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A Timeline for Your Big Day

You’ve planned almost everything for your big day but there’s one thing that just isn’t set in stone yet, the timeline. The managers at Lesner Inn know that a timeline won’t be followed to an exact “T” on your wedding day, but it is a necessity to have for your vendors to make sure the order of events stays pretty well in check. Maybe you have an idea of what you want to do or you’re completely lost when it comes to creating a timeline for the biggest day of your life…no worries! Keep reading and find out how to create the perfect timeline starting when you arrive at the venue!

 

First things first! Will you be doing a first look? Before your guests arrive and after you’ve had a glass, or two, of bubbly some couples like to have a moment with just their fiancé. A moment where it’s just them, the photographer, and their love – a first look. Most couples do it so they get some intimate photos before the ceremony starts and to have some alone time before the hustle and bustle begins. The decision to have a first look can be added to a timeline just few days before as long as you talk to your photographer and find a perfect spot for that moment!

Right: Dustin Lewis Images

Once you’ve had that intimate time with your soon to be spouse or decided to just hang out with the bridal party before guests arrive, the next part of your timeline is the ceremony! The highlight of the night, the whole reason friends and family are gathered, and the most nerve racking part (in the best way!). There’s a few things to think about for the ceremony: how you would like the wedding party to proceed in, if you want grandparents to proceed in too, and if you’re doing anything to symbolize unity. This generally is something in the form a unity candle or sand but you can put your own twist to it and make it something completely unique to you!

After “I do’s”, the real party starts! Cocktail hour is kicked off with hors d’oeuvres and your guests’ favorite part of the wedding, the bar, opens! You and your new spouse will head off to take photos at this time while your guests are mingling and enjoying a few nibbles. You’re able to focus on where your photographer needs you to look for those Instagram worthy photos you’ll be posting later.

Last but not least, we have the reception! This is where you can really customize your timeline and add or remove the “traditional” wedding things. You can do dances whenever you’d like, have multiple people do a toast, or even cut out the bouquet and garter toss and that’s totally okay! Weddings have become very nontraditional so you can really make the timeline into however you want the night to go! One thing doesn’t change…dinner, but after dinner, the rest of the night is yours so take it away! Customize the timeline so you love every minute because it flies by – just make sure your vendors are all on the same page!

Left: Sweet Adeline Photography

If you’re still nervous about it all, just hire a day-of coordinator! We highly suggest this no matter what but definitely if you’re a little worried about the timeline. Here at Lesner Inn, we offer day-of coordination services so just ask a manager about what we can do for you and some other fun tips we might have to keep you relaxed, happy, and ready for your big day!

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What People are Saying

  • 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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  • Truly amazed at this set up by Kelly Gish Floral Designs and yours truly 🥰 Ask one of our managers about the different table sizes we offer and the floating candles to recreate this look! Photo: Courtney Timms Photography
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  • Happiness and confidence are the best things you can wear on your wedding day ❤️ • • And we can't go without talking about that view..the perfect backdrop for bridal shots 🙌 • • Photo: Daissy Torres Photography Hair/MUA: Rudy & Kelly - Greenbrier Mall Salon Flowers: Gather
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