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Let’s Talk Budgeting

One of the most common issues that we have when discussing wedding budgets with potential clients is the fact that they haven’t educated themselves on what a wedding can actually cost.  A wedding is usually one of the first big investments that you & your fiancé will make together.  It requires as much research & budgeting as it does to purchase a home!  Before you give potential vendors a call to help you host a two hundred person wedding for $5,000, sit down with your fiancé to answer these important budgeting questions.

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Before throwing a random figure out there for your wedding budget, you MUST sit down with your fiancé & put together a guest list.  This list should include everyone you absolutely cannot celebrate your marriage without!  You should even have a second list of people that you may want to invite if your budget allows for it, or if people on your “A list” can’t make it.  There is no shame in having a B list!

Right: Christina Vanta Photography

When do I want to say “I do” to the love of my life?

Most venues & catering facilities will have a required food & beverage minimum that you need to reach on specific days of the week, months of the year, & times of day.  At Lesner Inn, your food & beverage minimum can be significantly less in the months of January, February, March & November compared to any other month of the year.  However, keep in mind when selecting your date that Saturday evenings are the most coveted day & time for a wedding reception, so the minimum requirements are going to be higher than they would on a Friday or Sunday!

Where do we want to say our vows & celebrate with our closest friends & family?

Between, food, beverages, favors, desserts, & décor there is a lot to consider when adding another name to your guest list.  To create a more educated budget, find out what your favorite venues offer & at what cost.  If the cost per person of your wedding venue or catering company doesn’t match up with what you were expecting, don’t be afraid to ask how you can customize their menu to fit your needs.  If you don’t want to offer a bar, speak up!  As long as you are reaching their minimum for your selected date & time it doesn’t matter how you get there!

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Above: Daissy Torres Photography

What do we need to make our wedding day perfect for OUR story?

A lot of people forget about the details that go into planning a wedding.  We typically suggest budgeting at least $5,000 for things like cake, florals, DJ, & photographer.  Of course the total cost of these vendors can be more or less, but it all depends on your vision.  Lesner Inn is a one stop shop for food, beverage, much of couples favorite décor, wedding coordination & even desserts.  We also have preferred vendors who offer discounts for couples who book with us if our services don’t quite fulfill everything that you & your fiancé want on your wedding day!

Will you help us make this day everything we want it to be?

After sitting down with your fiancé about the who, what, where, & when, talk to both of your families to find out if they are willing to contribute to your wedding celebration.  If so, get a dollar amount so that you will know what you & your fiancé will be responsible for, & how much room is left in your budget to add that donut bar that you really wanted!

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Above: Stellar Exposures Photography

Creating a wedding budget after educating yourself on what you expect for your wedding day will make the whole planning process far less difficult & scary!  If you’d prefer an expert opinion over trying to guestimate a cost by yourself, be prepared to answer some of the above questions for your wedding professionals.  We want to make sure we are giving you the most accurate information to help you create the wedding of your dreams WITHOUT breaking the bank!

Contact one of our sales managers today to see how we can help with your budget wedding!

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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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