7 Romantic Things To Do On A Parisian Honeymoon

There was a time when the groom alone planned the honeymoon. These days, couples enjoy planning their honeymoon together, and one of the best parts is deciding on the destination. Do you want the peace and tranquility of a paradise island, or the excitement and the buzz of a big city like New York? Or maybe you’d like something a bit more adventurous like an African safari.

But if all you really want is romance, then Paris could be the perfect destination for you. It’s said that Paris is best visited with the one you love, so what could be better than spending this special time there with your brand new husband.

 Take a look at these 7 romantic things you could do on a Parisian honeymoon.

 

1. See Paris From The Top Of The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is probably the most famous landmark in Paris and is not to be missed. Climb the stairs to the second level around sunset. This is when you will get the most amazing views of the city, all lit up and stretching out for miles. This is Paris sightseeing at it’s best.Then take the elevator to the top, watch the light show and sip champagne.

 

2. Explore The Latin Quarter

If you want to experience the real feel of Paris, then a visit to the Latin Quarter is a must. Mingle with the Parisian locals as you walk through the cobbled streets and alleyways – discover quaint antique shops, tea shops, book shops, and small theatres and museums, hidden away in the winding backstreets.

 

3. Say Je t’aime with Chocolate

Chocolate really is the food of love, and the French chocolatiers are some of the best in the world. So start your chocolate feast with a Hot Chocolat a L’ancienne at Angelinas on the Rue de Rivoli, said to be the thickest, richest, creamiest hot chocolate ever – served with a cup of whipped cream on the side. Buy a huge bag of truffles and chocolates, take them back to the hotel, and eat them in bed.

 

4. Visit an Oyster Bar

The Huitrerie Regis oyster bar is yet another little gem tucked away in the quieter streets of Paris on the Rue de Montfaucon, and this place is definitely worth a visit. Here you can enjoy a delicious plate of plump fresh oysters, perfectly presented on a bed of seaweed and served up with delicious French bread. And a glass of champagne. What could be better!

 

5. The Avenue des Champs Elysee

No visit to Paris is complete without a stroll down the beautiful Champs Elysee.  But the most romantic way to see it is to hire a tuc-tuc to take you from one end to the other. This world famous avenue has everything, including historic buildings – the Arc de Triomphe at one end and Place de la Concorde at the other. And in between, designer shops, cinemas, parks, pavement cafes.

 

6. A Romantic Dinner at Coupe Chou

This charming old restaurant, hidden away from the tourists on Rue de Lanneau is a perfect place for a honeymoon couple to enjoy a romantic dinner. Inside this lovely old building you will find stone floors, exposed beams, little alcoves with roaring fires, and candlelit tables. And they serve the most amazing French food.

 

7. A Magical Dinner Cruise

Take a romantic dinner cruise down the Seine. As the flood lights shine on some of the most famous and historical buildings and bridges in Paris and reflect on the water, you will see exactly why Paris is called the city of lights. Don’t forget to steal a kiss as you sail under Pont Marie bridge. Legend has it that this will ensure your love will last forever.

 

The magic and romance of Paris will stay with you long after your honeymoon is over, and you know you will be back to celebrate many future anniversaries.

How To Plan A Parisian Themed Wedding

Deciding on the theme of your wedding is where your planning begins.  Your theme can be based on your heritage, your favourite era, or even something as simple as your favourite color.

But if you just want your wedding to be all about love and romance, then maybe a Parisian theme is right for you. Look at some of the ways you can bring the elegance and the romance of Paris to your wedding.

The venue

 A Parisian themed wedding deserves a really special venue. And although you may not be able to hire a real French Chateau, it’s still possible to create a romantic, Parisian atmosphere in a venue such as a country manor.  High ceilings and huge chandeliers on the interior, and outside, beautifully manicured gardens with avenues of trees offering the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs.

Stationery

 Your stationery is an important part of your wedding.The invitations you send out to your guests are a good way to let them know the style and theme of your forthcoming wedding. So your design needs to be very French. and very romantic- so it could include famous French landmarks, flowers or lovebirds, and lots of romantic words, like l’amour.

Attire For the Bride And Groom

 As a bride-to-be, choosing your wedding gown is probably the most important part of your wedding planning. So following through on the romantic theme, a vintage style dress in white or ivory would be a perfect choice.  And even though it’s not especially French, the traditional top hat and tails for the groom and his groomsmen adds elegance, and always looks good in the photographs.

