Why Hav­ing a Video­g­ra­pher at your Wed­ding is a Must!

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!

lesner-inn-wedding-venue 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!

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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



View More: http://lukeandashleyphotography.pass.us/david--amanda 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!

Writ­ten by: Lind­sey Bas­night
Edited by: Cayleen Javorsky

Wed­ding Recep­tion Amuse­ment

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.

Waterfront_Virginia_Beach_Wedding.jpg 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

lesner-inn-weddings-virginia-beach-karaoke 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

virginia_beach_wedding 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!

Writ­ten by: Lind­sey Bas­night
Edited by: Cayleen Javorsky

Let’s Not Make Things Awk­ward

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

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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!

garter_lesner_inn_weddings 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!

Writ­ten by: Lind­sey Bas­night
Edited by: Cayleen Javorsky

Fall Wed­ding Trends

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 View More: http://lindsayfauverphotography.pass.us/stein

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 lesner-inn-weddings-pies

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?!

Writ­ten by: Lind­sey Bas­night
Edited by: Cayleen Javorsky

Not Your Aver­age Bar

While you can’t go wrong with the clas­sic cock­tail bar, adding an addi­tional bar to the evening is becom­ing more and more pop­u­lar – a food bar. There are so many dif­fer­ent foods that can be brought in and set up in a beau­ti­ful dis­play for the event. Fea­ture one of your favorite foods or desserts on your spe­cial day with top­pings to match! Whether you decide to go with a food item or a dessert, hav­ing a spe­cialty food bar at your wed­ding will be some­thing that makes it stand out to all of your guests. Here are a few of our favorites!

Milk and Cook­ies
milk-cookies-lesner-innA milk and cook­ies bar is a fun and sim­ple idea for hav­ing an alter­na­tive dessert rather than your stan­dard wed­ding cake. It is also super easy to do your­self if you enjoy bak­ing (or have a fam­ily mem­ber who does)! Lesner Inn pro­vides an assort­ment of cook­ies for our milk and cookie bar with choco­late chip, m&m, white choco­late macadamia nut, and oat­meal raisin to name a few. Cre­ate a beau­ti­ful arrange­ment with these cook­ies, and include an old fash­ioned milk jug to com­plete the dis­play! Photo by Echard Wheeler Pho­tog­ra­phy

Candy Apple Bar
This dessert bar is such a fes­tive idea for Fall wed­dings. It’s super easy to set up, all you need is one Crock pot with caramel and one with choco­late, and numer­ous top­pings for guests to pick from. Some of the most pop­u­lar top­pings for candy apples are things like chopped peanuts, mini M&Ms, and crushed Oreos, just to name a few! We also rec­om­mend hav­ing some sliced apples for the guests who don’t want a whole apple.

Pop­corn Bar
We love hav­ing pop­corn bars as a late night snack at Lesner Inn wed­dings! Choose between reg­u­lar but­tered pop­corn or ket­tle corn and let them do the rest! We offer but­ter­scotch chips, choco­late chips, and M&Ms as top­pings, but we encour­age you to bring in what­ever your favorite pop­corn top­ping is!

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Hav­ing a mashed potato bar is a fun idea that lets your guests per­son­al­ize their din­ner instead of every­one just get­ting the same plated meal. Some of the basic top­pings would be crum­bled bacon, sour cream, chives, and shred­ded cheese. And who doesn’t like some­thing served in a mar­tini glasses?! Photo by Luke & Ash­ley Pho­tog­ra­phy

Sun­dae bar
Another great dessert bar, or even a late night snack, would be to have an ice cream sun­dae bar. We offer vanilla and choco­late ice cream with a vari­ety of top­pings! Choose your favorite fla­vor, and add things like choco­late syrup, caramel sauce, rain­bow sprin­kles, var­i­ous cookie and candy bits, and chopped nuts for your per­fect ice cream sun­dae!

If you want to make your wed­ding day per­son­al­ized to taste, hav­ing a food bar is def­i­nitely the way to do it!

Writ­ten by: Lind­sey Bas­night
Edited by: Cayleen Javorsky

Hav­ing your Furry Friend as Part of your Big Day

View More: http://taraliebeckphotography.pass.us/wedding Hav­ing all of your friends there to sup­port you on your wed­ding day is some­thing that is so impor­tant to cou­ples, so why leave out your best friend – your dog? We have seen numer­ous adorable ways to incor­po­rate your furry pup into your spe­cial day that we love! Hav­ing your dog as a part of your wed­ding will not only be a mem­ory for you and your guests, but your dog will be so happy to be with you and a part of the action!
Right: Tara Liebeck Pho­tog­ra­phy

Save The Date
Hav­ing your dog as an extra model in your save the date announce­ments is a sweet way to include them for every­one to see. This is a great idea for the cou­ples that do not nec­es­sar­ily want their pet at the venue dur­ing the wed­ding or for the furry friends that might not have the best man­ners in pub­lic.

