Every bride wants to look her most beautiful on her wedding day. That’s why wedding-day beauty should never be left until the day itself. Whether you need to take a break from wedding planning, or you want to develop an all-round glowing complexion, a spa session in the run up to your wedding can work wonders. Here are the best ways to ensure you look your bridal best.
Your face is very much on display on your wedding day, so a good way to prepare it is by consulting a dermatologist who can help you with a skin analysis, and even by prescribing medication if you have major skin concerns, such as acne or uneven pigmentation. If you’re looking to bring a dull complexion to life, an aesthetician at your local spa can provide a series of customized facials that clear blackheads, slough off dead skin cells, and improve circulation. We recommend starting these treatments six months beforehand, tapering once a month. To soften and brighten your face, an anti-aging massage will stimulate your muscles and redefine your facial contours. After being nourished with various masks, your skin is immediately smoother. And a phyto-aromatic or hydrating facial with a high-tech serum will bring a wonderful glow to your face. Our recommendations for the best facials include the elegant Flare Spa at the Four Seasons Shanghai at Pudong, where you benefit from the stimulating effects of the iconic Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Signature Facial. When you’re in Berlin, visit the MDC Cosmetic studio by Melanie dal Canton, where personal consultations are provided by experienced therapists, who offer specialist organic treatments. From body polishing to hydrating facials, and finally to bridal hair and makeup, the four wedding packages at the Sisley-Paris Spa in New Yorkallow brides to take full advantage of their customized services.
Of course, we would all do everything to fit into the wedding dress of our dreams. Regular workouts will help tighten and firm the body while also detoxing the skin. If you want to drop a little weight, we recommend the award-winning Clinique La Prairie in Switzerland. The Weight Management Program is a multidisciplinary approach for better and longer-lasting weight loss and control. Over the course of one or two weeks, you’ll receive a complete evaluation from medical experts, personalized programs for nutrition and exercise, sculpting and toning spa treatments, as well as the time to rest and re-energize. Besides that, you can also get your body into shape with massages, body scrubs, polishing, and thermo wraps. Just take some time to bliss out before returning to the wedding checklist. The Chanel au Ritz Paris just opened in 2016, and is one of the new beauty hot spots in town. The highly recommended Chanel body treatments are prized ‘me-time moments‘ that combine and reinterpret the most effective western and eastern techniques—a gentle method that acts on the fasciae (the connective tissue—primarily collagen—underneath the skin) designed to reconcile body and mind. If you plan your nuptials around French Polynesia, or you’re looking for some time out before getting married, the Miri Miri Spa by Clarins on Bora Bora specializes as both a brides-to-be and a honeymoon destination. Tahihi‘s indigenous ingredients and ancient beauty rituals, such as the traditional Taurumi massage—a rebalancing massage using essential oils or contouring body wraps—are designed to smooth, polish, boost skin radiance, and fight the signs of aging from head to toe.
For a pre-wedding spa day with friends at one of London’s most famous retreats, with treatments, use of the luxurious spa facilities, Prosecco and a cupcake, the legendary Sanctuary Spa at London’s Covent Garden is a very good choice. When you’re not lounging by the mesmerising koi carp pool, chilling in the bubbling jacuzzi, or soothing your aches and pains in the hammam, you’ll be able to swim in one of the two swimming pools, stretch out in the relaxation lounges, or try out the infra-red sauna. For some Balinese charm in the middle of the hustle of Berlin or Düsseldorf, the Vabali Spa offers you a restful refuge to bring mind, body, and spirit together. For even greater inner peace, we recommend a yoga and meditation retreat at the worldwide Jivamukti Yoga Center, which holds annual ashram weekends where you can enjoy vegan food, vigorous Jivamukti classes, Sanskrit, and satsang. Or for some exquisite peace of mind and environmental beauty, book into Schloss Elmau, tucked away in Germany’s Bavarian Alps and framed by dramatic peaks, whispering forests, and tinkling streams.
Mani, Pedi, Hair & Makeup
Make sure your skin, nails, and hair are in picture-perfect condition before your wedding. Let your hair grow if you are unsure what to do with it—create a mood board on Pinterest and collect some inspiration, and go for some conditioning treatments. Book an appointment with the dentist to brighten your smile, and scrub your hands, feet and elbows regularly to get rid of dead skin. Now consult some real experts for your manicure, pedicure, hair and makeup—like makeup artist Miriam Jacks and her new MUD Studio Berlin, which offers a range of beauty treatments and looks. Arrange a hair and makeup rehearsal with your stylist to work out your preferred wedding look. For perfect nails and a nice time out, we recommend the Cowshed Spa, which has locations in the UK, USA, and Europe. Offering a complete range of treatments, from the “speedy” to the “ultimate” manicure (including a relaxing scalp massage) to full bridal packages, their therapists ensure you leave feeling happy and pampered. If you’re in a hurry, we suggest booking a professional to come to your house for a high-end beauty service, like the highly recommended artists and stylists from MG Hair and Makeup around New York City or Bella on Demand in Las Vegas—both specialists in bridal makeup and hair.
Happy wedding planning!