Best Wedding Timelines

At The Lesner Inn, we’re often asked about the details of your wedding timeline & where it pertains to us. Our rule of thumb is if you have a lot of events throughout the evening, and a lot of guests to entertain, make sure you have the time to do it! Also – since we’re a waterfront venue in Virginia Beach, our sunsets are a main attraction – and thus, another factor into the wedding timeline.

We’ve seen many timelines but here’s what we think works best:

Afternoon Ceremony & Reception

  • 9:00 AM: Vendors / Wedding party have access to the venue for set up
  • 10:00 AM: First Look Photographs
  • 11:00 AM: Ceremony
  • 11:30 AM: Cocktail Hour / Family Portraits
  • 12:15 PM: Bridal Party announcements
  • 12:30 PM: First dance
  • 12:40 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM: First dances with the parents
  • 1:15 PM: Dancing
  • 2:00 PM: Toasts & Cake Cutting
  • 2:20 PM: Dancing
  • 2:30 PM: Last Call for alcohol at the bar
  • 2:50 PM: Bouquet & Garter toss as send off
  • 3:00 PM: End of Reception

Evening Ceremony & Reception

  • 4:00 PM: Vendors / Wedding party have access to the venue for set up
  • 5:00 PM: First Look Photographs
  • 6:00 PM: Ceremony
  • 6:30 PM: Cocktail Hour / Family Portraits
  • 7:15 PM: Bridal Party Announcements
  • 7:30 PM: First dance
  • 7:40 PM: Dinner
  • 8:00 PM: First dances with the parents
  • 8:15 PM: Dancing
  • 9:00 PM: Toasts & Cake Cutting
  • 9:20 PM: Dancing
  • 9:30 PM: Last Call for alcohol at the bar
  • 9:50 PM: Bouquet & Garter toss as send off
  • 10:00 PM: End of Reception
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