Wedding Guests and Hotel and Travel Accommodations

It is almost certain that at least a few of your guests will be traveling to the wedding from out of town. If they have decided to take time off work and travel to your destination then the least you can do is make sure you do your best to take care of them.

Some couples may choose to pay for their out-of-town guests’ lodging, of course, if it fits within their budget. If it does not, here are some guidelines and suggestions to help you along the way.

Contact hotels in your area to see if you can get any discounted rates when booking a group reservation. Many hotels do offer discount packages or sometimes even give you a free room with a certain number of rooms booked. Don’t limit yourself to one hotel but offer two, one moderately priced and one more expensive. This will give your guests the option to choose the one that fits within their budget. Also, consider the location. Is it close to the place you are holding your ceremony and/or reception? If not, then you must consider car rental or shuttle service to accommodate these guests. You cannot leave them stranded at the hotel!

Once the decisions have been made on the accommodations, ensure to put a piece of paper in the invitation with the hotels’ names, rates, addresses, company phone number/email and proximity to the church/venue. Should a car rental or shuttle service be required, include their contact information as well. It is very important to provide all this to your guests so they can make an informed decision on how and where they will be travelling.

If your budget allows, putting a small welcome basket in each hotel room would be a memorable gesture. In addition you can have a small itinerary of the weekend’s events such as the rehearsal dinner or family barbecue or breakfast, should they like to attend. If not, list some local attractions such as area shopping malls, sports stadiums, beaches or parks, and popular restaurants.

If these options seem to have too many added costs, then you can consider opening up the idea to close family and friends to take these guests in while in town. To some this may present an inconvenience, but many will be more than happy to do this. You can arrange to have family cars available to them for use as well. Ideally, this is the perfect solution for out-of-town guests as they only have to pay for their flight, train or car ride to the wedding.

No matter which option you choose, the main thing to keep in mind is that your goal is creating an enjoyable experience for all your guests, something that is possible on any budget. Good luck!

Angouleme Attractions, Nightlife and Travel Information

Angouleme Travel Guide

Angouleme is a unique town in Southern France. It is the capital of the Charente department with a population about 44,000. Papermaking and printing industry are the main industries in this charming city. Angouleme is popular for festivals as well as for animation, illustration and the graphic arts.

Top Festival in Angouleme

  • Angouleme International Comics Festival
  • Forum International des Technologies
  • Gastronomades festival in Christmas
  • Music Metisse
  • Piano en Valois

Attractions/Sightseeing in Angouleme

If you are in Angouleme, then you will definitely fall in love with its winding streets, historical buildings, great shopping and happening nightlife. I still remember my short stay in this wonderful city. I am feeling great to share my traveling experience to you. It is worth to visit this city and the simplest way to explore this city is by walking. I would suggest you to start with a visit to Les Halles, which is a covered market with excellent example of 19th century. When you will roam around the city, you will find the building walls are so well decorated with cartoon style murals by variety of artist and designers.

Top Attractions:

  • Cordeller ‘s Chapel
  • Musee de la bande dessinee
  • Musee D’ Angouleme
  • Le Nil Paper Museum
  • Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation
  • Angouleme Cathedral

Angouleme Nightlife

Angouleme has vibrant, active, happening and unrivalled nightlife. You will find bountiful restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, discos and operas in this charming city, where you can hangout and relax in the evening.

Famous Bars/ Restaurants in Angouleme

  • Le Cassa pizza Grill
  • Le Chat Noir
  • Toyo
  • Gaste Hotel Restaurants

Travel Information

There are various traveling options available to reach this wonderful city. My favorite mode of transport in Europe is as usual trains. Trains are becoming lifeline of the European. I choose high-speed Eurostar train (Chunnel Train) to reach this city. I took Chunnel train from London’s St Pancras International and reached Paris in record time of 2hr 15min. I really impressed with the comfortable seats, thrilling speed of 186mph, excellent on-board facilities and great food while traveling through Eurostar train in Europe. One thing I liked the most was short check in process while traveling through Eurostar train. From Paris, you have to change the station and simply take TGV to Angouleme. The journey time for London to Angouleme travel is around 5hr. Don’t miss to catch the glimpses of breathtaking beauty of countryside while traveling through Chunnel train.

