Today’s brides take months and months of preparation for their special day. June being the most popular and traditional month to marry, but how did the tradition all start for the June marriages? Historically, some married in the month of June to honor Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. June was also a good month to marry and then conceive so the child would be born the next spring. This provided a better chance for survival. During the 1400 and 1500, June was considered the time when people came outdoors after a long winter and bathed communally. This would be the best time for a fresh smelling bride. Traditions say the bouquet would help mask any smells after the annual bath, explaining how carrying the bouquet started. June weddings also come from the Celtic calendar. Even the term “honeymoon” has a historical origin, referring to the first moon after the summer solstice – June 21 – which was called the “honey moon.”
Today June weddings have turned into much more. From the time the bride receives her engagement ring she begins to plot out her spa plans for facials, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, wedding-day relaxation outings and even post-wedded spa treatments for the new Mr. and Mrs. Many don’t even host the traditional bridal showers any more. They plan the bachelorette party at the spa with champagne and massages for all. Spas now are prepared for these types of events with options to serve food and awesome spa service.
Some hire mobile spa services to come to them like www.sparties.com that specializes in caring for groups and wedding parties and others make appointments at salons like Ciel Spa in Los Angeles which is known to cater to brides. DAYSPA recently did an article about this fantasy-like location. Many celebrities like Olivia Wilde and Uma Thurman have been guest to this plush spot. At Ciel, if a bride-to-be and her bridesmaids book all six of the spa’s treatment rooms, including the couples’ suite, they then make the entire spa their private party venue (paying only for the cost of treatments). The spa offers the full array of services: facials, massages and body treatments (ranging from $35 for a manicure to $1,000 for a super-deluxe suite of treatments). They even offer special skincare treatments geared towards prep for wedding photo shoots.
Looking back at history we’ve come a long way from the traditional bride with spa treatments the whole wedding party will always remember.
In the Chicago area brides can select from spas such as:
Nella Mobile Spa (Read past articles by the Chicago Spa Treatments Examiner)
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