages, so you don’t have to worry about only some of your guests enjoy­ing them. Best of all they can be pur­chased online at a fair price if you order them in bulk!
Right: Lee Yen Pho­tog­ra­phy

Who doesn’t love an extra pair of shades? If you’re hav­ing an out­door wed­ding, you can order cus­tom sun­glasses with your name & date on the side for your guests to wear. For most web­sites, it only takes a few min­utes to cus­tomize the sun­glasses & they get shipped right to your home!

This one might seem a lit­tle pecu­liar at first, but it is such a unique idea! To cut back on cost you can make these favor your­self! All you need to do is put ground cof­fee in lit­tle bags & time them off with a tag. Try com­ing up with some­thing fun to make your guests smile when they go to use the cof­fee after the wed­ding like, “Love is brew­ing”. You can even make a few bags with decaf­feinated cof­fee for those peo­ple who don’t drink caf­feine!

Below: Kelly Marie Photos

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Candy bar
Nor­mally, cou­ples will have the tra­di­tional cake & maybe a few other desserts for the recep­tion, but the candy bar is becom­ing increas­ingly pop­u­lar as not only a dessert, but as favors. This is prob­a­bly one of the eas­i­est & most cost effec­tive favors that you can give your guests. All you have to do is buy the candy & to-​go bags, use a few glass jars & bowls, & there you have it! It’s an easy, fun, & inex­pen­sive favor that keeps giv­ing even after they leave the wed­ding! To make it even eas­ier, Lesner Inn can cre­ate your candy bar for you!

These lit­tle plants are so trendy right now! Every­one loves extra décor for their house, so this is a per­fect favor for your guests that won’t go to waste. You can save some money by get­ting faux suc­cu­lents or you can get live ones for a cou­ple more bucks!

Below: Erika Mills Photography


These are just a few ideas for dif­fer­ent, use­ful, & low-​cost wed­ding favors for your guests. You will love how easy & cost effec­tive this gifts are, & your guests will love that they get to con­tin­u­ously use them after they leave the party! There are a lot more options if you’re up for hav­ing a non-​traditional favor, so just keep look­ing or head over to our Pin­ter­est page to get some more ideas!

Wed­ding Vocab­u­lary Guide

We at Lesner Inn, we know that some­times wed­ding plan­ning can get stress­ful & a bit con­fus­ing since you & your fiance prob­a­bly haven’t planned a wed­ding before. Since it may seem like we are speak­ing a com­pletely dif­fer­ent lan­guage, Lesner Inn made a glos­sary of some of the most com­monly used wed­ding indus­try words to help slim down that con­fu­sion between you & your ven­dors!

Bus­tle: After you’ve flaunted your train dur­ing your water­front cer­e­mony & for por­trait shots, it’s time to pin that train up & dance the night away! “Bus­tle” is just a fancy way to say that you’re pin­ning your dress’ train up, so that it doesn’t drag on the floor & get dam­aged.

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Above: Stel­lar Expo­sures Photography

Cake Cut­ting Ser­vice: After the cer­e­mo­nial cake cut­ting by the cou­ple, your caterer will cut the rest of the cake & serve it to the guests to enjoy. Lesner Inn includes cake cut­ting ser­vices & even lets you decide whether you would like to dis­play the sliced pieces of cake, or if you would like our staff to pass them to your guests.

Cake Cut­ting Set: This one is so sim­ple, yet can be so con­fus­ing. The cake cut­ting set is the knife & serv­ing piece that you use to cut & serve dur­ing the cer­e­mo­nial cake cut­ting for you & your spouse. Lesner Inn has a house set for you to use, but some cou­ples pre­fer to pur­chase their own or even will use the ones their par­ents used on their wed­ding day!

Charg­ers: These may look like fancy plates, but they are actu­ally used as table­top dec­o­ra­tion & are placed at the table set­ting before china are put on top of them. Don’t be the one who acci­den­tally takes this plate up to the buf­fet… talk about social sui­cide.

