A Friendly Reminder to the Stressed Out Bride or Groom

You’re engaged! When is the wed­ding? What does your dress look like? Who is your pho­tog­ra­pher? Where are you going on your hon­ey­moon? The ques­tions never end! While some peo­ple love hav­ing the spot­light on them and rel­ish every sin­gle minute of the plan­ning process, we know that not every bride or groom enjoys it. And you know what? That’s okay.

As one of our brides once told us, this process is only as hard as you want it to be. You will spend hours search­ing for the per­fect dress, writ­ing witty vows, craft­ing cen­ter­pieces, and pick­ing out a playlist. Some­times this all just seems too over­whelm­ing and you need to take a step back. Remem­ber the rea­son you are get­ting mar­ried. You are com­mit­ting your­self to your part­ner in front of your clos­est friends and fam­ily and at the end of the day, that’s all you really HAVE to do. It is easy to be swept up in Pin­ter­est boards and bridal mag­a­zines but remem­ber that in the end, this is your day. It will never be exactly like any­one else’s and that makes every sin­gle wed­ding spe­cial and orig­i­nal. If it all seems like too much and you don’t know where to start, check out your con­tract!

Lesner Inn pro­vides a plan­ning guide for cou­ples to have a check­list to work with. Your lesner-inn- wedding-virginia-beach-waterfront-sunset-best-wedding-venue-hampton-roadsevent man­ager will also help you with a floor plan and pick­ing out the lay­out of where tables need to go. Don’t be afraid to email one of the girls in our office to ask a ques­tion – that is what we are here for! We will meet with you about 3 months away from your wed­ding day to touch base and make sure things are on track. We will help you to fill out the plan­ning guide and get those pesky floor plans worked out. Then we will sit down with you two weeks before the wed­ding to final­ize these details. While it can seem over­whelm­ing when you are sit­ting up late at night furi­ously pin­ning images to a Pin­ter­est board, remem­ber that you are going to love your wed­ding day because you are mar­ry­ing the love of your life.

Don’t be afraid to take a step back from the plan­ning process and have a date night with your fiancé. Enjoy being engaged. Go to happy hour with your friends and catch up on their lives. Log some time at the gym to blow off some steam. Catch up on your DVR and don’t feel guilty. Just because you are plan­ning a wed­ding doesn’t mean that you need to drop every­thing else in your life.

So…to bride or groom who feels like they’re tread­ing water and can barely keep their head up, just breathe.

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Wed­ding High­lights: Angela & Jeff — 11/​26/​2016

About the Bouleys:

Lesner-Inn-Sunset-November-Wedding-Virginia-Beach-Waterfront-ReceptionAngela & Jeff met through mutual friends on an inter­mural kick­ball team in April of 2014. While they didn’t make it to home base after the first kick, this cou­ple sure has proved that they are meant to be!

“We found love on the kick­ball field. Although it wasn’t that easy.”


As it usu­ally does, it all started with a lit­tle small talk. They found out where each other were from, their com­mon inter­ests, and hob­bies, and found them­selves talk­ing intently about sports. It was then that Jeff said a nearby waiter walked by and told him “you bet­ter not let her go man”… clearly this waiter knew a blos­som­ing rela­tion­ship when he saw it.

Lesner-Inn-Sunset-November-Wedding-Virginia-Beach-Waterfront-Reception-2Angela and Jeff saw each other fre­quently in their cir­cle of friends through events unre­lated to kick­ball, but it was Angela who made the first move. She went out on a limb, and sent Jeff a text ask­ing him to go to the beach. Being their first time with­out a “chap­er­one” Jeff was ner­vous. But their day at the beach went so well that it led to din­ner later that night!

At din­ner, Jeff wasn’t feel­ing well so he decided not to order when the waiter asked what he would have. The night con­tin­ued and they went their sep­a­rate ways. When Jeff woke up, he was feel­ing worse than he did the night before, and had to go to the hos­pi­tal. He was hos­pi­tal­ized for a week, but was still sick for weeks after he was dis­charged.

While Jeff was sick, he felt that he had ruined him and Angela’s time together. But, his future best man Nick gave him some great advice and told Jeff to give her a call to let her know how he was doing… and the rest is his­tory!

Jeff pro­posed in between the sand dunes at the Outer Banks in April of 2016. Then, on Novem­ber 26, 2016 they cel­e­brated their mar­riage at Lesner Inn!

