The pre-wedding phase is meant to splurge on yourself, spend some time with yourself or your friends and your family, make memories, tick some things off your bucket list, and do things that you would have never done otherwise and to make this time of your life come true, is there any place better than the Golden State?
The Irresistible Retail Therapy
Whether you are in search of the perfect cocktail dress for your wedding, wishing to indulge in the latest designer wear for your trousseau, looking for the best deal on shoes and handbags, or exploring the latest cosmetic and skin-care brands, the Golden state of eternal glamour has it all.
The Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is as iconic as shopping can get! Home to Chanel, Giorgio Armani, and other mega-designer boutiques, from world-renowned fashion houses to one-of-a-kind local boutiques, Beverly Hills offers a shoppers’ paradise with swaying palm trees lined across the promenade.
For celeb-spotting while you shop, aim for Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Also in town is the popular, pedestrian-friendly Third Street Promenade, with big-name chains and a lively feel, where you can feel like a celebrity yourself!
The Much Needed Spa Therapy
Wedding preparations can get a little stressful. After all, it’s only the most special day of your life! In such times, we would definitely suggest some stress-releasing wellness (and beauty) experiences! Health and wellness are paramount in California, so it’s no surprise that the state has more than its share of high-end spas and wellness centers. Think four-star resorts in smart beach towns, luxe day spas with celebrity followings, and rustic-chic spiritual centers with natural hot springs.
The much recommended and storied Esalen Institute, perched on the rugged oceanside bluffs of Big Sur, calls to visitors looking for an escape from the everyday world. Esalen’s spiritual offerings include workshops, 500 in total, in everything from yoga to meditation. Visitors come from near and far seeking a soak in the natural hot springs on this 120-acre/49-hectare property, which has been flowing through the mountains here for over 6,000 years.
The Unforgettable Bachelorette Party
California is the state of the famous. It is the land of Hollywood and glamour. A bachelorette party here would only mean an only girls vacation of a lifetime! Of course, you have the perfect beaches for beach parties, but once that infamous California sunshine starts to dim for the night, you will finally know why its nightlife is so legendary! Theme parks go neon bright, with open late rides and light-the-night spectacles, adjacent shopping and dining areas include a variety of entertainment and the bars and clubs are full!
The Mondrian’s SkyBar, Sunset Tower Hotel’s Terrace Bar, The Viper Room are clubs with music ranging from indie singer/songwriters to major headliners. Iconic comedy clubs such as The Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store are a must visit. Local bars like The Den and Rock and Reilly’s Irish Pub are great places to get a drink before or after a show
Partying in the Deserts is not a bad idea either! Palm Springs is the best kind of party town, always evolving and never resting on its laurels; top spots include the Ace Hotel & Swim Club and the Hard Rock Hotel.
The Liberating Road Trip
Road trips make you feel completely uninhibited. May be right now is a good time to feel that way, as it can wash away all your wedding blues and any stress that you may have! California offers one of the most unforgettable experiences on road.
Drive through untamed landscape looming over the rugged coastline of North Coast, or dip your toes into fresh lakes and waterways in High Sierras. Paso’s perfect scenic drive, California Central Coast's Highway 1 provides a perfect treat for outdoor enthusiasts. From Ventura to Santa Barbara, up through San Luis Obispo, Big Sur, and the Monterey region, you’ll discover waterfront activities, seaside villages, artisanal wineries, and breathtaking views of the California coast.
A lifestyle immune to the hustle and bustle of modern-day excursions still thrives in destinations like Walker, June Lake and Lee Vining. It’s a path that ties together the Wild West, Ansel Adams and a bit of adrenaline.
The Picturesque Pre-wedding Photoshoots
California is a state with such a wide variety of breath-taking scenic backdrops! Golden sands and turquoise waters, soaring cliffs, snow-capped mountains and the distinctive deserts, California has plenty of natural marvels that one can use as a beautiful pre-wedding shoot backdrop!
Acclaimed as one of the state’s prettiest beaches, Crystal Cove State Beach, just north of Laguna Beach, has historic cottages for rent. Along the Central Coast, have a barefoot photoshoot in the sugar-fine sand of Carmel Beach. On a stretch of coast known as “Billionaire’s Beach,” the Malibu Beach Inn is a good pick for its balcony with oceanfront rooms. Or, the Malibu Pier offers a great picture of passing dolphins and pelicans.
If beaches are too main stream for you, and you want to get a little more adventurous, you can head to the North Coast for some soaring cliffs. This region has a sense of untamed wilderness, untouched beauty and unconditional freedom. Romance finds a home in this idyllic coastal region, where ocean fog rolls in from the ocean to blanket hushed redwood forests, and whales spout offshore.
National parks and State parks are a lovely choice for a nature-filled love story. Whether it is the redwoods of the Redwood National State Park, the phenomenal mountains of Yosemite National Park, or the out-of-the-world boulders and Joshua trees in the Joshua Tree National Park, each of these have the most unique backdrops to display, painting a picture so serene and wild!
Whether you want to do just one of these things, or all, a trip to the Golden State will change your life for good – it will rejuvenate you and find yourself, show you how to dream big, and prepare you for the next chapter of your life!