I know it has taken almost a year (apologies!) but here's a little about my hen party in Paris!
Last August, myself and 19 hens headed off to beautiful Paris for my hen party. I had been to Paris once before and fell totally in love with it, and I knew I didn't want a typical hen party spent in a bar all weekend! My bridesmaids done an absolutely amazing job organising our 4 day trip - so all credit goes to them! So here's the low down on all the planning and our schedule for our 4 day trip!
The girls and I were adorned with beautiful floral crowns from the amazing Sass & Halo - literally did not want to take my flower crown off all weekend! We flew from Belfast International with Easyjet on the Friday. We arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport and had a bus transfer (which the girls had pre-booked) from there to our hotel, Hotel Eifel Petit Louvre, which was about a 10 minute walk from the base of the Eiffel Tower. It's hard to know where to book a hotel for in Paris as everything is so spread out, so a hotel in the 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 15th or 16th Arrondissements would be best in my opinion. The hotel was very quirky, and the rooms were small which is expected in Paris! Dinner was pre-booked and was only about a 10 minute walk from the hotel, after which we walked to the Eiffel Tower to see it lit up and sparkle (it sparkles every hour on the hour from dusk to 1am, for 5 minutes). We had a few drinks in the bar below our hotel but it was an early night as we had to be up and on the bus by 9am the next morning for our trip to the Champagne region.
Saturday - We travelled to the Champagne region, which was approximately 2 hours outside of Paris. We visited 2 champagne houses, a smaller one called Ployez-Jacquemart, and the larger more well known champagne house Moët & Chandon. It was fab to see the difference in size of the two houses, and the processes they each go through to produce those amazing bottles of bubbles! We had a tour guide who explained everything to us on our way to the Champagne region, and he had organised the transport and the visits etc. to the champagne houses. He was Philipe, and the company he worked for was Best of France Tours and the girls found the company randomly when researching online. After a few emails to and fro, they booked him for the day. We had lunch in the charming town of Epernay, then visited Hautvillers where Dom Pérignon is buried (he is the monk who discovered champagne), and had a few photo opportunities in the most beautiful French villages.
Sunday - We went on a hop on-hop off river cruise, and visited Notre Dame Cathedral (and had lunch in a café nearby - nothing fancy, just something there and then), the Louvre, and done some shopping on the Champs Elysee. In the evening we had dinner in a restaurant called Iolanda, on the banks of the Seine near the Eiffel tower - food was fabulous and again nothing fancy. We then went to The Ritz where we were all treated like the Queens we are (lol!) - honestly though, we were greeted with open arms and they made us feel so welcome. We all had a cocktail or glass of wine each (cocktails were in the region of 30 Euro) and the service was amazing. They gave me some sweet treats and some flowers as I was the bride to be. We didn't book the Ritz, and we were in the bar area where anyone could have came in and ordered a drink. But my bridesmaids had spoken to the guys in the restaurant we were eating in and they rang The Ritz for us to confirm it was ok if we all arrived (as there were 20 of us!). We used Uber to travel and it was only about 5-7 minutes in the taxi - and there is just something about driving around Paris at night in a taxi, it makes me love it even more!
Monday - We had the most amazing breakfast on the Champs Elysee, right beside the Louis Vuitton store in a restaurant called Fouquet's. Now it was slightly expensive, but so worth it - the spread was fabulous and the food was so tasty. We then done some shopping - and I purchased my fab Jimmy Choo wedding shoes! There are a few Jimmy Choo stores in Paris, but the one we went to was on Avenue Montaigne. And after that it was time to head to the airport to travel home.
As a gift to me on my hen party, everyone chipped in and bought me a beautiful Daniel Wellington watch, and my fiancé sent me a pair of Tiffany earrings which I absolutely love and they are so me!!
All in all, it was an amazing hen party and I couldn't have asked for anything better. If you're getting married soon or are a bridesmaid, definitely consider Paris for your destination - I promise you will love it! And if you have any questions please just drop me a DM on Instagram and I will be more than happy to help.