New Concept in Luxury Child Friendly Hotels and Travel

You don’t have to give up stylish holidays and weekend breaks when you have children. You just need to do your research before you go and choose carefully those luxury, child friendly hotels which offer fantastic children’s services.

Think about what your family needs and then for accommodation which offer, thse services like crèche facilities, spa facilities, toys and games, mini bathrobes and slippers, a dedicated concierge or turndown service.

One of the most important pieces of information you probably want to know about a luxury child family friendly hotel before you book is what different room options are offered for families so you can search by room type; family suites, interconnecting rooms or rooms with separate sleeping areas for children. Also think about what baby equipment the hotel owners can provide, what dining options there are for families and any activities on site and nearby to keep the children and family amused.

Here is a pick of some of our favourite luxury child friendly hotels:

Abama Golf & Spa Resort is a 160 hectare ‘finca’ tucked away in Guía de Isora, a tranquil and little known area of the island of Tenerife. This is a first class resort which is a home away from home for visiting families. Great for families travelling with babies and toddlers as the hotel can provide a whole host of baby and toddler items before your arrival.

Daios Cove in Crete is exquisite and has a myriad of accommodation options for families. This is a gorgeous hotel which offers a crèche, kids club and teenagers club as well as pool games and activities. If that doesn’t tempt you then surely the sea water infinity swimming pool with views across the private cove will.

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is a fabulous option for families visiting London. The hotel goes out of its way to make children feel spoilt with welcome amenities, complimentary baby products and child-proofing of rooms and IPads for the kids to use in the restaurants so mum and dad can enjoy a stress free meal time, to name a few. It is also in a perfect location right next to Hyde Park so plenty of space to run off some energy.

Sandy Lane Barbados is perfect of you fancy going somewhere a little bit more exotic. There is a children’s club, children’s menus in all of the restaurants (even the fine dining restaurants) and bathrobes and slippers for your mini-me(s). There are interconnecting room and luxury family suites to choose from and of course a soft, white sandy beach for sandcastle building or for the more energetic plenty of water sports to choose from.

Chewton Glen in the New Forest is wonderful for families and the new Treehouse Suites are fabulous. During school holidays the hotel has a dedicated children’s club, treehouse and swings in the hotel grounds and in the warmer months you can chill out by the outside swimming pool. The hotel is just a short walk from the beach.

Zighy Bay in Oman is a stunning resort with a wide variety of accommodation set in a beautiful indigenous village style and the private marina is spectacular, with the dramatic mountains on one side and sandy beach at Zighy Bay, on the other. There are activities organised every day for the little ones including supervised movies in the early evening so parents can enjoy sundowners in this fabulous resort.

Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi embodies the elegance and rich culture of the region, the Emirates Palace is more than a hotel – it is a destination. The Palace’s dedication to excellence is something that makes visiting it something you will remember for a long time; many families return to this hotel year after year. There is a children’s club and a wonderful water adventure park with lazy river and waterslides.

Viceroy Anguilla is an elegant, modern hotel with a dramatic bay-view making this a stunning luxury Caribbean resort. The two white sand beaches, sunset pool, an array of water sports, a spa and fitness center, and programs for children make this a real find for families wanting to leave it all behind and spend time together enjoying life without the modern technology getting in the way.

Mazaghan Beach Resort in Morocco was nominated for Best Hotel Spa in Africa, the Middle East & Indian Ocean by Conde Nast Spa Reader’s Awards in 2011. This is a beautiful hotel with lots for the whole family to do, with dedicated complimentary kids clubs for babies from 4 months old to teenagers you really can come as a family here to relax.