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April 2016 - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning

Catch Some Rays in the Sunshine State: Your Honeymoon Guide to the Florida Keys

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Apr 302016
Key West Florida Honeymoon

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All eyes may be on Key West when it comes to dreamy island honeymoon spots that are still on Florida soil, but half the charm of a getaway down south is the drive there. Turn your honeymoon into a three-day romantic roadtrip cruising down the 113-mile-long Overseas Highway — built along a former railroad and surrounded by water on both sides — where the only "tourist" attractions worth stopping for are the kind that involve both sand and sea.

Day 1

A good road trip can't kick off without the proper fuel, so start the journey in Miami ordering locally roasted coffee and freshly made whole grain croissants from Wynwood favorite Panther Coffee. Take your goods to go or start the morning with a stroll by the neighborhood's street art-lined buildings, with over 80,000 square feet of walls covered in artwork that span out from the Wynwood Walls living art gallery. If you'd rather take a seat and savor breakfast with your new hubby, plop down at the retro-inspired Wynwood Diner and tuck in to one of the decadent breakfast dishes like the churro waffle or brioche French toast with bourbon crème Anglaise.

Now it's time to hit the road, but the first stop isn't too far from South Beach. A little over an hour away in the first key, Key Largo is a paradise for divers with its colorful coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps, all set inside John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

Hop on board a chartered snorkel trip and explore why Key Largo has been nicknamed the "Dive Capital of the World," swimming above wrecks, reefs, and statues, including one of the most famous of them all — the bronze Statue of Christ of the Abyss.

For lunch, stop by Snappers, a local institution with a tiki bar perched on the pier above the water. The menu is based on what's caught fresh that day and delivered to the docks, so leave the decisions up to the fishermen. Better yet, if you have your own fresh catches, the restaurant can prep them just the way you like, serving your hard-earned fish in style.

Call it a night just half an hour away at the next key, Islamorada, whose name means Village of Islands since the spot sits on four islands. At this halfway point to Key West you'll find the waterfront Amara Cay Resort, where you can stretch out in a hammock on the sand as the sun goes down while sipping one of Sparrows Rum Bar's frozen favorites. Our pick is the Banana Split: an adult spin on this childhood dessert, blending rum with crème de banana, coco, pineapple, and orange. If you'd rather keep things light, the bar serves knockout yellowfin tuna tacos. For something more formal, take a seat at Oltremare and prepare for an Italian feast that fuses classics like frito misto with Florida flavor.

Amara Cay Florida Keys

Photo: Courtesy of the Amara Cay

Day Two

Sleep in and start the day in leisurely fashion Florida Keys-style with a full-on Southern brunch at Islamorada's Hungry Tarpon, a fish shack set on an old marina. Here, you can dine on classic buttermilk pancakes and homemade biscuits and gravy, as well as some of the more local-inspired house specials like the Purple Isle, stacked crepes stuffed with fried eggs and lobster (don't worry, calories definitely don't count once you've entered the Keys!).

Before your final stop in Key West, less than two hours away, spend some time basking on one of the two picture-perfect white sand beaches at Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key. You can also get more of your snorkeling fix here with a trip out to Looe Key, where you'll swim over bright star and brain coral, and maybe even pass whale sharks and manta rays.

Check into The Marker on the marina in Key West's Old Town and ease onto island time with a late lunch. Take a seat on the patio at Croissants de France's Le Bistro and dig in to their baked treats and French-inspired fare like quiche Lorraine. After lunch, stroll down Duval Street and stop in one of the most iconic bars of them all, the 78-year-old Sloppy Joe's, where legends like Hemingway were once regulars. After a round of margaritas, it's time to catch the nightly ritual in Mallory Square, Sunset Celebration, a street party along the water with performers and food carts.

Key West is embracing its Southern roots more and more these days, and one of the best ways to capture a taste of this culture is at the two-story restaurant Firefly. The vibe here is low-key but the food still takes on a gourmet Southern spin. Sit on the top floor al fresco terrace and start with the fried green tomatoes with Brussels sprout slaw and hot bacon vinaigrette.

Dry Tortugas Key West Florida Honeymoon

Photo: Courtesy of Key West Seaplane Adventures

Day Three

Breakfast at Blue Heaven is a must in Key West, so end your honeymoon on a high note here dining on blueberry pancakes and Key West pink shrimp Benedict outside on the patio while the infamous roosters stroll around. It's also totally okay to start your cocktail tour of town early with a round of Bloody Marys.

