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Before the big day, pamper your sense (and soul) with a soothing and beautifying spa retreat.
By Ashley Breeding
After a year or more of planning a wedding through a pandemic, you’re undoubtedly in need of a little (probably a lot) of R&R. “The run-up to any wedding is emotionally exhausting, especially for couples who have had to navigate the added pressures of planning during COVID-19,” says Frances Thrasher, owner of Kindred Skincare Co. in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. “Taking time to connect for a moment of relaxation together is important and reminds you why you’re getting married in the first place.” Before your Special Day, why not elevate any bridal or couple’s treatment with an indulgent, luxe spa escape? Here, we highlight a few packages that promise to massage, stroke and steam the stress away so that when your wedding day arrives, you can both look and feel your best.
Kindred Skincare Co.
Inside the private Relaxation Room, located on the second floor of Kindred’s dreamy Chadds Ford space (they recently relocated from Yorklyn, Delaware), couples can relax in plush recliners while receiving the Hand and Foot Express Treatments ($75 for 40 minutes). Hands and feet are massaged while being exfoliated with Kindred’s Polish Cleanse, nourished with oil, and then moisturized with a single-use paraffin wax treatment that’s “safe, hygienic and COVID-friendly.” Treatments can be unscented or infused with lavender or mint. Afterward, enjoy lunch brought in from a local restaurant, as well as complimentary beverages like coffee and tea. Want to make a day of it? In Shinrin Sanctuary, choose from a heated face mask treatment, 50-minute or 75-minute facial, Eye Express Treatment, Scalp Express Treatment or Maskne Express Facial. Skin care or makeup consultations are always a free add-on as well. 1699 Fairville Road, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania; 610-222-6100; kindredskincareco.co
Currie Hair, Skin & Nails
This luxe new spa in downtown Wilmington offers everything couples need to rest, repair and get ready the day of. The comprehensive Bride to Be package features a soothing one-hour massage, a classic pedicure, a French manicure, a trial hairstyle and trial makeup application, as well as wedding-day hairstyle and makeup application ($575, includes a 15 percent gratuity). Enhance the experience with a color, cut and aromatic steam infusion (you’ll fully recline in a plush leather lounger while a warm mist of peppermint-infused steam sooths to your scalp and senses) and the Endless Pedicure—a 90-minute aromatherapy pedicure with a hot-stone massage. 111 W. 10th St., Wilmington, Delaware; 302-442-6568; curriedayspa.com
Zen Spa Fenwick
Turn a spa day into a weekend retreat at Delaware’s beaches. At Zen Spa, the Refresh, Rejuvenate, Renew package combines a 75-minute customized facial followed by a relaxing lavender salt scrub and body-wrap treatment; a manicure and pedicure with a nourishing mask and hot towels bathed in essential oils (for an extra $5, add a softening paraffin dip); and a shampoo, blowout and style. The spa also specializes in spray tans, lash extensions and all other beauty needs for your Big Day. 38857 Bennett Ave., Selbyville, Delaware; 302-988-1750; zenspafenwick.com
The Bellmoor Inn & Spa
Is your betrothed not big into couples spa days? Then bring your besties or entire bridal party to The Bellmoor in Rehoboth, offering a Private Spa Party for the perfect gals getaway. Customize your experience from a an extensive (like, really extensive) menu of services, including a Bridal Tropical Glow Scrub, Signature or Diamond Facial, Reflexology, Reiki, and Eyebrow and Eyelash Tint. Spend the rest for your time swimming in the pool, soaking up the sun and sipping on cocktails. 6 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; 302-227-5800; thebellmoor.com
Pamper your way with a host of bridal spa offerings. The Wedding Belles “girls night in” spa party features a detoxifying and brightening facial, a toning eye treatment and relaxing massage, plus one cocktail per guest ($185 per person). With Here Comes the Bride, you’ll get a blackberry wine and chocolate facial, hot stone massage, a tightening eye treatment, and a honey foot cocoon, plus a cocktail ($210 per person). Add a merlot massage and milk-and-honey back scrub with the Blushing Bride package ($225 per person). 934 N. Providence Road, Media, Pennsylvania; 610-566-4732; elementsspainc.com