Flower Girl
This is the most com­mon way we see cou­ples includ­ing their pet but also one of the cutest! Hav­ing your dog walk down the aisle instead of a typ­i­cal flower girl is some­thing that makes your wed­ding stand out. But if you already have a flower girl in mind your dog could always be a flower girl escort and have the flower girl walk them down the aisle. Make sure to have your dog dressed for the part with extra flow­ers from the bou­quets! Bran­don Dugan Pho­tog­ra­phy

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If you have a male dog and don’t want to make them the flower dog this is another great way to have your dog play an impor­tant role in your wed­ding. For this you can also have the flower girl walk them down the aisle, just make sure the rings are tied tight to the dog’s col­lar!

From Our Pup to Yours
Hav­ing dog bis­cuits as extra wed­ding favors for guests that also have a furry friend at home is a cute detail for your fel­low dog lovers. It is also super easy to either make the dog treats or just buy treats and wrap them up for guests to take home with them.

How­ever you decide to make your furry friend part of your big day make sure to have a trusted friend in charge of your pup and to take home at a cer­tain time in the night to make sure you and your new spouse can focus on all the fun!

Writ­ten by: Lind­sey Bas­night
Edited by: Cayleen Javorsky

Unique Guest Book Ideas

On a day that is all about the bride and groom, your wed­ding guests are the ones who truly make the day mem­o­rable. Hav­ing all of your fam­ily and friends cel­e­brat­ing with you on your spe­cial day is some­thing that you will never for­get. The days of just mak­ing every guest sign his or her name in a book are long gone, so hav­ing a fun and unique way to remem­ber every per­son that was at your big day is so impor­tant! Here, at Lesner Inn, we have seen so many cute and cre­ative ways to have your guests “sign in” so no one is for­got­ten.

1. Hav­ing guests sign bot­tles of wine
For all of our wine lovers out there, this is per­fect on so many lev­els! You and your fiancé can pick out a few bot­tles of wine to have each guest sign and write a note on with sharpies. Pick­ing out the wine together will be a fun dis­trac­tion from the stresses of wed­ding plan­ning! You can either keep it sim­ple and choose your favorite go-​to bot­tles of wine, or pick out bot­tles that have a name or label that may be mean­ing­ful to you as a cou­ple! You can then open each bot­tle on your one, three, and five year anniver­saries and rem­i­nisce on mem­o­ries with your guests on your big day while you sip on a nice glass of wine.


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Echard Wheeler Photography


2. Jenga Pieces
This cre­ative idea is great for our new­ly­weds with a love for game night! Jenga is a great game to put out for enter­tain­ment while friends and fam­ily are over. Get­ting all your guests to sign or write a note on a piece will make it spe­cial every time you play!

3. Shake it like a Polaroid pic­ture
Who doesn’t like a fun selfie?! With this guest book idea you really get to see each guest’s per­son­al­ity! All you have to do it set up an area with a Polaroid cam­era and let the self­ies begin!

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Eliz­a­beth Hen­son Photography


4. Advice Coast­ers
Another fun way to remem­ber all your guests on your big day would be to have spe­cialty coast­ers made with a spot for your guest to give you some new­ly­wed advice and then sign their name. This is such a fun idea because when­ever you are enjoy­ing a cold bev­er­age you can read over all of the fun advice that all your friends and fam­ily wrote!

These four “guest book” ideas are some of our favorites that we have seen from past wed­dings. On your big day hav­ing small touches such as a unique guest book can make it so mem­o­rable for your guests!

Writ­ten by: Lind­sey Bas­night
Edited by: Cayleen Javorsky

Fall Wed­dings on the Water

Sum­mer may be cool­ing down, but wed­ding sea­son is heat­ing up. Fall wed­dings are becom­ing more and more pop­u­lar with brides and grooms. Although most peo­ple think of barn wed­dings for the fall, hav­ing a fall wed­ding on the water offers so many great ben­e­fits for the bride, the groom, and their guests. Con­sid­er­ing the gor­geous views and added ben­e­fits of our venue, hav­ing a fall wed­ding at the Lesner Inn just makes sense!

