1. Spa Day
Unwind after months of wedding planning with pampering treatments in the surrounds of an urban sanctuary such as the luxurious Park Club Health and Day Spa at the Park Hyatt Melbourne.
Facials, massages, scrubs, mud wraps, manicures and pedicures; rest and relaxation for the bride and her supportive bridal party can be achieved in no simpler way than with a peaceful spa day. The Park Club Health and Day Spa’s philosophy of "inner health, outer beauty" shines through a curated menu of luxe treatments that provide a holistic health experience for your entire body. Slip into a fluffy robe and enjoy head to toe treats including rich caviar facials featuring antioxidants, exfoliating scrubs with Turkish salts, renewing body rituals spiked with reinvigorating ginger and therapeutic, beautifying pedicures. Then dine on cuisine we’ve designed to energise or detoxify, such as garden crudités with sea salt or cured beef with goats curd, watercress and burnt sesame dressing salad. For a lighter taste, sip a fresh smoothie; perhaps a protective blend of fresh raspberries, peaches, strawberries, aloe vera, soy milk and ground almonds? For further - less virtuous - indulgence, treat your nearest and dearest to a Spa Champagne High Tea. After all, petit fours and Veuve Clicquot are the perfect way to finish a massage.
2. Afternoon Tea with a Twist
Afternoon Tea is a beloved ritual. But scones and cups of camomile alone simply won’t cut it for a special occasion. Boost your afternoon treat with a bonus activity; croquet anyone?
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has sparked the return of the hedonistic decadence of the roaring 1920's to the forefront of our party-planning minds. A deco-era themed tea party complete with croquet and afternoon tea could be just the ticket for your stylish bridal shower. Invite your favourite ladies to dress in their Sunday best – flapper-esque fascinator essential - to learn about and then swing through the classic game on the green lawns of the Canberra Croquet Club. The Club’s history appropriately stretches back to 1925. Then, Charleston dance on over to the neighbouring Park Hyatt Canberra to dine in the surrounds of our cosy, heritage-listed Tea Lounge. A smorgasbord of delicate cakes, savoury bites and iconic warm scones adorned with double cream and lush jam awaits your party. Reminisce on the competitive, or more likely mirth-inducing, highlights of your recent croquet game over flutes of sparkling wine or fragrant teas served in our Art Deco inspired teacups.
3. Sunset Cocktails
Sunset. Sisters. Best friends. Cocktails. It seems like a guaranteed recipe for a wonderful night out. But there is an element that can make your bridal shower even more memorable. Just add water.
Here’s one way to make your pre-wedding jitters simply float away; join our friends at the Royal Perth Yacht Club and sail off on a fancy ship. Your movable maritime cocktail party will take in the sights along the famous Swan River sailing between Perth and the Port of Fremantle. Ride onyx-hued waves by night to see magnificent river front mansions, Kings Park, Perth’s Bell Tower, the inner harbour of Fremantle and a great vantage point of the yacht club itself. Hyatt Regency Perth can devise a menu of unsurpassed canapés (perhaps a seafood focus in keeping with the nautical theme?) and elaborate signature cocktails for your journey. We recommend a Mai Tai as an essential over-water tipple. After imbibing several world-class concoctions you’ll certainly want to book a room for the night; we’d welcome you to wind down your party in a suite overlooking the Swan River. A cocktail party on-board yacht is sure to satisfy the most sophisticated bride-to-be so nothing should stop you from saying “Hello Sailor”.
4. Bachelorette Party
You can’t beat the classics. Dinner and dancing go together like husband and wife, so why fight your inner urge to join your friends and party the night away?
There’s something to be said for the traditional bachelorette party; it’s hard to have more fun than with the simplicity of dinner, dancing, games and bar-hopping. Why let the gents have all the fun? Sometimes you just need to let your hair down and there’s no better place in the nation to do it than in Australia’s most glamourous city, Sydney. Make the Park Hyatt Sydney your rather chic homebase and our concierge will be able to assist you in finding the latest and greatest clubs, restaurants and bars tailored to your whims. Book a chauffeured a limo and paint the town red (or rather wedding white). One can’t dance to Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ on an empty stomach. Try Quay, Tetsuya’s or Sepia for a sumptuous dinner. Then a little bar-hopping is mandatory; perhaps visit Eau De Vie for serious cocktails or the Ivy for a dose of glitz? Finally dance up a storm at The Spice Cellar, One22, or the late night Q Bar. Then return to us to take off your dancing shoes for the time being and awake refreshed as the countdown your wedding begins.
5. Hen’s Weekend
What do you get when you take all of the previous bridal shower ideas and put them together? The ultimate hen’s weekend!
Check in to Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Organise to have some champagne on ice upon arrival to celebrate the commencement of a stellar weekend ahead
Burlesque Dancing Class
Release your sensual side when taking these classes which showcase the exotic art of burlesque and pole dancing
Back to the hotel
Stroll to South Wharf Promenade for dinner
Make your way down to the Yarra River where the city has revitalised an old harbour into a dazzling array of eateries. Pubs and cafes offer cuisine from Italian to Thai to satisfy all cravings
Meander over to the Eureka Skydeck 88 for panoramic views of the city lights
Breakfast at laneway restaurant Chez Dré
Find finishing touches, like jewellery for your wedding day, at Tallulah Studio
The Melbourne Shop carries locally made products great for gifts and keepsakes
Stop into Pan After to make a start on your collection of homewares
Taxi back to the hotel
Available only on the weekends, book early for the Chocolate Delights Walk to taste the best chocolates in town
Return to hotel to get ready for dinner
Dinner at Collins Kitchen
Party bus to pick you up and do a bar tour
Party bus to drop you at Fusion nightclub at Crown Casino for the Princes of the Night show where you can dance the night away
Call room service for a light breakfast
Check out Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Taxi to Park Hyatt Melbourne for a recovery spa day with beautifying lunch to follow
Head out to the airport or home