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, gold chivari or white padded chairs, china, glassware, flatware, chargers, centerpieces, other table décor, table numbers, & specialty linens with a variety of colors
Cocktail Hour Hors D’oeuvres – mixed cheese & vegetable displays & four hot or cold hors d’oeuvres for a full hour
Sea Breeze Stations Package:
Main Meal – Buffet style package with a build your own salad station, carving station, comfort station, & themed station
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
$6,164.50 *Optional* Add three hour premium open bar & one bartender $8,834.75
Whether its rock & roll or blues, classical or country, r&b or reggae, or any other genre of music you can think of, the song that you and your fiancé choose as your first dance can determine the mood of your wedding reception. There are no rules when it comes to selecting this song, in fact we had one of our awesome Lesner Inn couples dance to the instrumental music from their favorite Star Wars movie this past year! Considering there are no rules, many couples have trouble selecting the song for their first dance, so we thought we would help out by compiling a list of our all-time favorites, new & old:
10. I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
9. Kiss Me – Sixpence Non the Richer
8. Head Over Boots – Jon Pardi
7. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
6. The Story – Brandi Carlisle
5. Photograph – Ed Sheeran
4. You & Me – Dave Matthews Band
3. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Frankie Valli
2. Everything – Michael Bublé
1. Fresh Eyes – Andy Grammar
The song that you share with your loved for your first dance should be one that you treasure forever, so make sure it’s a good one! We would love to hear your first dance story, so share it with us!
Happy first married Valentine’s Day to all of the AMAZING couples that tied the knot at Lesner Inn this past year. Your marriage is celebrated everyday but today, we are all celebrating a little harder for you!
It’s no secret that a wedding is a large & worthwhile investment! Between all of your vendors, food and drinks, décor, and favors it doesn’t seem like you have much room left for a honeymoon fund. Thankfully, there are so many ways to save money while still having your dream wedding at Lesner Inn! Details like centerpieces, desserts, or even the time of day or month of the year that you get married at Lesner Inn are all key ways to keep more of that green in your pocket, instead of your vendor’s.
One of the first and easiest ways to save money is by talking to your florist! People don’t realize how big of a dent floral arrangements can make in a budget, but using flowers that are in season for your wedding is one of the easiest ways to minimize that cost! Another great way to save money on florals is by using more greenery in your arrangements! Not only will you be saving money by using more greens in your arrangements, but you’ll also be a part of one of the biggest trends for 2017weddings! So when talking to your florist, make it all about the greenery with hints of your favorite in-season florals for your wedding! Beth Hamilton Photography
Another great way to save money is by being realistic with your cake. Skip having the multi-tiered cake and opt for a smaller cake to be used for the traditional cake cutting. You then can do something simple like a sheet cake, cupcakes, cookies, or even donuts as dessert for your guests! You are still able to celebrate the traditional cake cutting ceremony, while giving your guests the option of more than just the traditional almond cake. Hope Everlasting Photography
Virginia Beach is a huge area for military couples, so of course we here at Lesner Inn offer a military discount to thank you for your service! Plenty of other vendors will offer some sort of military discount as well, and all you have to do is ask!
Time of Year
They say timing is everything, so when trying to cut back wedding costs think off season! Here at Lesner Inn, off peak months are January, February, March, and November. Couples often choose their wedding date based off of the weather, but what is the real difference between October & November, or March & April? You may be saving a few degrees, but in the end we live in one of the most temperamental areas in Virginia and the most beautiful day of the year could end up being in one of our off-peak months!
Mike Topham Photography
Day of the Week
With any venue you look at, hosting a wedding on a Saturday evening will always be the highest cost. Naturally, it is the most popular day of the week to get married because of friends and family who will need to travel to make it to the event. But, if you and your closest family and friends are local, having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday, or even a week day, can greatly decrease your estimated cost!
Daytime VS. Evening
Amanda Robbins Photography
Lesner Inn Weddings
Choosing Lesner Inn as your wedding venue is another huge cost, and headache, saver. We offer either ceremonies and receptions, or just receptions if that is what you prefer. All of our packages include tables, chairs, china, glassware, flatware, use of the space for a minimum of three hours, and linens! Some of our packages even include table décor like chargers, centerpieces, table numbers, and more! This saves you the time and energy that it takes to find vendors to provide all of these things, as well as the cost of having them come to set it all up on your wedding day! Luke & Ashley Photography
These are some easy ways to cut back on wedding expenses, but there are so many other ways to save money while planning your big day. Think outside of the box and be open to other options while making wedding decisions and you’ll be surprised how much money you can save!
