Gifts to Give your Wed­ding Party

Your wed­ding party is a very spe­cial group of peo­ple for your Lesner Inn wed­ding, and we think they deserve some recog­ni­tion today! These awe­some peo­ple help plan your wed­ding, throw you the per­fect bachelor(ette) party, calm your nerves, and in some Afternoon-Waterfront-Wedding-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn (13)cases sac­ri­fice a lot to be a part of your wed­ding day. We real­ize that it can be hard to find the per­fect way to say thank you, so we’ve come up with a few of our favorite sug­ges­tions! Most of these are inter­change­able between brides­maid and grooms­men, so do what­ever feels right for your group of girls or guys!
  • Thank you cards: say thank you after spe­cial events like your engage­ment party, bridal shower, bachelor(ette) party, and espe­cially after the wedding!
  • Cus­tomized flasks
  • Jewelry/​cufflinks/​tie/​fun socks to wear on the wed­ding day
  • A mani pedi/​spa day before the wedding
  • A bot­tle of their favorite drink
  • Pro­vide food & drinks while get­ting ready for the wedding
  • A fun activ­ity to do together before the wedding
  • Cus­tomized wine/​champagne/​whiskey glasses
  • Cig­ars
Right: Jared Beasley Pho­tog­ra­phy

You know your wed­ding party best, so how­ever you show your grat­i­tude make sure it is cus­tom to your rela­tion­ship! If Lesner Inn can help you accom­plish any­thing for your wed­ding party, please don’t hes­i­tate to ask! We can’t wait to help make you and your fiancés wed­ding at Lesner Inn perfect!

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!

How to Cre­ate your Wed­ding Tablescape

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
Color schemeThe 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 Photography

One 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!

If you need any help plan­ning your Lesner Inn wed­ding, please reach out to us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 7574811122. We hope to hear from you soon!

Wed­ding Time­line Tips

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.

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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 510 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 2040 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 2040 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!

We hope you found these tips use­ful in cre­at­ing your wed­ding time­line. Please con­tact the experts at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any ques­tions about your Lesner Inn wed­ding in Vir­ginia Beach!

For your Pin­spi­ra­tion: Favorite Flo­rals

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?

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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!

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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!

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Above: Dustin Lewis Images

Flo­rals 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!

Wed­ding Myths… BUSTED: Rain on your Wed­ding Day

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



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Above: Luke and Ash­ley Photography



Above: Lia Everette Photography

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Above: Ryann Winn Photography

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Above: Kelly Stin­son Photography

For more infor­ma­tion about Lesner Inn wed­dings, con­tact us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 7574811122.

Select­ing a Menu for ANY Appetite

A com­mon con­cern for most of our wed­ding and social event clients is how to offer the best menu that will appeal to all of their guest’s appetites WITH­OUT break­ing the bank! Luck­ily, the ladies at Lesner Inn are experts in this depart­ment and our cater­ing menu has a vari­ety of menu options so there is some­thing for every­one!

The Lesner Inn has three menu options for clients to choose from, this includes: plated, buf­fet, and sta­tions. Pric­ing varies between wed­dings and social events, but our tips and tricks below ring true for any type of event!

Plated Menu
echard_wheeler_lesner-dual-entree-plated-mealBefore we go into what we think works best for a plated meal, let’s first iden­tify the three options that you have when select­ing this menu option.
Right: Echard Wheeler Pho­tog­ra­phy
  • Sin­gle entrée plated meal: This is one of the sim­plest options where each of your guests will get the same plate with the same entrée.
  • Dual entrée plated meal: This is also a sim­ple option that also gives your guests a bit of vari­ety. Each guest will receive the same plate, but on that plate will be two entrées. Who doesn’t love a lit­tle surf and turf? No drama. No hassle.
  • Mul­ti­ple entrée plated meal: A plated meal with mul­ti­ple entrees requires that you receive each of your guests menu pref­er­ences in advance, cre­ate a seat­ing chart, have place cards for each of your guests, and select meal sig­ni­fiers to iden­tify which guests will be receiv­ing chicken, fish, beef, etc. Many peo­ple are deterred from this option when they real­ize how much more work it can be.
Only you know which of these options will work best for your guests. The type of menu that you select is a per­sonal pref­er­ence, there is no right answer! Plated menus are great for groups large and small but, in our expe­ri­ence, appeal to the major­ity in the form of a dual entrée meal.

