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Hurricane Florence: the wedding crasher

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With the recent scare of hurricane Florence hitting Virginia Beach, we thought it would be a great idea to cover what you should do if a hurricane threatens to crash your wedding! Lesner Inn had four scheduled events to take place September 14 – 16th. However, with the media that hurricane Florence had received, all four of our weddings decided to say their “I do’s” at a later date. Now, even though the storm no longer threatens us, we are here to tell those couples that they made the right decision and to share their wisdom with you all!

1. Contact your wedding venue
Our Lesner Inn couples began contacting us on Monday about the impending storm and gathered information about cancellations and modifications that would be allowed due to the hurricane. The catering agreement that each of our clients sign covers what would happen if a natural disaster hit and states that we offer a one-time date transfer in these cases.

2. Contact your other wedding vendorsrainy-wedding-day-myth-best-wedding-photos-lesner-inn-virginia-beach-Sunset-Deck
If you are considering cancelling or rescheduling your wedding, it is best to contact each of your vendors as soon as possible. That means reaching out to all of the vendors involved in your big day and finding out their policies on cancellation or modification. Every vendor that we worked with this week to reschedule Lesner Inn weddings was more than accommodating given the threat to Virginia Beach.

Right: Echard Wheeler Photography

3. Consider your guests (and wedding vendors)
When a natural disaster occurs near your wedding venue, consider what hoops your guests (and vendors) may need to jump through in order to attend your wedding. Whether they are flying, driving, or walking across the street it is important to consider the conditions they would have to travel in. In some cases, it may be best to have them reschedule their travel plans to attend your wedding another weekend.

4. Set a deadline
With an unpredictable storm like hurricane Florence, you should set a deadline to make your decision by with your vendors. Lesner Inn allowed our clients to make their decisions by Wednesday morning, so we would hopefully have the most accurate information about the storm.

5. Follow through
We realize how difficult it must be to even consider rescheduling the day you have been preparing for so long! However, the safety of your family, friends, and wedding vendors is what is really important in making this difficult decision.

We feel for the couples that felt they needed to reschedule their wedding dates, because of the possibility of the storm hitting the Hampton Roads area. However, we are extremely grateful that they chose to think about the safety of themselves, their guests, and their vendors in the midst of chaos.

Our hearts go out to all affected by hurricane Florence, and we hope that the areas damaged receive the help they need to rebuild!


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  • 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 !!
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    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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