When the wedding bells begin to toll too loudly, a spa event can be the right mix of relaxation, fun and friendship. For a bachelorette party, bridal get-together or on the big day, area spas offer a range of services for a special experience.

Owner Laura Ott says that the Retreat at Serendipity Province, located at  293 North 250 West in Valparaiso, is "tucked away and definitely a retreat."

"We are in an old house on a country road and the bridal party gets the whole spa entirely to themselves," Ott says.

She sees the customized gatherings as a way for her guests to connect leading up to the wedding. "It's a really good bonding session," she says. "Weddings are very stressful. You can take a possible disaster to absolute relaxation. You cannot have drama when you have massages."

Spa consultant Peaches McCahill says Spa Blu at the Blue Chip in Michigan City has packages available to help with planning and a private transformation suite. On-site venues, such as the casino and entertainment spots, blend partying and pampering.

"We sit down with the brides because we can customize and offer food-service tailored to what they want," McCahill says. "For anyone who wants the traditional bachelorette party, you can come to the spa, get ready and go out to It's Vegas Baby! and you look and feel good. We have many venues to create the total experience."

While the Cinnamon Tree Spa and Salon at 505 Silhavy Road in Valparaiso has a party package, owner Nikki Roe says guests can create their own event. She closes the doors for the parties and offers space for guests to bring in their own food and drinks.

"Each person within the party can pick what she wants to do. I want to offer them personalized service to give them the experience they are looking for," Roe says.

Zen Wellness owner Jackie Primos can bring the spa directly to guests. She offers customized packages at an outside location as well as on-site parties at the spa located at 425 Joliet Street, Suite 212, in Dyer. The staff works with the Camron Nico Salon to go beyond spa services to include hair and makeup offerings.

Primos says, "Spa parties are a great way to prepare for the big day and treat your bridal party."