The Do’s & Don’ts of Hir­ing Wed­ding Professionals

Choos­ing your wed­ding ven­dors is one of the biggest deci­sions that you will make in the wed­ding plan­ning process. How­ever, many of our soon­ly­weds don’t under­stand the impor­tance of mak­ing sure that they hire a pro­fes­sional! There have been too many times where a cou­ple has asked a fam­ily friend, that has no expe­ri­ence in shoot­ing wed­dings, to take the pho­tos they will look back on for years! Well we’re here to tell you all about the wed­ding ven­dors that you must make sure are a wed­ding pro­fes­sional!

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A pro­fes­sional wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher will have years of train­ing & expe­ri­ence tak­ing por­traits, can­did, & group shots, & should be able to pro­vide you with sev­eral exam­ples! Every pho­tog­ra­pher has their own style of how they shoot & edit pho­tos, & by choos­ing some­one who isn’t a pro­fes­sional, you risk hav­ing your pho­tos come out look­ing like they were taken with your friends iPhone!

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Many peo­ple think that a video­g­ra­pher just shoots a video & sends it to you after the wed­ding. How­ever, this is not the case! Video­g­ra­phers are skilled in shoot­ing at the best angles, cap­tur­ing moments with appro­pri­ate light­ing, & edit­ing the video after it’s all said & done. Edit­ing a wed­ding video that makes you remem­ber all of the feel­ings you felt on your actual wed­ding day is no easy task. They have years of expe­ri­ence to make your wed­ding day look like the best day of your life, which it should be!

DJ or Band
When peo­ple ask if they are able to bring in a set of speak­ers & plug in their iPod to play music for the wed­ding, we can’t help but cringe. Many peo­ple who are plan­ning a wed­ding for the first time think that all your DJ does is put a playlist together & press play, but this is def­i­nitely not the case! Your DJ or musi­cal enter­tain­ment is your hype man & MC. They make sure that guests are get­ting excited for every major event through­out your wed­ding. Who do you think announces you into the recep­tion as new­ly­weds & gets your guests out on the dance floor?

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Wed­ding Coor­di­na­tor
Another ven­dor that cou­ples con­stantly under­rate are wed­ding coor­di­na­tors! Too often we hear cou­ples say that their friend or fam­ily mem­ber, who is also attend­ing the wed­ding, will be in charge of coor­di­nat­ing the wed­ding. This is a huge no, no! While your friend or fam­ily mem­ber may be fully qual­i­fied to coor­di­nate, they are guest at your wed­ding & will want to have fun like the rest of your guests. Noth­ing is worse than the cou­ple hav­ing the pick up the slack when your friend should be mak­ing sure that your DJ & cater­ing facil­ity are ready for toasts! Lesner Inn now offers coor­di­na­tion ser­vices to make sure that our cou­ples have the per­fect Vir­ginia Beach wed­ding!


Stel­lar Expo­sures Photography

We can­not stress the impor­tance of pro­fes­sional wed­ding ven­dors enough. They have years of expe­ri­ence under their belt, & can guide you in the right direc­tion when plan­ning your dream wed­ding at Lesner Inn. Our final piece of advice is that you make sure to research the dif­fer­ent wed­ding ven­dors in your area to make sure you absolutely LOVE what they do!

Lesner Inn has a list of our pre­ferred wed­ding ven­dors that we give to every­one that we meet. Our list even includes dis­counts that ven­dors offer to Lesner Inn cou­ples, just for book­ing us for their wed­ding venue & cater­ing!

For more infor­ma­tion, please reach out to our sales office at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 7574811122.

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