Buffet-menu-baby-shower-virginia-beach Buf­fet Menu
When select­ing a menu that will appeal to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble, our top choice will always be buf­fet style. With this menu option, you are able to choose a two or three entrée buf­fet and allow your guests to choose what they’d like on their plate, and how much of it. If you know you have picky eaters in the mix, we highly rec­om­mend this option!
Left: Tara Liebeck Pho­tog­ra­phy

Sta­tions Menu
Sim­i­lar to buf­fet style, our sta­tions menu allows your guests to walk through and select which menu items they would like on their plate. The dif­fer­ence is that many of the menu options are at a chef attended sta­tion where a Lesner Inn staff mem­ber will be sautéing, flip­ping, or carv­ing food right in front of your guests. Many peo­ple opt for this menu style if they pre­fer to dress up their buf­fet and of course it adds a bit of extra enter­tain­ment to the event.

No mat­ter which menu style you choose, the cater­ing at Lesner Inn is some of the best in the busi­ness if we do say so our­selves. If you don’t believe us, just check out our stel­lar reviews on The Knot, Wed­ding­Wire, Face­book, and on our web­site.

For more infor­ma­tion about events and cater­ing at Lesner Inn, con­tact us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 7574811122.

Top 5 Rea­sons you NEED a Wed­ding Coor­di­na­tor

One of the most fre­quently asked ques­tions we get at Lesner Inn is, should I hire a wed­ding coor­di­na­tor? No mat­ter if we are meet­ing with some­one who’s a pro­fes­sional brides­maid, has a well-​organized maid of honor, or is even a wed­ding coor­di­na­tor them­selves the answer will always be YES!! A wed­ding coor­di­na­tor, who isn’t on your guest list, will make your wed­ding day 100% stress free. We’re here to tell you why you absolutely need a wed­ding coor­di­na­tor for the day of your wed­ding!

Waterfront-Greenery-Iceland-Wedding-Virginia-Beach (75) 1. Read between the lines
A wed­ding coor­di­na­tor, not to be con­fused with a plan­ner, will ensure that every­thing you have planned and pre­pared for your wed­ding day is exe­cuted per­fectly from start to fin­ish. This means coor­di­nat­ing with each of your ven­dors to ensure that they are pro­vid­ing exactly what you were expect­ing. They will make sure that all of your ven­dors have a full under­stand­ing of the vision of your wed­ding and that they work together to accom­plish it!

Right: Dustin Lewis Images

2. Get­ting down the aisle
The hours before the cer­e­mony can be extremely chaotic at times. Between get­ting any late guests to take their seats, round­ing up fam­ily mem­bers for the pro­ces­sional, and mak­ing sure not to spoil the first look between you and your fiancé there is a lot to take care of! These tasks should be des­ig­nated to a pro­fes­sional wed­ding coor­di­na­tor that will be present up until you walk down the aisle.

3. What if?
Some­thing that we can safely say will haunt any cou­ple before their wed­ding day are the end­less “what if” sce­nar­ios. What if the cake doesn’t show up? What if my DJ goes miss­ing? What if my bus­tle breaks? The sce­nar­ios are end­less. Your wed­ding coor­di­na­tor not only takes the nec­es­sary steps to pre­vent any of these sce­nar­ios from hap­pen­ing, but will go to any lengths nec­es­sary to fix them if they do!

4. You’re not wear­ing a watch
One of the things we can guar­an­tee that you won’t be doing on your wed­ding day is keep­ing track of the time. That’s where your coor­di­na­tor comes in. Your wed­ding coor­di­na­tor will make sure that you are stay­ing on sched­ule, so that you have enough time to hit the dance floor with your besties on your wed­ding day!

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Above: Dustin Lewis Images

5. Set up and break-​down
Prob­a­bly one of the most tedious tasks on your wed­ding day is set­ting up and break­ing down décor. One of the great­est things about a wed­ding coor­di­na­tor is that they take care of this for you! At the end of the night, your coor­di­na­tor will bring every­thing to a des­ig­nated vehi­cle so all you have to worry about is get­ting it home!