About the Wed­ding:

Lesner-Inn-Sunset-November-Wedding-Virginia-Beach-Waterfront-Reception-6Angela and Jeff’s cer­e­mony was held at the Annun­ci­a­tion Greek Ortho­dox Cathe­dral in Nor­folk, fol­lowed by the recep­tion at Lesner Inn. After mak­ing their grand entrance, they moved right into their first dance as hus­band and wife and – with the help of a tal­ented vio­lin­ist – danced to a ren­di­tion of Nat King Cole’s “When I Fall in Love”.

Not want­ing the for­mal­ity of a plated meal, Angela and Jeff opted for our Sea Breeze Sta­tions so that guests could help them­selves to a hearty salad, mar­tini mashed potato bar, carv­ing sta­tion, and a crab cake sta­tion. Obvi­ously sup­ple­mented by sweets from our great friends – Urban Cup­cakes.

Lesner-Inn-Sunset-November-Wedding-Virginia-Beach-Waterfront-Reception-3 The night went on with a full open bar for this party crowd, and the dance floor was never empty with Cheap Thrills on the mic! With a full dance floor all night, the party didn’t stop until their bub­ble exit on the grand stair­case.








Check out some of the tal­ented ven­dors below that made their dream wed­ding come true:

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Venue & Cater­ing – Lesner Inn
Day of Coor­di­na­tion – ABC Coor­di­na­tion
Pho­tog­ra­phy – Dee Akright
Trans­porta­tion – Legacy Lim­ou­sines & Lux­ury Coaches
Florist – Nor­folk Whole­sale
Cake – Urban Cup­cakes
Enter­tain­ment – Cheap Thrills
Pho­to­booth – The Trav­el­ing Photobooth



Fall 2017 Wed­dings!

Appar­ently spring is creep­ing up rather than spring­ing upon us this year, & while it is hard to imag­ine bypass­ing spring & sum­mer it is time for us to get seri­ous about fall! By now you have your bridal party accounted for, ven­dors selected, & party pants ready for the big day! But, before you can say your “I do’s”, you have to make one more com­mit­ment… & that’s to your color scheme.

Our favorite way to stay up to date with upcom­ing color trends is through pan​tone​.com. Here you will find the hottest trends for every sea­son, & even know the high­est trend­ing color of the year, which you can see by click­ing here!

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We LOVE the mix­ture of pas­tels & deeper pur­ples & blues com­ing into play this fall, and hope to see how you use these col­ors for your fall wed­ding at Lesner Inn!

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Echard Wheeler Photography

Lesner Inn Wed­ding — $9,984.50

Details:
Sun­day Evening Cer­e­mony & Recep­tion
Peak Sea­son
Lesner Hall & Sun­set Deck
150 Guests

What’s included:
  • Cer­e­mony — set up & break down of cer­e­mony, use of cer­e­mony chairs & white arch, & one hour towards your total event time

  • Gold Venue Rental – three hours towards total event time, tables, gold chivari or white padded chairs, china, glass­ware, flat­ware, gold or sil­ver charg­ers, cen­ter­pieces, other table décor, table num­bers, stan­dard house linens, & use of the bridal suite

  • Venue Man­ager
  • Cock­tail Hour – mixed cheese or veg­etable dis­play & two hot or cold hors d’oeuvres for thirty minutes
  • Pem­broke Plated:
    • Main Meal – Freshly baked bread served to the table, choice of Mixed Green Gar­den or Cae­sar Salad for 150 guests, 150 plates of Sautéed bone­less breast of chicken served with your choice of sauce from our sauce list with one starch & one vegetable
  • Con­sump­tion bar pro­vid­ing an aver­age of two drinks per per­son using house brands of beer & wine
    • Two bar­tenders
  • Self-​service bev­er­age sta­tion with water, iced tea, & cof­fee for the reception
  • Champagne/​Sparkling cider toast
  • Cake Cut­ting Service
  • Tast­ing bag with a bit of every­thing from the event for the cou­ple to take home

$9,984.50



Lesner Inn Wed­ding — $10,141.50

Details:
Sun­day After­noon Cer­e­mony & Recep­tion
Peak Sea­son
Entire Venue
100 Guests

What’s included:
  • Cer­e­mony — set up & break down of cer­e­mony, use of cer­e­mony chairs & white arch, & one hour towards your total event time

  • Sil­ver Venue Rental – three hours towards total event time, tables, chivari chairs, china, glass­ware, flat­ware, stan­dard house linens, use of the bridal suite, & use of the entire venue *Mil­i­tary cou­ples receive 50% off sil­ver room rental*

