One of our accomplishments this week was setting up the hotel block for the out of town wedding guests. We know some of our guests have already made arrangements; one of the pros and pitfalls of living in central Florida is our proximity to the Mouse. It only makes sense to incorporate a little visit to the World into the wedding trip, if you're interested and can swing it.
Only one word of caution: the Disney resorts are a full hour from the church where the wedding will take place and from the reception site. As long as you're cool with that, it certainly doesn't bother us! Just take the distance into account as you make your plans.
We've set up the block of rooms at the Embassy Suites in Altamonte Springs. It's relatively close to both the church and the reception, although definitely not in walking distance! We chose this hotel because there really isn't anything else decent near the church. The Embassy offers a full breakfast as well as the manager's reception (aka Happy Hour!), and it's right in the middle of the Altamonte Mall area, with tons of restaurants, shops, movie theatres, etc. It's a beautiful hotel. The special room rate is valid for three days before and three days after the wedding. If you are making reservations only for the night before and the night of the wedding, you can do that on line at http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/M/MCOSPES-KPW-20110617/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG . (The link will remain in the sidebar on this blog.) If you want to come earlier or stay longer at that rate, you'll need to call Vanessa at the Embassy, 407-571-3435 . She'll take care of you!
As Devyn has stated on her wedding page, it's almost essential to have a car in central Florida. If you're flying in, we strongly suggest renting an automobile or arranging to rent one with someone else, or making sure that you have a ride to and from the wedding.
In other news, the wedding invitations arrived yesterday! This was something that had caused me a little bit of anxiety, as we wanted to make them as pretty as possible without anything too elaborate. Devyn found this site on line, and I have to say they are perfect. We were so excited to open the box last night and oooh and ahhh over them. Now comes the fun of addressing them and sending them out!
As always, if you have any questions about the wedding, transportation, hotel, etc., please don't hesitate to call or email me.