Decorating your venue requires planning minor details that can make or break the feel of your venue. You have to choose a theme and make sure that all of your colors and décor work together to create the elegant masterpiece you imagined in your head. One of the most important tasks in accomplishing this is choosing your linens. While this seems like a simple task, there are many things to consider before making a decision. Here at the Lesner Inn we want to make sure that everything about your experience is smooth sailing, so here are a few tips to consider while choosing your linens: Know what color the chairs will be
Look at the flooring of your venue
- This sounds a bit obvious, but many people don’t pay attention to what will be in the room on their big day! Knowing whether your chairs will be black, white, or brown can help you avoid an embarrassing clash of colors. Having black linens with brown chairs creates two different looks that you do not want to pair!
Keep your center pieces in mind
- If your venue is carpeted then make sure that you’re not using an over lay that are the same color as the carpets. Coordinating your colors is great, but making your tables invisible is not the look to be going for. Also, make sure that you’re not choosing an overlay that clashes with the carpet! Beware of patterned carpeting!
Don’t be afraid to use different shades of the same colors
- If you already know what you will be using for your centerpieces then you can think about the tints and colors incorporated within them. For example, if you’re using flowers for your centerpieces, try incorporating the colors within the flowers onto the tables. If the flowers have a pink hidden within them, you could use a pink overlay and to make it all pop and flow together.
Don’t be afraid to pair different colors
- A classic navy blue overlay with light blue napkins never fails when setting a table. It’s a timeless look that makes your tables look sleek and put together with minimal effort.
Planning your wedding day is an exciting experience for you and everyone involved. While it can seem stressful, asking for help from your bridal party can lift some of the weight off of your shoulders. After all, your bridal party is there to support you!
- Pairing simple neutrals together can create a sleek and elegant look for your tables as well. Try using beige with natural reds or greens. Doing this also gives you countless options when it comes to choosing your centerpieces.
Take a look at some of our favorite table settings on our Instagram!
At The Lesner Inn, we’re often asked about the details of your wedding timeline & where it pertains to us. Our rule of thumb is if you have a lot of events throughout the evening, and a lot of guests to entertain, make sure you have the time to do it! Also – since we’re awaterfront venue in Virginia Beach, our sunsets are a main attraction – and thus, another factor into the wedding timeline.
We’ve seen many timelines but here’s what we think works best:
Afternoon Ceremony & Reception
- 9:00 AM: Vendors /Wedding party have access to the venue for set up
- 10:00 AM: First Look Photographs
- 11:00 AM: Ceremony
- 11:30 AM: Cocktail Hour /Family Portraits
- 12:15 PM: Bridal Party announcements
- 12:30 PM: First dance
- 12:40 PM: Lunch
- 1:00 PM: First dances with the parents
We will be hosting our first annual open house on January 18th from 2 – 6 PM. Please stop by if you are in the area and would like some free food & drinks, and the chance to learn more about our venue and see the work of some of VB’s finest vendors! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/310040035848287/
As a guest, your job is easy-shmeasy. You show up at the ceremony & reception, you send your best wishes to the happy couple, and you enjoy all of the food, alcohol & music. You really don’t have to do anything else, unless you’re specifically asked to participate in another way. That being said, there are number of things you should NEVER do at a wedding:
There’s so many ways to personalize your wedding and share your story with the world, without simply telling them it in your vows or speeches. At The Lesner Inn, one of our favorite ways our newlyweds personalize their wedding is through their menu. Even though we provide all of the food for your wedding (with exception to the cake) we love to work with our couples to make sure they are able to personalize their menu. Take a look at some of our ideas below & what we’ve done in the past!
It’s your special day, and minutes before the ceremony music cues your bridal party to start walking down the aisle a crisis occurs. One of your groomsmen has had one too many drinks, trips, and spills his jack & coke on the guest table. He looks down and notices his boutonniere has come undone. No one has the time nor the knowledge to fix the table or the boutonnieres quickly — so who do you turn to? This is a perfect scenario that differentiates the duties of the venue coordinator and the wedding coordinator. While your wedding coordinator quickly assembles the boutonniere and pins it to the groomsman, your venue coordinator is re-linening & re-setting the table as it was before.
If your wedding venue provides catering (which, we do!), then they should offer tastings. Let’s be real, who buys a car without test driving it first? And when it comes to the most important day of your life, why leave anything to chance? Lesner Inn offers their potential clients their choice of 4 hors-doeuvres to 3 entrees. Since tastings have become increasingly important, as more and more couples choose to personalize everything (from signature cocktails to cakes & desserts), we thought it would be important to give our readers some tips on how to take advantage of your tastings.