Despite being on an island, you won't find a whole lot of beaches. But 70 miles off the coast you'll come to the Dry Tortugas, a series of seven small islands surrounded by shallow waters prime for snorkeling. A catamaran trip is one way to get here, but you can also throw in an element of sightseeing by hitting the sky by seaplane with Key West Seaplane Adventures. The trip takes about a full day, so if you don't have the time, there's plenty to do back on shore in Key West. Explore the Ernest Hemingway Home, where the writer lived for over a decade, or go gallery hopping sourcing pieces for your newlywed home at spots along Duval Street and Bahama Village.

See More: 20 Honeymoon Destinations for Adventurous Couples

After island hopping for the past few days, take a breather and stop for sunset cocktails and a romantic dinner at Louie's Backyard, an oceanfront Victorian home-turned-restaurant known for its local seafood and hand-picked produce grown just for the eatery. Then top off the weekend with dessert at a restaurant just as sexy as its name — Better Than Sex — and prepare for the ultimate in chocolate indulgence.

Do We Have to Send Formal Invitations to the Rehearsal Dinner?

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Apr 302016

Whether you invite just your family, your out-of-town guests, or everyone on the guest list, your rehearsal dinner can be as formal or as low-key as you'd like. The one thing, however, that every rehearsal dinner has in common? Some sort of invitation to let guests know when and where it will be held! No matter how many people you're inviting, the question is: Do you have to send out formal invitations? Our experts weigh in.

Your options for inviting guests to the rehearsal dinner are to send a formal invitation (in the mail!), to send an online invitation, or to include the information either as an insert in your invitation or on your wedding website. What you choose depends on both how formal your rehearsal dinner is, and who is invited.

If your in-laws are hosting a formal sit-down dinner (we're talking a restaurant that probably has tablecloths and some sort of table service), you may want to opt for a printed invitation to convey some of that formality. Of course, the design options are endless and you can fit one that best fits the venue, but a paper invitation is the place to start for something on the fancier side.

Having a more casual dinner, at your favorite barbecue joint or in someone's backyard? A low-key celebration calls for a more low-key invitation, so e-vites are the way to go. Again, there are infinite possibilities for the design of your online invitation, but you'll begin to set the more relaxed scene with an invitation sent via email.

Of course, there are also more formal e-vite designs that could be great for a dressier rehearsal dinner. If you're on a tight timeline (or a tight budget!), you can definitely choose an e-vite over a printed invitation. Just be sure to pick a design and wording that fits your event to a T.

If you're having more of a welcome reception than a rehearsal dinner, and will be inviting all of your wedding guests, whether local or out-of-town, think about saving on postage and including the rehearsal dinner information in your wedding invitation. Include an insert with the date, time, and location (and dress code, if needed), and add a line to your RSVP card where guests can confirm whether they'll be able to join you the night before the wedding.

See More: Who Should Be Invited to the Rehearsal Dinner at a Destination Wedding?


WATCH: A Santa Barbara Wedding Video So Cute You’ll Play It Again and Again

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Apr 302016

Summer—otherwise known as wedding season—is just around the corner, which means most of you anxious brides-to-be are getting closer and closer to saying "I do." Whether you're nearly done planning or looking for last-minute ideas to further personalize your parties, there's one surefire way to get the inspiration flowing: Seeing how other couples celebrate their own big day. Our real weddings video channel, which is packed with beautiful videos of brides and grooms tying the knot across and country and abroad, is packed with enough wedding ideas to keep you busy all weekend. But the one sweet celebration we can't get enough of comes courtesy of Joel Serrato, who captured Emily and David's absolutely charming Santa Barbara wedding.

First and foremost: There's something undeniably sweet about Joel Serrato's aesthetic. His artistic point of view, nostalgic film making style, and beautiful Super 8 creations make for memories you'll want to watch again and again. And this video was no exception! Emily and David's wedding was everything we think of when we hear about a couple's summer celebration. From their invitations (which were complete with a vintage air mail-inspired RSVP card and kraft paper details) and outdoor ceremony to their barn dinner and game-filled reception, this is exactly the type of wedding we'd love to be invited to.

