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Having a photo booth at your wedding reception offers a great opportunity to get both funny and loving pictures of all your friends and family throughout the night. With your photographer’s lens positioned on you, the photo booth gives your guests the chance to shine. It also gives them something fun to do while you’re taking post ceremony pictures or later in the night when they’re feet hurt from dancing! But, what kind of photo booth is the best?
Here at the Lesner Inn, we’ve seen everything from DIY photo booths to the very professional set up done by companies like SnapQube. With a DIY set up, you can create whatever type of photo booth you want. Supplying the back drop, props, and camera can be more work than you think, but will help capture some funny and creative guest moments. If you find that DIY creations can be time-consuming and stressful, hiring SnapQube can make sure all of your photo booth needs are met. With SnapQube, they will print photos for you and your guests that will let you cherish those wedding reception memories forever!
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Whether you hire a professional or do it yourself, make sure to have some fun props, and you will be sure to get great shots by the end of the night. Your guests will love the photo booth just as much as you do, and it will help make the night unforgettable! This is one trend you definitely don’t want to miss.
Think back throughout your relationship. Do you already have a song that represents a memory between the two of you? Many couples choose songs that they heard on their first date or even a song that they first danced to when they started dating. Finding personal connections like these will make your first dance even more special!
Another way to find the perfect song is to find a genre or artist you both like. Hop onto your iTunes or Spotify account, and start exploring! Once you target an artist, start listening to their music and select a song that you both enjoy. If you want to perform a more choreographed ballroom dance, instead of a typical slow dance, ask a dance instructor what they think would work best.
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If you don’t feel like searching for hours for that one perfect song, Spotify recently released the most popular first dance songs in the world. There’s a reason why these ten songs are used so much, and it’s because the lyrics and music combine together beautifully to match the love you have for each other on your special day! Check out the list below:
- “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
- “At Last” by Etta James
- “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
- “All of Me” by John Legend
- “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
- “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
- “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
- “Everything” by Michael Buble
- “Better together” by Jack Johnson
- “Amazed” by Lonestar
Whatever song you and your fiancé end up choosing, we know that song will hold a special place in your heart forever.
Stay within your Budget. Set a budget for how much you want your centerpieces to cost per table. Whether you’re renting through the Lesner Inn or a third party company, this will help you save money on your overall wedding costs. Making a budget for your centerpieces will also help you figure out if it’s worth it to try some DIY ideas for your wedding!
Keep It Simple. Centerpieces shouldn’t distract your guests from why they are at your wedding. They are there to add to the atmosphere and theme you’ve created! Limit your colors and the amount of decorations on the table to keep your centerpieces from being too busy. Your centerpieces should reflect your personality, but if there is too much going on, your guests may get detracted.
Don’t Obstruct Your Guests’ View. Between speeches, cutting the cake, first dances and other traditions, there are so many special moments that your guests don’t want to miss. You also don’t want to discourage conversation because your guests can’t see across the table. Consider having small centerpieces that fall below eye level or tall skinny designs above eye level. When in doubt, test out your centerpieces at your own dining room table to see if they block your view!
Add Light. If your wedding reception is at night, adding tea lights and candles will create a new dynamic to your centerpieces. It will also add to the atmosphere of the room as the sun goes down outside. If your centerpieces are water-based, floating candles can be a great addition too!
Melody Gillikin Photography Know Your Space. Although there are a couple options for table sizes, our standard table is an eight foot round table. Once you have your table set, there’s limited space for your centerpieces before your guests feel too crowded.Your guests will be at their table for a good portion of the night, so you want them to feel comfortable the entire time! With our tables, it’s a good idea to keep your centerpieces around one square foot to reduce overcrowding.
When in doubt, leave it up to us here at the Lesner Inn! We have beautiful options to decorate your tables, with the option of mixing and matching some of your favorites. All of our centerpieces are simple, include light, and are the perfect size to not crowd guests or obstruct their views. For an additional cost, we can also add either silver or gold table numbers for assigned seating.Whatever you choose, don’t hesitate to ask your event manager for our opinions; we all have even more detailed ideas on how to create the perfect centerpieces!
Melody Gillikin Photography
Remember, you know yourself better than anyone else, so some of these things might not make it into your Wedding Day Emergency Kit. It’s always better to be prepared than to look back and be upset that your nail polish chipped right before you walked down the aisle or your eyes were red and itchy all night at the reception. What’s the best part? All of these items are great to have around the house anyway, so you might as well bring them along for your wedding day too!
