The Latest Trends in Luxury Birthday Party Planning

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For 20 years, DFW Events has been known for coordinating luxury weddings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and across the globe. While our team remains truly passionate about every aspect of the wedding planning process (from vendor selections to the vow exchange), weddings certainly aren’t the only milestone celebrations that we coordinate. Grand openings, corporate galas and fundraisers, dignitary dinners, holiday parties, anniversaries, familiarity trips…we’re serious when we say that the “DFW” in our company name stands for Destinations, Fêtes, and Weddings. So today, we’re highlighting one particular type of event that never fails to make our hearts beat a little faster: the birthday party!

If you thought birthday parties were limited to the 10-and-under crowd, think again. We’re not just talking balloons, candles, and confetti here (although these party staples will never really go out of style). Think more along the lines of private museum tours, celebrity guest appearances, and itineraries that keep the party going all weekend long. This is the birthday party all grown up—a reimagined, sophisticated celebration worthy of your special occasion. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of our most recent fêtes as we explore the latest trends in luxury birthday party planning!

The Trend: Personalized Parties

Personalizing a party begins with selecting a theme that reflects your individual interests, passions, and experiences. We’ve custom-tailored birthdays based on inspirations ranging from classic cars, to a classic television series, to the ambience of a European club, which has resulted in a portfolio of parties that look completely different from one another in the best way possible!

photos: Jason Kindig | see more of this party here

photos: Jason Kindig | more from this Hawaii 5-0 themed 50th here

photos: Jason Kindig | see more of this 50th birthday party at The Joule here

Up next after selecting a theme? Custom branding everything (and we do mean everything). From bar fronts to cocktail napkins, embellishing as many details as possible with a custom personal logo is an excellent way to establish a consistent through-line and create a completely unique atmosphere. Brynn’s House of Blues themed Sweet 16 was a perfect example of birthday branding done right!

photos: Jason Kindig | more from this Sweet 16 here

The Trend: Colorful Celebrations

This just in: 40th, 50th, and 60th birthday parties are no longer synonymous with black-on-black decor and “Over the Hill” signs. Elegant jewel-toned dinners, festive fuchsia soirees, and multi-colored metropolitan bashes are the new indicators of a life well-lived (and sensationally celebrated).

photos: Jason Kindig | see more of this colorful 50th birthday party here

photos: Karlisch Studio | more luxe 40th birthday party ideas here

photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | more details from this jewel-toned 60th birthday party here

The Trend: Double the Fun

Why celebrate one milestone birthday when you can raise a toast to two of them? Take a cue from Ike and Eric, best friends who joined forces to host a blow-out 60th birthday celebration at 6500 that featured a putting green, 3D Mapping show, models, international cuisine, and more!

photos: Jason Kindig | more of this joint 60th birthday celebration here

The Trend: Rustic Ranch Getaways

Birthdays have a way of reminding us that life moves quickly, but our clients have discovered a surefire way to slow time down—by hosting a laidback-yet-luxurious birthday celebration on a ranch in Texas! If sipping margaritas, enjoying roasted corn drenched in butter, line-dancing the night away, and ending the evening with a Hill Country sunset alongside friends and family won’t stop and make you smell the wildflowers, then really…what will?

photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | see more from this 40th birthday party on a ranch in Texas here

photos: Jennifer Crenshaw Photography

The Trend: Element of Surprise

When you think of surprise parties, you might think of guests crowding together in a darkened room until the time comes to jump out and surprise the unsuspecting birthday girl or boy. Today’s version of the surprise party, however, has just as much to do with surprising and delighting guests as it does with catching the host unaware! Teresa’s recent 50th birthday party at The Perot Museum perfectly encompassed both concepts. Teresa’s husband contacted our team in order to surprise his wife with an unexpected celebration, and in turn, we surprised the couple’s guests by transporting them from Houston to Dallas by private jet to enjoy an intimate progressive dinner on a grand scale.

photos: Jason Kindig Photography

Preparing to celebrate a milestone birthday or special occasion of your own? Get connected with our team here to start planning an event that’s 100% unique to you! 

