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Get Pampered on your Sonoma County wedding

It can be so simple to plan a Sonoma County wedding, given the many resorts, wineries and destinations here that offer on-staff experts to pull together every detail.

Sonoma County Tourism makes it even easier with its Suite Deal planning and referral service that is not only free, but can offer up to $1,500 toward your local wedding.

Still, it’s such big day, no one can be surprised to find stress mounting a bit for the happy couple. That’s why it’s important to build some quality relaxation and pampering time into the wedding calendar. It can be as low-key as taking a hike through a local state park or vineyards, or spreading a blanket out at one of the many beaches along the Sonoma Coast.

For the ultimate pampering, though, your planner can suggest spa treatments, special gatherings with loved ones, and extra services like sparkling wine service during the make-up and hair session. Just ask, and you may be delightfully surprised to learn what’s available to keep your spirits high and mood relaxed.

At Hotel Chauvet in Glen Ellen, for example, the wedding experts recommend unwinding with a pre- or post-nuptial bubble bath in your suite’s jetted tub, or an indulgent shower enhanced by six massage jets.

You can also enjoy in-room Magical Massage massages, plus get your hair, make-up, manicures and pedicures done in the privacy of your suite, tucked in a warm robe in front of a cozy fireplace and nestled in decorated high and low directors' chairs.

There’s plenty of space for both wedding partners to stretch out, since it’s like having your own private casita, with these luxury Wine Country vacation rentals in the historic hotel in the tiny downtown. Each unit is nearly a home, sized at almost 2,000 square feet, hung with original art, and complete with a full gourmet kitchen boasting granite counter tops, a wine cooler, and commercial-style gas cooktop.

With just six condominiums, a wedding party could take over the entire property. Bride and groom could each choose a condo, and tighten the bonds with their friends by hosting a pre-wedding slumber party, with whatever activities they like for their close knit group.

There are many inventive options available, from mani-pedis, or Sonoma craft beer and chips in front a sports game on the big screen, jewelry making classes, flower arranging, and sommelier-guided wine tastings.

In the morning, everyone can gather for yoga by the pool, led by a Chauvet expert.

Couples might also want to reserve the romance package, Re-Kindling the Spirit, for after the wedding, including facials and 1.5-hour massage, a private yoga session, a hike/power walk through Glen Ellen’s bucolic countryside, and organic breakfast each morning in their condo.

A sparkling wine departure brunch is another thoughtful thing, allowing special friends and family to unwind and say good-bye over an array of Sonoma County sparklers, mimosas, and champagne cocktails alongside a hot and cold feast.

If guests can stay an extra day or two, it helps ease pressure, as well, and Chauvet offers complimentary wine tasting passes and tasting experience upgrades, plus preferred rates with Pure Luxury Transportation for a limousine or even small charter shuttle.

Looking for more wedding ideas? Contact Sonoma County Tourism at 707-522-5814 or [email protected].

Details: Chauvet, 13756 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, 415-823-4570.

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