See More: Invitations and Stationery for a Destination Wedding

Natural-inspired details and décor ruled at this summery bash and Emily and David totally nailed the laid-back vibe they were going for. Popcorn for guests to nibble at the ceremony? Check. A four-piece bluegrass band, complete with banjo player? Check. Talk about keeping your guests comfortable! We also love how the bride walked down the aisle hand-in-hand with her flower girl, toting one of the prettiest bouquets we've seen to date.

Things only got better from there. Guests played lawn games during cocktail hour, sipped watermelon mojitos and ginger mules, and munched on delicious fare. Then, at the barn reception, everyone settled in for a candlelit dinner while playing bingo with the bride and groom.

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3 Married Bedtime Rituals You Need to Do (That Have Nothing to Do With Sex!)

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Apr 302016
married bedtime rituals have nothing do with sex

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Climbing into bed may signal to you that it's time to have sex. But our experts say there are a few other things you should work into your bedtime routine that will bond you even more.

1. End your day with gratitude.
If you worry you don't say thank you enough in your relationship, this ritual is for you. "In relationships, showing appreciation fosters further closeness, connection and love," explains Rachel Dack, licensed clinical professional counselor and relationship expert. So before you nod off in bed, tell your partner up to three things he or she did for which you're grateful. "This ritual sets up a daily time for couples to express thankfulness, and sets the tone for positive mood, relaxation and the future expression of gratitude," she says.

Marissa Nelson, licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist, says your expressions of gratitude can be as simple as, "'Thank you for putting gas in my car,' or, 'I appreciate you picking up dinner tonight.'" Saying even these simple phases, she says, "puts you in that habit of giving and receiving love and validation. Feeling appreciated and not taken for granted drastically improves relationship satisfaction, and this small nightly ritual can make all the difference in your connection."

See More: 4 Words That Can Instantly Improve Your Relationship

2. Turn off technology.
Before you slip into bed, make a rule that phones and other electronic devices go off. In fact, Nelson recommends going tech free up to two hours before you get your shuteye. "I see so many couples that have challenges turning off the day and being 100 percent present with their partner," she says. "Use those two hours you would normally be scrolling through your social media feeds, watching videos or reading articles, and instead really focus on your partner."

Without a glowing small screen stealing your attention, you'll have uninterrupted time to connect to each other "and engage in the present moment before saying goodnight," says Dack. "This time also serves as an opportunity for each partner to share about his or her day and for the other partner to listen attentively and actively."

3. Cuddle, without letting it lead to sex.
Says Dack, "Non-sexual touch is an important way to express love and affection, and is important for relationship health." Why? It breeds intimacy, Dack explains. Plus, says Nelson, "making a ritual around being affectionate and cuddling before bed each night can make such an impact on your sleep and relationship. Research shows that it takes five to 10 seconds of a hug or loving embrace to release the bonding chemical called oxytocin, the warm and fuzzy feeling that makes you feel close to someone and will also give you a cozy sleep."

Unlike some other bedtime rituals you may make tradition, this one doesn't have to be done tech-free. "This ritual can be done while talking or watching TV," Dack says. "The key is to fully enjoy and experience touch and cuddling without the pressure of sex. Partners can try stroking hair, holding hands, giving back rubs, and more."

The Originals’ Claire Holt is Married! See Her Too-Beautiful Wedding Photo

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Apr 302016
Claire Holt Bridal Shower

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Claire Holt of The Originals and Vampire Diaries fame, and her longtime love Matt Kaplan are officially married! We already knew the Australian actress made for a beautiful mermaid (from her turn in the children's fantasy series H20: Just Add Water) and a gorgeous vampire in her two CW shows, but bride might just be her best role yet. (Trust us, the girl looks just as mythical in a white dress as she does in vampire fangs...)

Holt announced her engagement to Kaplan in July 2015 with a short and sweet social media posting. "Yes," she wrote, captioning an adorable snapshot of her and her sweetheart, with her handing resting on Kaplan's chest, letting her new engagement ring shine in the spotlight.

Since her engagement announcement, we've been following the wedding preparations of the former Originals star closely. We swooned over her swanky bridal shower, where Holt's celeb friends like Mandy Moore gathered to celebrate her almost-Mrs status last month. And, according to this bridal snapshot, her wedding day looked to be somehow even more breathtaking.

In a photo the brand new Mrs. Kaplan posted to her Instagram yesterday, the lovely bride and groom can be seen embracing in their sunny outdoor venue. "Thank you to our beautiful families for making the day so special," the actress captioned the photo. Holt donned a gorgeous strapless wedding dress and toted a lush bouquet of white, yellow, and pale pink garden roses for the big day. So stunning!

