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When it comes to having and planning a wedding amidst COVID-19, we have noticed one specific question come up repetitively which is “what can we do to make sure our guests feel comfortable and safe?” Which is why we wanted to take a moment and share some ideas from previous Lesner Inn couples!

Photo: Hope Taylor Photography

Colored Indicators 

One of our favorite trends we’ve been seeing come through our doors is the use of colored ribbons, pins, wrist bands, or place cards to distinguish guests who are okay with giving a handshake versus those who would rather say hello from a distance.

These indicators are a great way for guests to be able to communicate with each other about their preference without the awkwardness or repetitiveness of explaining it to each guest they see and greet.

And don’t forget to have fun with your chosen indicator! Have them match your wedding colors or theme! Place them in a basket, add some greenery, decor and signs to explain the colors or indicators!

Masks & Hand Sanitizers

Photo: Josh Boone Photography

When it comes to safety and guidelines the word masks frightens every bride but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a mask look bridal and work for you!

No need to wear the blue paper masks when you can do personalized wedding masks for the bride, groom and bridal party! You can even do personalized masks for your guests with your wedding date, last name, or venue location drawing as a favor!

Don’t want to do the personalized masks? No worries, get masks that go with your color scheme, floral arrangement, or designs you have created for your wedding. Don’t be afraid to look around and see how you can make a mask blend in with your wedding theme or colors.

Photo: Josh Boone Photography

Did someone forget their mask? Place a basket or box of masks and make it a cute display! You can also place their provided masks on their ceremony or reception seats!

As for hand sanitizers you can combine mini bottles with your provided masks and create a favor bag for your guests. Don’t want to do a favor bag? There are so many other ways to customize your hand sanitizers from personalized labels to perfume shaped bottles. One of our favorite sayings from a July wedding was a hand sanitizer labeled “We spread love not germs” accompanied with their last names on the label.

Don’t forget to also place some hand sanitizers at your bars, guest book, entrance, and at the dinner tables to make your guests feel even more comfortable!

Social Distancing

Photo: Hope Taylor Photography

6 is the magic number so be sure to have signage and other indicators for your guests to be aware of their distance and just like everything else, signage can match your wedding colors and theme!

Need or want a sign at the bar? Use cocktail drawings instead of figures to indicate the 6 feet requirement! Design the signage to match your wedding menus, invitations, save the dates, etc. Have fun with your signage – it doesn’t have to be scary!

Biggest tip? Don’t be afraid to use and ask your vendors! Your DJ will be a great go to throughout the night to do friendly reminders such as mask requirements or social distancing reminders without being overbearing or awkward.

And as a friendly reminder when it comes to planning your COVID-19 wedding just remember one thing. At the end of the day you’re getting married to the love of your life. Everything else is secondary.




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What People are Saying

  • Mr. & Mrs. Horne

    SEPTEMBER 12, 2020
    We had such an amazing wedding at the Lesner this past weekend. With all of the hurdles we had to go through with COVID protocols, Alexis, Kim, and Lindsey went above and beyond to make our day feel normal- and it was PERFECT! They were so attentive to detail and helpful with things I had not thought of during the planning process. They took care of every detail and we had nothing to worry about on the day of Our wedding except showing up. I even had some last minute changes to decor that they were able to help with. The food was amazing and the view is seriously one you can’t beat. The sunset deck is Covered, so some rain is not a total game changer- but it also gives the guests a nice break from the reception hall (which is inside), which made our guests comfortable with spacing out during these times. Luckily our weather was perfect and the photos are literally amazing- there is no better view in Virginia Beach. I would highly recommend the Lesner for a wedding !!
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jurko

    JUNE 22, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    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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