9 Things You’ll Only See at Texas Weddings

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While it’s true that we plan weddings and events all over the world, we have to admit that we’re pretty proud to call Dallas, Texas our home base! Everything really is bigger in Texas—including the kinds of parties we throw—so if you receive an invitation to a wedding in the Lone Star State, we recommend saddling up and sending in your RSVP in the affirmative as soon as possible. In addition to southern sensibilities and a healthy dose of hospitality, you’re bound to encounter a detail or two that you’d be hard-pressed to find at any other “I do.” Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites now!

photo: Caroline Jurgensen Photography

First up, an event featuring a VIB—that’s a Very Important Bovine! Bevo, the official mascot of the University of Texas, made a special guest appearance at our bride and groom’s rehearsal dinner in the Texas Hill Country. Needless to say, he received a warm welcome from the Longhorn-lovin’ crowd. Hook ’em! 

photos: Rebecca Ellison Photography

If you’re lucky enough to be on-hand for an entire Texas wedding weekend, you’re bound to be bestowed with a whole passel of local products upon arrival. This is called a welcome gift, and believe us, it’s always met with a smile. A Texas welcome gift will likely feature a box or bag emblazoned with the shape of the state, pecans (the official state nut), and chips and salsa (a Texan’s favorite snack), just to name a few.

photo: Karlisch Studio Weddings

photo: Haley Rynn Ringo Photography

Late night snack passes have been trending for a while now, and at a Texas wedding, there’s no finer fare to dish out than Whataburger! Equally appetizing after a Friday night football game or a night spent on the dance floor, a couple’s most difficult decision is typically which best-selling menu item to serve (Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits, Whataburgers, or both?). As for washing down that Whataburger, every Texas groom knows that a bartender just isn’t worth his stock unless he’s serving Shiner Bock. The renowned dark lager is produced by the oldest independent brewery in Texas and is always a hit with hometown guests.

photo: Ace Cuervo Photography

photo: Karlisch Studio Weddings

We’ve all heard of coat checks, right? Well, welcome to Texas soirees where boot checks give guests the option to leave their Luccheses behind while they hit the dance floor and unwind! 

photos: Rebecca Ellison Photography

photo: John Cain Photography

Who says there’s no horseplay allowed at a formal event? At this ranch wedding near Waco, the bride and groom provided horse treats for guests to feed to their favorite four-legged friends.

photos: Caroline Jurgensen Photography

Our couples have spirit, yes they do—and they frequently order custom cakes to prove it, too. If the bride or groom attended a university in Texas—and that goes double for The University of Texas—you just might enjoy a buttercream-covered ode to their alma mater during the dessert course.

Fun fact: Unbeknownst to the groom, our bride—a proud graduate of Texas Christian University—requested that the inside of his University of Texas themed groom’s cake be dyed purple as a sneaky tribute to her Horned Frogs! | photos: John Cain Photography

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photo: Rebecca Ellison Photography

That’s not to say that other local icons are off the (dessert) table, though. One of our couples took the concept of an “ice cream cake” to a whole new level by commissioning a replica of a Blue Bell Ice Cream container. Based in Brenham, Texas, the creamery has been in business since 1907—and Texans have had a sweet spot for it ever since.

photo: Joseph Mark Photography

Finally, when it comes to transportation, not just any stretch limo will do. But a bus emblazoned with the Dallas Cowboys star? That’s a touchdown, y’all!

photo: Gary Donihoo, F8 Studio

What are some of your other favorite Texas wedding traditions? Comment below and we’ll keep adding to our list!

Head West for the Legacy West Grand Opening June 2-4!

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Our team is thrilled to be producing the grand opening of Legacy West, a 3.2 billion dollar development that combines the crème de la crème of shopping, dining, and lifestyle brands in one incredible location! On that note, we recommend blocking off June 2-4 on your calendar now. Otherwise you might miss out on a celebration that includes performances by Emerald CityParty on the Moon, and Jordan Kahn, tastings from Plano’s most exciting new restaurants, specialty swag bags and amazingly-cool giveaway offers, and—seriously, we’re not just saying this—so much more. 

Emerald City Band, Legacy West fountains, Tesla | photos courtesy of Legacy West

Stop by in-store events hosted by retailers including Pockets and Fabletics, sip margaritas on the Mesero patio, take a spin in a Tesla, nosh on couture Sprinkles cupcakes, enter for a chance to win a Texas-themed trucker jacket from Levi’s, and raise a champagne toast at the Renaissance Hotel. Oh, and did we mention the sneak peek tours of forthcoming foodie paradise Legacy Hall that will be taking place? You’ll want to pencil that in, too!

Needless to say, there will be countless opportunities to discover why Mayor LaRosiliere recently dubbed Legacy West the “Center of the Universe!”

A few more details per the release:

The concert line-up will include the Jordan Kahn Music Company performing Friday, June 2 starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by Emerald City Band on Saturday, June 3 at 2 p.m. and Party on the Moon Band at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 4, Taylor Pace Band will take the main stage at 2 p.m.

