Create a romantic wedding night at-home spa experience
We can't think of a better way to cap off the most special day of your life than with a night you'll never forget. To commemorate your nuptials, why not plan a romantic post-wedding spa night for two?
We're sharing some of the expert tips and product picks for how to do just that.
Set the mood
The first step of planning your at-home spa experience is to set a calm and relaxing mood. "Candlelight provides spa-like ambiance in your bedroom or bathroom, and it's also a confidence booster for her," says beauty and wellness expert Shiri Safarti, executive vice president of Repêchage. After all, who doesn't love the way they look in a candlelit glow? "Candles with aromatherapy benefits are perfect for the occasion." She suggests looking for soy-based candles that burn cleanly and choosing a candle with a long-lasting wick that will burn all night long. Try the Kanshi Mimosa Candle (kanshibeauty.com, $18), which burns for over 36 hours straight.
Add romantic decor
To make your post-wedding spa night extra special, decorate with fresh flowers. Throw some rose petals or petals of any of your favorite seasonal flowers on the floor, or create a floral arrangement for your vanity table, advises Safarti. "Besides traditional red roses, which signify pure love and romance, lavender is a great one to use for setting up a couples' retreat, as it gives off a soothing and relaxing aroma," she tells us. "You can also scatter the flowers around the candle-scapes you create, but just be careful they don't touch the flames." This adds to the ambiance and will help make you and your significant other feel pampered and celebrated.
Use up some leftover bubbly
After any celebration, it's common to have leftover Champagne, and your wedding will likely be no exception. Keep the fun going strong by incorporating it into your spa night. Experts say Champagne can be combined with Epsom salt for a relaxing soak that detoxifies, constricts your pores and helps tone your skin. "Opened Champagne can go to waste or go flat quickly," says Kristin Fraser Cotte, CEO and founder of The Grapeseed Company. "This is a way to utilize it and have great skin benefits."
How to: Fraser Cotte suggests a "Grapes of Bath Champagne soak."
- Combine half a cup of Epsom salt and 1 cup of powdered milk in a bowl, and then add 1 cup of champagne.
- Warm 1 teaspoon of honey in the microwave for 30 seconds, and then add it to the mixture.
- Pour into running bath water, and when the tub is full, add rose petals, hop in and relax.
"When you soak in hot water, that opens your pores," Fraser Cotte says. "The Epsom salt is great for detoxifying, cleansing and relaxing sore, tight muscles. The Champagne helps to detoxify the skin. The carbon dioxide, or bubbles, in sparkling wine aids in tightening and constricting pores," she explains. "It gives the Epsom salt a little boost." Cheers!
Safarti also suggests adding essential oils to your bath since they are known for their therapeutic properties, and top spas and salons use liquids and salts infused with essential oils to help detoxify, ease tension, relax muscles and melt away stress. Try Repêchage Sea Spa Massage, Bath & Body Oil (Repêchage.com, $27).
Enjoy a couples' massage
No post-wedding spa night would be complete without a massage. "In today's fast-paced society, a massage truly feels like a luxury. You can use massage as a fun and relaxing way to connect with one another at home," affirms Safarti.
How to: Take a dime-sized amount of lotion or massage oil and use kneading motions, always moving toward the heart to stimulate blood flow to the area. Safarti recommends Kanshi Naturally Healing Massage Oil (kanshibeauty.com, $16).
Enhance the experience: You can also give each other a simultaneous foot massage, suggests Jovanka Ciares, holistic wellness coach, nutrition consultant and author of Cleanse! The 3-Week Ultimate Detox Challenge. “Focus on your toes, which are a known erogenous zone, and use jojoba or almond oil and a few drops of a stimulating aromatherapy essential oil like sexy jasmine or ylang ylang," she says. "This will be tantalizing, so feel free to rub the rest of your bodies with it if you get inspired."
Make a sweet treat
For a decadent dessert and perfect end to a perfect night, whip up a few sweet treats. "Boxed chocolates are so cliché, and in just as much time as it takes to run to the store, you could whip up your own batch of easy, fresh chocolate-covered strawberries," says Safarti who shares some tips for how to make them in a snap.
- Melt a bowl of chocolate chips in your microwave (make sure you don't overheat, which can cause the chocolate to turn into a thick, paste-like texture that won't stick to your strawberries).
- Wash your strawberries and dip them into the chocolate.
- Lay them on a tray lined with wax paper, and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- You can also dip any other fruits you may have lying around for more delicious treats.
Another simple idea Safarti suggests is to pour a glass of Champagne (or your favorite white wine), and throw in a few frozen raspberries or strawberries for a glamorous touch.