The VIP Treatment

Splurge-worthy ways to prep for your special day.

Courtney Yee

Book the Ultimate Dress Shopping Experience

For big city treatment without leaving the burbs, schedule the VIP bridal experience at Kinsley James, a couture bridal shop in Walnut Creek. This new service includes two hours of private shopping time in the boutique, plus flowers, specialty food, mimosas, desserts in your wedding colors, and more. You can also add a limousine, photographer, and hair and makeup services to your appointment. If there’s a certain designer you’re after, book when the designer is hosting a trunk show, and he or she will personally help you shop. 1623 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 330-9228,


Get Spoiled at the Spa

Meeting with vendors, signing contracts, writing checks … oh my! Wedding planning can be stressful. To keep your cool, rally your main ladies and schedule a day of pampering.

Plan a day of facials, mani-pedis, and massages at Changes Salon and Day Spa in Walnut Creek. Manager Cristiana Andersson suggests the exclusive Amazon Rain Experience, which combines lymphatic massage and a full-body clay mask, followed by a rinse-off in the Vichy shower. You can add a catered lunch and gift bags, too. 1475 N. Broadway St., Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1814,

To imbibe and unwind, head to Walnut Creek’s Beauty Lounge. The salon offers cocktails, champagne, and other beverages, so you and the girls can kick back with a drink while receiving treatments. Chocolate-covered strawberries or a cheese tray are available upon request. For brides, owner Noemi Woods suggests the organic detox pedicure. For the bridal party, she suggests a mini-facial. (Just make sure it’s a few days before the wedding to avoid rosy complexions.) 1512 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek, (925) 954-8421,

Adeline and Grace Intimates

For a laid-back, DIY affair, book an afternoon at Le Jardin at the Spa in Pleasant Hill. The outdoor garden area is available to use with the purchase of five regularly priced spa services, including aromatherapy massage, vitamin C facials, and foot treatments with reflexology. Pack a picnic or grab your favorite takeout for the group on the way. As a bonus, each guest who receives a treatment will take home a cleanser for her skin type. 1603 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 935-4247,


Do a Sexy Photo Shoot

Taking a risk and bearing it all for boudoir photos might be exactly the boost you need. Jennifer Skog, based in Dublin, will bring out your sensuality in a classy way. For fun, non-intimidating vibes, contact pals and business partners Tiffany and Erica of Benicia-based Adeline and Grace Intimates. If there’s a particular location in which you want to disrobe, Angie Capri will come to you. To get your friends in on the fun, book a shoot at Oakland's DNA Premium Photography, and giggle your way through the
experience as a group. (Don’t worry: Each woman does her shoot in private!),,,