WEDDING WEEKENDS - FOR HER
Valley Forge & Montgomery County
Prior to taking that big step, the bride should be afforded one last chance to gather "the sisterhood" and prepare a proper send-off. Tastes vary on how to best do this, but we've got plenty of options.
An afternoon of shopping makes a memorable experience:
KING OF PRUSSIA MALL
160 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
The King of Prussia Mall is New York fashion chic without the hassle of Manhattan travel. The mall is the largest retail space in the U.S., with more than 400 stores like Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, and Lord & Taylor. Group tours of 10 or more can register to receive special discounts.
PHILADELPHIA PREMIUM OUTLETS
18 West Lightcap Road
Pottstown, PA 19464
Philadelphia Premium Outlets, just west of King of Prussia, opens the doors to a whole new outlet shopping experience. Each day, the 150 retailers offer 25-65 percent off designer name brands such as Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Gap Outlet, Guess, J.Crew, Kate Spade, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.
74 Coulter Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
This outdoor mall harkens back to an era when the Main Line was the very definition of women's fashions; however, recent renovations and new shopping options keep it fresh and inviting. A few hours' browsing its stores can be the start of a whole girls' day out in Ardmore, with plenty of niche restaurants and one-of-a-kind specialty shops.
Skippack, PA 19474
A little stroll. A little browse. A glass of wine. A little trying something on. A little pick up of a hand-made accessory to an outfit. A plate of appetizers that reflect true Italian artistry in the kitchen. Or French. A little admiration of some artwork. A sniff of perfume. A sample of artisan cheese. A lot of bonding, chit-chat and laughs. That's what a girls' afternoon in Skippack Village is like.
SPAS & BEAUTY
A special spa can rejuvenate a bride who is tuckered out from attending to her massive to-do list:
LILY LASER & BEAUTY
534 2nd Avenue
Collegeville, PA 19426
The experts at Lily Laser & Beauty offer a great European Spa experience. Services include makeup, massage, facials, teeth whitening, wet microdermabrasion, pain-free laser hair removal and hair styling. The flexible space makes it particularly group-friendly.
1616 Lancaster Ave
Paoli, PA 19301
For the ultimate in relaxation before the big day, book a Luxurious Escape package. It begins with an infrared sauna and shower, proceeds to a back facial, includes a mani/pedi and ends with a delicious lunch.
42 Saint James Place
Ardmore, PA 19003
The warm and friendly staff at Bluemercury will soothe your spirit in much the same way as their services will ease sore muscles and rejuvenate tired hair. The 1:1 attention will make any bride and her party feel pampered.
BLUE WILLIOW DAY SPA
128 Main Street
Schwenksville, PA 19473
This retreat is near the calm waters of the Perkiomen Creek, which sets the stage for relaxation from the moment women pull into the parking lot. Available services include massage, nails, eyelash extensions, skin treatments, waxing and sugaring.
240 Pennbrook Parkway
Lansdale, PA 19446
Put your hands into the hands of Jin and walk away with nails that befit a bride on her special day. She keeps her establishment spotless, and no detail is too small to escape her notice. Added perk: The drying process is accompanied by a complimentary head/neck massage. PS: There's a discount for paying cash.
TLC MASSAGE & SPA
486 Main Street
Harleysville, PA 19438
Don't let tying the knot tie you in knots. Rose, the masseuse with the magic fingers, will ease those pre-wedding jitters right away.
KING AND QUEEN MASSAGE & SPA
1930 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001
This respite is great with the girls. But it also offers a couples massage option if the bride wants to bring her fiancée on a prenuptial day of relaxation.
Raise a glass to celebrate your big weekend. Montgomery County's award-winning wineries are ready to host you as you toast your new beginnings.
The Montgomery County nightlife can let a spouse-to-be go a little wild before she settles down:
VALLEY FORGE CASINO RESORT
1160 1st Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Celebrate your upcoming lucky day by testing your luck further at the tables or slots. Or dance the night away at The Vault, one of the hottest new nightclubs in the county. In spring and summer, ease back on the pace with some lounge-chair time at Valley Beach, the casino's fabulous poolside oasis.
291 North Keswick Avenue
Glenside, PA 19038
A bride and her entourage can rock out the final days of singlehood with a row of tickets to a headliner at one of Montgomery County's most celebrated (and most historic) music venues.