As we begin 2017, we want to take a moment to look back on all the fantastic weddings and events we had in 2016 here at Lesner Inn. We got the opportunity to work with some of the best couples, see some of the most touching moments, and so many other things that made 2016 so unforgettable! For all of our 2016 Lesner Inn newlyweds, we hope your big day was everything you dreamed of here at Lesner Inn and that your first year of marriage was nothing less than perfect. We wish you so much happiness in 2017 and for the years to come in the future!
Best First Dance Modest Monkey Photography
With the legalization of same sex marriage in June, we have to celebrate this beautiful couple! Michelle & Erin shared their first dance to “The Story” by Brandi Carlile and had us all in tears! We still get goose bumps just thinking about their first dance, which is why they take the title of best first dance!
Best Party Crasher Luke & Ashley Photography
Amanda and David took the term wedding crasher to a whole new level when their prehistoric visitor showed up. Having this stag guest show up during their reception definitely won them the best party crasher of 2016!
Best First Look Hope Everlasting Photography
Sometimes the sweetest first look isn’t shared between couples, but with other important people in your life. Witnessing Marissa’s father’s reaction to seeing her before walking down the aisle definitely proved that to be true! This reaction scored Marissa and her father the best first look of 2016!
Best Garter Toss Melody Gillikin Photography
People think that doing the garter removal in front of all their family and friends can be uncomfortable but Allie and Adam showed us how to put a funny twist on it! Having the groom and groomsmen dress up made all the awkward vibes fly out the window, which is why they won the best garter toss of 2016!
Best Outfit Dustin Lewis Photography
When preparing for a wedding, the most important thing a guest asks themselves is “what should I wear?” Lucky for this guy, he found the perfect outfit. Even though his seductive little wardrobe change didn’t happen until later in the evening, we give him props for such a bold and fashion forward ensemble. This guy took the naked fashion forward to a whole new level, which is why we are awarding him best outfit of 2016!
Best Grooms Cake Angie McPherson Photography
Not many of our couples still honor this pastime but if you’re a Steel Magnolias fan, you know the tradition of a groom’s cake all too well. We have to say, this cake is MUCH better than a red velvet armadillo cake. The award for best groom’s cake goes to Cierra for this awesome cake for her husband!
Best Candid Echard Wheeler Photography
Brittany and Rocky’s wedding here at the Lesner Inn was beyond a dream! Seeing how these two acted together all night was so sweet. Props to Echard Wheeler Photography for capturing this candid photo of them during their reception, which was why they won best candid picture of 2016!
Best Rainy Day Echard Wheeler Photography
The old wives tale states that rain on your wedding day mean that you will have good luck for years to come. It also means that you are an awesome couple with an awesome photographer who will (quite literally) weather the storm for the best shot. We are in LOVE with this picture of Emily and Chris on their wedding day – nothing could get them down!
Best Personal Touch Elizabeth Henson Photography
Chelsea and Andrew share a strong love for the finer things in life…like long walks on the beach, candlelight dinner and Pixar movies. Do you see the subtle nod to Toy Story in this photo? We nominate them for best personal touch in a Lesner Inn wedding for 2016!
Best Waterside Deck Wedding Caitlin Gerres Photography
From the moment we started the planning process with Alicia, we knew that this girl was going to pull off one heck of a wedding! They tied the knot in Ghent and came to celebrate their new marriage with all of their family and friends on the Waterside Deck at Lesner Inn. With hints of navy blue, blush and gold, their wedding was the sweetest, most elegant Waterside Deck wedding of 2016!
Best Wedding Game Daissy Torres Photography
Most of the time, a lot of the guests at a wedding are only close with either the bride or the groom. Stephanie and Scott made sure all of their guests got to know them a little better by playing the shoe game during their awesome August wedding. Best wedding game goes to y’all… and now we know who is the better cook!
Best Flower Girl David Champagne Photography
The wedding is all about the bride and groom…unless you have a flower girl that total steals the show! This little princess melted our hearts and takes the cake for best flower girl of 2016!
