Remove the distractions, clear your head and find spaces to relax and recharge – even if wedding prep feels like it is permanently on your radar, expressing a little love in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges is a perfect way to get real again. Precious products, pampering sessions, nature immersions and some tasty treats will restore your planning juices and remind you why this region is a second home. And if you can’t get here, we’ll come to you! But seriously why wouldn’t you (and your closest peeps) make the time for a little ‘in the moment’ magic.
Day spa and a new outlook
For a complete reset, book in for a day of pampering and let the nature outside the window help restore you to Zen zone. What makes you exhale? Whether it’s views of the bush or vineyards, find your bliss at Nourish Day Spa in Olinda or pop into the retro delight that is Miss Josie’s Beauty Parlour in Healesville for a facial, or Balgownie Estate Resort and Day Spa. They know just how future brides like to be treated! Full immersion is also available at the RACV Club Healesville and Piaf Day Spa, which is set among giant tree ferns and rainforest.
Beauty and balance at home
If a waft of lavender immediately transports you somewhere calm, a little online shopping at Warratina Lavender Farm will have your beauty regime at home tuned in for relaxation. Gorgeous handmade bath and beauty products, lavender infused gourmet foods and aromatherapy products to create perfect purples haze. Snuggle up with something soft from the Homestyle collection from Creswick Luxury fibres – alpaca, merino and natural fibres feature in everything from blankets to apparel in all-season luxury.
Treat(s) yourself right – three great C’s of the region
1. Chocolate – the great cure-all, chocolate is best consumed daily! Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is your go to for sweet treats. Give and receive with those you love.
2. Cheese – See those cows over there – they provide the milk for some of our region’s best loved cheese and dairy products –and it’s super delicious when it’s this fresh and hyper local. (and it’s a physical impossibility to eat cheese without drinking wine, just saying…). Indulge a little more of what you love most.
3. Cocktails – The Yarra Valley is home to the worlds best gin at Four Pillars Distillery and it would be a crime against humanity to visit the region without taking some home with you. So many gins, so many ways to create fabbo cocktails. Get that cocktail shaker shaking.
Expand your green space
Nature nurtures and stressy times subside with a little walk and talk in green space. Bring a bestie and talk your way along one of the region’s nature trails. (There are 200 or more to explore in our Walks and Trails eGuide). Or take a little bit of the region home with you from the Edible Forest YV, or visit one of our stunning ornamental gardens. Alowyn Gardens, Cloudehill Gardens or Dandenong Ranges Botanical Gardens are all serious contenders for your wedding day photos so check them out without the pressure and feel your feels.
Get some real fresh air
Start your day and rise up. Global Ballooning takes you on a memory making hot air balloon flight above the Yarra Valley (or Melbourne) that can’t help but give you a fresh perspective. Nothing prepares you for the feeling of the gentle silence only you can hear far above the earth. Do it at least once in your lifetime – just like getting married!
Let yourself be taken away
Leave the car behind and let yourself be taken away! There’s no need to drive when the Tours and Transport options in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges will have you arriving cool, clam and crazy for a new wine discovery, a magnificent lunch or a secret vista. Test drive the transport options you need for your wedding day and enjoy the ride like royalty.