I found this on a wonderful blog and just had to repost!
Paris is one of our stops on our amazing Honeymoon (London, Malta, Barcelona, Venice, Florence, Positano and Rome are the others)
So here are my 25 ideas for making Paris even more unbearably romantic than it already is. If you've got more ideas, please add them.
Go to a crowded bistro and pretend you're the only people there. You can try this out at two of my favorite places, Fish, La Boissonerie (69 rue de Seine, Paris 6), and Le Bistrot Paul-Bert.
Take time to have tea. Have a grand tea complete with piano music and stunning flowers at the Hotel George V; tea made from first-rate tea at Mariage Freres (they import and blend it themselves); or tea with a little pastry upstairs in the blue velvet and silk room at Laduree on the rue Jacob.
Walk around the Luxembourg Gardens, magnificent at any time of year (the circuit is only about a mile, so it's doable no matter the weather), and finish by stopping into a cafe for a vin chaud, mulled wine. I like to stop at either Au Petit Suisse, across from the park and the Odeon Theatre, or Cafe Tournon, near the Senat.
Have a big plate of oysters at the tiny Regis (where they only serve oysters), or splurge on a towering seafood platter at Le Dome. Eat with your fingers, slurp the liquor from the oysters and drink Chablis, Sancerre, Muscadet or lots of Champagne.
Watch the sun set from the Pont des Arts.
Have a leisurely lunch. Lunch is such a luxury, especially if you're a tourist with a long to-do list, but there's nothing lovelier than stopping in the middle of the day for something sybaritic. The two most romantic splurges for lunch are the Jules Verne, Alain Ducasse's restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, and Le Grand Vefour in the gorgeous gardens of the Palais Royale. Le Grand Vefour is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Paris and it's beautiful, the service is perfect and every seat is named for a patron of the past. Once I was seated at the Empress Eugenie's place (which meant my husband would have been Napoleon III) and another time I was in Colette's seat (be still my heart). A stroll down the garden's tree-lined allees is the perfect way to cap lunch. For a far, far less extravagant lunch, my favorite place is Le Comptoir (but it doesn't take reservations -- aarrrgh).
Drink hot chocolate every chance you get. The richest chocolat chaud is at Angelina's.
Have anything -- oh, if only you could have everything -- at Pierre Herme, hands-down the best and most exciting patissier in Paris and no, I'm not impartial. If you've never had the Ispahan macaron -- rose, raspberry and litchi -- you must.
Have a glass of Champagne for no other reason than because you can.
Buy a bag of (the absolutely fabulous) chocolate-covered Sauternes-soaked raisins from Da Rosa and eat them in bed.
Visit Sartre and de Beauvoir's tombs at the Montparnasse Cemetery, which is a fascinating place, or go see Proust at Pere Lachaise Cemetery, another beautiful place (but much larger, so you might want to wait until the weather's a bit warmer).
Set off without a map, get thoroughly lost and celebrate your freedom at the closest cafe.
Go to the Jacquemart-Andre Museum and imagine that you live there. Of course you can do this at Versailles, but it's easier at the palatially cozy J-A.
Buy a slice or two from several kinds of terrines from master charcutier Gilles Verot (3 rue Notre-Dames des Champs, Paris 6) and have a picnic in your hotel room.
Get a bottle of wine from La Derniere Goutte, one of Paris's best and most interesting wine shops (everyone there speaks English), to go with those terrines.
Take an evening cruise up the Seine in a Bateau Mouche. Sure it's a touristy thing to do, but I figure if it was good enough for Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in Charade, then it's good enough for me.
If you can't take the cruise, stand on the Quai opposite Notre Dame (the Left Bank side) and wait for a Bateau Mouche to sail by and shine its lights on the church -- the effect makes you catch your breath no matter how many times you see it.
Visit Claire Damon's pastry shop, Des Gateaux et du Pain. Damon is one of the few, I want to say only, but I'm not sure, French women with her own world-class patisserie. There's something lovely, light and, yes, feminine about everything she makes, even her breads.
Go to Berthillon and have one ice cream sundae with two spoons. If you and whomever you're with can agree on what flavors to have, you'll know it's true love.
Have a drink at the sumptuous Bar 228 in the Hotel Meurice or at The Ritz's Hemingway Bar. It will cost as much as a dinner, but it will be memorable.
Window-shop along the Faubourg Saint-Honore and finish with a fancifully decorated eclair at Fauchon.
Buy a scented candle at Diptyque and keep it burning late into the night.
Head for Poilane and buy not one, not two, not a dozen, but a sack full of their buttery cookies. After all, when it comes to love, nothing beats abundance.
Go back to Pierre Herme and buy just one more macaron to share.
I am having serious second thoughts about my French roll as "the" hairdo.
I originally wanted the below, but changed my mind due to the hair accessory. However I believe it can still work with the gorgeous vintage bombshell side swept look. I also think this is more my style and in keeping with the overall look.
My fiance is a sports nut, well most importantly an AFL nut... He has been a Geelong supporter from birth and it consumes his life during footy season (and actually off season too - is that what they call it?).
He knows I tune out at anything AFL related, and so will never expect this.
For his bday in Feb I bought him cuff links with the Geelong colours to wear in his French cuff shirt on our wedding. He will NEVER suspect that in a million years. I think it will bring apart of who he is to his outfit, even if only small will mean alot to him.
Bought from Benjamin Cuff links, here (every cuff link you can think of!)
It seems to be in vogue to do a lingerie shoot for your husband to be, where you send him the photos the day of the wedding.
I do love this idea, and am booking in for my photos probably in April.
I think to myself, why not? I am working hard to get my body into the shape I want, I doubt I will look like this again for a while. I am honeymooning in Europe, and my weakness in life is food... sooo...
When I opened any magazine I saw photographs from Sugarlove Weddings, and I was so impressed by how natural and beautiful all the photos were. My fiancé was quite impressed too, and after meeting with them we were sold.
They have been a pleasure to deal with, and we cannot wait to meet up with them to plan what shots we will be looking for on the day to capture.
I won't post any photos but click on their name above to view their gorgeous work!