Best Cake Cutting Daissy Torres Photography
Amy & Francisco were one of our favorite couples to work with! Their easy going and fun loving attitudes were always welcome, even though 90% of our communication was over phone and email! Being such a playful couple, it came to no surprise when they started smashing cake in each other’s faces after they cut the cake. This intense showdown definitely takes the cake for best cake cutting of 2016!
Best Sparkler Exit David Champagne Photography
Lealet and Reden ran off into the night after this stunning sparkler exit. Did David Champagne catch the perfect moment or what? These two stole the show with this sparkler exit and it was definitely the best one of 2016!
Best Wedding Cake Beth Hamilton Photography
We have a little bit of a sweet tooth. Okay, A LOT of a sweet tooth. Buttercream, almond, fondant, chocolate chips, red velvet, sprinkles..you name it we love it. After seeing countless wedding cakes this year, we have to award Shannon and Doug best cake of 2016. Steven Siccone did an AMAZING job with this creation and it looked (almost) too good to eat!
Best Smile Dustin Lewis Photography
Your wedding day is the happiest day of your life therefore, the day you should be smiling the most. Blaine took this to heart and didn’t stop grinning the whole day! It helped that his bride, Kelsey, looked simply amazing. Dustin Lewis captured it perfectly during their first dance…best smile of 2016 goes to Blaine!
Best Sunset Photo Stellar Exposures Photography
Lesner Inn is FAMOUS for the amazing sunsets that your guests can catch during cocktail hour. 365 sunsets of 2016 and we think that this one takes the cake. And to top it off, the most beautiful couple got married on this day! Amanda from Stellar Exposures wins the award for the best sunset picture of 2016!
Best Party Crowd Dustin Lewis Photography
Best Party Crowd of 2016 goes to Melanie and Steven for throwing this great wedding last May! We hope your weekend is filled with even half the amount of fun and partying that this reception had!
Best First Kiss Elena Skaya Photography
Ah, the perfect first kiss. This one was a tough one and truthfully, all first kisses are the best kisses but we did have to pick a winner. Michelle and Tanner get the award for the Best First Kiss of 2016! As soon as they were pronounced husband and wife, Michelle and Tanner embraced and sealed the deal with a big ol’ smooch in front of all of their family and friends. You can even see Michelle smiling in this photo during the moment!
Thank you to all of our wonderful 2016 couples!! May every year of marriage be just as magical as the first!
As most of us anticipate the snow plow that is the winter season, for some it’s time to pack away their snow gear and think ahead to warm and sunny days. Yup, it’s time to start planning for those spring weddings! If you’re not sure where to begin in the planning process, the best place to start is selecting your color palette. From here you can select your stationary, linens, florals, cake, and any other wedding day essentials! Check out the Pantone palette for spring 2017:
2017 Color of the Year - Not only is Greenery featured in the spring palette, but this bright and inviting green will be seen at weddings of all seasons at Lesner Inn throughout the year of 2017! Consider how this tone can work for your wedding in any season!!!
The first look has become a popular addition to the modern day wedding ritual. Couples are loving the idea of having a private meeting with their soon to be newlywed before the ceremony so that they have a chance to be alone before being surrounded by adoring family and friends! At Lesner Inn, we love seeing these sweet first looks shared between couples, and here are some reasons why you should forget about the age old superstitions about seeing your soon to be spouse before hitting the aisle:
Get your tears out without an audience The moment of seeing your significant other on your wedding day can be a very emotional time. By doing a first look before your ceremony, it can help cut back on those pesky tears that come with seeing each other as you walk down the aisle. If you’re an ugly crier like I am, this is definitely something to consider! Nobody likes to remember a red face and raccoon eyes when looking back at their ceremony photos! Dustin Lewis Photography
Enjoy a private moment Your wedding day can be a very hectic day for you and your fiancé. Taking the time to spend a moment together before all the chaos starts can take away some of the nerves of walking down the aisle. This entire day, that took months of planning and long nights deciding between the hazelnut or pale dogwood for your color scheme, is all about you as a couple. That being said, it is necessary to be a little selfish and take some time to just be together and really embrace that you’re about the spend the rest of your life with the love of your life! Melody Gilkin Photography
Get planned photos over with Another major plus of having a first look is that you can take a lot of your planned photos with the whole bridal party before the ceremony instead of cramming them all in during cocktail hour. Usually the couple are MIA during cocktail hour, but being able to do most of your portrait pictures earlier allows you to mingle with all your guests before the reception ensuring you have time to have a moment with every guest. Wedding days are packed full of numerous things to do so getting pictures out of the way before all of the events start really helps to keep your timeline on track. Petruzzo Photography
Lesner Inn fully supports breaking tradition! Every wedding and reception we see at our waterfront venue brings something new and exciting along with it that turns into a story we get to tell our future couples! When it comes to the tradition of not seeing your soon to be spouse before the wedding, we say BREAKIT!