See More: 20 Pretty Wedding Cakes for Spring

The "I do's" were a longtime coming for these newlyweds. Holt even left The Originals to focus on her relationship with her now-hubby. "I made a life choice, not a career choice," Holt previously said, explaining her decision to BuzzFeed. With a role in NBC's Aquarius and a new Mrs title under her belt, seems like that life choice was definitely the right choice!

Mr and Mrs Kaplan ?????? Thank you to our beautiful families for making the day so special.

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BRIDES Florida: Your Guide to Engagement Ring Shopping in Southern Florida

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Apr 302016

Before you start dropping hints about your dream wedding ring, find just the one you have in mind by making the rounds at these top-rated Florida jewelers. Brides-to-be can fall in love with a diamond that speaks to her heart — and price point — deciding between designer collections and custom-crafted looks. Here is your guide to engagement ring shopping in southern Florida.

Boca Raton
Located in Lighthouse Point near Boca Raton, family run J.R. Dunn Jewelers started with just a husband and wife duo who converted a tiny home in Massachusetts into a makeshift jewelry store. Now it's been almost 40 years since the shop shifted to South Florida and has cornered the market when it comes to engagement rings. Peruse a selection of designer rings that range from traditional to one-of-a-kind, crafted in-house by award-winning designer Robert Pelliccia. Read real brides' reviews here!

Fort Lauderdale
If you're looking for a ring that bears a brand name, Weston Jewelers is home to some of the best. The jewelry display spans from Cartier to Chopard, but when it comes to engagement rings, the European-style Michael M. Strada with cascading rows of diamonds is one of their signatures. Of course you can also go custom and design your dream ring with the help of in-house designers. Read real brides' reviews here!

Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove's H & H Jewels is just down the street from one of Miami's best bridal boutiques, Ever After (in case you want to get a head start on dress shopping). Go classic or colorful, choosing from Great Gatsby-inspired green stones or black diamonds for a handmade engagement ring that's sure to stand out as your everyday statement piece. The jeweler has been a South Florida institution for the past 25 years boasting not only top-notch brands, but also original designs by in-house artist H Bredemeier. Read real brides' reviews here!

See More: "Here Comes the Bride" Too Traditional? Look to These Talented Local Musicians for Your Ceremony Tunes

Downtown Miami
Buchwald Jewelers in Miami's Seybold Building, one of the largest jewelry centers in the country, dates back 60 years — originally starting in one of the world's diamond capitals, Antwerp, Belgium. Browse through the collections sitting in the shop, or, build your own ring based on your style and budget — picking out the perfect diamond from a selection of every size and shape imaginable. Read real brides' reviews here!

Bal Harbour
10 years ago, Graff — known for working with some of the largest and most legendary diamonds in the world — opened up a boutique in Bal Harbour that's just as stunning as its gems. Master craftsmen cut and polish each and every one of the flawless diamonds that sit in classic settings.

To find more local jewelry boutiques for your engagement ring, wedding band, and bridal baubles, head to our Miami Jewelry page

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4 Ways to Spend the Morning of Your Wedding with Your Groom (and Still Have a Super Emotional Ceremony)

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Apr 302016
First look photo with flowers

Photo: Courtesy of Katie H. Ortiz

While tradition (and superstition!) might state that you shouldn't see your groom on your wedding day until you get to the altar, times they are a-changing. More and more couples already live together before their wedding date, some even choose to spend the night before their wedding together (gasp!), and it seems like just about everyone is having a "first look" session with their photographer just before the ceremony. If you're one of those couples, you're probably trying to figure out just how much of your morning to spend together before you part ways to get ready. A quick cup of coffee before you head to the salon? Maybe breakfast at your favorite diner? Well, what if you want to spend the whole morning together, heading in different directions at the very last minute? We've got a few ideas for how to do just that — and to make sure those first moments when you're reunited are still just as sweet.

Have Breakfast
Whether you order room service, head to your favorite local brunch spot, or cook together at home, start the day off with a tasty meal that will keep you full and energized as the big moment approaches. Enjoy having a few quiet moments together, get excited, and use this extra time with your soul mate to calm your nerves.

