The ladies at Lesner Inn stepped away from our desks and picked up a tool belt for a day with this fun DIY donut wall! With one crafty manager and another mathlete, we proved that two heads are better than one. This adorable donut display wall is for rent now at Lesner Inn! Stay tuned to watch the progression of this project.
We started by sanding the plywood & wooden dowels that were cut to size for us at Lowe’s. We decided to go with a 5′ x 3′ wall so that it can be set on a table, & 5″ long dowels so we could easily fit 2 – 3 donuts per peg.
The next step was staining the sanded wood. We chose an espresso finish that we think turned out great!
After everything was stained, we did two coats, we packed everything away to dry properly & got ready for the final steps.
A lot of the tutorials that we found online said to use hot glue to put the pegs on the wall, but we’re perfectionists & chose to place wood screws through the back for a more durable option. We perfectly measured the distance between each peg, drilled holes into the pegs so we could screw them in, & then screwed them in halfway to prepare for the polyurethane finish.
We went with clear satin so that the wall didn’t lose it’s natural wooden look.
We’re extremely proud of how this DIY project came out, & hope you all like it! Donuts are a great alternative wedding cake & even make great wedding favors!
It’s that time of year again. The time of year where our creative and motivated event and sales managers begin planning our annual Open House! We are so excited to kick off 2019 with some of the top wedding vendors in Hampton Roads, but the only thing that could make it better is seeing the people who make it all possible… you! Whether your planning a big or small wedding stop by to ask us how we can make it possible at Lesner Inn.
Above: Stellar Exposures PhotographyEveryone in attendance is eligible to receive booking specials from Lesner Inn and participating vendors, and even win raffle prizes. You will taste complimentary hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails while overlooking the Lynnhaven River to receive the full guest experience. No RSVP necessary, just be sure to mark your calendars and tell your friends!
If you can’t wait until January, just give us a call to schedule an appointment! We can’t wait to meet you!
Creating a tablescape for your wedding at Lesner Inn can seem like a daunting task, especially because most people planning their own wedding are not professionals. However, we are here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be difficult as long as you follow these helpful tips and tricks!
Choose your color scheme
The best place to start is by choosing your color scheme for the wedding reception! Some things that you should keep in mind when choosing your colors are what colors and accents are already seen around your wedding venue. Luckily, at Lesner Inn, both of our spaces are very neutral with wooden floors and golden accents so this doesn’t require too much thought. You should also make sure you don’t select colors all within the same hue so that you create dimension throughout the room!
Choose your linen colors
We know this may seem the same as tip number 1, but the way you incorporate your color scheme into your tablescape has so many variations. Not every color that is in your palette needs to be a linen color. For example, if you choose a color scheme like the one to the right, you should only choose two or three of the colors to be used as linens. Choose at least one dark or bold color with a complimentary or neutral color to tie it all together! The rest of the colors can be used in floral arrangements, menu cards, signage, and uplighting!
Create your floor plan
Once you’ve selected which colors to use for your linens, you should create a floor plan so you have an idea of the different tables you will need to linen and place centerpieces on. If you’re choosing tables of different sizes to keep up with the latest wedding trends, we suggest alternating your linen colors to make those tables stand out. Here is a great example from one of our favorite weddings at Lesner Inn!
Above: Echard Wheeler Photography
Plan your centerpieces
While we think floral arrangements make the best wedding centerpieces, we understand that doing this on every table can get a bit pricey. Meet with your florist to price out the arrangements you want at each table. If you need to cut back on your floral budget, consider doing some tables with flowers and others with floating candle arrangements, or you could mix the two like in the photo below! You should come prepared with photos of the arrangements you like using your color scheme and make note of any must have flowers. We hear dahlias are trending for 2019!
Above: Kelly Stinson PhotographyOne of our favorite things about our job is seeing all of the different color schemes and tablescapes that our clients come up with! We understand that wedding planning can be stressful at times, but in the end we hope that the experience is as enjoyable for you as it is for us!
Creating the order of events for your wedding day is no easy task but, we’re here to help! While we believe that everyone should tailor their wedding timeline to best fit their needs, these tips should help you create the perfect timeline for YOUR wedding.
Ceremony – Approximately 30 minutes: From processional to recessional, it’s very rare that a wedding ceremony would take more than thirty minutes. Exceptions include traditional religious ceremonies, which can take 45 minutes to an hour. Talk to whoever is performing your ceremony to get a more finite time frame.
Above: Dustin Lewis Images
Cocktail Hour – Approximately 45 minutes: Immediately following your ceremony, if you are hosting your ceremony & reception in the same place, will be your cocktail hour. This is where guests will have the opportunity to mingle, have some tasty hors d’oeuvres, and enjoy cocktails if they are being served at your wedding. During this time, the newlyweds are typically taking staged photos with their families and wedding party. We recommend your cocktail hour to be 45 minutes to an hour long.
