How to Choose a Bridal Spa Package


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Visiting a bridal day spa means that for a few precious hours, you put yourself in the hands of professionals and take a break from wedding planning. You can visit them in the weeks leading up to the wedding for a manicure or on the morning of the wedding to get your hair and makeup done. As you decide how a bridal spa ultimately fits into your wedding, keep these tips in mind.

Before you book a wedding spa treatment for yourself, you need to be clear about what spa services you’re interested in. Not all spas offer the same services, but a general list might include:

• Manicure
• Pedicure
• Massage
• Facial
• Body exfoliating
• Body wrap
• Bikini wax
• Hairstyling
• Makeup

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So what would you like from your wedding spa experience? Do you just want to relax with a 60-minute Swedish massage a week prior to the wedding? Get your nails done and your hands moisturized in preparation for the close-up wedding ring photo? Visit for hairstyling and makeup application on the morning of the big day?

Whatever your plans, here are some general considerations you should make when buying each type of service from a bridal spa or wedding salon.

Bridal Spa Manicures and Pedicures

In general, you can expect a professional manicure or pedicure to last anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks, although results can vary depending on the type of treatment and your nail stylist. It’s recommended to get your nails done only a day or two before the wedding date so there are no visible chips or cracks, but definitely no more than a week beforehand.

Wedding Spa Massages

Not every bride springs for a professional pre-wedding massage, but it’s a nice way to unwind and relax for an hour as the wedding date draws near. Anywhere from a month to a few days before the wedding is a fine time for a de-stressing massage, depending on your schedule. Consider what type of massage you’d like, as many salons offer specialty massages such as aromatherapy, hot rock, deep tissue, Shiatsu, and Swedish massages.

Bridal Facials and Skin Treatments

Professional Facials for LDS brides
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As the bride, you’ll be photographed all day so you want your skin to look as youthful and vibrant as possible. In the months leading up to the wedding, don’t neglect daily sunscreen application, cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliating. Two or three weeks prior to the wedding you may want to get a professional facial to rejuvenate your skin. Just don’t do it right before the wedding, on the off-chance that your skin has a reaction to the ingredients or treatment used.

Spa Bridal Hairstyling and Makeup

If you’re getting your hair and makeup done by a professional, make sure that it also includes a consultation and trial run a few weeks prior to the wedding date. The stylist should get a feel for who you are and how “made up” you want to look, so you’ll end up looking like a more beautiful version of yourself and not someone else. A trial run ensures that you see the finished product beforehand – the time to make modifications or change your mind about what you want is not on the morning of the wedding day!

Full-service wedding salons offer many indispensable services to LDS brides, but they need to book early to ensure they reserve a spot for themselves. The package you choose depends on you and your wedding budget, so consider both of these factors and do a lot of research before scheduling with your wedding salon or spa.

♥ Jenny Evans
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