Before you embark on the next phase of your life – the wonderful thing we like to call marriage, you simply deserve a full-blown pampering session with your best girls. After all, it’s pre-wedding tradition – getting ready with your girls. It should not be done in haste or filled with any kind of pressure. This is your time to take things slow, enjoy every prep and pampering moment from the beginning till the moment it’s time to send the girls down the aisle. So, if you’re going to prep and primp, you better do it right.

If you don’t know where to begin and which good pre-wedding time essentials to get, worry not. You’re in good hands as we’ve got you covered with everything from fun activities to all the item you need to make a day of it.

The face pampering

A couple of nights prior to the big day is the ultimate chance for the ultimate pampering. As you’ve probably covered the bachelorette party a while ago, now is the time to relax, bond and have a good prep time. If you have any trouble envisioning it, think of it as one of Blair Waldorf sleepovers.

Now let’s talk about necessities. The first thing you will need is to completely raid the beauty stores and get such items as amazing exfoliators, hydrating sheet masks, serums – the whole shebang. Don’t leave the store until you have absolutely everything for the ultimate facials that will get both yours and your best gals’ faces glowing for the big day. You can even play around the kitchen and even make your own facial masks – along with a few cocktails (although not too many), making your own masks will be a major homerun.

De-stress

You’ve probably spent months, even a year planning a wedding, and anyone who has ever done that knows just how stressful it can be. One of the best things you can do is stock up on incredibly scented candles, play soothing music and book professional masseurs to come to your home and provide you with personalised massages that will remove all the tension from your shoulders and make your skin amazing and glowing for the big day.

If you want to go all out – for you and your gals – you can even book at-home mani-pedis. This is the perfect opportunity to get your nails done for the big day, to coordinate colors, as the day before the wedding will be too hectic for something like that.

Be a good hostess

A great bride always anticipates her bridesmaids’ needs and does her best to repay them for all the help they’ve been during the wedding planning process. This is where, aside from an amazing pampering evening, you should, as the bride, show your gals gratitude with incredible gift bags. When thinking what should fill them, be practical and think of the things they both want and need.

For instance, great g string panties are one of the musts, especially if your bridesmaids are wearing fitted dresses. This will enable them to feel comfortable and secure without worrying about the regular panty-line showing and running their look. Even if they’re not wearing fitted dresses, this slightly racy underwear is a good idea – it will make them feel sexy on your big day. Another item you could include are personalised necklaces with their initials engraved – very thoughtful and sentimental. A box of the most exquisite chocolates is another must, and to seal the deal, throw in their favorite shade and brand of lipstick, perhaps the one they will be wearing for your big day.

Robe time

Once you’re all de-stressed, pampered, exfoliated, nurtured and after you’ve made your gals super happy with thoughtful gifts, it’s time to get a mellow party started. Now, we know you don’t want to go overboard with food as you want to look amazing in your dresses and the big day is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy delicious canapés, low-calorie yet tasty desserts and fruits salads. Find a caterer that can provide amazing low-cal foods that you can all enjoy completely guilt-free. You need sustenance, especially if cocktails are involved.

Now, when you’re all cosy in your robes and surrounded set with food and drinks, it’s time to play some games. We’ve taken the liberty to find tons of printable bachelorette party games, and even though this isn’t technically the bachelorette party, we think an evening like this is actually more suitable for these games. They will allow you to bond, ask all the racy questions and be completely candid with each other. The games are bound to make you laugh, have great fun and they will fill the night until you’re all ready to hit the hay.

A mellow pre-wedding pampering time is anything than dull. There may not be anything ‘scandalous’ but they can be extremely entertaining and most importantly, allow you and your gals to scratch all the prep and prime things off the list and make them fun along the way.

Written by Sophia Smith