Both of our spaces are per­fect for a wed­ding in any sea­son, but fall can be espe­cially beau­ti­ful! Our Lesner Hall is designed with neu­tral col­ors, allow­ing cou­ples to use linens, uplight­ing, cen­ter­pieces and more, to com­pletely trans­form the space into the per­fect fall inspired recep­tion. With the Lesner Hall comes our beau­ti­ful out­door Sun­set Deck, which allows your guests to enjoy the cool fall breeze on the water. Our Water­side Deck is a more casual space with roman­tic light­ing from paper lanterns and twin­kle lights, and rus­tic floor­boards. With just a few fall-​themed dec­o­ra­tions, you can really enhance the over­all atmos­phere of the room for your event. Open­ing the deck’s win­dows will also bring in the crisp fall air as your guests dance the night away!

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Ross Costanza Photography

Think­ing of fall makes us all excited for the savory, com­fort food that comes with it. Work­ing with our chef, you can offer your guests your per­fect fall feast! An addi­tional fun idea would be to add a candy bar at the end of the night, trans­port­ing your guests back to one of the best fall hol­i­days, Hal­loween. Another fall food addi­tion would be to offer pie instead of wed­ding cake! Noth­ing says “fall” more than a home­made apple or pump­kin pie, except maybe candy apples!

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Kin­stler Photography

Fall weather can be great with warm days and cool nights, but it also comes with some pretty unpre­dictable weather. Although hur­ri­cane sea­son can cause some prob­lems in the Hamp­ton Roads area, the Lesner Inn offers the per­fect mix between an indoor and out­door venue for you and your guests. We won’t let the rain ruin your per­fect day!

Another fun fall addi­tion can be at your wedding’s bar! Con­sider adding some fall sig­na­ture drinks to the menu for your guests. Although our bar­tenders can make any clas­sic drink from our house and pre­mium liquors, work with your event man­agers to offer some great fall bev­er­ages. Con­sider offer­ing Spiced Rum with Apple Cider or even an Apple Cider Mimosa! Another great addi­tion for guests of all ages would be a Hot Choco­late bar. These small addi­tions can really empha­size your over­all fall theme!

If you’re hav­ing trou­ble dec­o­rat­ing, we have some great rental items to cre­ate the per­fect fall look. First, choose from our table linens to bring in your fall color scheme. Between our house and spe­cialty linens, you can choose from over 70 col­ors! With gold being a very pop­u­lar fall color, con­sider rent­ing our gold Chivari Chairs for an added pop of shim­mer on your wed­ding day. For cen­ter­pieces, our rus­tic lanterns will offer the per­fect fall flair. Add an autumn twist to our float­ing can­dles by adding small branches to the vase! We offer so many great items to rent; we’d love to help you select the per­fect ones for your wed­ding night.

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Kin­stler Photography

If you’re look­ing for the per­fect fall wed­ding venue, you’ve found it at the Lesner Inn! Between our venue spaces, food and bev­er­age options, and cen­ter­pieces to dec­o­rate with, we can help make all of your fall wed­ding Pin­ter­est board dreams come true!

Choos­ing the Right Seat­ing Plan for Your Wed­ding Recep­tion

It’s safe to say that no one is ever truly pre­pared for the stresses that come from plan­ning a wed­ding. Even some of the seem­ingly sim­ple deci­sions will require extra care when you and your fiancé are plan­ning. One thing that you should des­ig­nate a lot of time to is your guests’ seat­ing arrange­ment. Before cre­at­ing your floor plan, fig­ure out which type of seat­ing arrange­ment will work best for you, your guests, and your recep­tion.

Assign­ing Guests to a Spe­cific Seat

This is the most for­mal seat­ing chart that will also take the most time on your part. This arrange­ment works best if you’re invit­ing a lot of peo­ple from very dif­fer­ent groups! You know your guests best, and assign­ing your guests to spe­cific seats allows you to sit peo­ple with com­mon inter­ests next to each other. It will also guar­an­tee that cou­ples and fam­i­lies won’t be split up. This type of plan also gives you the oppor­tu­nity to keep peo­ple sep­a­rated who may not get along. To let your guests know where to sit, cre­ate a seat­ing chart, so guests can find the right table where their place card sits!

