Groom-ing: This One’s for the Guys

When it comes to looking great, brides aren’t the only ones who go the extra mile for the big day.  Lots of grooms – not to mention groomsmen and fathers – also take special steps in order to put their best face forward. Often times, that means a trip to a salon, barber shop or spa just for men.  I’ve listed some of my local favorites below, and whether a guy’s in the market for a classic cut and shave or the full spa experience, these spots will leave him relaxed, refreshed and camera-ready.
The Boardroom Salon for Men
5550 W. Lovers Lane, Suite 169, Dallas
(additional locations in Allen, Highland Village and Southlake)
This stylish spot offers cuts, massages, facials, hot lather shaves and more in a relaxing and sophisticated atmosphere.
Culwell & Son’s Grooming Room
6319 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas
This barbershop, located in one of the finest men’s stores in town, adheres to the philosophy that “A good haircut is just as important as the right clothing”.
FACE Salon Spa Retreat for Men
3000 Blackburn Avenue, Suite 190, Dallas
(In the West Village)
FACE offers a contemporary experience from the flat screen tv’s in the waiting lounge to the wide array of cut, “color rejuvination”, shave and spa services to choose from.

The Gent’s Place Men’s Fine Grooming
6975 Lebanon Road, Suite 303, Frisco
A new spot that pays tribute to an old tradition, The Gent’s Place is modeled after the local barbershops of days gone by.
Roosters Men’s Grooming Center
1920 El Dorado Parkway, Suite 600, McKinney
Founded by a Master Barber with over 30 years experience in the business, this chain of classic barbershops has locations in nine states across the country.
V Spa at the Hilton Anatole Hotel
2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas
The “V Man” treatment series at this luxury spa offers several options just for him, including facials and the “back to nature” back treatment and massage for the ultimate in relaxation.

Men of Honor and Best Women


We’ve all seen Made of Honor, right? The 2008 comedy starring Patrick Dempsey fictionalized a growing trend that I absolutely love. So many brides and grooms these days are choosing opposite-sex “honor attendants” for their weddings, and if that’s who their very best friend just happens to be, then more power to ‘em! The rules of weddings are changing, and this is a great example of a non-traditional twist that can make a wedding all the more individual and unique.

Men of Honor

Maybe you grew up as next door neighbors, riding trikes and pestering the ice cream man. Or maybe he copied your notes in sophomore chemistry, and you’ve been best friends ever since. In any case, he is your first and only choice to stand by your side while you say your “I do’s”. Here are a few pointers to help your Man of Honor do his duty:

* A Man of Honor (or Dude of Honor as I’ve sometimes heard) can definitely plan a wonderful shower for the bride-to-be. If he’s comfortable being the only guy in the room, a traditional event is always an option, or go for a couples’ shower so all the boys can join in the fun.

* However, you may or may not wish to ask him to head up the Bachelorette Party detail. This element depends on so many factors: Is he married? Does he know the other members of your bridal party? Is he comfortable with the situation? Are the rest of the girls? Consider this one carefully.

* As for the various other events and decisions the Maid of Honor traditionally helps with – fittings, rings, toasts and such – your main man can certainly do all that and more. He can also lend all the support and assistance you need on the big day.

* And when it comes to suiting up for the ceremony, a tux to match the rest of the guys and a tie in the color of your bridesmaids’ dresses is the perfect look for the Man of Honor. Add a boutonnière to match your bouquet and he’s good to go!

Best Women

For as long as they can remember, they’ve been two peas in a pod. Whether she’s a sister, a cousin or a dear close friend, the groom’s Woman of Honor holds a very special place in the wedding party. In some ways her role is the same as any man who holds the title, and in others it is quite different.

* One of the Best Man’s most notorious pre-wedding duties is planning a Bachelor Party for the groom. With a few notable exceptions, this job should almost always be passed to male member of the groom’s wedding party. This guys’ night tradition is just no fun for girls.

* On the other hand, a Best Lady can make a great toast, keep an eye on the rings and handle just about anything else the role might throw her way!

* And when it comes to outfitting this special gal, the options are many. How about a tux? No, really – it could look great! (See the look above from Ralph Lauren as a case-in-point.) Also, a special dress that compliments the bridesmaids’ dresses could also work well.

Finally, below you’ll find a few links to help you plan ahead for your special Man of Honor or Best Woman. Best of luck!

Shari

The Knot: “Men of Honor and Best Maids”
eHow.com: “How to Be a Female Best Man”


Brides.com Forums: Best Male Friend for Maid of Honor

Peggy Post Etiquette: Male Maids of Honor

Gifts: Thinking Outside the Box

A gift to a bridesmaid or a groomsman is a classic way to express how honored you feel to have them take part in one of the most important days of your life. They’re your closest friends and family members, your nearest and dearest who have traveled from near and far, hosted a party or two in your honor, and perhaps even calmed a little pre-wedding wackiness over the course of the weeks and months leading up to the big day.

So often, however, when searching for the perfect little something for these honored attendants, a shopping trip only turns up the same old, usual suspects. Not to worry – maybe I can help. Before you find yourself humming “It’s all been done…” (gotta love the Barenaked Ladies!) while browsing through an endless supply of ho-hum gifts, check out my go-to list below. From classic to quirky, it covers all the bases, so all that’s left to do is tie on a bow!
The New Classics: Updated and Personalized
HERS: The Floral Etched Purse Mirror from Red Envelope, monogrammed with an initial, is simple and elegant. It stands alone, or would be perfect tucked into a makeup bag with a few beauty essentials in colors to match her dress.
HIS: The Classic Thinfold Wallet from Orvis in tobacco-toned leather with green accents can be embossed with up to six characters.
It’s in the Bag: Style and Function
HERS: Acacia’s Hand-Embroidered Clutch Baguettes come in two eye-catching designs – floral on chocolate or a jewel-toned feather motif. (So cute, you may even want to pick up an extra one for yourself!)
HIS: This handsome Leather Travel Case by Red Envelopecan be personalized with a brass ID plaque. Ideal for destination weddings.
Rock & Roll: Make a Statement
HIS: The Thor Cuff by Rock & Republic in brown or black leather is awesome, and absolutely unexpected.
Playful Presents: Have a Little Fun
HERS: Cowgirl Flour Sack Towels from Uncommon Goods are feisty and functional – “Feeling Lucky, Cowboy?”
HIS: Guys love gadgets, and this Mini-Amp iPod Speaker from Hammacher Schlemmer will become a new favorite.