One of the vendors people put the most time and thought into selecting while planning their wedding is the photographer. It is SO important to make sure you have a photographer that you love for your wedding, but why stop there? We have seen more and more couples bring in a videographer for their big day as well! Some people may wonder if a photographer and videographer is necessary, but we’re here to tell you why having both is so important to reliving your wedding at Lesner Inn!
Getting to see it in action Having still shots of all the different events happening during your big day is great, but having someone record every moment will bring everything to life. You get to actually see the guest’s tears while you say your vows and see all of the laughs during the reception. Having a video of all of the highlights from your big day will allow you to relive your wedding day over and over again!
Kelley Stinson Photography
You can’t be everywhere at once You may have some serious FOMO on your wedding day seeing how busy you will be with those pesky reception traditions, taking photos on our Sunset Deck, and going around thanking your guests. This is why having a videographer there to capture all of the moments you miss is a necessity! There will be so many fun dances, conversations, and smiles being shared between guests and having a video of it all will make you feel like you were everywhere at once during your special day!
For people who couldn’t make it to your wedding Unfortunately there will be guests that you invited who, for whatever reason, couldn’t make it to your wedding.Having a videographer to capture all of the precious moments your friends and family would have wanted to see is a great way to make these guests feel included! You could even make them copies of the video as a little gift to show them you missed their presence!
Daisy Torres Photography
One video instead of hundreds of pictures A huge plus of having a videographer is that you have one video to share with all of your friends and family instead of having to upload hundreds of photos! It is also super easy for any of your followers to share, or for you to send to others through email!
Luke and Ashley Photography
Don’t get me wrong photographs are a necessity to have from your wedding, but hiring a videographer allows you and your loved ones to truly relive your special day on the Lynnhaven River as many times as you want! So when you start to plan your big day, we suggest looking into having a videographer there to capture every moment!
When thinking of a wedding reception, what usually comes to mind is music and lots of dancing! Guests rarely expect the unexpected, so why not be the first to show them something truly unique at your wedding reception? Over time we have seen some pretty creative entertainment ideas that keeps not only your guests on your toes, but your vendors as well! Here are just a few of our favorites from past events.
Cocktail Hour Amusement There’s no better time to set the mood of the reception than during cocktail hour! Cocktail hour can leave your guests standing around waiting for the excitement to start. So, while you’re off with your new spouse taking sunset pictures on the water, entertain your guests with a professional performer. You could bring in professional performers like belly, flamenco, or fire dancers, which would set the roof on fire for your event! Your fire dancers would have to keep their talents outside though, we don’t literally want to set the roof on fire!If you’re setting more of a romantic mood for your event, you could even have a string quartet, harpist, or violinist perform and amaze your guests! Starting the night off with something unexpected will definitely keep your guests guessing what’s next! Left: Stellar Exposures Photography
Karaoke Another great activity that will surely make your guests remember your reception would be having a karaoke machine! Not only is this a great activity to keep your guests laughing and entertained, but it’s also a great way to make sure everyone is interacting with one another. Sometimes your guests can feel a bit weird cutting a rug, but who doesn’t love karaoke! Grab a friend and belt your favorite song from the latest and greatest hits, or the most classic oldies! You wild newlyweds could even plan to do a funny karaoke duet, which would definitely be unforgettable for your guests! Right: Heather Hughes Photography
Games Offering games during your reception is a great way to keep some of your older guests, or anyone who doesn’t dance, entertained. All of the classic games that we played growing up like connect four, jenga, and chess have been recreated into over sized versions and are such a fun and unique way to keep your guests entertained! Then of course there is the ever popular corn hole, which can never be overdone!The options of games to have at your wedding are endless, so have fun and pick something that you know your guests would love! Left: Dustin Lewis Photography
Caricature Artists Hiring a caricature artist is another activity that would be a hit during your reception! It’s similar to a photo booth, but this picture won’t get lost under the mounds of photo strips your guests have stashed from previous weddings!
