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How to plan a bachelorette spa party

It's the start of the "ber" months, and what easily comes to mind is the start of the Yuletide season. For countless Pinoys, the Christmas spirit comes alive as soon as popular holiday tunes are heard on the first day of September.

Along with the festive mood in the air, the last four months of the year are also popular for couples planning to tie the knot. Wedding planners I know reveal that the "ber" months have actually taken over the traditional June as a more favourable time to pick an altar date.

This is probably because the weather is cooler, and more relatives have the chance to be around on the big day since practically everyone is in vacation mode, especially in the month of December.

As brides-to-be await their precious moment, tradition calls for a despedida de soltera or bridal shower where the would-be Mrs. X enjoys her last day of being a bachelorette. Most bridal showers end up in a drinking spree that only leaves nasty hangovers and haggard faces-a big no-no when you exchange "I do's."

Instead of throwing a bachelorette party in a club, there is another sure-fire way of enjoying the company of friends while getting that much-needed prep before the wedding.

Bachelorette spa parties are fast becoming a popular choice among young women. Intimate and cozy, spa parties provide a fun twist to bridal showers that will leave everyone pampered, revitalized and ready to face the cameras on the big day.

Careful planning

When planning a bachelorette spa party, it is best to keep some useful pointers in mind so that things will run smoothly. Careful planning is key.

Get a head count of attendees. The success of a spa party is also a numbers game. Make sure you have the number of confirmed attendees so you can arrange for the number of therapists. You don't want your guests waiting in vain for the next available masseuse.

Choose the appropriate venue. Once you get the number of attendees, it's time to pick the right place. Most spas today have exclusive spaces to accommodate spa parties. Make sure there is enough room for everyone. Relaxation is vital, and you would not want your guests cramped in a tight space. You may also opt to have your spa party right in the comfort of your home. Some spa operators offer home-service spa parties.

Set a date. Book your spa party and treatments as early as possible. Remember not to pick a date that's too close to the wedding date as some facial and cosmetic treatments may leave redness in the skin or bring out blemishes. It takes about a week for these natural side effects to subside.

Relax and enjoy. A bachelorette party will not be complete without a celebratory toast. In addition to the relaxing treatments, you may also bring some sparkling wine or a bottle of champagne and some hors d'oeuvres to go along with it. Some spas have full menus of delicious and healthy spa cuisine or you may also bring your own.

Sparty favors. To make the gathering a memorable one, sparty favors should also be considered. Giveaways may be in the form of gift certificates from the spa, scented candles, a pampering kit or bottles of essential oils.

A bachelorette spa party is more than just a trend. It's a way of bonding with close friends and at the same time getting the pampering every bride-to-be deserves.

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