Pamper Together
What better way to be relaxed on your wedding day than by starting it out at the spa? Schedule a morning couple's massage, convince your groom to get a pedicure, or even just sip fresh juices as you bask in that über-relaxing music and calming spa scent. A stint in the hot tub is highly recommended!

Plan a Group Lunch
Whether it's with your families or your wedding party, up the excitement a little more with lunch with the people you love. You might be totally zen at this point, but their enthusiasm will be totally contagious. Have a celebratory glass of champagne, then kiss your almost-spouse goodbye: It's time to go get wedding-ready!

Maintain the Element of Surprise
Even if it's only a few hours between bidding adieu and meeting up again for your first look or at the altar, the anticipation will definitely add extra emotion to that moment, regardless of how much time you spent together that morning. But to really layer it on, do everything you can to maintain the element of surprise. Don't drop any hints about your wedding dress, and arrive at the first look armed with a sweet love note. For the ceremony, consider not revealing what song you'll walk down the aisle to, and pick one you know will really tug at their heartstrings.Then get excited: It's time to walk down the aisle!

The Personal Touch

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Apr 302016
The great thing about personalized wedding gifts is while they can be found everywhere, they take time and consideration to order and have engraved before the wedding. Personalized Wedding Gift Ideas:
  • Personalized Wedding Plate
  • Personalized wedding frame
  • His & Her Just Married Caps
  • Wedding vows frame
  • Inscribe the wedding invitation on crystal
  • Personalized paving stone for a yard

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6 Adult-Friendly Games Guests Love at Outdoor Weddings

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Apr 292016

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Because why shouldn't weddings be all fun and games? With more and more brides and grooms opting for casual family-style dinners and DJ-run dance floors, it's no surprise that games are growing in popularity at outdoor weddings too. After all, it's your party, and you can play bocce ball if you want to! From giant Jenga to dart art, here are six adult-friendly games your guests can definitely get on board with.

1. A Giant Jenga Game
Always a winner, this game gets even more entertaining to watch as the night goes on and the alcohol is flowing, notes wedding planner Leah Weinberg, owner of Color Pop Events. Of course, kids can play too and it's a great way to keep them busy. So yeah, basically it's a win-win for everyone.

2. Bocce Ball
Wedding planner Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events, recently had clients with an Italian heritage who opted for bocce ball at their outdoor cocktail hour. "It was pretty easy for our team to set up and the rules are fairly simple to understand so their guests happily embraced it." Another great idea if you're not into bocce ball and you have the space is a badminton game. "You don't have to have experience to play and the badminton ball doesn't go that far, so you don't have to worry about losing it or hitting anyone," says Chancey Charm Atlanta wedding planner Brie Owens.

3. Dart Art
Calling all artsy brides and grooms (and well, couples that are really just kids at heart!). Instead of a traditional guest book, event designer and Chosen Few member Anthony Taccetta suggests having your friends and family help you create your own unique keepsake. Here's how to play: "Attach balloons filled with paint to a board and instruct guests to throw darts to pop the balloons, which will splatter the paint and produce a piece of art for you, the bride and groom, to cherish forever."

See More: 5 Things All Instagram-Worthy Wedding Venues Have in Common

4. Couples Ring Toss
He liked it so he should have put a ring on it! Seriously though, spice up your regular ring toss by writing guest and bridal party names on the rings, recommends Ani Keshishian, Creative Director of Anoush Banquet Halls & Catering and L.A. Banquets. "Set up an entire row of bottles to toss the rings on and see who competes the best to pair their name with another guest at the wedding. You'll have lots of laughter and maybe even a new couple meeting right before your eyes!"

5. Poker
The perfect place for the boys to hang late night! Chancey Charm Boston wedding planner Jyl Deering had one couple who set up a poker table outside near the bar and it became very popular once the dancing started. "The guys gathered there and it was kind of a 'man cave.'"

6. Flip Cup
After the party it's the after party! For couples that aren't keen on games at the actual wedding, why not get your game on afterward? For example, wedding planner Sandy Malone, owner of Weddings in Vieques, says she helped set up a late-night flip cup tournament after a Valentine's Day wedding last year and everyone had a blast.

