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Let’s Elope To Paris!

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Europe

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Do you dream of getting married to your soul mate in Paris? Does your imagination run wild with thoughts of a gorgeous day with your lover surrounded by your families in an exquisite location that has seen more centuries than you have shoes?!

Let’s do it! Eloping to Paris is easier than you think!

Whether you are looking for a summer wedding under a beautiful alley of trees in a secret garden or a historic private mansion with candles, a pyramid of macarons and gold mouldings, Paris offers so many different options – the hardest part will be what to choose !

To help, at Parisian Inspired Wedding, we’ve selected four different styles of venues for a truly romantic day.

Rooftops and terraces for a trendy reception
What could be more iconic than having a glass of champagne on a Parisian terrace or rooftop facing the Eiffel Tower or Montmartre and enjoying a beautiful sunset? We love Hôtel Raphaël Paris – it has one of the most spectacular views over Paris.

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Private mansions for a chic and glamour wedding

Paris is known for its spectacular architecture, its ancient buildings and private mansions. Some are now museums whilst others belong to private foundations, but most importantly they can be rented for your wedding! Ideal for parties of more than 30 guests, they are the best way to style your event in a very personal way!

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Restaurants
If you’ve decided on a very small and intimate gathering, choose an authentic Parisian restaurant. From bistro to gastronomic or trendy restaurants, you’re sure to find one that suits you and your perfect celebrations!

Hotels for a luxurious time
Most of Paris’ 5 star hotels have gorgeous salons that can be booked privately for cocktails and/or dinner. The cuisine and service are always impeccable at these establishments. Get ready in your luxury suite before hand with a terrace and spectacular views over Paris.

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One thing you need to know about getting married in Paris is that religious ceremonies are not legally binding in France. If you wish to have a church ceremony, please be aware that you will need to be previously married in your own country or in France. In order for you to have a civil ceremony, one of you must be a resident in France or  have parents or grand-parents that reside in France. Also a family home-owned home in France could also help!  A symbolic ceremony remains the easiest option and can be planned just a few weeks in advance!

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Whether it be a beautiful garden or a 5 star rooftop terrace where you can sip the finest French champagne, what a dream to be married in the City of  Love!

About Parisian Inspired Wedding: We are specialist event planners in France and will be happy to help you design the most beautiful, memorable and personal celebration in Paris. We love taking the time to listen to your story and seeking out the most intimate venues for your romantic ceremony.

What To Take On A Winter Honeymoon

by | Honeymoon Essentials, Honeymoons

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Naomi Neilson
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Winter Honeymoon

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Looking for Romantic Honeymoon Places To Chase The Cold? Surfaces thick with white snow, warm crackling fires in their oversized fireplaces, and winter fun in a cold climate sound absolutely swoon-worthy – but not packing correctly and getting the flu half way through your honeymoon does not! I’ve listed the essentials to take with you on your honeymoon so you can really take advantage of the cold without any unfortunate surprises! Be prepared to make room in your suitcase – you’re going to need it!

Suitcase

Make sure to pick up the perfect luggage for the job! It’s going to need to be big and versatile to keep all of your stuff together. It’s also a bonus if the suitcase is stylish! Check out Zara or Bally for some great options!

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Jackets and Coats

Being out in the cold on your honeymoon has a different meaning to everyone. For those of us who prefer the overcast grey of the sky over the blinding heat of the sun, it’s a wonderland. Not only do we get to bask in the joys of winter, but we also get to dress for comfort and style with gorgeous jackets and coats. For the men, Calibre and Mr Porter have coats and jackets that will keep you warm and stylish during your winter adventures. For our female honeymooners, have a look at some of the beautiful Alannah Hill styles! Their winter range is incredible!

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Gloves, Beanies, and Scarves

These accessories can give that little bit of extra warmth during the colder getaways, and they will also look pretty great paired with the rest of your winter outfit; you’ll find this to most important fo your romantic dinners under the Northern Lights! Ladies, for an abundance of cute and warm accessories, check out Jigsaw and stay a little longer at Alannah Hill! Men, we can’t recommend Oscar Hunt any higher! They are an amazing choice for the best of men’s winter accessories.

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Boots

Given that your feet are at the frontline of the cold, it’s important to pack the right shoes. Boots that are waterproof and comfortable are going to be a big help on your winter honeymoon. R.M. Williams has great options for both men and women’s boots that are perfect for the winter weather!

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Layers!

Layers are going to be so important when you start out. Rug up in as much as possible, especially if your winter honeymoon includes snow! Wear leggings and long-sleeved tops in abundance!

Snow and Ski Gear

This is especially important if you’re heading up the Swiss Alps to ski with your significant other. If snow covered surfaces are your expertise, then you may already have gear to take with you. If not, consider picking some up on your next pre-honeymoon shopping trip. Otherwise, there are always rental places that will have snow gear in abundance! Depending where you’re going, you will need to scope out what is best to rent at your winter honeymoon destination and decide how much space to leave in your suitcase.

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Sunscreen

Just because it’s not the beach does not mean you can ditch the sunscreen on this holiday. This is a must for when the sun sneaks in through the clouds at midday. Winter honeymoon or not, there’s no escaping the sun. Pack it in with your moisturiser so you don’t miss it!

A Good Book

The only thing that sounds better than a full day of adventures in the snow is coming back to a toasty warm fire and curling up with a good book. It’s also a great pastime for the long hauls of travel time ahead of you. Pack your favourite classic or pick up a new one on the trip!

