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House or Hotel? Hello Travel Helps You Pick For Your Group January 31, 2015

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Perhaps you’re planning an upcoming group trip or looking for rooms for your wedding guests. You may have asked yourself if you should reserve hotel rooms or a large house. While there isn’t a wrong answer, one option may be more suitable for your specific group. Hotels often provide amenities that house rentals don’t have, but you can often score more of a deal by renting a home.


Location – Some locations have a variety of hotels, while others have more home rentals. Is the house located in town while the hotel is outside of town? Do an initial search to find your options for both.


Amenities – If you’re traveling for leisure, bringing sheets may not deter you with a house and the idea of a refrigerator and kitchen may be perfect for an extended stay. If you’re traveling for a wedding, packing sheets and towels may be the last thing you want to worry about.


Purpose – A quick stay makes sense for a hotel, but a house rental can be great for an extended stay with more gathering areas (porch, living room, kitchen, etc.). A bridal party that wants to have hair/makeup professionals onsite may want to reserve a house to have the room to get ready.


Value – A hotel can bring value in the way of amenities and services, where a house can bring value in the way of space. With each type of accommodation, it’s important to do your research to make sure you the space is right for you.


Popular resources that may help in your search include: VRBO, Home Away, AirBnB, Hotels.com and TripAdvisor.


Looking for more guidance? Let Hello Productions help you plan your trip!


Downton Abbey Inspired Wedding

With the drama and fashions of the Downton Abbey characters gracing our screens again, we can’t help but imagine what a Downton Abbey-inspired wedding would be like! Here are some fabulous ways to channel Lady Edith and Lady Mary on your special day.

PicMonkey Collage - high clere castle

Do you see a destination wedding in your future? Why not consider having your wedding in Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle! Highclere Castle lies to the west of London and while it is open for pubic tours, it is also available for private events and weddings. Brides can get dressed in on of the castle’s bedrooms and later dance the night away in the Victorian Library.


The castle and surrounding gardens are made available for the exclusive use of your and your guests. While the Highclere Castle requires a Downton Abbey-worthy budget (approximately $25,000-$30,000), Hello Productions would be happy to make the trip overseas to help you plan!



If you’re looking for something fabulous for your “something borrowed”, you will probably want to rent Lady Mary Crawley’s dazzling wedding tiara, the exact one she wore on the show. All the elements date back to the 1800s making this hairpiece truly vintage. It’s made up of yellow gold and 45-carats worth of diamonds. The catch? It’s available for $2,000 a day (plus a hefty $200,000 deposit).


Being adorned by vintage diamonds? Priceless.


We love vintage-inspired wedding dresses right now that capture a sense of romanticism yet are still modern for today’s wedding. These styles continue to gain popularity as more designers include cap sleeves, feathers, and lace details on their dresses.

Dresses by (left to right): Alberta Ferretti, Catherine Deane, Austin Scarlett (www.brides.com)

Dresses by (left to right): Alberta Ferretti, Catherine Deane, Austin Scarlett (www.brides.com)

While Lady Mary and Lady Edith had different flower arrangements for their respective weddings, they stayed true to a classic style that mimicked the whites, pinks and greens of the gardens. We think ranunculus, peonies, and pink calla Lilies would do the trick for this spring!


Photo sources: brocadenashville.com, www.spunkyrella.com, flowersbulbs.com

Photo sources: brocadenashville.com, http://www.spunkyrella.com, flowersbulbs.com


A wedding of this magnitude will need a spectacular cake. We love these vintage-styled cakes collected by Cake Geek Magazine in the UK. Stop by their blog to see these and more!

PicMonkey Collage - cakes

Last but not least, we can’t forget the festive bunting that was put everywhere! We love this similar lacy option by BaloolahBunting on Etsy.com.

Photo sources: emmalinebride.com, www.etsy.com

Photo sources: emmalinebride.com, http://www.etsy.com