Many Legacy West restaurants will offer food and drink tastings throughout the weekend including Bistro 31, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Earls Kitchen + Bar, Fogo de Chao, Haywire, Mesero, Shake Shack, Starbucks Reserve, Taverna, True Food Kitchen, and Toulouse. Legacy Hall, a 55,000-square-foot food hall, will offer tours to the public for the first time and will also have several of its food stall operators on site sampling their menu items. Sprinkles will serve an exclusive Legacy West Chocolate Caramel cupcake and True Food Kitchen will offer a special cocktail called the Plano Paloma, only available June 2-4.

Legacy West retailers including Bonobos, Coach, Fabletics, Filson, Johnny Was, Peter Millar, Pockets Menswear, Suitsupply, Tesla, Tommy Bahama, TUMI, and West Elm will host special in-store events, parties and exclusive discounts and promotions. Also participating, The Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel and Visit Plano.

Click here to peruse all of the parties and promotions taking place throughout the weekend, and don’t miss what D Magazine and Paper City had to say about the grand opening. In the meantime, enjoy this sampling of the entertainment taking place throughout the weekend!

JORDAN KAHN MUSIC COMPANY
Friday, June 2 | 7:30 PM

EMERALD CITY BAND
Saturday, June 3 | 2 PM

PARTY ON THE MOON
Saturday, June 3 | 7:30 PM

TAYLOR PACE ORCHESTRA
Sunday, June 4 | 2 PM

Creative Ways to Propose to Your Bridesmaids + Maid of Honor

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In all likelihood your bridesmaids were the first to hear the news of your proposal, so why not surprise them with a little proposal of your own? Putting extra time and care into the way you ask your best friends to be your bridesmaids is such an incredible way to honor the women who will stand by your side as you exchange the title of fiancé for that of wife. From thoughtful gifts to meaningful moments, here are three creative ways to pop the question to your ‘maids!

IT’S A SIGN

photos: Sally Wang, Murphy & Grace

First up, an adorable proposal put together by DFW Events bride-to-be Canon that took place in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square! “My mom set up a brunch and told the girls it was a surprise luncheon for me. As it turns out, they were the ones getting surprised!” shares Canon. “My mom had them pose for a photo so they wouldn’t turn around. When they turned around, my future mother-in-law and I were holding up a sign made by Paper Planet! We had a mini photoshoot followed by a mother-daughter brunch at Bird Café filled with french toast, chicken and waffles, and mimosas.”

Another fun detail: Since one of Canon’s bridesmaids was out of state at the time of the proposal, Canon had a paper cut-out made so that she was still represented at the event. “We were able to FaceTime her in for the surprise,” says Canon. “It was a day filled with love and laughter!”

SO GIFTED

photos: Red October Photography

Every girl loves to be pampered, and we’re betting your future ‘maids are no exception! Artisanal gifting companies like Marigold & Grey make it easy (and so much fun) to present thoughtful, beautifully-curated gifts to anyone you’d like to bestow with an extra dose of love and appreciation. We love the selection of bridesmaid-specific boxes offered by Marigold & Grey, and are thrilled to be sharing a sneak peek of the newest version of their “Thank You For Being my Bridesmaid” gift today on the blog! Save the date for the debut on April 25—here’s where you’ll find the product listed when it’s available for purchase.

New “Thank You For Being My Bridesmaid” Gift Box | Marigold & Grey

“Will You Be My Bridesmaid” Gift Box | Marigold & Grey | Shop here

photos: Laura Metzler and Lisa Ziesing

I FLIP FOR YOU

photos: Matthew Visinsky and Scott Fischer for TCU Athletics

After receiving a resounding “YES” response from all of her bridesmaids, Canon had one last proposal up her sleeve—this time the target was her future matron of honor, Ashton! Since Canon and Ashton grew up together doing competitive cheer at Spirit of Texas, it made sense to incorporate cheerleading into the plan of action. Needless to say, we flip for the way Canon’s proposal turned out!

“TCU was playing OSU at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, and the cheer team had a performance planned for the end of the first quarter,” says Canon. “The backs of our signs spelled out GO FROGS, and the plan was to flip the signs around at the end of the routine. During practice we told Ashton that the back of the signs had a marketing message on them so she wouldn’t be suspicious. We planned for Ashton and myself to be doing flips so that she would be upside down while the team set the signs up! When she landed the signs were all ready and our mascot, Super Frog, ran up and gave us a big hug!”

Any other creative gift collections or ideas you’d care to share? We’d love for you to comment below, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re looking for assistance in planning YOUR unique proposal + unforgettable wedding day!

