Welcome to Rob and Sam's Las Vegas Wedding 2011 Blog.

Here you will find everything there is to know about Las Vegas, the wedding itself, travel details and generally anything else there is to know about our forthcoming trip!

If you have any questions, or would like to share anything on the blog, please email biddick.carmichael@gmail.com

Love Rob & Sam x

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Joint Hen & Stag ("Hag Do") Details.....

If anyone has any requests, suggestions, ideas etc please do let everyone know by posting a comment for all to see.

Rob & Sam's HAG DO

Wednesday April 20th

Meet at the Bar (TBD) @ 5pm
Somewhere to eat (TBD) @ 6.30pm
Penn & Teller Show @ 9.00pm at the Rio (the tickets are our treat!)


To celebrate with our nearest and dearest our last night (but one) of "freedom" before its...

Monday, 21 March 2011

In Flight Meal Request Options

Hello again,

If anyone would like to make a meal request from the following options (half of which we dont know what they are anyway), please email us and let us know. Otherwise it will be the usual scrumptious in-flight meal!

Asian Vegetarian
Gluten Free
Low Fat
Low Salt
Vegan Vegetarian
Vegetarian / Lactose Intolerant

Also, the travel agent has sent us a load of backage tags, we will hand these out as and when before departure.


R & S xx

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club - Register to Earn Miles..

...with the flights to and from Las Vegas you will be entitled to earn almost 8,000 Virgin Flying Miles which can be used for free upgrades etc on any future flights.

All the details are on this link http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/en/gb/frequentflyer/spendmiles/index.jsp

If you do register, please email us your Flying Miles account number and we will link it to your Vegas ticket and you will get your miles allocated on your return to the UK.


Rob & Sam xx

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Lucky number 7!

There are 7 weeks to go until we are on our way (pretty much down to the minute), so here are 7 things you need  to know about our fast approaching Las Vegas shindig.

Number 1 - On-Board Baggage Allowance.

You may each take 1 piece of hand baggage on board.
Individual dimensions not to exceed 23 x 36 x 56cm, and 6kg in weight.

In addition to the cabin baggage allowance, the following personal items may be carried on board:
  • A handbag, pocketbook or purse i.e. which is appropriate to normal travelling dress and is not being used as a container for the transportation of articles which could otherwise be regarded as baggage.
  • An overcoat or wrap.
  • An umbrella (pointed or/and sharp prohibited) or walking stick.
  • A small camera and/or pair of binoculars.
  • A reasonable amount of reading matter for the flight.
  • Infants food for consumption in flight.
  • A small amount of duty free goods.
  • Personal headphones may be used as long as they are fitted with the standard 3.5mm jack.
Number 2 - Hold Baggage Allowance

You are allowed 1 bag no heavier than 23kg in weight with dimensions no bigger than 90 x 75 x43cm

Number 3 - Seating Arrangements

While we have taken the opportunity to block book seats on the plane for both the outgoing and return journey, once we have been issued the tickets (roughly 3 weeks before we go), they can be moved if you want. However, once you move your seats you will then be responsible for checking yourself in and booking your seats 24 hours before we depart Vegas. Please email us if you want your booking reference to move your seat.

Number 4 - Checking In Options

a) Good old fashioned "at the kiosk" check in - you already have seats so it will just be a case of being at the airport roughly 90 minutes prior to take-off, check in and then drop your bags off.

b) Online check in - you can check in online from 24 hours prior to departure, and print your boarding card off at home so all you have to do it drop your bags off when you get to the airport

c) Twilight check-in - check in between noon and 9pm the night before you fly from London Gatwick. Please ensure that all passengers travelling together are present with all documentation and baggage. Then turn up at the Gate at least 50 minutes prior to departure with your boarding pass. It really is that easy and a real bonus if you're on an early morning flight.

Number 5 - Temperature in Las Vegas

The average temperature in Las Vegas in April is a lovely 25 degrees so make sure you pack them summer clothes!

