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5 Reasons to Have an Evening Wedding

It’s time. You put your gown on and begin to line up. You see your soon to be spouse walk down the aisle. The wedding party, ring bearer, and flower girl follow, and now, it’s your turn. You take a deep breath in and look up – but what do you see? Figuring out what time of day you want your wedding to be can have an impact on not only what your everything will look like but also the ambiance of the entire wedding. If you envision sunsets, glow in the dark sticks on your dance floor, and sparkler exits, keep reading to find out why an evening wedding might be perfect for you!

 

Reason 1: Sleeping In

Who can say no to sleeping in?! When you have an evening wedding it’s nice to know that you have all morning and a good part of the afternoon to wake up, maybe have a few drinks here and there, get ready, and take some pre-ceremony photos with your wedding party before heading over for the ceremony.

Above: Courtney Simms Photography

Reason 2: Kid Free Wedding

Reason two may not for everyone but it’s always nice to know that you have the option of a kid free wedding. When you have an evening wedding, parents will have an easier time finding a baby sitter for the children rather than during the middle of the day. Then, they can enjoy the party with peace of mind that they have someone to look after their little ones, while you have peace of mind that no decoration may break due to a little explorer wanting to get a closer look.

Reason 3: A Formal Affair

The love of your life is wearing a perfectly tailored tux, your gown is as radiant as the sun, and so why not have your guests match the occasion? When you have an evening wedding you can have the attire be as formal as you heart desires. You still have the option to make it casual but an evening wedding allows your guests to break out those suits and formal dresses that’s been in the back of their closet for an occasion like this!

Reason 4: Letting Go

With an evening wedding and the kids under the watchful eye of a babysitter, your guests will not only look good but feel good and let loose. The drinks will be flowing and the photographer may even be able to get some good shots of Uncle Berry trying to do the worm on the dance floor. An evening wedding also gives you the option to relocate to a local bar after the wedding comes to an end at the venue – keep the fun times rolling!

Right: Chelsie Darling Photography

Reason 5: Overnight Guests

Mom and dad are from Michigan, Uncle Berry is from Utah and your fiancé’s family all live in Washington DC. When it comes to overnight guests and guests coming from a far, an evening wedding may be ideal for them. It gives them the chance to not only get into town for the wedding, but then also party all night long without worrying about getting back home. They’ll have a plush, comfy bed awaiting them afterward at their hotel or AirBNB.

 

You already have so many decisions to make when it comes to planning your dream wedding so don’t make the time of day another one! Read through the list again and envision the perfect day – do you see a sunset cocktail hour and a room with filled with uplighting? Then, an evening wedding might be just for you!

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  • Mr. & Mrs. John­son

    MARCH 10, 2018
    ENTIRE VENUE

    Working with Lindsey and the Lesner Inn was great! I planned the majority of my wedding from out of town and Lindsey could not have been more patient with my constant emails. The venue looked beautiful at the reception and my guests loved the views and the food. The crab cakes were everyone’s favorite. Thank you so much to the Lesner Inn team and & Lindsey for such a beautiful wedding!

  • Mr. & Mrs. Jurko

    JUNE 22, 2018
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    I could NOT be happier with the service from Lesner Inn. Our coordinator Liz was SO helpful each time we met with her and had questions. The ceremony and receptions spaces were absolutely beautiful. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t change a thing and I would recommend this venue to anyone!

  • The Bells

    SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    Alexis, We just wanted to say thank you for all that you did Saturday & all the planning leading up to our wedding day. We had such an amazing day! And we really appreciated you making sure we were taken care of throughout the night. You’re amazing at what you do & helped our wedding day turn out to be perfect! Thank you again!

  • Jon & Brit­tany Wil­son

    JULY 15, 2017
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    Girls at the Lesner Inn, Wow! I can’t believe it’s been just about a year since Jon and I came through the doors and knew that this would be the place we say “I do”. You guys are awesome and made planning a breeze even for this bride who didn’t have it all together. Thank you guys so much for everything, our day was perfect!

  • Kyle & Elise Miller

    APRIL 8, 2018
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    Lindsey!
    I am speechless! Friday was truly amazing. You went above and beyond to make our day so special! We loved every second of the night. Thank you also for the champagne glasses and kitchen towel. You are so sweet! Everyone raved about the night. You and Lesner Inn are AMAZING!
    Love you
    Kyle & Elise Miller

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