Fuchsia-Infused 50th Birthday Party at The Joule

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We had the best time working with Lisa Spraggins to plan her husband’s classic car themed 50th birthday party, so imagine our excitement when we got the chance to team up again—this time to plan Lisa’s own 50th fête! If you thought 50th birthday parties meant black-on-black decor and “Over the Hill” signs, think again. Lisa wanted her soirée to reflect her favorite things, so incorporating plenty of fuchsia design elements and serving up French-inspired cuisine were absolute musts. The result? A hip, club-like atmosphere that was as vibrant and fun as the birthday girl herself!

photos: Jason Kindig Photography

When it came to choosing a venue, The Joule proved to be the perfect setting for several reasons. “It’s such a great, chic hotel and the rooftop terrace with the private elevator entrance was perfect for the type of party I wanted,” says Lisa. “So many of my friends said that the walk-up had my name written all over it, which I loved!”

Bordered silk drapes washed in bright pink lights marked the party entrance, where guests were greeted by a champagne tower and given the opportunity to sign their names in Lisa’s guest book. In addition to including a book about the “City of Light” on the sign-in table, nods to Lisa’s favorite city, Paris, were incorporated via the menu—pomme frites, chocolate and vanilla bean macarons dusted in gold flakes, and a St. Germain infused signature cocktail dubbed the “French Blonde” were all on offer.

And speaking of drinks…they were served at the coolest custom bars! Glowing white facades were embellished with Lisa’s couture monogram from Paradise Design Co., and the design was also printed on cocktail napkins accented by gold foil. White banquettes overflowing with sequined pillows, a chic runway leading to the dance floor, cocktail tables covered in pink paisley linens, and floral arrangements composed of hydrangeas, roses, and orchid blooms completed the event environment. “Cesar at Bella Flora did an amazing job designing our event décor,” shares Lisa. “He got exactly who I was and understood everything I love about an event space.”

In keeping with the party’s club-like look and feel, DJ Andy Austin kept the dance floor full by spinning hits from behind a sleek white booth. A prop-filled photo booth provided an added dose of entertainment when a break from the dance floor was in order, and a surprise balloon drop proved to be the pièce de résistance that ended the evening in style!

Cheers to not one, but TWO incredible birthday celebrations for the sweetest family! We can’t wait for party number three with the Spraggins!

Looking for more birthday party inspiration? Check out these fantastic fêtes!

Sweet 16 inspired by the House of Blues
Luxe 40th birthday party at Dec on Dragon
40th birthday weekend on a private ranch in Texas
Colorful 50th birthday party at Dec on Dragon
Hawaii 5-0 themed party at private residence
Joint 60th birthday bash at 6500

Vendors:

Venue/Catering: The Joule Hotel
Photographer: Jason Kindig Photography
Floral: Bella Flora of Dallas
Lighting: BEYOND
DJ: Andy Austin
Photo Booth: PicFlips
Balloon Drop: Today’s Balloons
Paper + Logo Design: Alyssa Reeves, Paradise Design Co.
Coordination: Laura Arredondo and Brooke Nappier for DFW Events

Sweet 16 Celebration Inspired by House of Blues

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When the birthday girl has a passion for music and performing, there’s only one way to celebrate her Sweet 16—by transforming eM the Venue into her very own concert hall à la House of Blues!

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

photos: Jason Kindig Photography

Neon lighting and decor created a vibrant backdrop for Bryn’s birthday party while custom pillows, signage, cups, napkins, and wristbands embellished with the party’s emblem brought the “House of Bryn” to life. And let’s not forget the live entertainment, flash tattoos, and loads of eats and sweets party-goers enjoyed throughout the evening!

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Needless to say, we had the best time rockin’ and rollin’ at the House of Bryn. Here’s a closer look at all the details that made this party sing! 

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Bryn's Sweet 16 Party at eM the Venue in Dallas, Texas.

Vendors:

Venue and Lighting: eM the Venue
Floral, Design, and Invitations: Dr. Delphinium
Band: Taylor Pace Orchestra
DJ: Andy Austin
Caterer: Farm to Market Catering, Savor Gastropub
Photos: Jason Kindig
Hair and Makeup: Maitee Miles
Ice Cream Treats: Frost 321
Cake: Pink Apron Pastry
Piano Rental: Piano Gallery Dallas
Cups and Napkins: Paper Place
Coordination: Mary-Frances Hurt and Tayler Simoneau for DFW Events

An ESPN Engagement: Mackenzie Moore + Dan Skipper’s Proposal Story

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We LOVE a good love story around here, so when we heard about the way DFW Events bride Mackenzie Moore’s beau proposed, we knew we had to share it on the blog!

photos: Justin Palmer Weddings

Mackenzie Moore and Dan Skipper met at The University of Arkansas through a mutual friend, and right from the beginning sports played a role in their love story. Although it took three attempts to schedule a date following their first meeting at a sports bar on campus, finally Mackenzie said “yes” to the Arkansas offensive lineman’s invitation to spend time together one-on-one.

