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
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!

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