We’ve seen so many cou­ples boast about how orga­nized they are and how many wed­dings they’ve been involved in, but no mat­ter how true this may be we will never stop rec­om­mend­ing hir­ing a wed­ding coor­di­na­tor. No bride or groom wants to be respon­si­ble for the “what if” sce­nar­ios on their wed­ding day, and they shouldn’t have to be! A wed­ding coor­di­na­tor is a small price to pay for a very nec­es­sary ser­vice.


Above: Dustin Lewis Images

To learn more about Lesner Inn’s coor­di­na­tion ser­vices, con­tact us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 7574811122.

No Has­sle Favors at Lesner Inn

Wed­ding favors are the per­fect way to say thank you to your guests for cel­e­brat­ing your wed­ding with you. Over the years, wed­ding favors have made the switch from being small trin­kets that will most likely end up in the trash, to food or bev­er­age items that guests can actu­ally enjoy! Lesner Inn is totally behind this shift in the wed­ding game, and we’re here to tell you about the awe­some favor ideas that you can get directly from us!

Mini Cham­pagne Bot­tles
We can admit that we’re obsessed with any­thing mini for wed­dings. Lesner Inn has mini bot­tles or cans of blue cham­pagne, rose, and of course stan­dard cham­pagne that make the per­fect wed­ding favors! The pack­ag­ing is to die for, and the prod­uct is even bet­ter! If you want to per­son­al­ize these adorable lit­tle bot­tles, just order stick­ers with your names and wed­ding date and slap them on the bot­tles. You’ve cre­ated has­sle free favors for your guests to either take home or enjoy on the night of your wed­ding!

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Above: David Cham­pagne Photography

A lot of peo­ple are even using candy bars as a favor for their guests! Who doesn’t love a sweet treat for the jour­ney home from a Lesner Inn wed­ding? These can be dis­played as a candy bar so that guests can go up and select what they want to bring home in indi­vid­ual bags pro­vided by Lesner Inn.


Above: Cute E’s Photography

If you’ve read our blog before, you’ve prob­a­bly heard us preach about how awe­some donuts are if you’re look­ing for an alter­na­tive to tra­di­tional wed­ding cake. Well, here we are again to tell you how amaz­ing donuts are as wed­ding favors!! All you need are small boxes or paper bags for your guests to pack up a donut or two to take home after the wed­ding. When they’re in need of some easy hang­over food the next day, all they need is to pop the box open and enjoy!

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Above: Stel­lar Expo­sures Photography

Lesner Inn sure does love any type of bar, so why not a pop­corn bar? Pop­corn bars are such fun favors because your guests can cus­tomize the pop­corn to be fla­vored with white ched­dar or tossed with M&Ms, choco­late chips, or but­ter­scotch chips! We even pro­vide adorable pop­corn bags for your guests to take these treats home!


Above: Dustin Lewis Images

We are totally obsessed with any of these favor ideas! The best part is that they are has­sle free since Lesner Inn will pro­vide every­thing you need, and even set it up for you!

To learn more about hav­ing any of these as favors at your wed­ding, speak to one of our event & sales man­agers by con­tact­ing us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 7574811122.

Lesner Insights: select­ing your wed­ding venue

Select­ing the place where you will cel­e­brate say­ing “I do” is one of the most impor­tant deci­sions in the wed­ding plan­ning process. There are so many fac­tors to con­sider that many cou­ples don’t even think about until they’ve already reserved their wed­ding venue. Things like the loca­tion, what’s included for the price, and of course reviews on past couple’s expe­ri­ences should all be things that you are con­sid­er­ing when mak­ing this deci­sion. If you’re hav­ing trou­ble fig­ur­ing out where to start in select­ing your wed­ding venue, we hope we can help by pro­vid­ing some of our insights!


Loca­tion, loca­tion, loca­tion!!! This should be one of the first things on your mind when con­sid­er­ing your wed­ding venue. But this doesn’t mean that you should just pick whichever venue is clos­est to your house. What we really mean is that the loca­tion should reflect the over­all feel­ing that you wish to have at your wed­ding! How you feel when you walk into the doors of your wed­ding venue for the first time should be the same feel­ing you want to have on your wed­ding day!

