While a booze-filled bachelorette-party weekend with girlfriends may appeal to many brides, others are looking for a more low-key wellness getaway. Destination spas, like Canyon Ranch and Cal-a-Vie, have seen an increase in the number of brides swapping a traditional bachelorette party for a wellness weekend. We totally get it: Wedding planning can be stressful. And a few days of quality R&R is a great way to unwind and bond with your bridesmaids. We talked to spa staffers and holistic-health pros to get more insight into this growing trend.
"Brides want to look and feel their best for their wedding—and a spa destination is the perfect way to do that. Everyone will be well rested, healthier, and more radiant after a wellness weekend—not to mention it’s a great bonding experience for girlfriends," says Cindy Present, fitness and activities director at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas.
“We have noticed that brides are looking to make lasting memories while minimizing the stress that often comes along with the process. As women become more in tune with healthier lifestyle choices, they are looking beyond traditional bachelorette parties and finding ways to restore and rejuvenate mind, body, and soul leading up to the big day,” says Donna Jacobs, life-management practitioner at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts.
“More and more brides are forgoing crazy nights filled with shots and loud music. Wellness retreats help them get back to what's important: feeling and looking their best right before the big day. We combine mindful yoga to relax and tone, along with farm-to-fork cuisine designed to reduce inflammation and detox the body, organic spa treatments, daily meditation, and serene hikes. This experience not only brings friends closer together, it confirms the spiritual connection between mind and body. Brides leave feeling a profound bond with their closest friends and ready to enter their happily-ever-after in good health,” says Diana Stobo, wellness expert and owner of the Retreat Costa Rica.
“As our society becomes more conscientious of the importance of health and well-being, we have seen a definite increase in the number of gatherings and celebrations that embrace both physical activity and pampering. How better to bond with your bridesmaids than through quality time with restorative benefits?” says Colleen Cosenza, group sales manager at Cal-a-Vie in Vista, California.
"What brides want is changing. Many women are searching for time to connect with family and friends with an experience that slows the pace of hectic wedding planning. We’ve developed an exceptional environment where brides can customize their retreat with activities, including sunrise yoga sessions, personal training classes, and spa treatment packages,” says Veljko Savic, spa director at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa in Coronado, California.