Number 6 - Whilst we are there

There are thousands of things to do in Vegas, and whilst we only have plans for the Friday and Wednesday Night (please see below), we will be sending around our itinery over the coming weeks, and if anyone would like to join in with us, then please do let us know because it is definately the more the merrier!

Number 7 - Hen/Stag do

We were hoping to have a joint mini hen/stag do on the Wednesday night, details of which have yet to be decided!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Travel Insurance....boring, boring, boring....

Now that the Vegas trip has all been paid for, its probably about time to have a little looksie at Travel Insurance. 

Remember the ash cloud last year, BA lost our luggage (and are constantly on strike), Sam ALWAYS gets bitten by something weird which requires medical treatment etc etc.

We are covered annually via Virgin, but individually everybody else needs to be covered in case anything goes "pete tong" - before, during or after the trip.

Some of you maybe covered via your current account etc, but its worth checking.

Money Saving Expert has a great page on Travel Insurance - please see below link (they also recommend Virgin as being the cheapest for worldwide travel under 50's, and High Risk for worldwide travel over 50's).

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Thank you Thank you Thank you....

....we have now paid the final bill for Vegas, thank you very much everyone for paying us so promptly.

10 weeks to go......we should receive a pack containing the tickets, baggage labels etc etc in 6 weeks time.

Online booking will open for us all to check in (we already have our seats as we are group booking so no worries about people being sat apart). Nearer the time I will post the reference numbers needed.

Alternatively, Gatwick operates a "Twilight Check-In" service, where if you want, you can go to the airport the night before to check in all your bags and get your boarding card (if you havent printed it off via checking in online). This is a great service if you are planning on a) trying to get a cheaper upgrade to premium, or b) if you want to purchase the emergency exit seats for the extra leg room. I believe these are £75 each way.

(FYI - I  think the pictures/videos I have been uploading dont appear on email, you have to log on to the blog to see them)

Sunday, 6 February 2011

What can you do in Vegas if...

...you are mental:

Then take a skyjump off the Stratosphere Tower

...you lost your luck at the Casino's and require something free to do:

Then watch the volcano erupt at the Mirage Hotel

...you want a day trip outside of Vegas:

Then take a helicopter ride over the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon

Friday, 21 January 2011

The boring stuff x 3......and 1 funny you have to see...

1. Confirmation of Flight Details

Here are the confirmed flight details. Our tickets will be posted to us once final payment has been made (payment details in point three below).

Depart London Gatwick on Tuesday April 19th @ 11.25 (GMT), arriving Las Vegas @ 14.10 (PST)

Depart Las Vegas on Tuesday April 26th @ 16.40 (PST), arriving London @ 10.30 (GMT + 1 day)

We have the following seats:

Rob & Sam (seats 77 a & c upstairs)
Biddick's (seats 34 a, b & c)
Mackenzie-Carmichaels (seats 34 d, e, f  & g)

I do believe that once the tickets have been issued these seats can be changed if needed, just let us know. These are nice seats over the wing. We have these seats for the return journey also.

2. Reminder  of ESTA Requirements - you wont get in without it!

Here is the link to the online form for those of you who need it. https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

It will take a couple of minutes to complete, and you should get back an instant acceptance - although Dad Biddick, it took them 24 hours to agree to letting you in the country I believe. Dodgy dodgy dodgy :)

3. Payment Details

Payment is due to us on Friday February 4th 2011. Please ask if you need any details (amounts due, payment details etc etc).

Rob and I would like to, once again, thank everyone for coming with us to our special day in Vegas. We promise to make it a wedding (and week in Vegas!) you will never forget!


I think that is all the essentials out the way. To end on a funny note, Rob has been practicing his "wedding dance" down the local pub, luckily I was there to catch it on film (see below). Hopefully we will see the finished product in Vegas! :)


Monday, 3 January 2011

Does anyone know....

....where you can buy "manly" high heels that would go with a kilt?

Desperately needed by one little Cornish man!