Cock­tail Hour: This is the period of time (not always an hour) between your cer­e­mony & recep­tion where your guests have an oppor­tu­nity to min­gle with one another & enjoy cock­tails & hors d’oeuvres. It is most com­mon that the new­ly­weds will take wed­ding pho­tos dur­ing this time with their fam­ily & bridal party before being announced into the recep­tion.

Lesner Inn -4-4.jpgDay of Coor­di­na­tor: A day of coor­di­na­tor (not to be con­fused with a wed­ding plan­ner) is basi­cally a wed­ding assis­tant who takes over once the wed­ding is a few weeks away. The coordinator’s main focus is to con­firm the details that you have planned with your ven­dors & to tie up any loose ends. They will also be there for rehearsal & the day-​of your wed­ding to make sure every­thing from set-​up to over­all exe­cu­tion goes smoothly. Lesner Inn offers day-​of coor­di­na­tion & wed­ding design ser­vices to our cou­ples, so feel free to reach out to us for more details!

Left: Brit­tany Sue Pho­tog­ra­phy

Food & Bev­er­age Min­i­mum: This is the amount of money that you are required to spend on all food & bev­er­age items. This amount varies from venue to venue but is always the amount that you will be meet­ing, & pos­si­bly exceed­ing, for any sort of food & bev­er­ages for your guests.

Hors D’oeuvres: This is just a fancy word for appe­tiz­ers. They are made for every­one to enjoy dur­ing your cock­tail hour, which Lesner Inn includes the hor d’oeuvres for in our base pric­ing!

Matron of Honor: Most peo­ple know that brides have a maid of honor & grooms have a best man, but brides can also have a matron of honor. This brides­maid is just as spe­cial as your maid of honor, but the title changes since she is already mar­ried!

Mem­ory Table: Just like any other side table, this one is com­pletely optional for the cou­ple. This table nor­mally holds pic­ture frames of loved ones who have passed away, so they can be remem­bered on your spe­cial day.

Toast: These are short speeches to the bride & groom gen­er­ally done by the best man & maid/​maitron of honor. Of course, there are oth­ers who can do them like the father of the bride, sib­lings of the bride or groom, or any­one who is spe­cial to you! Regard­less of who speaks, toasts are gen­er­ally done with cham­pagne which Lesner Inn pro­vides for each guest!

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Above: Vin­lu­ain Photography

Venue Man­ager: A venue man­ager is there the day-​of your wed­ding to make sure all runs smoothly with the venue & the food & bev­er­age side of things, if they do in house cater­ing like Lesner Inn does. They will make sure your floor plan is cor­rect, any sort of décor items rented through the venue are set, & that the time­line for all food & bev­er­age is fol­lowed accord­ingly. At Lesner Inn, you will always have a venue man­ager on site the day of your wed­ding, but they do not act as coor­di­na­tors with your other ven­dors or per­sonal details.

Wed­ding Plan­ner: Your wed­ding plan­ner will be there through­out the entire process from choos­ing your venue & ven­dors to say­ing “I do”. They will help with design­ing your wed­ding, choos­ing ven­dors & final­iz­ing con­tracts with them, & set­ting up & man­ag­ing the details of your wed­ding on the day of. They will also be there the day-​of from start to fin­ish to make sure things go smoothly & that every­thing is han­dled cor­rectly. Lesner Inn offers wed­ding plan­ning to all of our soonly weds, so if you’re look­ing to sit back through the plan­ning process & have a stress free wed­ding day, then our wed­ding plan­ning ser­vice is the way to go!

We want to make the wed­ding plan­ning process as stress free as pos­si­ble, so we hope this glos­sary of “wed­ding words” helps out! Of course, there are many other terms we use that may be a lit­tle con­fus­ing, so just reach out to us if you need some insight!

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