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The Do’s & Don’ts of Hiring Wedding Professionals

Choosing your wedding vendors is one of the biggest decisions that you will make in the wedding planning process.  However, many of our soonlyweds don’t understand the importance of making sure that they hire a professional!  There have been too many times where a couple has asked a family friend, that has no experience in shooting weddings, to take the photos they will look back on for years!  Well we’re here to tell you all about the wedding vendors that you must make sure are a wedding professional!

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A professional wedding photographer will have years of training & experience taking portraits, candid, & group shots, & should be able to provide you with several examples!  Every photographer has their own style of how they shoot & edit photos, & by choosing someone who isn’t a professional, you risk having your photos come out looking like they were taken with your friends iPhone!

Left: Sweet Adeline

Videographer
Many people think that a videographer just shoots a video & sends it to you after the wedding.  However, this is not the case!  Videographers are skilled in shooting at the best angles, capturing moments with appropriate lighting, & editing the video after it’s all said & done.  Editing a wedding video that makes you remember all of the feelings you felt on your actual wedding day is no easy task.  They have years of experience to make your wedding day look like the best day of your life, which it should be!

DJ or Band
When people ask if they are able to bring in a set of speakers & plug in their iPod to play music for the wedding, we can’t help but cringe.  Many people who are planning a wedding for the first time think that all your DJ does is put a playlist together & press play, but this is definitely not the case!  Your DJ or musical entertainment is your hype man & MC.  They make sure that guests are getting excited for every major event throughout your wedding.  Who do you think announces you into the reception as newlyweds & gets your guests out on the dance floor?

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Stellar Exposures Photography

Wedding Coordinator
Another vendor that couples constantly underrate are wedding coordinators!  Too often we hear couples say that their friend or family member, who is also attending the wedding, will be in charge of coordinating the wedding.  This is a huge no, no!  While your friend or family member may be fully qualified to coordinate, they are guest at your wedding & will want to have fun like the rest of your guests.  Nothing is worse than the couple having the pick up the slack when your friend should be making sure that your DJ & catering facility are ready for toasts!  Lesner Inn now offers coordination services to make sure that our couples have the perfect Virginia Beach wedding!

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Stellar Exposures Photography

We cannot stress the importance of professional wedding vendors enough.  They have years of experience under their belt, & can guide you in the right direction when planning your dream wedding at Lesner Inn.  Our final piece of advice is that you make sure to research the different wedding vendors in your area to make sure you absolutely LOVE what they do!

Lesner Inn has a list of our preferred wedding vendors that we give to everyone that we meet.  Our list even includes discounts that vendors offer to Lesner Inn couples, just for booking us for their wedding venue & catering!

For more information, please reach out to our sales office at info@lesnerinn.com or by phone at 757-481-1122.

Comment

  • Another recommendation is to find vendors who have worked together in the past. Bill Murray was our photographer and Astro did our music. Bill and John from Astro work very well together, and they are so familiar with the Lesner that it just “clicks”, and that’s what gives you the best results for everything. Our wedding was amazing!
    Oh, and my hairdresser tried to cut corners at her wedding by having a “friend” take pictures. Said person “lost” all of her pictures. She has no pictures of her special day. I have an entire scrapbook of awesome pictures courtesy of Bill. Don’t try to save money there.

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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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    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!

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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!

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    APRIL 8, 2018
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    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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