It’s fall wedding season. The weather is just about perfect, crisp red leaves make a great back drop for photos. Your old college roommate, the guy who introduced you to your spouse, and three cousins are all getting married in what seems like back-to-back matrimony marathons. Now you have a social calendar that means traveling and tight shoes. Here’s how to get through all the love and keep it stress free and on budget.
Start by ditching the hotel. Find a vacation home instead. You’ll save money and have accommodations that are much more on par with your family’s needs. If you’re traveling with young children, you’ll need a place with a washer and dryer. Hotels are designed to add surcharges for things families need like cribs, or they simply cannot accommodate needs for high chairs or play yards. Since many vacation rentals come with baby furniture like cribs, high chairs, and other baby-friendly items, you’ll save money on hotel up-charges.
This vacation home in Oregon is perfect for traveling with children. Not only does it come stocked with 2 infant cribs, the yard is stocked with exactly what your little ones are looking for after a long drive or flight.
Choose 2+ bedrooms and 2+ bathrooms. Getting ready for someone else’s “Big Day” takes about as much primping and prepping as your own. Since your sorority sis was silly enough to stay in the hotel, chances are she’ll come by to check out your spacious vacation home and get her hair braided. You’ll appreciate the extra space to iron a suit, curl hair, and not have to battle for space in front of the mirror. Also , it’s nearly impossible to get a decent toddler nap when everyone is sharing a single hotel room. Having a dressing area separate from where your little one naps is crucial to getting to the chapel on time.
This beach condo on Florida’s Atlantic Coast has a great spa feel to help you stay relaxed. You’ll have plenty of space to move around. Just check out the master bath. The great news is, there are 3 more bathrooms to ensure that no one is waiting to double check hair on the way out the door.
Make the celebration about your immediate family too. Whether you are flying or driving, a trip can take a toll. Make a real vacation out of it. Learn what attractions are nearby and plan an extra day to enjoy them. Most vacation homes have owners who provide lists of preferred restaurants, and some even offer discounts to area museums, parks, or golf courses.