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Not the Average Bar

When most engaged couples think about having a bar at their wedding, their minds go straight to their favorite local beers & specialty cocktails. But, when planning their wedding, they see that there are numerous types of bars to host that don’t have to include alcohol! To give you some ideas, we want to share some of our favorites with you that you can easily get at Lesner Inn!

Alcohol Bar
Like we mentioned, this is the most thought of bar at a wedding. The beverage choices are endless with your choice of your favorite Virginia local beers & wines, cocktail drinks, & more. Of course a bar is not required for any wedding, but there are several different ways that you can present this to your wedding guests if you so choose. Ask your event manager about the best way to accommodate what you want behind your bar at Lesner Inn!

Dessert Bar
This is another bar that most people tend to lean toward when discussing the different wedding bars. It is very popular in upcoming wedding trends & they are even being used instead of traditional wedding cake! Set out an array of your favorite desserts with anything from brownies to cookies to doughnuts to chocolate covered strawberries or anything else you may be craving. Here at Lesner Inn, we love to help out with these bars as we can provide you with brownies, cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, & even doughnuts!

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Above: Keith Cephus Photography

Candy Bar
The candy bar is such a crowd pleaser! So many couples are starting to have candy bars to go along with their cake or even have it as a favor for their guests. It’s perfect because you can personalize this with the types of candy you select or even by the stamps or labels on the bags you use for your guest’s doggy bags! If you love the idea, but don’t want to add another thing to your planning list, Lesner Inn will take care of it for you! Just let your event manager know your favorite selections & we will set it up for you on your wedding night!

Popcorn Bar
Okay, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love these buttery puffs of heaven after a good meal? This bar is definitely one that your guests will be all over! Typically, there’s two ways to do this bar at Lesner Inn. You can have different flavors of popcorn for the guests to choose from or you can have good old-fashioned butter popcorn with different candies to put on top (we ALWAYS recommend a salty & sweet treat)! Either way, you can’t go wrong with a popcorn bar for a late night snack that everyone can grab while they’re on the dance floor!

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Above: Dustin Lewis Images

Ice Cream Sundae Bar
We don’t know about you, but we LOVE ice cream & we’re pretty sure your guests will too! Why not give them a bar that’s full of ice cream, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips & so much more that they can pile on top? There’s no better way to cool down from the dance floor than to eat some cold ice cream that Lesner Inn can provide your guests!

Now when you think of the bar you would like to incorporate for your guests at your wedding, we hope you consider some of these tasty treats as well! If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, reach out to one of our event & sales managers at info@lesnerinn.com or at 757-481-1122!

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  • Mr. & Mrs. John­son

    MARCH 10, 2018
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    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!

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    JUNE 22, 2018
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    SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
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    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!

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    JULY 15, 2017
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    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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  • It's been a while since you've seen the faces behind the doors of Lesner Inn so we wanted to introduce our managers! First off… our fearless leader, Alexis Hionis. Alexis is a Virginia Beach native, born and bred. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and after a short stint in the Los Angeles event industry, she returned to her East Coast beach roots. With an inherent love for all things wedding, paired with her creative energy and attention to detail, Alexis has found her home at The Lesner Inn. Since 2010, she has overseen hundreds of weddings but still hasn't grown tired of the excitement of the big day...and the wedding cakes. When she isn't in the office, you’ll find her giving back to the community she loves so much, through her nonprofit, @riseVB. Fun fact: she was recognized for her efforts in 2018 when she won Coastal Virginia Biz’s Best Local Leader Making A Difference award!
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