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If you pack these essentials you’re sure to enjoy your winter honeymoon just that little bit more! For more top tips on planning and how to pack for your romantic holiday of a lifetime, the best travel also check out our Honeymoon Essentials post!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I’m loving the idea of a winter honeymoon if  I can take all these gorgeous things with me… now, I do need some new boots!

Honeymoons A – Z: Genoa

by | Honeymoons, Honeymoons A-Z, Location Europe

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Naomi Neilson
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The picture-perfect port city of Genoa is an incredibly romantic honeymoon destination. Although often overshadowed on European itineraries by the likes of Rome and Venice, this understated city is too beautiful to go unnoticed. The lovely city is a labyrinth of hidden gems, excellent cuisine, and pretty sights.

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5 Places to Stay:

Villa Pagoda

This villa is incredibly beautiful, boasting spectacular views of the sea. The hotel staff are incredible, as is the lovely restaurant where dining is just as magical as Genoa itself —dining on the terrace is incredibly romantic!

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Hotel Continental Genova

This lovely hotel is the perfect honeymoon destination, and not just because of the amazing romantic honeymoon packages for their newlywed guests. Here enjoy an unforgettable dinner in the restaurant or enjoy their room service. Take advantage of their spa treatments or relax on their secret beach. There is not a lot that can surpass this perfection.

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Villa Gnocchi

This villa is perfect for the country getaway! Enjoy spectacular coastal views with breakfast, explore the nearby villages during the day, and return to a glass of wine on the candlelit terrace. This charming villa greets you with birdsong and an incredibly luxurious interior. Enjoy!

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Villa Edera 

The family-owned villa is perched above the beautiful town of Moneglia and is conveniently located around some of the most romantic destinations in Genoa. It’s the perfect place for relaxation in-between the adventures that you’re sure to find outside – and when you’re ready, be sure to take advantage of their cookery classes, wine tastings and escorted tours.

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Sognando Villa Edera

In this hotel, spend your time in your own private apartment, complete with its own garden and terrace. The peaceful villa is perfect to come home to, or just spend the day by the pool amongst the roses and the birdsong. Plus there’s always the incredibly heavenly views all around. The villa is also conveniently close to some of the best places in Genoa.

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5 Places to Visit:

The surreal views of Genoa are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. With a maze of historical sites (some of which are credited as UNESCO sites) and incredible architecture, Genoa has some amazing places to visit.

Europe’s Medieval City Centre

The best way to embrace the historical beauty of Genoa is to look at its most spectacular architecture, like the 800 year old Lanterna lighthouse. Genoa’s cityscape is hidden within the labyrinth of beautiful buildings and alleys with winding cobblestone streets – you never know what surprise lies around the next corner!

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Spianata Castelletto

For one of the most stunning views in Genoa you absolutely must consider visiting the Spianata Castelletto! The hilly area offers incredibly gorgeous sights, including that of the belvedere and the churches and castles of Genoa.

Piazza De Ferrari

Surrounding one of Genoa’s most ornate fountains, this piazza is not only shadowed by magnificent buildings and remarkable history but is also full of the magic of Genoa. Several important buildings are located in this square, linked by the heart of the modern commercial centre. The Piazza De Ferrari is simply spectacular.

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Cathedral San Lorenzo

This beautiful cathedral was built in an area where archaeological excavations have revealed historic Roman structures – only one of the many hints of exquisite history, spanning over centuries of beauty. It is a very romantic destination in Genoa to visit during your European honeymoon.

Old Port

The bustling tourism centre allows visitors to stroll through the harbour and stop in at any number of museums and tourist attractions. The Old Harbour is also the place in which to visit Genoa’s famous aquarium and water features. This destination is such a popular spot to visit whilst in Genoa, and we can see why!

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5 Things to Do:

Art Tours & Private Visits

Genoa has some of the most beautiful and important art and culture collections in the world. The best way to view them is via private and exclusive visits, which are available through Art Tours. Consider taking a day to immerse yourself in the beauty of Genoa’s arts and culture.

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Walking Tours

Genoa is spectacular – it’s really quite hard to do it justice. The entire city is incredibly perfect for newlywed couples. For the best way to explore the city, consider taking any number of their walking tours, such as those offered by Genova Guide Tours. Discover the alluring charm of the city and the traditional shops and restaurants on a walking tour of the city.

Explore Castles and Palaces

For the most enjoyable romantic honeymoon, it is a must to stop in at any number of Genoa’s historical castles and palaces, including the Mackenzie Castle manor. Take an exclusive and private tour with Tuscany Pass to get the best experience on your honeymoon.

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Trip to Portofino

Portofino is located on the eastern stretch of the Italian Riviera, and easily accessible from Genoa – plus, on the way, you can enjoy some spectacular views of Italy! The Italian fishing village and vacation resort is famous for its picturesque harbour and historical villages. Take a day and explore – and if you need help, check out Get Your Guide for the perfect tour.

Day Trip to Cinque Terre

The five incredibly gorgeous villages that make up the Cinque Terre is definitely worth the visit. Consider taking a day trip, either with a tourism company like Viator and their Private Day Trip Cinque Terre, or a self-guided tour. The peaceful fishing villages and friendly crowds are easily accessible by train, and very easy to visit all in the one trip. Take a day and have fun exploring!

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Cinque Terre Tourism

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If you’re considering a European honeymoon, or looking to immerse yourself in history and incredible architecture during your honeymoon, Genoa in Italy is an incredibly wonderful option. Take a stroll through the ancient cities, explore the gorgeous coastal towns, and bask in the sunlight by day and the candlelight by night. Enjoy everything that lovely Genoa has to offer.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Follow the twisting maze of laneways to discover Genoa’s pure beauty – a memorable honeymoon destination overflowing with an enriched history and stunning architecture.

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