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Your Top 5 Catering Questions Answered

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As most of our brides know, Lesner Inn is more than just a venue – we are a full service catering facility. By providing all food and alcohol, we take care of a big part of your wedding checklist. When we show new brides around the venue, we get endless questions and we thought we should share some of the often asked ones with you to help with planning!

  1. What is the difference between a consumption bar and a host bar?

This is probably the question that we are asked most often. A host bar is your traditional open bar where you pay per person, per hour for as much or as little as they want to drink. Whereas, with a consumption bar, you pay for a set amount of alcohol and once that is finished, you can switch to a cash bar. Now depending on the price of the beer, wine and liquor you are offering and how much your guests drink, this could last all night or only for a few hours. It is up to you how much money you want to put toward the bar and you know your guest’s drinking preferences better than we do!

  1. Why should I get a food package? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to have an a la carte menu?

While it is true that an a la carte menu can be cheaper, you are paying for a set amount of food and once it is done, that is all you are getting – even if not everyone had a chance to get a plate. In order to avoid this massive faux pas, we suggest paying for a food package. Our food packages offer an hour of continuous service which means we will keep cooking to keep up with your appetite. Loving the bacon wrapped scallops? We are going to keep making them for that full hour so you can enjoy as many as your heart desires! Our packages also include a bridal bag, a beverage station of water, iced tea and coffee, a champagne/sparkling cider toast, and cake cutting service. Some venues will charge about $2/person just to cut your cake! We would rather save you some money and include it to create the total package.

  1. What is a vendor meal and do I have to feed them?

Yes! Your photographer has been with you all day while you get pampered and primped, your DJ has been on his feet pumping music for your guests, and your coordinator has been running around trying to make sure your grandmother is in the right place for the start of the ceremony. While you are paying for their services, you want to make sure they have the stamina to keep up with the party. No one wants a DJ with low blood sugar or a fainting photographer. Many vendors include a meal in their contracts too so you need to make sure that you are fulfilling all of their requirements.
Lesner Inn will make it easy on you and we can provide boxed meals OR we offer guest meals for ½ price for your vendors. We know they deserve a quick snack on such a big day!

  1. Buffets, plated meals, stations, heavy hors d’oeuvres…which is most popular?

Ah this one is tricky. Do you and your fiancé love snacking throughout the night? Then maybe heavy hors d’oeuvres is up your alley. Do you prefer to create your own plate and load up on your favorite dishes? Then a buffet or stations fits you perfectly. Or do you want to make sure your guests stay in their seats throughout the meal? Go for plated then. It all really depends on YOU. We can’t tell you what you prefer, this is one time where we have no professional opinion!

  1. I’m allergic to….can you work around that? My aunt is a vegetarian, do you have anything she can eat?

Yes! We have seen probably every allergy and sensitivity walk through our door. When you meet with your event manager, they can show you our vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, and shellfish safe options. If we don’t have a menu already made for your particular request, our chef would be more than happy to accommodate any allergies. On your big day, you don’t want to be worrying about your guests, let us take care of it.

Obviously this doesn’t cover all of the questions that you may have but that is what we are here for. Feel free to call our office at 757-481-1122 or email us at info@lesnerinn.com with any concerns!

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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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