Fast forward to August 26, 2016. After a long day at work, Mackenzie was looking forward to exchanging her work attire for pajamas and going straight to bed. Dan, however, had other ideas in mind. “As I was laying there I got a call from Dan being very persistent that we go to dinner somewhere fun. When I told him I was in my pajamas I am pretty sure I could hear his heart drop,” says Mackenzie. Finally, she gave in to the idea of going out for a “fun dinner” and changed into a casual ensemble…momentarily, at least. “As I was walking out of my bedroom I had this crazy feeling that I was getting engaged, so I ran back into my room and threw on some jeans and a cuter shirt,” Mackenzie shares.

Her instinct proved to be right on target. Dan arrived at her home clean-shaven and dressed to impress—no Arkansas football sweats in sight. “I knew right then and there that it was happening,” says Mackenzie, who had been anticipating a pre football season proposal. “We got in the car and we drove to the football stadium, where we had our first date. We went to the very top of the stadium and were walking around looking down at the football field on one side and the beautiful Fayetteville landscape on the other.” As they were standing there and taking in the scenery, Dan grabbed Mackenzie’s hand, got down on one knee, and shared sweet sentiments that Mackenzie admittedly doesn’t fully remember due to the excitement of the moment. What she does remember clearly, however? “It all ended with ‘Will you marry me?’, and of course I said yes…at least I think I did!” she shares.

Press features soon followed as news of Mackenzie and Dan’s engagement spread. “Our story was first featured on air during the game at TCU. I was actually trying on wedding dresses when I got the call from Dan telling me that they were going to talk about our engagement on TV that night,” says Mackenzie. “Little did I know that it was going to be right after he blocked a field goal to force the game to overtime, in a game the Razorbacks eventually won.” Watch the video below to see Dan’s game-changing play and hear more details about his proposal!

video footage courtesy of ESPN

The next feature on ESPN came as a surprise during a home game against Texas State. “It was such an honor that they talked about such a special time in our lives on ESPN, even if Dan did look like a 43-year-old lumberjack,” Mackenzie jokes. Click below to watch the clip!

As you can probably tell, this couple is SO fun-loving and their wedding day is going to be completely reflective of that. While dancing and delicious food will be staples of the event, Mackenzie and Dan are also looking forward to customizing their day with details and surprises that speak to their “fun and crazy” personalities. Needless to say, we are counting down the days until these two say “I do” in March!

Colorful Winter Wedding Inspiration

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It’s true—we love a wedding wrapped in wintery whites. But we’re equally drawn to celebrations that evoke the excitement of the season via vibrant color palettes and festive design details. Who says a winter wonderland has to be covered in snow? As these holiday inspired weddings will prove, draping an “I do” in layers of color is every bit as magical.

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Jewel tones pair perfectly with a December wedding—think gowns for the bridesmaids in ruby or rich purple, with a red velvet coat and a sweet flower crown for your littlest attendant.

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photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | see more from these weddings here and here

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Travel Beauty Must-Haves from My Fabulous Faces

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Destination weddings in Napa, Palmetto Bluff, Santa Fe, and Cabo. Site visits to ranches in the Texas Hill Country and private villas in Mexico. A tour of the Inside Weddings office in Los Angeles. An unforgettable FAM trip in Bali. Needless to say, 2016 has been one of our most travel-packed years yet!

As we all know, “travel” and “beauty” aren’t always words that go hand-in-hand—especially when a lengthy flight is involved. To help us pack our suitcases with as much ease as our emergency kits, we tasked Mayra Rams-Sanabria with rounding up the top products to have on hand (or rather, in bag) when en route to our next destination. Read on to discover the seven products that the founder of My Fabulous Faces never jet-sets without!

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Mayra beautifying a recent DFW Events bride | photo: Carter Rose for F8 Studio

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Trending: Bespoke Gift Ideas for the Groom + Groomsmen

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Monogrammed makeup bags, custom totes filled with swag, embroidered apparel…when it comes to purchasing bridesmaid gifts, the luxe-and-lovely options are seemingly endless! High-quality gifts for grooms and groomsmen, on the other hand, are often a bit more difficult to come by. That’s why we’re thrilled to have discovered Neat Pineapple and FLY Barbershop, two Dallas-based brands that produce products for men of style preparing to walk the aisle.

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