Between researching venues, hiring a photographer, and finding the perfect dress, wedding planning is stressful — and everyone seems to have an opinion. Don't let it overwhelm you! In order to make sure you enjoy the entire process — remember, it should be fun! — make plans to savor a little R & R in the months leading up to your big day. Whether you book a massage or a yoga class, here are a few North Shore businesses offering ways to pamper yourself throughout the entire wedding planning process.
Dawn Skin Studio 828 Davis St., Ste. 102, Evanston As owner and esthetician Jessica Dawn writes on the Dawn Skin Studio website, "you can expect impeccable service and knowledgeable insight into how to best nurture the skin nature gave you." Make sure you're glowing on your big day with a Revive facial, which is also an express treatment (perfect for the busy bride). Or get a Lash Tint or Lash Lift that will make your eyes pop in all of those photos. And if you're simply in need of some relaxation, schedule an appointment for one of the Aromatherapy treatments, where essential oils are applied to the soles of your feet and/or along your spine.
Dawn Skin Studio, Evanston
Ergo Salon & Spa 1567 Sherman Ave., Evanston Of course you want to look your best on your wedding day, so visit this salon beforehand for a fresh haircut or color. They can even do your bridal up-do or formal style. Before you leave, be sure to get a manicure to show off alongside your new ring, or simply take part in what they call the “Ergo Escape” — time spent enjoying a hot stone massage or organic facial. And book one of these services now for after you say “I do” for some much-deserved post-planning pampering.
Ergo Salon & Spa, Evanston
Heartwood Center for Body, Mind and Spirit 1818 Dempster St., Evanston This center is "committed to providing exceptional holistic health services" using "an integrative approach to health that encompasses mind, body and spirit." Sign up for a class like Yoga or Mindfulness Meditation to make sure you're in the right frame of mind before your wedding. Heartwood works with a variety of practitioners, so you know you'll be able to find the right class and teacher for you. Check the center's calendar to find the next available session and register.
Mario Tricoci 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie No matter how you want to pamper yourself, you'll be able to do it at this salon and spa. Try the Organic Signature Radiance Facial for "immediate improvement in skin clarity and texture" or the Organic Ginger & Lime Body Scrub, which includes a mini massage. You can also get a manicure and pedicure, wax, and haircut or color. And if you want to enjoy a little bit of everything, book a spa package for a full day of pampering. Plus, Mario Tricoci offers bridal services for your big day.
Mario Tricoci, Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
Steven Papageorge Hair Salon 1721 Sherman Ave., Evanston This salon is all about offering world-class service with an expert team and the latest technology. From haircuts and blowouts to highlights and balayage, you can feel confident that you'll walk out of the salon feeling beautiful. You can even get a brow tint and waxing done here, or enjoy a relaxing facial. And don't forget to book this team for your bridal and bridesmaids hair and makeup.