How to Repur­pose Your Flo­ral Arrange­ments

Whether they’re pot­ted, cen­ter­pieces, or bou­quets, you will likely be using flow­ers for your décor on your wed­ding day. After the big day, most peo­ple will place their flow­ers in a vase when they get home and toss them once they’ve wilted. But, we’re here to tell you how you can keep these unique arrange­ments as keep­sakes. Here are a cou­ple of ideas on how to re-​purpose your flo­ral arrange­ments to last more than just a cou­ple of hours:
  • How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet11Frame them:
    • Yes you read that right! You can press your bou­quet, or at least a few of the flow­ers, and keep it in a shadow box or frame along with your save the dates or a pic­ture of you and your new spouse! If you’re not sure how to dry out the bou­quet your­self you can ask your florist to do it for you, or check out this DIY!
    Christ­mas orna­ments:
    • If you’re okay with the idea of part­ing with your bou­quet for a while then you can make Christ­mas orna­ments to cher­ish them once a year. Sim­i­lar to fram­ing your flow­ers, you can dry some of the petals, buds, and leaves and put them in an opaque Christ­mas orna­ment! Every Christ­mas, you and your spouse can have a lit­tle reminder of the day you said I do!
    Jew­elry:
    • Jew­elry is a great way to make small keep­sakes that can last for­ever! Go to any craft store and pick out a sim­ple glass locket that you can arrange some small petals and buds into and cre­ate a fun neck­lace. You can even cre­ate beads from your left­over flow­ers to make neck­laces and bracelets. Check out this tuto­r­ial.
    Any of these are great ideas for a DIY gift to your brides­maids and any other women involved in mak­ing your wed­ding day spe­cial! Trust us, after hav­ing your wed­ding at the Lesner Inn, you’re going to want to have a keep­sake you can look back on!

    How to Choose Your Table Linens

    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
    • 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!
    Look at the floor­ing of your venue
    • 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!
    Keep your cen­ter pieces in mind
    • 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 use dif­fer­ent shades of the same 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.
    Don’t be afraid to pair dif­fer­ent col­ors
    • 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.
    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!11378106_1452500635062808_1932540355_n

    Take a look at some of our favorite table set­tings on our Insta­gram!

    What Types of Bev­er­ages Should You Serve at Your Recep­tion?

    When think­ing about what liba­tions to serve your guests, it’s impor­tant to remem­ber things like the time of day and day of the week you are hav­ing your wed­ding. Here’s what we think are the best bev­er­age options for your recep­tion. Mon­day through Thurs­day Evening:
    • Week­day wed­dings are not likely to have heavy drinkers who are look­ing to crowd the bar. Your guests have work the next day and are less likely to be order­ing some­thing strong that will make them late to work the next day. More than likely, your guests will casu­ally sip on a nice Chardon­nay or craft beer. So hav­ing beer and wine wFeatured imageill be just enough to keep your guests satisfied!
    Fri­day Evening:
    • T.G.I.F is a pretty uni­ver­sal feel­ing, & is applic­a­ble even on your Fri­day night wed­ding. If it’s a Fri­day night, your guests are going to be ready to indulge at the bar. They had a long week at work and are ready to unwind and cel­e­brate with you! Hav­ing a fully stocked bar with beer, wine, and liquor will keep all of your guests happy and excited to hit the dance floor.
    Sat­ur­day & Sun­day After­noon:
    • After­noon recep­tions are much more low-​key. It’s the mid­dle of the day and most of your guests won’t be hop­ing for a rum and coke at eleven in the morn­ing. At this time most guests go for a chilled white wine, espe­cially in the sum­mer. This is also a great oppor­tu­nity to have a Bloody-​Mary Bar, Mimosa Bar, or Champagne/​Prosecco Bar.
    Sat­ur­day Evening:
    • PARTY TIME! Sat­ur­day evening is party cen­tral for wed­ding goers! Your guests are expect­ing the drinks to be flow­ing and to have plenty to choose from. Have the bar fully stocked with your guest’s favorite beer, wine, and liquors. Your guests will be brag­ging about your big day for months!
    Sun­day Evening:
    • Sun­day evenings are hit or miss when it comes to the drink­ing crowd. You’ll have those guests who aren’t will­ing to believe that it’s the end of the week­end, and of course those guests who had one too many the night before and are wel­com­ing Mon­day morn­ing. We rec­om­mend hav­ing a full bar avail­able to please both sides.
    Being pre­pared for your drink­ing crowd is the best advice we can give to you while you plan what to serve at the bar. You know your guests bet­ter than any­one so go with what you feel will make sure that you and your guests don’t leave dis­ap­pointed. At The Lesner Inn, we offer 3 dif­fer­ent bars — Host Bar, Con­sump­tion Bar, or Cash Bar. So you have the option of either pay­ing for your guests or let­ting your guests pay for them­selves. We also have a num­ber of dif­fer­ent call and pre­mium brands for you to choose from. Also, because we LOVE local, you can stock your bar with beers & wine from brew­eries & vine­yards around the Hamp­ton Roads & greater Vir­ginia area!

