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So Your Guests Have Dietary Needs?

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Lately, it seems like everyone has some sort of allergy or special food requirement. Working with so many guests and pleasing everyone’s palettes can be challenging at times, but there is no reason that anyone should go hungry. To help you out, we’ve compiled a few tips to help with your picky eaters.

1. When sending out invitations and notes for your guests to RSVP, include a check-box for guests to indicate if they have any special food requirements. When you get everyone’s RSVP back, you’ll know who to follow up with about these unique needs!

2. Follow up! Hopefully there won’t be too many, but once you know who you need to accommodate, ask them how you can accommodate them. Your guests should be specific with their needs, telling you exactly what ingredients they cannot eat.

3. Once you have chosen a menu for your wedding, see what those guests can eat from it. Sometimes you won’t even have to order extra food for the guests. Chances are that something already on your menu can be altered in a way that your picky eaters can enjoy it too!

4. Be honest with your caterer about these specific needs, and give them ample time to create a menu that will work for everyone. Most caterers are willing to work with you (if they’re not, then they shouldn’t be your caterer!). With a little heads-up, almost anything can be done to accommodate your guests.

5. Give your guests the option to bring their own food. Some guests would rather just bring their own meal to be sure they are eating something that is safe for them (which is totally okay). If that is easier for you and your guests, then let it be!

6. Don’t stress! This day is all about YOU and celebrating YOUR new life! Although it’s important to please your guests, it’s more important for you to enjoy this special time.

Lesner Inn is always willing to work with your on your menu to accommodate your guests. Give us a call to start working on your event today! (757)- 481-1122

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  • Mr. & Mrs. Horne

    SEPTEMBER 12, 2020
    ENTIRE VENUE

    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
    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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