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Getting Ready for the Bachelorette Weekend

I’ll admit that trying to juggle working at Here Comes The Guide, moonlighting as a floral assistant, and planning my sister’s bachelorette party/bridal shower for the past 6 months has been exhausting. As a reward, I decided to treat myself to a little relaxation before gearing up for my sister’s event.

My favorite day spa is Burke Williams, and it just so happens to be on my way home from work. If you haven’t been to Burke Williams Spa, you are missing out, my friends. This is the mecca of day spas. As their website says, “Our singular purpose is to immerse you in our soothing waters, luxurious surroundings and gracious hospitality.” Trust me: they live up to this every time I go there.

Burke Williams SpaLast night I had an eyebrow wax, bikini wax and an express facial. My aesthetician, Sadie, was so amazing that I’m already planning another appointment with her! Bikini waxing is not my favorite thing in the world, but when you’re going to be in a bikini most of the weekend, I consider it a must. I had mentally prepared myself for the pain that comes with the usual bikini waxing, but when Sadie was done I didn’t even know she had started! That was definitely the least painful bikini wax I have ever had.

The express facial was a soothing way to end my my session, and my skin has never looked so healthy. After my appointment, I retired to their locker room/relaxation haven to soak in the spa whirlpool and let all my stress melt away. It was the perfect ending! Today, my skin is glowing and I feel recharged enough to go to play hostess for the weekend.

While I was at Burke Williams I couldn’t help but think how fun it would be to bring all your bridesmaids there for a day of pampering. I highly recommend you check it out. They have locations in San Jose, San Francisco, Mission Viejo, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, West Hollywood, Orange, Santa Monica and Torrance. I also just learned that they’re getting ready to open up a new location in Danville.

Denise Posted by Denise on Aug 20, 2008.
Filed under Bachelorette PartiesBridal Beauty AdviceSpas and Pampering

All-Inclusive Honeymoons for under $300 a Night?

My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Europe next September, so I’ve been spending a lot of time at the travel magazine section of my local bookstore. While checking out an article on Italy in the July/August edition of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine, I found an interesting little promo on budget resorts that I just had to share with you.

Sandals Resorts, known for their all-inclusive honeymoon packages, is building a new series of hotels geared towards couples on a budget. A new Grand Pineapple Beach Resort just opened up in both Antigua and Jamaica, and they offer packages that start at $252/night! After the wedding bills become reality, I imagine that price sounds just about right for newlyweds. And with the all-inclusive deal, you don’t have to worry about a thing. Just relax and enjoy the sunshine—that is, if you make it out of your room!

Grand Pineapple Beach Resort in Jamaica

Denise Posted by Denise on Aug 15, 2008.
Filed under Budget Wedding IdeasHoneymoons and Travel

The Wondrous World of Wedding Invitations

Sorry, folks, but even in this virtual/digital world dominated by the iPhone, your wedding guests still expect to receive something in the mail before they plunk down cash for the Tiffany place setting you’ve registered for. Should be no big deal, right?

Invitations from Wedding Paper DivasWell… as with all things wedding, it is easy, but only if you know what’s expected and how best to get it done. And as your trusted deliverer of the straight scoop, we’ve put together some GUIDElines to show you the way: Check out our new Questions to Ask When Ordering Your Wedding Invitations. In fact, we suggest you print it out and put it in your pretty wedding organizer file (you’ve got one of those, right?). And don’t miss the valuable companion piece, Useful Tips for Ordering Your Wedding Invitations. While you’re steeped in the minutiae of the invite, refer to our article Inviting Elements: Invitation Basics by Joyce Scardina Becker for help with details like proper wording on response cards. It also has some samples.

Now, get busy with your homework!


Jolene Posted by Jolene on Aug 11, 2008.
Filed under Expert AdviceInvitationsPlanning