- 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!
- 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!
- Give your bridesmaids the opportunity to let loose before walking down the aisle! If you provide the beverages you can make sure your bridesmaids can enjoy themselves without getting out of control!
- You want to make sure that your squad looks their best while they’re standing by your side. Treat your ladies to a mani pedi or facial to make sure they’re glowing!
- Everyone likes the feeling of looking beautiful without lifting a finger, so treat your bridesmaids to getting their hair and makeup done on the day of your wedding!
- 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!
- 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 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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 will be just enough to keep your guests satisfied!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The natural lighting of a simple tea light candle can make your centerpieces stand out and set a romantic tone for your reception.
- 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.
- $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.
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:
- 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/
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