Whether you want your guests to be entertained by professionals, or for your guests to pretend to BE the professionals, the possibilities of entertainment to surprise your guests are never-ending! We would love to hear some of your favorite reception entertainment ideas that you have seen, or have even had at your own wedding!
The non-traditional bride is dominating the wedding scene at Lesner Inn, which brings in new variations of the traditions we are accustomed to. Something that we see are many of our non-traditional brides steering away from is the garter removal. Most of today’s brides are finding it a little awkward to do this in front of everyone at their reception, which we can’t argue with. We hate to eliminate this tradition just because of a little discomfort, so if you want to still incorporate the garter removal into your big day here are a few ways to help make this tradition a little less awkward for you and your groom!
Icing the groom Putting an unexpected twist on the garter tradition definitely helps take away the awkwardness of it. One great idea we’ve seen is to “Ice” the groom during this time. This helps put more of the focus on the “icing” part rather than the actual garter removal! Photo by Melody Gilkin Photography
Do it later in the evening One of the main reasons brides and grooms feel uncomfortable during the garter tradition is having all their family members watching. So another way to avoid some of the awkward vibes that come with this tradition would be to do it later in the night when most of your older family members have probably headed home already.
Create a diversion To take away some of the lime light, from the groom removing the garter, would be to have the bridal party do a choreographed dance during this time. Planning a funny dance is not only fun for the bridesmaids and groomsmen but it’s also a fun distraction from the garter removal for your guests!
Reversing the rolls Have you ever thought about having the bride and groom to switch roles? Have the groom toss the bouquet to all the single men and then have the bride remove the garter from the groom’s leg. This would take it from awkward to surprising and funny for all your guests! Photo by Brandon Dugan Photography
Whether you’re a non-traditional or traditional bride, any of these alternatives to the standard garter removal can bring something new and unique to your wedding reception! But don’t stop thinking up ideas; we would love to hear your favorite garter removal stories!
When someone says fall what is the first thing you think of? Cooler weather, Halloween, or pumpkin spice lattes? Here at The Lesner Inn when we think fall we think about some of our favorite seasonal wedding trends! Autumn is filled with falling leaves, pumpkin flavored everything, cozying up by the fire and the list goes on and on. Having your wedding in the fall can be so beautiful and have such a cozy feel if you incorporate some simple fall inspired details. Here are just a few of our favorite weddings trends for the fall season! Photo by Lindsay Fauver Photography
Fall Wedding Colors An easy way to set a fall mood for your wedding would be with colors! One color that is a great new trend to incorporate into your table centerpieces is Bronze, which adds such a chic warm aspect to your décor. Other romantic colors we love for this time of the year are deep plums and shades of cranberry.
Pumpkin Guests Place Cards This is such a cute idea that also adds decorations to your tables. Having each guest’s name attached to a pumpkin makes place cards so less boring. It’s easiest if you use small fake pumpkins then they will last forever for your guests to keep as a memory from your special day. You can also paint the pumpkins to match your décor or leave them their natural color!
Specialty Cocktails Another way to make your wedding have a cozy feel would be with a specialty hot cocktail. Offering a spiked apple cider or a hot toddy would be a perfect way to help your guests warm up on a cool fall day. Hot chocolate is also a favorite and would be good to have for any children attending your wedding or for guest’s who do not drink. Photo by Erin Bonilla Photography
Pies for Dessert If you don’t want to go with the traditional wedding cake, having a variety of pies is a great way to make your wedding stand out and make dessert time feel like fall. Pumpkin, Apple, and Cherry are some of the classic fall pies that guests would love!
We love when temperatures start cooling down and we get to see the different ways our couple’s personalize their special day for the season. Any of the options listed above are great and simple ways to make your wedding perfect during the fall season, but the possibilities of ways to customize your fall wedding are endless! What are some of your favorite fall wedding trends?!