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Friday, April 4, 2014

Guest Blogger: Nicola Joseph, 3 Little-Known Factors That Could Affect Your Pre-Wedding Spa Package

 Booking a spa package is the perfect way to prepare for your wedding. Spa treatments can help anyone wind down, de-stress and feel at their best before their big day. Whether you want to treat your friends to a relaxing time or take some ‘me-time’ on your own, choosing the right spa package is key. So what should you look out for when booking a pre-wedding spa package? Here are three little-known factors to look for. How many had you considered?

#3. Price And Service Don’t Always Go Hand In Hand

If you are looking for the most luxurious spa experience money can buy, booking a spa package at a swanky downtown hotel may not be your best bet. High prices don’t equal high service. While a spa package at a luxury hotel may command a price tag of $500 or more, the majority of the cost will go towards overheads such as rent or commission to the hotel. The National Association of Massage Therapists (NAMT) point out that a spa in a cheaper location may be able to provide the same level of service for much less due solely to lower overheads. This is clearly something to bear in mind when choosing a pre-wedding spa package. Every penny helps!

#2. Alcohol Isn’t Always On The Cards
For some people, having a glass of champagne is the ultimate in relaxation, especially for a pre-wedding spa package. The second little-known factor that could affect your wedding preparation is that not all spa packages include alcohol. In fact, it surprises most brides-to-be that in some spas, alcohol is strictly forbidden. This gets quite confusing. While most spas serve champagne with either fruit or chocolate as part of their spa packages, others will insist that guests pay extra for private rooms in which alcohol can be consumed. Some spas include alcohol as an optional extra. This advice applies equally to people who don’t want alcohol and want to book their package somewhere where they won’t be surrounded by people drinking.

#1. Indoor And Outdoor Packages Are Radically Different
Most brides are aware that an increasing number of spas are starting to offer outdoor massage packages. If you haven’t been to a spa in a while, you would be forgiven for thinking that a massage on a rooftop patio is exactly the same as an indoor spa. However, the luxury of being stretched out on a lounger, enjoying the city skyline actually entails an entirely different spa experience compared with having an indoor treatment. Many spas convert their rooftops into heated, shaded hideaways for spa packages including outdoor fires, heated tables and glowing rocks. This could see you having a completely different set of options to what you were expecting such as a hot stone massage.


So, there you go – three little known factors that could affect your pre-wedding spa package. If you are planning on treating yourself to a spa package in downtown Vancouver before your wedding, bear these three factors in mind. They could help you choose the perfect venue to unwind in style!

The author of this post is Nicola Joseph, a freelance blogger. She’s an avid reader and enjoys cooking for her family.

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