Considering a South-of-the-Border Honeymoon? Here’s How to Spend 3 Days in Mexico City

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Apr 292016
Mexico City Honeymoon Guide

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If you're a couple whose idea of romance isn't necessarily tied to a beach, Mexico City is a thrilling destination worth at least a few days. You can even tack it onto a coastal getaway. Art and history buffs, adventurous foodies, and lovers of late nights will have a ball in the always-exciting 7,000-foot-high city. Carefully plan your days, since it's spread out — Condesa, Roma, and Polanco are key neighborhoods — and try to walk as much as possible, since many of the city's best outings revolve around eating and drinking.

Hotel Carlota Mexico City

Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Carlota

Day One
Afternoon: Glimpse Mexico City's colorful character and LA-style congestion (and smog) en route from the airport to your accommodations: Hotel Carlota for a hip, modern boutique-style stay in the up-and-coming Colonia Juárez area, or the St. Regis Mexico City for a supremely plush room with city and mountain views, where your own butler will make sure it's pure luxury all the way. Head to the gourmet public food hall Mercado Roma (Mexico's answer to Eataly) in the nearby gallery- and shop-centric district of Roma for a grazing lunch of tacos, burgers and even macarons. Super healthy, organic, and vegan alternatives are available at Casa Quimera, a similar — but mellower — concept in a renovated hacienda nearby.

Evening: Indulge in a glass of Krug Champagne before dinner at the sleek, contemporary J&G Grill (named for top chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten), where it should be required that guests order the chef's impeccable, falling-apart nine-hour braised short rib with potato mousseline and sorrel. After dinner, it's time for mezcal, which far overshadows Corona and tequila as the drink of choice for locals. Limosneros has a selection of the best artisanal varieties to sip out of thin, carved cups. If you need something to soak up the booze, try a late night stop at El Califa for their highly addictive tacos al pastor.

Mexico City Honeymoon Itinerary

Photo: Katheryn Romeyn

Day Two
Morning: Before heading out for a day of culture and history, fuel up with a vanilla bean cream-filled donut, almond croissant or ocho pastry — or all three — at Panadéria Rosetta, known as the best bakery in the city.

Afternoon: It's off to the Zócalo, where you can indulge in photo ops of performers dressed in indigenous costume before learning all about the Aztecs and their great, ancient temple and pyramid at the Museo del Templo Mayor. A 15 minute walk away, the Palacio de Bellas Artes is worth seeing for both its eclectic blend of neoclassical and art nouveau architecture with art deco interiors and significant collection of Diego Rivera murals.

Visit El Mayor on the roof of Libreria Porrua for a coffee or a bite with dynamic views of the downtown area and ruins, or try lunch at Fonda Mayora, a newish hot spot for authentic homestyle Mexican cuisine such as mole and sopes. Order the guacamole, which is made table-side in a giant molcajete and comes with fresh, hot tortillas. Afterward, walk through halls of artifacts at the National Museum of Anthropology, view art at one of the couple museums or stroll the botanical gardens or zoo in the peaceful, forested Chapultepec Park.

Evening: In a city full of exceptional restaurants, the pink-hued Dulce Patria offers one of the most unique experiences. Start with margaritas — the rims are festooned with tiny edible flower petals. Specials could include "quail with water and chocolate in honor of love," and you can't go wrong with any of their flavorful moles. Save room for dessert, the plating of which promises to wow and will probably feature edible glitter. For an after-dinner drink, try Gin Gin around the corner, with its coolly minimalist, succulent-heavy ambience, DJ and lengthy list of cocktails featuring the other "It" spirit.

Mexico City Honeymoon Ideas

Photo: Katheryn Romeyn

Day Three
Morning: Mexico City is notoriously late to rise on weekend mornings. The day after a night of drinking oftentimes starts with a bowl of pozole, a thick soup made of pork and hominy from Aztec times — look for the verde version. Try to get to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's famous cobalt-hued La Casa Azul early, as there's usually a line. The museum created in the famously eclectic painter's home, complete with personal effects and wardrobe, is fascinating to peruse.

See More: 10 Activities for Honeymooners in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Afternoon: Make it a totally blue day, with a relaxing meal on Azul Histórico's magical shady patio, surrounded by boutiques, or stay closer to the Kahlo house and check out blocks and blocks of markets, crafts, street food and an array of global cuisine at the bustling and mouthwatering Mercado del Carmen.

Evening: Wrap up your cosmopolitan adventures with a slow, muscle-melting Swedish Treatment at the Remède Spa or, if you have any room left, a bite at one of the city's most iconic restaurants, Pujol. You might try a dish incorporating insects and, believe it or not, love it.

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