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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

  • Cross the street to have wedding photos on the sand but the safety of having a sheltered ceremony site at Lesner Inn! Photo by Beth Hamilton Photography
  • We are still in love with Sarah's wedding dress. Those sleeves! That lace! That headpiece! Photo by Kirstyn Marie Photography
  • All we can say is...😍😍 Photo by Michael & Laura Photography Dress: Wedding Atelier Lighting: Stage Right Lighting Weddings & Special Events
  • We love this epic staircase shot by Dragon Studio from Tanya & Garin's wedding day! Usually it serves as the classic Lesner Inn bridal party and family portrait area but we love when couples take a few solo shots on it too.
  • Find someone who makes you laugh like this every day 🥰🤣 Photo by Shawn Sawyer Photography
  • Tag your #squad ❤️ Photo by Courtney Timms Photography Dress: Studio I Do Bridals Virginia Beach Flowers: Parties for Particular People Hair: Hair Daze Salon & Spa MUA: Dhalia Edwards Makeup
  • What a night this was 😍 Nikki and Ryan kissed as newlyweds right next to the Lynnhaven River and we're grateful to have been a part of their special day! Photo: Ryann Winn Photography Flowers: Gather
  • Truly amazed at this set up by Kelly Gish Floral Designs and yours truly 🥰 Ask one of our managers about the different table sizes we offer and the floating candles to recreate this look! Photo: Courtney Timms Photography
  • I choose you 💕 Photo: DCPG Photography + Design
  • The first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. is the best kiss 😘 Photo: Sarah Vanderford Photography Dress: David's Bridal
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  • Long shots of the Waterside Deck are one of our absolute faves 😍 Photo: Timeless Tides Photography
  • Sunset Deck kisses are the best sort of kisses 😘 • • Photo: Ashley Henry Photography
  • Happiness and confidence are the best things you can wear on your wedding day ❤️ • • And we can't go without talking about that view..the perfect backdrop for bridal shots 🙌 • • Photo: Daissy Torres Photography Hair/MUA: Rudy & Kelly - Greenbrier Mall Salon Flowers: Gather
  • Just outside the Waterside Deck, there's a perfect spot to get away and take in the newest chapter of your life ❤️ • • Photo: Sarah Vanderford Photography Dress: David's Bridal
  • We absolutely LOVE when bands play at weddings! There's just something about someone singing live that gets the party goin' 😍🙌 • • Photo: Courtney Timms Photography Lighting: Stage Right Lighting Weddings & Special Events Band: Strictly Bizzness
  • One reason we love daytime weddings is because of the natural light photos, even when you exit on a boat! 😍 Check out a couple more reasons to have a daytime wedding on one of our recent blogs! • • Photo: Kayla Belle Photography Dress: Pronovias Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair MUA: Dhalia Edwards Makeup
  • All that you are, is all I'll ever need 💗 • • Photo by Simply Green Photography
  • The dock outside of the Waterside Deck is the absolute perfect spot to get away and spend a moment with your soulmate ❤️ • • Photo: Blush Wood Studios Hair/MUA: Darling & Dapper Dress: BHLDN
  • It's like a dream became reality 😍 • • Photo: Courtney Timms Photography Flowers: Parties for Particular People
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