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What Kind of Wedding Planner Do I Need?

Don’t forget to send in the venue deposit, make the invitations, hire the florist from downtown and have you checked to see if Cousin Janet RSVP’d yet? When it comes to planning a wedding there are so many pieces, details and people involved that you may not have the time or energy to deal with everything, so before you forgo any outside help take some time and read on about the different types of individuals who can help you make it to your big day without increasing your stress and losing your hair in the process.

 

Day of Coordinator

Unlike a wedding planner, a day of coordinator meets with you about two or three weeks before your wedding day to go over all of the details you’ve planned thus far. After the planning meeting, the coordinator takes over and there’s no more weight on your shoulders. From the rehearsal to ensuring all things are finalized with vendors to making your day perfect, the coordinator will be there every step of the way from then on out. A day of coordinator is great for those who want to have a bit more control and have the time to create, organize, and set up everything months in advance but want to give the responsibility to someone else to execute on the day of.

Right: Jessica Boudreaux Photography

Wedding Planner

From start to finish, a wedding planner will be with you until you walk out the door of your venue to head for your honeymoon. They will work with you on your budget, guest list, seating chart, invitations, wedding design, your venue, your vendors (Florist, DJ, photographer, baker, etc), create and enforce your timeline and be your peacemaker when it comes to differing opinions and ideas from the ones you love. They are there to manage, track and enforce every detail of your wedding so you don’t have too, so think of them as your personal assistant. A wedding planner is great for those who just don’t have the time, energy, organization, or just don’t know where to begin when it comes to planning a wedding, but they’re also great for those who want to relax and be stress free leading up to the big day.

Wedding Designer

A wedding designer is just that. They will design your wedding to make sure your aesthetic and vision comes thru in your linen choice, floor plan, lighting design, props, and overall color palette. They conceptualize and enact your dream wedding or help you create one if you don’t already have a vision or idea. A wedding designer is great for those who are great organizers but not the best when it comes to visual or artistic rendering.

 

Whether you want to design your own wedding and just need help setting it all up on the big day, or you want help from start to finish of wedding planning, we always suggest hiring a wedding planner! Whichever tier of help you go with, you’ll have so much stress taken off your shoulder and be able to enjoy the day with your loved ones!

 

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What People are Saying

  • 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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  • In March 2017, Tim surprised Courtney on the beach with a ring (if you didn't already know, she said "yes"). Tim then doubled down on the surprise with a party including family and friends from Baltimore, Virginia Beach, and Arlington an hour or so later at nearby Chick's Bar and Grill ❤️ • • Photo by Dustin Lewis Images
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  • The Waterside Deck holds weddings throughout the year but when couples rent the entire venue, it's used for cocktail hour and it's a beauty 😍 • • Photo: Jessica Souther Photography
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