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The Rehearsal Rundown

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We hear it all the time. A few months before a wedding, a couple will anxiously call us asking what time their rehearsal is, when people should get in town, and when they should schedule their dinner. We understand that coordinating flights, travel arrangement and schedules can be hectic so we are here to help! When you book your wedding at Lesner Inn, you are guaranteed one hour for your rehearsal however, we cannot schedule the date and time a year out from the event. Why not? Let us explain.

Let’s say you are getting married on Saturday night and want to have your rehearsal on Friday night at 6:00 PM right before your dinner at 7:30 PM. If we have a wedding starting at 6:00 PM on that Friday night, we unfortunately cannot have two events going on in the same space at once. But fear not! The Waterside Deck and the Sunset Deck are the same layout so you always have the option of using one of the decks for your rehearsal shortly before the other event begins.

We know that not every single couple is comfortable rehearsing in a different space and we completely understand! We try our best to make sure that you get the ideal space and time but sometimes, rehearsals have to be around 3:00 PM or earlier. This is actually a blessing in disguise though! If you have a local bridal party, they don’t have to take too much time off of work. If your bridal party is from out of town, then they have the option of going to check into their hotel, showering, and relaxing from their big day of travel before the rehearsal dinner. Win-win all around!

The last option is to have your rehearsal off-site. If you are having your rehearsal dinner in a place with a large open area, you can easily replicate the ceremony space with your bridal party. Thankfully, the hardest part of a rehearsal is making sure that the first person knows where they are walking. Everyone else just has to follow suit! Your wedding planner or day of coordinator will be a big help during this time to explain the flow of the ceremony and answer any questions that you or your family may have.

If you ever have any questions about booking your rehearsal or your rehearsal dinner with Lesner Inn or one of our sister restaurants, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our sales managers!

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What People are Saying

  • 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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