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!


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.

Right: Jenn Marie Pho­tog­ra­phy

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!

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