As one of our brides once told us, this process is only as hard as you want it to be. You will spend hours searching for the perfect dress, writing witty vows, crafting centerpieces, and picking out a playlist. Sometimes this all just seems too overwhelming and you need to take a step back. Remember the reason you are getting married. You are committing yourself to your partner in front of your closest friends and family and at the end of the day, that’s all you really HAVE to do. It is easy to be swept up in Pinterest boards and bridal magazines but remember that in the end, this is your day. It will never be exactly like anyone else’s and that makes every single wedding special and original.
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If it all seems like too much and you don’t know where to start, check out your contract! Lesner Inn provides a planning guide for brides to have a checklist to work with. Your event manager will also help you with a floor plan and picking out the layout of where tables need to go. Don’t be afraid to email one of the girls in our office to ask a question – that is what we are here for! We will meet with you about 3 months away from your wedding day to touch base and make sure things are on track. We will help you to fill out the planning guide and get those pesky floor plans worked out. Then we will sit down with you two weeks before the wedding to finalize these details. While it can seem overwhelming when you are sitting up late at night furiously pinning images to a Pinterest board, remember that you are going to love your wedding day because you are marrying the love of your life.
Don’t be afraid to take a step back from the planning process and have a date night with your fiancé. Enjoy being engaged. Go to happy hour with your girlfriends and catch up on their lives. Log some time at the gym to blow off some steam. Catch up on your DVR and don’t feel guilty. Just because you are planning a wedding doesn’t mean that you need to drop everything else in your life.
So…to bride who feels like she is treading water and can barely keep her head above water, just breathe.
Weddings today are all about representing both the bride and groom’s tastes and style rather than just the bride’s. When planning your wedding, always remember that it’s just as much his day as it is yours!
One social media account we are constantly updating is our Instagram account, @lesnerinn. Through our Instagram, you can get a better idea of the breathtaking views and functionality of the spaces we have to offer. Also, you can catch a glimpse of our favorite wedding moments, like first look shots or how they’ve decorated our venue. By following us, you will also be able to get weekly advice on how to ensure that your big day runs smoothly with our “Tip Tuesday” posts. Every Tuesday, we post a helpful tidbit, that we’ve learned through the countless weddings we’ve hosted, about how to enhance your special day.
Now maybe you want a behind the scenes look at the Lesner Inn?Thankfully, we live in a world where everything is posted, hash-tagged, geo-tagged, and shared for the world to see. Yes, checking out our Instagram account is a great way to see what our venue has to offer, but an even better way to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have your wedding at the Lesner Inn is looking through our geo-tagged photos. This offers those special pictures of the groom with his groomsmen before the wedding, the ring bearer breaking it down on the dance floor, and the guests enjoying drinks on our beautiful decks.
Check out the beautiful décor, fun times on the dance floor, special moments between brides and their grooms, breath-taking views from our deck, and more by following us on Instagram!
While the traditional wedding cake has not been completely replaced, alternatives have paved their way into the wedding dessert industry. Many couples forego the formality and cost of a traditional 3 or 4 tier wedding cake and opt for a fun, lighthearted and delicious dessert substitute – like a tower of homemade powdered or glazed donuts – instead. While the donut tower may seem unconventional, it’s a unique way to set your special day apart from the rest, and it still amuses the bouche.
While the bride (or groom) may want the traditional wedding cake and/or cake cutting experience, but the groom (or bride) yearns for the donut finale… don’t fret! Compromise is KEY in marriage. Top your donut cake with a top tier. This way, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds and still get the cake cutting photographs :)
You DO-NUT say no to a donut to-go! At The Lesner Inn, we’ve seen donuts as a favor on a number of occasions. It’s such a great idea! After a night filled with eating and drinking, there’s nothing better to end your night or start your morning with than a sweet treat. PS. How cute is the sign and the set up?! Je l’adore!
Donuts are quite the crowd pleaser. Guests (& vendors) are always happy when they get to indulge. Check out Danny (Astro DJ) & Dustin Lewis (photographer) enjoying some Duck Donuts with the new Mr. & Mrs. Binkowski, at their wedding at The Lesner Inn in October! I mean, you don’t need to twist our arms. We will never turn down a donut (especially not one from Duck Donuts!