  • Venue Man­ager
  • Cock­tail Hour – held in the lower deck serv­ing an assort­ment of dan­ishes & muffins served along­side fresh fruits & berries for thirty minutes
  • Bayville Brunch Buf­fet:
    • Main Meal – Choice four break­fast items & two lunch items
  • Cham­pagne & Bloody Mary bar stocked with assorted juices for the dura­tion of your event
    • One bar­tender
  • Self-​service bev­er­age sta­tion with water, iced tea, & cof­fee for the reception
  • Champagne/​Sparkling cider toast
  • Cake Cut­ting Service
  • Tast­ing bag with a bit of every­thing from the event for the cou­ple to take home

$10,141.50
$9,532 for Military



Lesner Inn Wed­ding — $10,000.13

Details:
Sun­day After­noon Cer­e­mony & Recep­tion
Peak Sea­son
Lesner Hall & Sun­set Deck
150 Guests

What’s included:
  • Cer­e­mony — set up & break down of cer­e­mony, use of cer­e­mony chairs & white arch, & one hour towards your total event time

  • Plat­inum Venue Rental – three hours towards total event time, tables, chivari chairs, china, glass­ware, flat­ware, charg­ers, cen­ter­pieces, other table décor, table num­bers, spe­cialty linens with a vari­ety of col­ors, & use of the bridal suite

  • Venue Man­ager
  • Cock­tail Hour – an assort­ment of dan­ishes & muffins served along­side fresh fruits & berries for thirty min­utes & 150 serv­ings of cham­pagne punch
  • Shore Drive Break­fast Sta­tions:
    • Main Meal – Choice four break­fast stations
    • Two Chef Attendants
  • Self-​service bev­er­age sta­tion with water, iced tea, & cof­fee for the reception
  • Champagne/​Sparkling cider toast
  • Cake Cut­ting Service
  • Tast­ing bag with a bit of every­thing from the event for the cou­ple to take home

$10,000.13
Add Cash Bar & Two Bar­tenders $10,212.13



Lesner Inn Wed­ding — $8,904.60

Details:
Sun­day After­noon Cer­e­mony & Recep­tion
Peak Sea­son
Water­side Deck
100 Guests

What’s included:
  • Cer­e­mony — set up & break down of cer­e­mony, use of cer­e­mony chairs & white arch, & one hour towards your total event time

  • Plat­inum Venue Rental – three hours towards total event time, tables, chivari chairs, china, glass­ware, flat­ware, charg­ers, cen­ter­pieces, other table décor, table num­bers, & spe­cialty linens with a vari­ety of colors

  • Venue Man­ager
  • Cock­tail Hour – an assort­ment of dan­ishes & muffins served along­side fresh fruits & berries for thirty min­utes and two hun­dred serv­ings of French toast sticks dipped in syrup
  • Bayville Brunch Buf­fet:
    • Main Meal – Choice four break­fast items & two lunch items
  • Cham­pagne bar with assorted juices
    • One bar­tender
  • Self-​service bev­er­age sta­tion with water, iced tea, & cof­fee for the reception
  • Champagne/​Sparkling cider toast
  • Cake Cut­ting Service
  • Tast­ing bag with a bit of every­thing from the event for the cou­ple to take home

$8,904.60



Lesner Inn Wed­ding — $9,692

Details:
Sat­ur­day Evening Cer­e­mony & Recep­tion
Peak Sea­son
Water­side Deck
100 Guests

What’s included:
  • Cer­e­mony – set up & break down of cer­e­mony, use of cer­e­mony chairs & white arch, & one hour towards your total event time

  • Gold Venue Rental – three hours towards total event time, tables, gold chivari or white padded chairs, china, glass­ware, flat­ware, gold or sil­ver charg­ers, cen­ter­pieces, other table décor, table num­bers, & stan­dard house linens

  • Venue Man­ager
  • Cock­tail Hour – mixed cheese & veg­etable dis­plays & four hot or cold hors d’oeuvres for a full hour
  • Lynnhaven Dual Plated:
    • Main Meal – Freshly baked bread served to the table, choice of Mixed Green Gar­den or Cae­sar Salad for 100 guests, 100 plates of Sautéed bone­less breast of chicken served with your choice of sauce from our sauce list & a shrimp skewer accom­pa­nied by one starch & one vegetable
  • Con­sump­tion bar pro­vid­ing an aver­age of three drinks per per­son using house brand beer & wine
    • One bar­tender
  • Self-​service bev­er­age sta­tion with water, iced tea, & cof­fee for the reception
  • Champagne/​Sparkling cider toast
  • Cake Cut­ting Service
  • Tast­ing bag with a bit of every­thing from the event for the cou­ple to take home

