Toward A More Perfect Union

PRENUP PREP | The Grand Del Mar provides pre- and post-nuptial relaxation.

Prepping for the Main Event

Let’s talk about skin. It’s never a good idea to get a facial on the day of a big event, as redness, irritation or an unexpected negative reaction could ruin the photo-op. This is why creating a schedule of specially priced facials for brides and grooms needs to be a key component of the wedding planning package.

“We recommend that brides do a facials series prior to the big day,” says Jim Croghan, director of spa and recreation at The Spa at The Grand Del Mar Resort in San Diego. “They start months in advance and really work with the esthetician toward their goals. It becomes more of a wellness program at that point.”

Alice Koskas, owner of The Lounge Spa in Culver City, California, couldn’t agree more. “As soon as they get engaged they are already thinking, ‘Okay my skin has to look good,’ and they will plan facials series eight to nine months in advance. Clients really want to make sure they look amazing on that day and for photos.”

Other popular prenuptial treatments are detoxifying wraps, peels, and any body treatment that prepares the skin for backless and strapless wedding gowns. Spa & Salon Vdara at CityCenter in Las Vegas offers a Back Cleanse (50 min./$155) that cleanses, exfoliates and detoxifies for that perfect, polished skin; The Lounge Spa’s Pina Coolada Back Facial (50 min./$90) uses papaya and pineapple enzymes to help control back breakouts. The Replenish wrap at the Grand Del Mar (60 min./$175 weekdays; $185 weekends) restores skin to a wedding day-worthy glow via a moisturizing wrap of sweet orange, honey and almond milk.

Getting one’s décolleté in shape is a pre-wedding must as well (think plunging necklines): The Art for Art’s Sake facial at Grand Del Mar (90 min./$270 weekdays; $280 weekends) involves a nourishing clay mask followed by a neck, shoulders, décolleté, face and scalp massage. “[It’s] one of our most popular pre-wedding services,” Croghan says.

Del Mar’s Renaissance wrap (90 min./$310 weekdays; $320 weekends), which features a warm mud body wrap (while relaxing in a free-floating bed) followed by a rosemary-infused Swiss shower, is “great for someone stressed out before a wedding,” notes Croghan.