    Mak­ing Your Own Cen­ter­pieces

    Here at the Lesner Inn, we sFeatured imageee cen­ter­pieces made at home that can bring the whole look of a wed­ding together. Things that you would never have expected to work well together can make your tables look wel­com­ing, and cre­ate the flow of your recep­tion hall. If you’re mak­ing your own cen­ter­pieces for your wed­ding day, then you’re prob­a­bly won­der­ing where to start. Here are some of our best tips while cre­at­ing the per­fect look for your guest tables: Make your col­ors flow together.
    • If you’re using a bright table linen, go with a sub­tle cen­ter­piece that incor­po­rates dif­fer­ent tints and col­ors that work well with your linens. If you’re using more neu­tral linens then you have more room to incor­po­rate what­ever col­ors you want with your cen­ter­pieces. The main goal is to make sure you aren’t using col­ors that clash.
    Keep your guests in mind.
    • Even if your cen­ter­pieces look great, it is impor­tant to think about how it will affect your guests through­out the recep­tion. You wouldn’t want your guests yelling through a for­est of hydrangeas or sift­ing through a pile of glitter.
    Sim­plic­ity is beautiful.
    • Doing the min­i­mum can still wow your guests. Flow­ers never go out of style, and who doesn’t love sand and seashells? Put these in a nice vase or mason jar, and your cen­ter­pieces are ready to go.
    Can­dles make every­thing better.
    • The nat­ural light­ing of a sim­ple tea light can­dle can make your cen­ter­pieces stand out and set a roman­tic tone for your reception.
    Don’t be afraid to experiment.
    • We all know Pin­ter­est to be the home of crafty ideas. Try break­ing apart the ideas you find on Pin­ter­est and mix­ing them together. You never know what you could come up with.
    The main goal to mak­ing your cen­ter­pieces is to have fun while doing it. Invite your friends over and see what you can come up with together over some wine and cheese.

    March Wed­dings

    You know you’re in Vir­ginia Beach when it’s not strange to be out and about in shorts and flip flops because the tem­per­a­ture has made it over 50 degrees. The antic­i­pa­tion of warmer weather is just too much to resist. It’s no secret that we all love the warmer months, and March is the per­fect time to make that tran­si­tion away from the cold. With tem­per­a­tures ris­ing, spir­its lift­ing, and excite­ment ris­ing, March may just be the per­fect month to plan your wed­ding for. I can tell you’re a bit skep­ti­cal, so here are a few of my top reasons ;)
    • $avings! As we tran­si­tion away from the cold months, March is still con­sid­ered “off-​peak” for most venues and ven­dors. This will typ­i­cally boast an over­all dis­count of 20% for you entire wedding.
    • Day Light Sav­ings: The recent switch in time will allow for a bit more day­light on your spe­cial day. That means more time for your cer­e­mony and beau­ti­ful sun­set pictures.
    • The more the mer­rier! Just as this time frame is off-​peak for your ven­dors, it will likely be off-​peak for your guests and their work sched­ules. This will hope­fully allow for them to take vaca­tion and have an awe­some time at your wedding!
    • No sweat­ing. Although a Sum­mer wed­ding has it’s upsides, their noto­ri­ous for over­heated guests and sweat spots on your fancy wed­ding clothes. There’s always some­where to cool off dur­ing a March wedding.
    • Color options are end­less this time of year. While we tran­si­tion from the cool col­ors of win­ter and move into the softer pas­tels of spring, you’re left with a palette of color com­bi­na­tions to please any and everyone.
    • While there’s a nice chill in the air, the sun is out & the flow­ers are bloom­ing. It won’t be unbear­able to take your wed­ding pho­tos out­side. So even at The Lesner Inn, you’ll get to enjoy our beau­ti­ful view of the Lynnhaven River — and show it off through your wed­ding photographs.
    • Daisies, peonies, tulips, & roses are the IN-​FLOWERS in March.
    • A March wed­ding lends itself to a very ver­sa­tile dec­o­rat­ing ideas, allow­ing you to cre­ate a very unique wedding.
    Con­sider The Lesner Inn dur­ing your venue search! & Don’t for­get to vote for us in BEST OF Vir­ginia Beach: http://​hamp​ton​roads​.com/​b​e​s​t​o​f

    Best Wed­ding Time­lines

    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

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    Per­son­al­iz­ing your menu

    menuThere’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!

    Wed­ding Coor­di­na­tors VS. Venue Coor­di­na­tors

    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.

    CRI­SIS AVERTED.

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    Tips for a Suc­cess­ful Wed­ding Tast­ing

    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.

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