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Dustin Lewis Photography

Assign­ing Guests to a Table

This is the most com­mon seat­ing arrange­ment we’ve seen at Lesner Inn. Assign­ing your guests to spe­cific tables will guar­an­tee that par­ties and cou­ples won’t be split up, reduc­ing guest anx­i­ety! This also allows you to place peo­ple who are like-​minded together. You are able to cre­ate group tables for your fam­ily mem­bers, your friend group from col­lege, your cowork­ers, and every­one who attends your wed­ding. Set up place cards with table num­bers writ­ten on them or a seat­ing chart to let guests know what table they’re assigned! This option is also great for allow­ing guests to sit next to whomever they want at their table.

No Seat­ing Chart

Let­ting your guests have free reign on pick­ing their seats can be great, but there are some things to keep in mind when you decide to nix the seat­ing chart! You should reserve a table or two for you and your fiancé’s fam­i­lies. Par­ents and grand­par­ents want to be seated close to you, so they can see every­thing that’s going on through­out the night! Also, add extra seats to your seat­ing plan. This will help to make sure par­ties and cou­ples don’t get split up for din­ner, when there’s only one seat here and there through­out the room. Keep in mind; if you want to have a plated meal, you have to have a seat­ing chart des­ig­nat­ing which guests are at which table so we can deliver the cor­rect meal to them!
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Caitlin Ger­res Photography

Ulti­mately, you want your guests to feel com­fort­able with who they’re sit­ting with at din­ner. Your tables should encour­age con­ver­sa­tion through­out the night between your guests. Know­ing your guests and the rela­tion­ships they have with one another will help you decide which type of seat­ing arrange­ment is per­fect for your wed­ding recep­tion!

Why We’re Obsesssed With Cup­cakes

It’s safe to say that here at the Lesner Inn, we have a sweet tooth that will just never be sat­is­fied. So many cakes and desserts have come through our build­ing, and we def­i­nitely have our favorites. Look­ing back on all the wed­dings, we’ve come to the con­clu­sion that we’re absolutely obsessed with hav­ing cup­cakes at your wed­ding reception!

5. You Can Still Cut the Cake. Cut­ting your wed­ding cake is such a fun tra­di­tion that makes for great pic­tures! While your guests enjoy their cup­cakes, order a small cake for you and your new spouse to cut into. You def­i­nitely don’t have to pass up this tra­di­tion just because you wanted to serve cup­cakes. Work with your baker to get the best price for what you need and want on your wed­ding day!

4. Order to Match Your Guest Count. Although bak­eries can tell you how much cake to order for your guest count, there’s a good chance you will have lots of cake left over. Cup­cakes allow you to order per­fectly for the amount of peo­ple that are attend­ing your wed­ding. You will most likely only need one cup­cake per guest. This also allows you to save money and elim­i­nate post wed­ding waste.

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Luke and Ash­ley Photography

3. Offer Guests a Vari­ety of Fla­vors. With a tra­di­tional cake, you usu­ally only offer three to four dif­fer­ent fla­vors of cake, because there typ­i­cally aren’t more than four tiers. With cup­cakes, the options are end­less! You can cre­ate cake and fill­ing com­bi­na­tions that reflect dif­fer­ent events in your life. You can also frost your cup­cakes with dif­fer­ent col­ors to match your color scheme. Just remem­ber, if you offer­ing more non-​traditional fla­vors, order some extra cup­cakes so your guests can enjoy and try the fla­vor they want!

2. Easy for Your Guests. Offer­ing cup­cakes makes every­thing so easy for your guests! First, depend­ing on how you dis­play them, this is the quick­est way to serve dessert to your guests. Cup­cakes are also easy to eat! Since a lot of guests will be mak­ing their way to the dance floor, they’ll be able to bring their cup­cake along with­out wor­ry­ing about mak­ing a mess.

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1. Many Dif­fer­ent Dis­play Options. A clas­sic cake can really only be dis­played one way, but not cup­cakes! You can dis­play them on a cup­cake tier, on your cake table, or at each of your guest’s place set­tings. There are so many dif­fer­ent types of cup­cakes tiers and ways to dis­play them at your guest’s seats; the pos­si­bil­i­ties are endless!

Cup­cakes are such a fun, chic option for your wed­ding day! They really make every­thing eas­ier for you and your guests. If you think your guests might end up being full from all the deli­cious food you offered for din­ner, you can offer them pack­aged cup­cakes to take home after the recep­tion, too. Between the vari­ety of fla­vor options, fun dis­play arrange­ments, and added ease to your wed­ding plan­ning, you really can’t go wrong! Plus, who doesn’t love a good cupcake?

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