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Indulge in a wedding spa day
— By Tia Duerremeyer —

Imagine yourself being totally pampered. It is your wedding day. In concert, one technician is deep cleansing and massaging your face while another is performing reflexology on your feet, legs and hands. The tension and anxiety of all the days of planning have melted away. You are totally relaxed. A blissful sense of well-being wells up within.

Spa FacialWhether you are alone or your groom is by your side receiving a four-handed massage or you are surrounded by your bridesmaids and/or your mother and the mother of the groom, pre-wedding-day and wedding-day spa treatments work wonders to reduce stress.

They help to prepare their recipients both mentally and physically for the special day that lies ahead and offer positive “bonding” experiences.

Simply put, they are very enjoyable.

“These treatments make such a difference,” said Tammy Patterson, spa director at The Lodge at Suttle Lake, one of three full-service spa facilities in Sisters Country. Shibui and Black Butte Ranch are the other two.

All three facilities pride themselves in organizing spa parties that are tailored to the budget, lifestyle and desires of the client. “We have the whole range of spa treatments from the basic to the most complete that can be organized for a bride and her bridesmaids...,” said Preston Thompson, director of marketing at Black Butte Ranch.

Spa days allow the bridal party to become better acquainted and reduce stress.

“They talk about the wedding and the plans. There's so much tension leading up in those last days — the plans, the demands, where they need to be and what they need to do — it can be grueling on the bride and her attendants. Just to have that time for everybody to relax and laugh and be together and have fun is so important,” said Sana Hayes, manager of Shibui. “They leave so relaxed. It takes their mind off of everything,” added The Lodge at Suttle Lake events director Sarah Schnoor.

Often two-treatment packages are chosen, combining a massage with a facial or a massage with a manicure and/or pedicure. Depending upon the chosen treatments, prices in the Sisters area start at around $150 per person. Of course, good food goes along with the spa day from early morning coffee and bagels to champagne, light hors d'oeuvres and chocolate.

Tami Jones, owner of Metamorphosis in downtown Sisters, offers a smaller more one-on-one alternative, working with bridal party members one after another. “We start at a certain time in the morning, and everybody comes in every half-hour. Sometimes there are people who want to sleep in who don't want to come early,” said Jones.

Spa days are also becoming popular bridal shower venues. Such events allow the bridal party to bond as a group in advance of the wedding. Not always held at a professional spa facility, technicians often provide their services in the home of the hostess.

Some couples choose wedding spa days exclusively for themselves.

“We get a lot of couples the day before or the morning of the wedding. They'll do a couple's massage together to kind of get on the same page with each other and calm their nerves and relax,” said Hayes.

Suzanne Maitland of Dermaspa in Bend says, “It's a real way to get pampered and relax and cut down on the stress level.”

Dermaspa provides a full range of spa services from facials to Botox® —and they emphasize that felling good and looking great is for the men in the wedding party, too.
Deep tissue massages for those dealing with tension to hot stone massages to the classic Swedish treatment are all popular. Chocolate body butter is used at Shibui to add to the romantic ambiance.

“It's a little frosting at the end,” said Hayes.

Suttle Lake gives couples the choice of their spa cabin or their tastefully appointed tepee, weather permitting.

“We like to provide a very customized package,” said assistant general manager Vincent Rosan. “Ideally I envision a couple's massage outside on the deck overlooking the lake where we have two massage therapists giving the treatment when the weather is perfect. The couple hear the water clapping. That's ideal.”

For some, a couple's massage after the wedding is the perfect alternative. Whether the couple talks or is silent, the newlyweds enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime moment together. Suttle
Lake caters to providing these massages in the couple's guest room.

“It's very, very romantic,” said events director Schnoor. “They can just stay in their bathrobes when we're all through and jump in their jacuzzi.”

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