Pre-Wedding Pampering

One of the nicest things about being a bride is that you have the perfect excuse to pamper yourself. Talking a little time off for relaxation is also an excellent way to ease the stress and tension of planning a wedding. Be sure to schedule a few trips to your favorite spa for some pre-wedding pampering.

There are so many wonderful spa treatments available these days; every bride should indulge herself in at least a few of them. Many of the treatments will not only help you relax, but they can also help you look and feel your best on your wedding day.

Body treatments are perfect for brides wearing strapless gowns. Try a seaweed wrap to detoxify and purify the skin, or an exfoliating scrub to restore a radiant glow. (Of course, do not try any new type of spa service the week of your wedding, in case of an adverse reaction.) If you are prone to “backne”, there are also many spas that offer “back facials”. Start on a regular course of treatments at least six months before your wedding to ensure nice clear skin for your big day.

Naturally, every bride wants her face to have a healthy glow, and there are many spa treatments aimed at achieving just that. Facials can range from very basic (cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize) to moderate (add in extractions) to complete (microdermabrasion and chemical peels). If you are opting for the more involved type of facial, be sure that the esthetician is an expert. For the most noticeable results, treat yourself to monthly visits. After all, your face is always worth the investment!

Manicures and pedicures are another favorite form of pre-wedding pampering. Regular manicures are a necessary indulgence throughout your engagement, because you wouldn’t want chipped fingernails to distract from the beauty of your fabulous engagement ring. And pedicures, well, pedicures are just fun. Even if you will be wearing closed toed shoes for your wedding, you will still feel better knowing that the feet inside them are smooth and cute.

Another top pick by brides is a relaxing massage. When the stress of the wedding gets to be too much, retreat to the spa for an hour. You will come out feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the next task. A basic relaxing massage is Swedish massage, but there are also other types of massage to try. If you are prone to heavy duty knots in your shoulders, you might want to try a deep tissue massage. Be warned though: you will be sore afterwards! Hot stone massage is a great way to melt the tension right out of your body, and there is also Thai massage, and couples massage where you and your fiance can both get a rub down at the same time (done by one massage therapist per person).

Brides are not the only people who will enjoy some pampering at the spa before the wedding. Spa days are very popular for bridal parties as well. They can be a great alternative to a bachelorette weekend in Vegas. Sometimes brides will also treat her bridesmaids to a pedicure as a special thank you before the wedding. Pedicure parties can also be held in someone’s home. The nail technician comes to your house, and the whole bridal party can enjoy pedicures while sipping Champagne.

A spa day is the perfect time to give your attendants their bridesmaid gifts. It could be fun to choose a gift that ties in with the theme of the spa, such as a personalized cosmetic bag. To make the gift even better, fill the bag with mini sized luxury lotions and a pair of Swarovski crystal bridesmaid earrings that she can wear at your wedding.

Every bride deserves a little pampering before her wedding. Indulge yourself in your favorite spa treatment at least a few times before your big day. You will gracefully glide into your wedding day feeling relaxed, serene, and beautiful.