Flowers

 Flowers are an important part of every wedding. The flowers you choose need to reflect not only  the theme of your wedding, but your personality too. Your bridal bouquet can be as elaborate or simple as you want it to be, but as your theme is all about the romance of Paris, your flowers should reflect this. A bouquet of roses, lilies, or tulips, in a soft pastel shade, arranged with gypsophila and tied with ribbon would all add the romantic touch.

The Menu

French food is delicious, and one of the best ways to serve it is on a huge buffet table. This is a great way to cater for a large number of guests. So of course, the first thing you need is cheese – lots of gorgeous French cheese. Place miniature French flags on cocktail sticks into the cheeses naming the different varieties. Serve with baskets of lovely crusty French bread, and grapes and olives. Fill the table with lots of finger foods, croissants, quiches, pate`s and salads and a huge selection of French pastries.

The Wedding Cake

 And to finish, delight your guests with a traditional French wedding cake, or croquembouche to give it it’s proper name. This is made with choux pastry profiteroles which are filled with cream and piled high into a tower and held together with spun sugar.

7 Gorgeous Outfits For The Mother Of The Bride

For the Mother of the Bride, her daughter’s wedding day is always a very special day. It can often bring back memories of her own wedding day, when times would have been very different. So for this very special occasion she needs a very special outfit – after all, she is an important member of the wedding party – she is the Mother of the Bride.

The 7 outfits I have shown below are just a handful of the hundreds available from the many Nordstrom stores and outlets in the USA. They can also be purchased online and can be shipped to the UK.

You may have noticed most of these dresses are shown on very young models, but don’t let that put you off – all these outfits are suitable for a Mother of the Bride.

 

Komarov Cap Sleeve Chiffon Dress

Made from a light chiffon, this beautiful dress with it’s cap sleeves will flatter any shape body. The handkerchief hem gives it a youthful look. It’s pretty print and soft colors make it perfect for an informal summer, or evening wedding. Also team it with a pair of pretty sandals, and it’s just right for a wedding on the beach.

Tahari Shoji Dress and Jacket

This gorgeous ivory dress and jacket is elegant enough for any formal wedding. The dress is empire line, so suitable for a wide range of body shapes. The soft gold beading around the empire waist and down the front of the jacket give this whole outfit a sophisticated look. You may like to wear the jacket during the more formal part of the day, and remove it to reveal the beautiful dress in the evening.

Komarov Textured Charmeuse Dress

This dress, in a beautiful midnight navy color can only be described as elegance personified, perfect for even the most formal occasion. It’s designed in such a way that it it simply flows over the body. The fabric, although it’s actually polyester feels almost silk-like. The longer length and  the sheer sleeves are a real bonus.

Adrianna Papell Beaded Mesh Gown

This dress can only be described as breathtaking – exquisite. Definitely not for a casual wedding. The bodice has a built in bra which makes for a very smooth look. Hundreds of beads and sequins cover the top of the sleeves and the bodice. The skirt flows out to the ground in vertical panels giving a long lean look. It is an absolutely stunning dress, but I’m wondering if you would need to be tall and slim to do it justice.

Adrianna Papell Lace and Knit Dress

This empire line dress has been created especially for the plus size figure, although actually it’s cut so perfectly that it would certainly flatter any figure. The top of the dress is a faux wrap V neck lace design, and the lovely floaty sheer lace sleeves offer cover for the upper arm without looking too sleevey, if that’s your concern. The dress is an empire cut, so the skirt, which is made in a shutter-pleat style starts just under the bust giving the appearance of a narrow waist.

Tadashi Shoji Textured Lace Peplum Dress

This is a style that is right on trend at the moment, and yet it has the look of being almost retro, so it would be perfect for a vintage inspired wedding. The base color of the dress is nude which is then overlaid with a textured black lace.Worn with a pair of killer heels and a black wrap or bolero this would be a stunning outfit.

Tadashi Shoji Twist Front Taffeta Blouse and Skirt

This is a truly elegant outfit. The taffeta blouse has so many lovely design features. It is very fitted, with a wing collar and a full length zip at back. The twist front gives a lovely narrow waist. The three-quarter sleeves are edged with shirred cuffs. The long skirt is a mermaid style which flares out from the knees. This is a perfect outfit for anyone who is more comfortable wearing a blouse and skirt than a dress.