$9,692



Lesner Inn Wed­ding — $9,798

Details:
Sat­ur­day After­noon Cer­e­mony & Recep­tion
Peak Sea­son
Lesner Hall & Sun­set Deck
100 Guests


What’s included:
  • Cer­e­mony — set up & break down of cer­e­mony, use of cer­e­mony chairs & white arch, & one hour towards your total event time

  • Sil­ver Venue Rental – three hours towards total event time, tables, chivari chairs, china, glass­ware, flat­ware, stan­dard house linens, & use of the bridal suite *Mil­i­tary cou­ples receive 50% off sil­ver room rental*

  • Venue Man­ager
  • Cock­tail Hour — mixed cheese or veg­etable dis­play & two hot or cold hors d’oeuvres for thirty min­utes with addi­tional hors d’oeuvres of lob­ster pop skew­ers & shrimp on ice
  • Board­walk Buf­fet:
    • Main Meal – Choice of one salad, two entrees, one starch, & one veg­etable with bread & butter
  • Con­sump­tion bar pro­vid­ing an aver­age of five drinks per per­son using house brands
    • One bar­tender
  • Self-​service bev­er­age sta­tion with water, iced tea, & cof­fee for the reception
  • Champagne/​Sparkling cider toast
  • Cake Cut­ting Service
  • Tast­ing bag with a bit of every­thing from the event for the cou­ple to take home

$9,798
$9,294.50 for Military



Lesner Inn Wed­ding — $7,283.50

Details:
Sat­ur­day After­noon Cer­e­mony & Recep­tion
Peak Sea­son
Water­side Deck
50 Guests

What’s included:
  • Cer­e­mony – set up & break down of cer­e­mony, use of cer­e­mony chairs & white arch, & one hour towards your total event time

  • Gold Venue Rental – three hours towards total event time, tables, gold chivari or white padded chairs, china, glass­ware, flat­ware, gold or sil­ver charg­ers, cen­ter­pieces, other table décor, table num­bers, & stan­dard house linens

  • Venue Man­ager
  • Cock­tail Hour – mixed cheese & veg­etable dis­plays & four hot or cold hors d’oeuvres for a full hour
  • Inlet Heavy Hors D’oeuvres Pack­age:
    • Main Meal – Buf­fet style pack­age with a build your own salad sta­tion, three hors d’oeuvres with the option to add two addi­tional options, carv­ing sta­tion, & com­fort sta­tion or themed station
    • One Chef attendant
  • Con­sump­tion bar pro­vid­ing an aver­age of four drinks per per­son using house brands
    • One bar­tender
  • Self-​service bev­er­age sta­tion with water, iced tea, & cof­fee for the reception
  • Champagne/​Sparkling cider toast
  • Cake Cut­ting Service
  • Tast­ing bag with a bit of every­thing from the event for the cou­ple to take home

$7,283.50



Lesner Inn Wed­ding — $9,564.50

Details:
Fri­day Evening Cer­e­mony & Recep­tion
Off-​Peak Sea­son
Lesner Hall & Sun­set Deck
100 Guests

What’s included:
  • Cer­e­mony – set up & break down of cer­e­mony, use of cer­e­mony chairs & white arch, & one hour towards your total event time

  • Plat­inum Venue Rental – three hours towards total event time, tables, chivari chairs, china, glass­ware, flat­ware, charg­ers, cen­ter­pieces, other table décor, table num­bers, spe­cialty linens with a vari­ety of col­ors, & use of the bridal suite

  • Venue Man­ager
  • Cock­tail Hour – mixed cheese & veg­etable dis­plays & four hot or cold hors d’oeuvres for a full hour
  • Princess Anne Plated Pack­age:
    • Main Meal – Freshly baked bread served to the table, choice of Mixed Green Gar­den or Cae­sar Salad for 100 guests, 100 plates of Sautéed bone­less breast of chicken served with your choice of sauce from our sauce list with one starch & one vegetable
  • Con­sump­tion bar pro­vid­ing an aver­age of four drinks per per­son using house brands
    • One bar­tender
  • Self-​service bev­er­age sta­tion with water, iced tea, & cof­fee for the reception
  • Champagne/​Sparkling cider toast
  • Cake Cut­ting Service
  • Tast­ing bag with a bit of every­thing from the event for the cou­ple to take home

$9,564.50



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