NO, thank YOU. After all, you are the glaze to my donut ;)
1) The processional
While we love watching flower girls timidly make their way down the aisle, there’s something about sending grandparents down the aisle that brings a huge smile across our faces!
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2) The vows
We love when couples write their own vows! There is so much more meaning to your words when they are original, and come from the experiences you’ve shared together!
3) The announcements
When the grandparents have been seated and your vows have been said, your bridal party will be ready to take the stage and be announced to the reception hall. Typically, bridal party announcements will occur in pairs or, in some cases, awkward groups of three. However many people you have in your bridal party, why not choreograph a dance with the whole group!?
4) The garter
The tradition of the groom removing the garter from under the bride’s dress is just as awkward for your audience as it is for you, so why not roll with the awkwardness and make it comical!? We loved this doctor routine this groom pulled off with his groomsmen while finding his bride’s garter!
5) The bouquet & garter recipients
Possibly even more awkward than the groom removing the garter from under the bride’s dress, is the poor soul who has to take the garter and place it under a potential stranger’s dress. Instead of following tradition, why not reverse rolls and have the woman place the garter on a man’s leg? It eliminates the awkwardness and makes it a fun joke instead!
6) After dinner entertainment
For all of the karaoke bar goers out there, why not bring the fun right to your reception? Have your DJ provide everything you need for some late night karaoke once all of your guests are out of cool dance moves!
We love seeing people go above and beyond at their weddings to show their guests, and us, that they know how to have fun! When thinking about your wedding traditions, don’t forget to mix it up with some of these fun surprises!
Late night snacks are a popular trend for 2016 weddings, and will help your guests get the good night sleep they deserve after all of the dancing and drinking they will be doing in celebration of you and your new spouse! When thinking of what to offer, it’s important to figure out whether you want to offer savory, sweet, or both to snack on at the end of the night. Remember, they most likely just enjoyed some delicious wedding cake, so a lot of our couples choose from our savory bites for their guests. We offer a wide variety of mini snacks that will help re-energize your guests to keep them dancing until the end of the party. Listed below are the various snacks you can choose from:
Bites: Chicken Tenders, Mac & Cheese Bites (pictured left — VA Photography), Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Mini Grilled Cheese, Parmesan French Fries, Mini Cheese Burgers, and Mini Hot Dogs in a Blanket
Treats: Candy Bar, Milk & Homemade Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Popcorn Station, Homemade Brownies, Key Lime Pie, and Apple Pie
Although offering late snacks isn’t mandatory to make your reception great, it’s an added bonus for you and your guests at the end of the night. You won’t regret purchasing these delicious treats from the Lesner Inn!
sure the bride has something old, new, borrowed and blue. Did you know there’s a common tradition that deals with your very own wedding cake?
When creating the beautiful dessert for all your guests to enjoy, it’s custom to save the top tier of the cake to eat one year after the wedding. This longstanding tradition started as a way to save money. Couples would save the top tier to use as the cake to celebrate the christening of their first child. Today, couples typically pull the cake from their freezer to celebrate their one-year anniversary. Whether it brings good luck to eat it on your anniversary or bad luck to eat it early, how do you keep the cake for a whole year in your freezer?
1.) The first option is to just not do it. Most bakeries will recreate the top tier for you for an added on fee when you buy your wedding cake or offer a reduced price if you contact them again a month before your anniversary. One of our brides purchased her cake from Twisted Sisters Cupcakes, and the cost of their cake includes a top tier cake to be picked up at their one year anniversary.
2.) Now, if you’re dedicated to saving the tier there are a couple of ways to keep it fresh. One way is to freeze the tier, unwrapped, until it’s frozen hard. Then, vacuum seal it, and place it back in the freezer until you’re ready to eat it.
3.) Another way to save it is to have a container ready at the reception. As soon as you can, place the container in a refrigerator. Once settled after your big day, wrap the container in tinfoil and place it in the freezer.
4.) If you don’t have a vacuum sealer or forgot the container, another things to do is wrap the cake in multiple layers of plastic wrap. Think about an unusually large amount of plastic wrap, and start there. Then, place it in a small box or container and store it in your freezer.
Whatever you want to do, let your event manager know, and we’ll help you the best we can. Whether it’s cutting the top tier for guests, or saving it for your one-year celebration, there’s always a way to have your cake and eat it too.
Photo credit to Ashley Lester Photography
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