Rainy Day Wed­dings

While we all hope for the best weather when it comes to our spe­cial events, Mother Nature can some­times cre­ate a change of plans.

This week’s weather has been wet and dreary, but it made us think of all the great ways to incor­po­rate the rain into your spe­cial day!

  • Have umbrel­las avail­able for your guests at the cer­e­mony, per­son­al­ized or color coded add an even more detailed touch!
  • Wear­ing Rain­boots, or using them for other dec­o­ra­tive accents.
  • Col­lect­ing rain from your wed­ding day in a spe­cial jar and sav­ing it as a keep­sake from your event.
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Enjoy­ing the Moments and Tak­ing in the View

We love Pin­ter­est for all of its great dec­o­ra­tive and event ideas, but this pin we found today really inspired us. Your wed­ding day is one of the most joy­ful and spe­cial days of your life. Mak­ing sure that all of your hard work and plan­ning is hap­pen­ing as smoothly as you hoped, can some­times cause stress to over­ride the hap­pi­ness that the day should bring. Take faith in know­ing that your wed­ding ven­dors are there to make sure that all of your event details go off with­out a hitch. Don’t get lost in the small details, and let go of the things you can’t con­tol! Keep your focus on the true mean­ing of the day, and the real impor­tance of the moment that you and your love are shar­ing together.

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Labor Day Week­end and Whole Venue Events

This Labor Day week­end, we will cel­e­brate with a packed cal­en­dar of five events! Four out of the five events will be wed­dings, with one cou­ple end­ing the hol­i­day week­end by rent­ing our entire venue for their Cer­e­mony and Reception!

Rent­ing the entire Lesner Inn for your event is a great way to ensure max­i­mum use of both of our event spaces, while enjoy­ing the free­dom to move through­out the build­ing with your fam­ily and friends. In our peak event sea­son, past clients have held their cer­e­mony on our upstairs Sun Deck, moved to our lower Water­side Deck for cock­tail hour, and then had their guests return back upstairs to our Lesner Hall for the recep­tion. The use of our sep­a­rate spaces allows for dif­fer­ent event floor plans, as well as dec­o­ra­tive ideas that can be dif­fer­ent, while main­tain­ing a cohe­sive theme.

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Sum­mer Sip­pers and Sig­na­ture Drinks!

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In con­tin­u­a­tion with our last post­ing about Cater­ing, we wanted to take the time this week to talk about sum­mer cock­tails! Over here at the Lesner, we love sum­mer­time. We day­dream of sum­mer and all of the sea­sonal good­ness it brings… bright sun­shine, warm breezes, beach tans, fresh ingre­di­ents & refresh­ing libations!

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Cater­ing to Your Spe­cial Event

Since we are always hun­gry over here at Lesner Inn, we decided this week we would high­light how your event Cater­ing can enhance and help to truly per­son­al­ize your spe­cial day.

Over this past sea­son, we have noticed that many cou­ples are shy­ing away from the tra­di­tional sit down din­ners and going towards more inter­ac­tive per­son­al­ized sta­tions for their guests to enjoy.

Top wed­ding food trends: Themed sta­tions, fun key ingre­di­ents, and com­fort foods (our Mar­tini Mashed Potato Bar is always a hit!). Chef atten­dants mak­ing food to order, and cus­tomized items to play into a theme of your event or cul­tural background.

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Sum­mer Wed­dings and Beach Events

Lesner Inn boasts one of the pre­miere Water­front Wed­ding loca­tions in Vir­ginia Beach, which make it per­fect for your Sum­mer event on the Lynnhaven Inlet, and what’s there not to love about a Sum­mer wed­ding? Lesner Inn is lucky to be located directly across from Chick’s Beach, allow­ing clients to have their toes in the sand for the ulti­mate Sum­mer cer­e­mony on the beach, fol­lowed by a recep­tion over­look­ing the water. Our loca­tion also give clients the option for a great cock­tail hour photo shoot on the beach, with the amaz­ing back­drop to savor the mem­o­ries of their spe­cial day!

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Cel­e­brat­ing the Fourth of July at Lesner Inn!

It’s hard to believe July 4th is right around the cor­ner! The past few years, Inde­pen­dence Day has fallen on a week­day, but that hasn’t stopped us from cel­e­brat­ing at the Lesner Inn! Last year we con­grat­u­lated two cou­ples as they hosted their Wed­ding cer­e­monies and recep­tions with us, and this year we are happy to be the host for a fun and fes­tive Rehearsal Din­ner! In keep­ing with the Patri­otic theme, the event this year will go with white and navy linens, with red napkins.

While we’ve only hosted Wed­ding related events on this spe­cial hol­i­day in the past, we wel­come all other cel­e­bra­tory events! Watch­ing the fire­works at Lesner Inn on our water­front view would make any event priceless.

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Fes­tive Favors

Your Wed­ding Day is the per­fect time to incor­po­rate your per­son­al­ity through­out your event decor. Brides and Grooms can show their indi­vid­u­al­ity, or even touches of their cul­ture through cen­ter­piece arrange­ments, inno­v­a­tive place cards, spe­cialty food items, and espe­cially favors for their guests to take home. Pro­vid­ing a unique touch or gift, will make the mem­ory of your event last forever.

Fun Food Ideas:

–Pop­corn Booth

–Unique Donuts

–Cake Pops

–Dessert Bars (a huge trend this Wed­ding Season!)

Cul­tural Accents


–Chi­nese Lion Dancers

–Hol­i­day themed orna­ments and favors

Sea­sonal Favors

–Wild­flower seeds



–Per­son­al­ized Flip Flops

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Father’s Day 2013 — Our Favorite Father-​Daughter Dance Songs

Father’s Day brings to mind one of the most mem­o­rable and sen­ti­men­tal moments of every wed­ding recep­tion, the Father-​Daughter dance.

Choos­ing the right song to dance to with your Dad, is another way to honor and include your other spe­cial guy on your big day.

We have seen many heart­warm­ing dances between Brides and their Fathers, includ­ing for­mal songs, and even some chore­o­graphed routines.

Choos­ing a song that has sig­nif­i­cance and mean­ing to the both of you is a great way to dis­play both your per­son­al­ity and rela­tion­ship to each other.

We have com­piled a list of some of our favorite Father-​Daughter dance songs that we have seen dur­ing our Wed­ding Recep­tions at Lesner Inn. We hope you see some of your favorites on here too!

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Here’s To You, Grad­u­ates!

Grad­u­a­tion is com­ing up, and such a momen­tous occa­sion calls for cel­e­bra­tion! Before you embark on this next chap­ter of your life, con­sider join­ing together with fam­ily and friends for some great music, food and drinks, all while over­look­ing the Lynnhaven River.

Lesner Inn is one of the prime event loca­tions in Vir­ginia Beach, and with grad­u­a­tion week­ends around the cor­ner, con­sider our venue to host your event.

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Hol­i­day Week­end Wed­dings

With tons of Sum­mer hol­i­days right around the cor­ner, plan­ning your Vir­ginia Beach wed­ding week­end date may have just got­ten easier!

It’s a great idea to choose a date that coin­cides with a hol­i­day, such as Memo­r­ial Day week­end. Often non tra­di­tional wed­ding days, such as Sun­day evenings, can become an extended hol­i­day stay for your guests dur­ing these times. Another perk to book­ing your wed­ding dur­ing these week­ends is that many of your ven­dors may offer hol­i­day, or reduced rates. Hotels and venues may offer lower food and bev­er­age min­i­mums on Sun­day evenings, as well as room block deals for your out of town visitors.

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