Bridal Shower Hot Spot in Los Angeles: Ciel Spa Beverly Hills

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More than half of all bachelorette parties take place out of town these days; so whether you’re having a destination wedding or not, chances are you might be having a destination girls weekend.  If you are, consider hitting up Hollywood, the perfect place to party, but also to relax, recover, and get ready for the big day.

For a beautiful location for a bridal shower, a spa-themed bachelorette party, or a swanky spot to get ready on your wedding day, look no further than Ciel Spa at the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel.  The all-white wonderland of beauty designed by Philippe Starck has a full service salon by IGK Hair to get you looking your best before your night out and ultra glam treatment rooms to help you recover the next day.

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Located in the heart of where all things in Los Angeles happen, you can walk to restaurants and shops or order in and walk up to your hotel room to retire when you’re done primping and pampering yourself.

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Ciel Spa is also a great gift idea for that bride-to-be getting ready for her big day.  ‘Tis the season for spa gift cards and this is one she’s sure to love.

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Ciel Spa is so pretty, the only downside is you won’t want to leave.  Even the locker room looks like a bridal paradise, complete with fresh flowers and all the spa amenities you could ask for.  And it’s boutique enough that if you want to celebrate with friends, you won’t get lost looking for one another to unwind with.

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A great place for private parties, Ciel Spa is a picture-perfect backdrop to celebrate one very lucky bride-to-be.  Whether you live in Los Angeles or are taking a trip for that once-in-a-lifetime bachelorette weekend, be sure to stop here and recover from all things wedding, before and after the big day!

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New Laguna Beach Wedding Location: The Ranch at Laguna Beach

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Tucked away just 350 yards from one of Southern California’s most pristine beaches is a hidden hideaway unlike anything else in the area. Laguna Beach may be know for its boutique surf hotels and mega luxury resorts but at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, we discovered something a little bit different.

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A brand new hotel, The Ranch was once a Girl Scout retreat before its current owners developed the canyon into a summer camp-like luxury resort fit for the kid in all of us and the grownup with ultra high standards. I got the chance to visit The Ranch recently and as a Southern Californian, this might be the best weekend getaway or staycation around.

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You’ll disconnect with little to no cell service as you unwind in a cabin-like building adorned with swanky suites and incredibly comfy beds. The rooms were designed by the local trending home store, Tuvalu Home Environment, and the result will make you want to move in.

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The food is outstanding, the ranch hands as they call them (the crew that will drive you from place to place via golf cart) couldn’t be more friendly, and the golf, if you partake is pretty special, complete with wild deer on the course.

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But it’s the wedding venues at The Ranch at Laguna Beach that are truly jaw-dropping. Imagine guests in a rally of golf carts out to a clearing deep in the forest where a wedding deck sits, surrounded by vast trees and beautiful gardens, with twinkle lights all around. It’s rustic glam at its finest, with all the amenities, service and cuisine you can expect from a five star hotel.

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Or say “I do” on the golf course, under trees lining the 1st and 9th fairways before moving into the ballroom to dance the night away.

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No matter where you wed at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, you’ll find total privacy, a rare connection with nature in the Orange County area and the best of both worlds on land and sea (your ranch hand can easily cart you out to the ocean for a welcome party, late night fire pit experience, or just a day at the beach).

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is brand new, so while it may be Southern California’s best kept secret for now, it’s too good to be for long.

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Incredible Cancun Wedding Location: Nizuc Resort & Spa

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Have you ever been in a hotel room that you just didn’t want to leave? I’ve been lucky enough a few times, but never in one that I loved so much I didn’t want to leave it the entire time I was at the hotel! Well, until now. Nizuc Resort and Spa, located just on the edge of Cancun, Mexico has plenty to keep you busy but the rooms are so spectacular, you don’t ever want to leave to do any of it!

I recently touched down into one of their Garden Pool Villas, and they are, as they sound, complete with a pool inside the walls of your villa! With glass walls that open up the bedroom into the exterior, outdoor living rooms and showers, and a private pool for each, this truly is indoor-outdoor living at it’s finest. There may have been an indoor shower too, but why use it when the outdoor rain shower is calling your name?! Turn on your tunes (your iPhone connects with the speaker system throughout the villa property) and soak in the tube drawn for you by your butler and life doesn’t get much better than that (especially for honeymooners).

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But Nizuc goes beyond just epic hotel rooms. The property is ideal for destination weddings too! With incredible infinity pools and decks perfect for private parties and a beach property fit for a fabulous Mexican fiesta, you can say “I do” indoors in their massive ballroom space overlooking the lagoon or outdoors in one of their iconic Caribbean wedding locations.

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And no matter which venue you opt for, you can count on the weddings staff taking exceptional care of you. You may stay up late celebrating, but I witnessed them staying up so much later, just to make sure every detail was absolutely perfect for the pair tying the knot.

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From a fabulous spa to a to-die-for daily breakfast buffet (complete with guacamole, of course), to complimentary paddle boarding, snorkeling and kayaking on its two beaches, Nizuc has it all. And once you’ve done it all, remember it also has oodles of romance with fire torches burning nightly, sunken lounges among the water installations, and the utmost of privacy in your villa, whether in the garden or overlooking the ocean from high above.  This might just be the sexiest hotel on earth!

