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Lesner Insights: selecting your wedding venue

Selecting the place where you will celebrate saying “I do” is one of the most important decisions in the wedding planning process.  There are so many factors to consider that many couples don’t even think about until they’ve already reserved their wedding venue. Things like the location, what’s included for the price, and of course reviews on past couple’s experiences should all be things that you are considering when making this decision. If you’re having trouble figuring out where to start in selecting your wedding venue, we hope we can help by providing some of our insights!

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Location, location, location!!! This should be one of the first things on your mind when considering your wedding venue.  But this doesn’t mean that you should just pick whichever venue is closest to your house.  What we really mean is that the location should reflect the overall feeling that you wish to have at your wedding! How you feel when you walk into the doors of your wedding venue for the first time should be the same feeling you want to have on your wedding day!

Right: Kay De Lane Photography

Your location should also reflect the types of photos that you wish to have from your wedding.  Waterfront wedding venues like Lesner Inn are the perfect setting for photos, rain or shine.  However, you should also take into account your wedding venue’s proximity to other places you’d like to take photos. Whether you want a photo with your toes in the sand or to stand out in a forest of green you should know what photo opportunities are available near your wedding venue!

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Above: Lia Everette Photography

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There are so many wedding venues that charge a large amount just for you to use the venue!  This often doesn’t even include the tables, chairs, table ware, or catering.  At Lesner Inn, we prefer to provide inclusive services so that our couples don’t have to work with 10 different wedding vendors to have their dream wedding!  Things can get lost in translation when working with too many wedding vendors so, if you decide on having your wedding at a venue that only includes the space, make sure you are prepared to stay organized.

Right: Lia Everette Photography

Reviews
Reading reviews from past couples and their experiences at your top wedding venues will give insight to real weddings there! If you are seeing several negative ratings, then the venue may have a few kinks that they need to work out.  Wedding planning websites like The Knot and WeddingWire are great places to start when researching the best wedding venues in your area.

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Above: Paige Ryan Photography

Privacy
Can you imagine having your wedding at a venue where all of its event spaces are in a row of dark banquet halls where you can’t tell a stranger attending the wedding next door apart from your great aunt Susan? It makes you wish that you had enough wedding guests, and money, to book the entire venue.  At Lesner Inn, we offer our couples the option to book the entire venue for a private wedding experience at a fair price! This is something that we recommend to all of our couples, especially those with higher guest counts, so that they can get the most out of their wedding day.

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Above: Luke and Ashley Photography

We hope our insights are helpful in your search for the perfect wedding venue!  If you are interested in hosting your wedding with us at Lesner Inn, reach out to one of our sales managers at info@lesnerinn.com or 757-481-1122!

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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!
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    Kyle & Elise Miller

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