It's a day to remember for the bride and groom, and everyone around them. But preparing for the wedding day is almost inevitably filled with tension. Couples who are determined to go it alone and prepare for the big day may end up stressing themselves out with an endless to-do list, ranging from booking the venue to arranging food, and many other chores. To help the bride, groom and entourage relax from the anxiety and look their best when the big day comes along, The Peninsula Spa by ESPA has set up spa packages. 'We set up these programmes after realising there weren't many spa programmes in Hong Kong that specifically cater for the bride and her entourage,' says Sharon Codner, Peninsula Hotels' regional spa director. Bridal programmes were set up at the spa three years ago. Wedding Belles, Blushing Bride, Brilliant Touches and Truly Inviting have packages ranging from one month to six months. They include nutritionist guidance, facials, massages, exfoliations, manicures, pedicures, haircuts, waxing and make-up trials. A Spa-ty is offered for brides who wish to book the entire spa for the hen night. Codner says the goal of the programmes is to 'reduce tension and worry, allowing the couple to put their best feet forward as they take their first steps on their new journey'. The most popular bridal programme is the six-month Wedding Belles, which costs HK$15,000. However, the traditional Peninsula Wellness package has been well received by couples, who get to stay in one of The Peninsula's suites while enjoying spa treatments and other goodies. Codner says The Peninsula Spa by ESPA tailor-makes its packages for the bride-to-be and her entourage. 'Every spa item in the programmes is changeable to suit the client's needs,' she says. The regional spa director says that she and the treatment manager will meet clients for personal consultations. Nutrition advice is offered by Gabrielle Tuscher, a United States-registered dietician who will advise brides-to-be on nutrition intake, meal and recipe planning, and stress and lifestyle management. Hair, make-up and beauty treatments will be provided by the hotel's Suave Salon. 'With the help of our nutrition adviser, the brides will be able to lose a few pounds and look perfect on their big day,' Codner says. The programmes have seen a steady increase in interest from brides since their launch, even during the economic meltdown last year. 'Couples may have a slightly smaller budget for their wedding, but I didn't notice any decrease in people coming to the spa. 'I believe this is because the day is very memorable, and the bride and her entourage want to look their best,' Codner says.