Pre -Wedding Spa Treatments

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, Bright Ideas for your wedding, wedding planning | author: By BLG,    

During the months and weeks prior to the big day, most brides experience a growing level of wedding stress and anxiety. With so many tasks to fulfill, and so much input from relatives and friends, an enormous To-Do list – not to mention everyday stress from work and home responsibilities – it’s not surprising that some brides lose their cool from time to time. Simply put, they need a break. That’s why most brides budget for and schedule regular spa treatments to pamper themselves and relieve their pressures.

Brides-to-be say they count on the ‘breaks’ afforded by monthly spa treatments, from hour-long massages to weekly manicures and pedicures. Treating themselves well and decompressing keeps them in balance, and also allows them to experience the VIP treatment as a salon’s bridal client. Knowing this, and wanting the bride to get the royal treatment, many grooms, maids of honor and parents often give the bride gift cards to her favorite spa or salon, so that she can indulge without financial worry.

Pre -Wedding Spa Treatments

Pre -Wedding Spa Treatments

Here are the top pre–wedding spa treatments that brides enjoy:

• Full-body massage, in light to medium pressure

• Hot stone massage

• Foot massage and reflexology

• Cranial sacral massage, focusing on stress in the neck, face, jawline and shoulders

• Aromatherapy body wraps

• Facials (which can also help to clear and clarify the face for a radiant look on the wedding day)

• Manicures

• Pedicures

• And more…

An enjoyable trend for the bride right now is scheduling weekly manicures and pedicures together with one or more of her bridesmaids, maid of honor, even her mom, to allow for relaxation time and unhurried quality time with her nearest and dearest. That includes the groom, as well. He too may book de-stressing massages in fun pre-wedding spa treatment outings with his bride, and it’s not unusual for grooms to book skin-clearing facials as well. Together, the happy couple indulges themselves, escapes the harried world of wedding preparations, and gains confidence that they will look and feel amazing on their wedding day.

Best,
Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château

Reception Music Slows Down

Thursday, October 21st, 2010 | Filed under: Party Planning, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By BLG,    

Wedding guests love slow-dancing with one another, so the new trend in reception music is to have your band or deejay play a greater number of slower songs at the start and at the end of the wedding reception.

Everyone shares in the romance of a beautiful wedding day, and when guests are dressed to impress, perhaps remembering the joys of their own wedding days, they want to dance close together for more than just a song or two. Wedding entertainers say that they notice the dance floor gets packed for those slow ballads by guests of all ages, whether married, engaged, dating or as friends, and can sometimes clear a bit when the faster club music begins. So they now suggest to brides and grooms that they add more slow-dance songs to their reception music play lists.

Slower songs are played during the dinner hour, and guests happily stand from their tables to lead their partners to the dance floor when their favorite slow-dance songs begin. Wedding entertainers say they play three or four slower songs even after the meals have been enjoyed. Brides and grooms hold it as a high priority for their guests to enjoy the music, and they thrill at the sight of their grandparents and parents showing off their well-practiced, often enviable slow dance skills when this slower reception music invites them to spend more time on the dance floor.

From there, of course, reception music gets faster, with club music, Motown hits, and top 40 songs leading the trends here in our New Jersey region, for several hours of the party. Then as the reception winds down in its final hour, the pace returns to four or five more slow-dance songs that couples adore. Wedding guests say that it’s a particular thrill to hear ‘their song’ played within these closing slow dance performances. The bride and groom often plan a slow, spotlight dance as the last dance of the evening, joining their guests on the dance floor as all share in the couple’s second ‘our song’ of the wedding celebration.

Upon that song’s last notes, and with couples closing the dance with a spin or a dip, the reception ends with a romantic tone that leads guests to consider your wedding to be one of the most romantic and truly enjoyable they’ve ever been to.

Best,
Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château

Bachelor and bachelorette parties

Thursday, October 7th, 2010 | Filed under: Party Planning | author: By BLG,    

By Caitlyn Bradley, Director of Private Dining, Ram’s Head Inn

The Destination Bachelor/Bachelorette party is now a popular option. From spa weekends, to quick European getaways and the ever popular Las Vegas excursion. Keep everyone’s budget in mind when planning a destination bachelor/bachelorette party. Make sure you choose a destination that allows the most people to come and join in the fun.

For couples getting married at any of our four Knowles restaurants in the New Jersey, New York metro area , closer to home options include a dinner in New York City followed by a night cap at a wine bar or lounge, topped off with a night at a great boutique hotel. A spa weekend can really be done in your own backyard, too, if you live in this area. There a number of great spas in our region people travel far and wide to get to. So that’s a choice that can make you look smart, as well as beautiful!

All the best,

Caitlyn

To make an appointment with a banquet manager, please contact us at 973-325-2060.