Announcements – Approximately 15 minutes: When cocktail hour dies down and you are transitioning to the party, most couples will make the switch with announcements. This is where the wedding party and newlyweds are introduced to join the reception, while friends and family are at their seats hyping up the party. Some couples introduce their families as well, but it is most common to only include the wedding party. Announcements typically only take 15 minutes when you include having your guests be seated, lining up the wedding party, and introducing everyone by name.
First Dances – Approximately 5 – 10 minutes: After announcements, you have the choice to jump into your first dances (i.e. newlyweds & parent’s dances) or to sit down and begin meal service. In most cases, couples choose to get their first dance done immediately after announcements, while they still have their guest’s attention. If you don’t want to have the parent’s dances right away, then having them right after meal service creates a great opportunity to open up the dance floor.
Above: Kelly Stinson Photography
Meal Service – Approximately 20 – 40 minutes: Determining the duration of meal service depends on your guest count and type of meal. However, most meal services don’t take more than 20 – 40 minutes for all guests to be served. During this time, the couple is usually going from table to table thanking their guests for coming.
Toasts – Approximately 5 to 20 minutes: Toasts are the most difficult event to set a time for, but I have never seen toasts run longer than 20 minutes. There is no way of telling how long speeches will take, unless you ask those giving a speech to keep it under a certain amount of time. Regardless of how long their speeches are though, we recommend having toasts towards the end of meal service. This ensures that you have everyone’s attention and doesn’t require you to gather everyone up from different areas of the venue. We also recommend that you do the traditional cake cutting immediately after toasts so dessert can be served as soon as possible.
After these main events, the rest of your wedding should be filled with dancing, catching up with old friends and family, tossing your bouquet, or taking photos at your photo booth! If you plan your timeline accordingly, and have a wedding coordinator to keep you on schedule, you should have plenty of time to really ENJOY your wedding day!
There are numerous ways to dress up your wedding venue on your special day, but one of our favorite ways are through florals! With a wedding venue like Lesner Inn, that lets the view do the talking, you really don’t need much else when choosing your wedding decor. We’ve seen some arrangements that are unique to a theme, ones that go with the season, and many that are your “classic” wedding flowers and have highlighted them below. We hope you enjoy these beauties and receive some floral pinspiration for your wedding day
We LOVE how perfectly Wandering Petal in Virginia Beach executed Andrea and Jonathan’s tropical themed wedding! Palms were used to create a non-traditional wedding arch for the ceremony and this minimalist wedding was made complete with white flowers tucked in big bouquets of greenery. Andrea even rocked a floral crown to show off her style throughout the night. How couldn’t this make the list of our favorite florals from Lesner Inn weddings?
Above: Winston Veranga Photography
The simplistic beauty of Nicole and Nelson’s florals were beyond perfect for the spring palette. They worked with Kelly Gish Floral Designs to keep a subtle pastel color scheme with mostly greenery and white flowers. But these florals wouldn’t be complete without the pink and purple flowers to make things pop! These florals were absolutely flawless and as “pretty in pastel” as you can get!
Above: Luke & Ashley Photography
Can you say GORGEOUS?! Although we’ve had many weddings since theirs, Stephanie and John’s florals are still one of our all-time favorites. The mix of deep red, white, and greenery brought everything together during their fall wedding. If you look close, you can even see that Norfolk Wholesale Florist used a number of different flowers to create a striking bouquet for Stephanie!
Above: Sweet Adeline Photography
Not everything has to have that pop of color, the green and white look is still one of our favorites too! Jordan and Stefan had a family friend use mostly greenery with a few white flowers for their wedding and, boy, did it turn out beautiful. Ironically, Stefan was from Iceland so we’re sure he felt right at home with the amounts of greenery on their big day. This classic look can’t be beat!
Above: Dustin Lewis ImagesFlorals tell so much about your style and what you envision for your day, so whether you go for the themed flowers, seasonal, or classic look, the main thing to keep in mind is to choose what YOU like, then, you can sit down with your florist and go over the numerous options. We hope this helps when it comes to meetings with your florist and that you head off into the day with thoughts and dreams of your wedding florals!
The most common wedding superstition that we hear is that it’s “bad luck” for it to rain on your wedding day. Well we are here to speak some truth and bust this myth once and for all by showing you some of our FAVORITE photos from rainy day weddings at Lesner Inn! We guarantee you’ll be hoping for some rainfall at your Virginia Beach wedding!
Above: Echard Wheeler Photography
Above: Bryan Myhr Photography
Above: Luke and Ashley Photography
Above: Lia Everette Photography
Above: Ryann Winn Photography
Above: Kelly Stinson Photography