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If you want a modern, sexy place to honeymoon or host a destination wedding, then look to the outskirts of Cancun to Nizuc Resort and Spa where you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a place that couldn’t possibly be so easy to get to – just minutes from a major airport but miles from ordinary.

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For more information and to plan your wedding, check out Nizuc Resort & Spa.

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Camp Wedding Location for Your Destination Wedding: Camp Wandawega

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Have you thought about a camp themed wedding?  Perhaps disconnecting, reconnecting and saying “I do” in nature?!  Well, we just visited the absolutely perfect place for you if that’s your style.  How about a destination wedding in Wisconcin?!  Yep, on Lake Wandawega.  I recently spent a few days at the secluded oasis, Camp Wandawega, for an amazing wedding industry conference called, appropriately, Camp Wedding.  And what I discovered is that a camp wedding could be just what couples need to fully connect their families.  Think about it, no pretense, no fancy formal events, just beauty in all its forms.  But not to worry, there’s still hot running water, a roof over your head, and comfy beds to tuck into at night.  I wouldn’t call this glamping, but it’s not exactly roughing it either.

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Camp Wandawega was built in 1925 and originally housed a speakeasy, among other things.  Those original buildings remain today, now peppered in between hammocks, a tree house, tents and even a teepee to sleep in if you so choose!

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The small lake can be accessed from two small docks or a tiny beach on the property, complete with canoes for your taking any time you want.  There’s also archery, hiking trails, huge fire pits for late night bonfires and plenty of exploring to do throughout the camp.

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The beautiful venue also has wide open grass areas, perfect to put up a tent and celebrate under like we did at Camp Wedding.  You can setup ice breaker games by day and dancing under the stars by night!  Either way, just be sure to end the festivities with some s’mores by the campfire!

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The vibe at this one-of-a-kind camp is one that’s relaxed, quiet, comfortable and fun – it might remind you a little bit of summer camp as a kid.  So if you’re up for anything and looking for a totally unique destination wedding experience, one that is routed in nature and totally private for you and your loved ones, then call Camp Wandawega home for your big day.  About an equal distance from Chicago and Milwaukee, there are plenty of ways to get there, but we’re warning you, you may not want to leave.

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First Three Images: Camp Wandawega, All Other Images: Lexia Frank Photography

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Temecula Wedding Location: Pechanga Resort & Casino

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Did you know that Southern California has a wine country?  And a beautiful one too!  Temecula is home to rolling hills, boutique wineries, and even a fabulous resort to call home for your destination wedding!  Set just outside of the wineries, a few minutes from the vines is Pechanga Resort & Casino, the perfect place to wed when heading south for an outdoors wedding in wine country.  I recently got to test drive what a wedding would be like here…and let’s just say, I’ll be back!

You may think you want to say “I do” among the grapes, but once you set foot on Pechanga’s private garden ceremony site, you may think again.  A beautifully manicured lawn and garden with a raised platform just for you, your ceremony point will be protected by trees yet overlook the beautiful golf course and valley beyond.

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Then head to the patio nearby for a fire pit-clad cocktail hour (perfect for s’mores) and enjoy a jaw-dropping setting complete with old-fashioned bridge just beyond, where most brides and grooms can be found taking portraits in a place unlike any other.

For dinner, dine under the stars or indoors at Journey, a swanky restaurant the property shuts down just for you and 180 of your closest friends and family.  You’ll enter by a large, two-story stone fireplace and head into a space that’s already dressed up so you need not do much to make it picture-perfect.

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Then it’s time to eat.  And eat you will!  The food at Pechanga Resort & Casino is something to write home about.  Wow, it’s better than good.  Your first meal as newlyweds will be one you remember.

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But a destination wedding to Southern California’s wine country isn’t all about the wedding day.  What I love about Pechanga is all there is do on property AND nearby.  You can take your guests to a comedy show in their comedy club instead of hosting a stuffy rehearsal dinner.  If there’s a concert in town, you can catch that too in their theater.  If you like to gamble, there’s a major casino on property.  And if you don’t, it’s housed a shuttle ride away from the wedding space so you’ll never even know it’s there.  But if you do like to play a little, might we suggest a family round of bingo or a poker tournament for your group?  Pechanga can set up gaming activities for your group too – even lessons for those needing a little help!

Then don’t forget to arrange a shuttle to the wineries for some tastings along the way and perhaps even a day after trash the dress session!

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The rooms at Pechanga Resort & Casino are lovely, the staff knows their stuff, the activities are endless, and the wedding spaces and menus are surprisingly unique and delightful.  Home run if you’re looking for a domestic destination I do and a wine country that’s a little more relaxed with a lot more to do.  Oh, and did we mention Pechanga is undergoing a 285 million dollar expansion and renovation?  That means this time next year, you’ll find even more to do on property with even more luxury at your fingertips.  Booking now means getting in before it’s booked later.

{Photos: Image 1: Pechanga, Image 2, 3, 6: Hulse Photo, Image 4, 5: Jenna Joseph Photography}

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