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  • Writer's pictureSophisticated Weddings


Being a New Yorker is no easy feat. Conquering crowds at rush hour, and making the most of limited square footage- we are champions for endless reasons. Now being a bride in New York City… that takes some real super hero strength! If your precious closet space is beginning to resemble a wedding favor warehouse, or you’ve traded in your quiet nights at home for bustling evenings checking out the city’s hottest vendors, you may be in need of some time to relax, unwind, and decompress. We’ve come up with 5 ways you can do all that and more, so you can enjoy the process (and hold on to your sanity!).

1. Get Yourself To The Spa

Let’s be honest- you need this! Whatever makes you feel wonderful and refreshed, just splurge for it. The Spa at Trump SoHo brings luxury to utopia with their exclusive Hydra Facial Deluxe, just perfect for any of those stress break outs you might be experiencing. Uptown at Hotel Plaza Athénée, Spa Valmont offers divine body wraps that reinvent the mind, body, and spirit. If there was ever a time to get a massage, it’s now.

2. Go For A Local Getaway With Your Fiancé

We get it- you’re busy, making decisions left and right, and there’s no time to jet off to Bermuda. There’s no reason that you can’t take a local romantic retreat with the love of your life for the weekend! No passports, no TSA check-in– a vacation awaits you right at home. Whether you check in for two nights at The Plaza Hotel orThe Carlton for a little R&R, sometimes there’s no place like home (away from home). Rediscover your love for New York from another perspective at one of NYC’s iconic hotels. For a real escape just outside the city, Oheka Castle offers romantic overnight accommodations within their fairy tale abode. In-room massages, champagne with strawberries, and private dining are just some of the ways Oheka customizes a marvelous stay.

3. Lunch With The Ladies

Your girls are there for you, and are all too happy to indulge in a lovely ladies lunch at one of the many delectable or scenic restaurants of Manhattan. Chitchatting over a Baby Kale And Asian Pear Salad and glass of Prosecco atBryant Park Grill melts the stress right off. Taking the time to speak your mind, connect with your friends, and stimulating your taste buds, will undoubtedly boost the spirits and recharge your wedding planning battery.

4. Embrace The Season

It’s summer, so get out there! Soak up the sun and float in the pool at the Castle Hotel & Spa. Thursdays at the Castle includes a Poolside Summer Pairing Series at Equus, where you can enjoy an eclectic selection of wines and spirits, along with scrumptious fare, beside the spectacular poolside ambience of the Castle. Located in Tarrytown, this Summer Series is hosted every Thursday night through August 20th, 6:30-8:30pm. Need to de-stress during the cooler months? Check out the warm and cozy atmosphere from within The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park— with each room equipped with a telescope for viewing the spectacular views, you can cozy up in a warm bathrobe, and look out on to the snow globe of the city.

5. Find Your Zen At Home

Can’t seem to make a breakaway from home? No problem. There are plenty of ways to take the ordinary out from home. Turn your run-of-the-mill shower into an aromatherapy garden with a product such as ESSIO. The world’s first aromatherapy diffuser for the shower, ESSIO turns the everyday shower into a spa-like experience using 100% organic essential oils. Simply attach it to your shower head, pop in the pod of your choice, turn off the light, and you’ll find yourself in an all new exotic and relaxing space.

For more ideas on how to relax and enjoy your wedding to the fullest, pick up a copy of the 2015 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition!

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