Right: Kay De Lane Pho­tog­ra­phy

Your loca­tion should also reflect the types of pho­tos that you wish to have from your wed­ding. Water­front wed­ding venues like Lesner Inn are the per­fect set­ting for pho­tos, rain or shine. How­ever, you should also take into account your wed­ding venue’s prox­im­ity to other places you’d like to take pho­tos. Whether you want a photo with your toes in the sand or to stand out in a for­est of green you should know what photo oppor­tu­ni­ties are avail­able near your wed­ding venue!


Above: Lia Everette Photography

Waterfront-Wedding-Venue-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn-27.jpgWhat’s Included

There are so many wed­ding venues that charge a large amount just for you to use the venue! This often doesn’t even include the tables, chairs, table ware, or cater­ing. At Lesner Inn, we pre­fer to pro­vide inclu­sive ser­vices so that our cou­ples don’t have to work with 10 dif­fer­ent wed­ding ven­dors to have their dream wed­ding! Things can get lost in trans­la­tion when work­ing with too many wed­ding ven­dors so, if you decide on hav­ing your wed­ding at a venue that only includes the space, make sure you are pre­pared to stay orga­nized.

Right: Lia Everette Pho­tog­ra­phy


Read­ing reviews from past cou­ples and their expe­ri­ences at your top wed­ding venues will give insight to real wed­dings there! If you are see­ing sev­eral neg­a­tive rat­ings, then the venue may have a few kinks that they need to work out. Wed­ding plan­ning web­sites like The Knot and Wed­ding­Wire are great places to start when research­ing the best wed­ding venues in your area.


Above: Paige Ryan Photography


Can you imag­ine hav­ing your wed­ding at a venue where all of its event spaces are in a row of dark ban­quet halls where you can’t tell a stranger attend­ing the wed­ding next door apart from your great aunt Susan? It makes you wish that you had enough wed­ding guests, and money, to book the entire venue. At Lesner Inn, we offer our cou­ples the option to book the entire venue for a pri­vate wed­ding expe­ri­ence at a fair price! This is some­thing that we rec­om­mend to all of our cou­ples, espe­cially those with higher guest counts, so that they can get the most out of their wed­ding day.


Above: Luke and Ash­ley Photography

We hope our insights are help­ful in your search for the per­fect wed­ding venue! If you are inter­ested in host­ing your wed­ding with us at Lesner Inn, reach out to one of our sales man­agers at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 7574811122!

Wed­ding Pro­ces­sional & Reces­sional Songs

For some peo­ple, select­ing the songs they walk down the aisle to is as sim­ple as say­ing “ I do”! For oth­ers, it can be a long process of over­think­ing song after song. We know this is such an impor­tant moment for every cou­ple, so we wanted to help you out if you’re hav­ing a bit of a strug­gle choos­ing these songs for your spe­cial day! Check out some of our favorite pro­ces­sional and reces­sional songs that Lesner Inn cou­ples have walked down the aisle to:

Pro­ces­sional Songs:
All of Me by John Leg­end
Amazed by Lon­es­tar
A Thou­sand Years by Christina Perri
Come Thou Fount of Every Bless­ing by Chris Tom­lin
Good Life by One Repub­lic
Lost in the Moment by Big and Rich
Marry You by Bruno Mars
Take My Hand by Emily Hack­ett
Within You, With­out You by The Bea­t­les
You and Me by The Dave Math­ews Band

Waterfront-Wedding-Processional-Virginia-Beach-43.jpg Above: Cute E’s Photography

Reces­sional Songs:
Acci­dently In Love by Count­ing Crows
At Last by Etta James
Best Day of My Life by Amer­i­can Authors
First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
Good to Be Alive by Andy Gram­mer
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by Mar­vin Gaye
I Do by Col­bie Cail­lat
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
The Best if Yet to Come by Frank Sina­tra
This Magic Moment by The Drifters

In addi­tion to the above songs, we also love ANY­THING from Vit­a­min String Quar­tet for either the pro­ces­sional or reces­sional song if you’d like to give a tra­di­tional sound to your favorite mod­ern songs!

Whether one of these songs sparked some­thing for you and your fiancé or not, we hope you now have some thoughts on what type of songs you would like to use dur­ing the cer­e­mony. We wish you the very best on your selec­tion process and we can’t wait to sing along to the song you pick on your big day at Lesner Inn!

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