While you’re not exactly expected to present favors at your wedding, doing so can be a nice way to say thank you to all of your guests for attending. Here at the Lesner Inn we’ve seen all types of favors ranging from sweet treats to kind mementos. What you choose to do is entirely up to you, but here are some of our favorite favors from 2015!
- If you’re familiar with Duck Donuts, then you understand why donuts are at the top of our list. Create a crafty display of all sorts of donuts for your guests to take home and enjoy after the festivities are over. Check out this display from a wedding we hosted last weekend!
- Who doesn’t love candy? Whether it’s chocolate, sour gummies, lollipops, or anything else you can think of your guests will love a bag of sweet treats to go! Check out this awesome candy bar from earlier this year!
- Okay we get it, we LOVE sweets! But how cute is this s’mores display?
- You can never really have too many cups! Why not give your guests a gift that will remind them of your big night every time they’re sippin on the drink of their choice!
- I know succulents sound like an odd thing to be trending, but check out Pinterest and see just how many weddings feature succulents in their bouquets, center pieces, and even as favors. Check out this adorable little favor from the other weekend!
When choosing your wedding favors, just remember they don’t have to be some extravagant gift that your guests will keep forever. Keep it simple and just show them how much their presence meant to you!
One of the inevitable questions we hear at the Lesner Inn while talking to clients is, do we need a wedding coordinator? And while we could go on for hours about why a wedding coordinator can save your life, we simply say that while you are not required to have one, we highly recommend it. A wedding coordinator handles all of the potential disasters that would leave you paralyzed, and all of the minor details that you would never even think to confront. They tell you all of the do’s and don’ts, and help to ensure that everything looks just as you had hoped it would on your big day. They know what works, and what doesn’t, and they are able to prevent disasters before they even happen. I know I’m basically describing a super hero, but that’s basically what they are when it comes to your wedding day.
Some of you may be having a small, low-key ceremony and reception, in which case you may feel that you don’t need anyone to help you direct or set up for the occasion. In this case, if you’re extremely organized and have a great group of bridesmaids to help you plan and create the perfect feel for your event, you may not need a wedding coordinator. But what many don’t consider is the seemingly simple act of walking down the aisle. You need someone to be available to tell you when it’s go time, which is where a coordinator would come in extremely handy.
For anyone having a large-scale event, we HIGHLY recommend that you have add the expense of a wedding coordinator to avoid the potential consequences of taking matters into your own hands. With having so much going on, you will need someone to handle the extra stresses and details.
While the staff at Lesner Inn is more than happy to help you with anything you may need, our main objective is to ensure your food is coming out on time, drinks are flowing, and that everything is set to make your taste buds explode! With all of this on our plate, it’s impossible to fill the role of a wedding coordinator as well.
If your budget doesn’t have room to squeeze a wedding coordinator in, ask a friend or family member to fill their place. Before asking this of someone though, make sure they have some sort of background handling a major event, or have at least attended a wedding or two. We work with family members frequently, and while they may not be Batman, Robin always ends up coming through.
With hurricane Joaquin making his dramatic exit from the east coast, we reflect on the problems that occurred, and the solutions to those problems. If you’re planning a wedding close to hurricane season, there are some things to consider and be prepared to deal with if a hurricane (or other poorly timed weather disasters) muck up your wedding plans.
Here’s a shot of our last minute “barnyard” wedding!
If you plan to have your wedding outdoors, keep a close eye on the weather. Heavy wind and rain can easily knock out the barnyard wedding that you had hoped for. If the weather doesn’t look favorable, call around to other venues in the area and find out their availability, it’s always good to have a backup. We were able to help a bride in need this past weekend when Joaquin flooded her barnyard wedding!
Also, if your venue has an outdoor deck for the ceremony and an indoor space for the reception, make sure your venue coordinators have a plan of action if the wind and rain get too bad to continue with an outdoor ceremony. Luckily, our Lesner Hall is large enough to set up a ceremony as well! Grand exitStrong winds can easily mess up the sparkler exit you had planned, so be prepared to have an alternative that won’t be smothered by the wind. Glow sticks have a similar affect that sparklers would in an image. In any event, you should always be prepared to handle anything life throws at you. Here at the Lesner Inn, we’ve seen it all, and luckily we have a great staff who is always on their toes!
Having a photo booth is a great way to get some fun and goofy pictures at your reception in addition to the essential kissing in the sunset pictures that your photographer will inevitably be taking. However, renting a photo booth can be a pricey addition to the overall cost of your event. But, have no fear, creating your own photo booth is a low stress project that you can have fun with while sipping on your favorite Chardonnay. Here are some of our favorite ideas to create your own photo booth: Find goofy props
Keeping from the wind and rain with this indoor ceremony!
Craft a fun frame
- Over sized sunglasses, feather boas, and fake mustaches are just a few of the goofy props your guests can pose with at your DIY photo booth. Hit the dollar store, thrift store, or the back of your closet and see what you can find. Your guests will thank you for the hilarious photos later!
Create a simple back drop
- If you’re crafty, or can safely operate an exacto knife, check out this DIY project with foam boards. Over sized frames are becoming increasingly popular to pose with and can be a fun addition to your photo booth.
- No photo booth is complete without a back drop, and creating one is certainly not an impossible task. Check out these 15 DIY photo booth ideas.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out this DIY photo booth back drop at the Lesner Inn!
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!