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Why Bro-Dal Showers Are The Next Big Thing In Weddings

Because grooms deserve to be celebrated too.

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The editors at BuzzFeed Life recently threw wedding showers for two of our male co-workers.

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Because we love them. And because wedding traditions deserve to be fucked with. We called these parties for the grooms-to-be "bro-dal showers."

Our first bro-dal shower was a casual afternoon party for Ahmed Akbar, who will marry his fiancé Salimah in July 2016.

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Since this was a guys-only party that included several Brooklyn residents, the masculine ~lumbersexual~ theme felt appropriate. But! This theme would work just as well for a "Lumberjill" bridal shower, a couples shower, or any gathering of lumbersexuals.

The second bro-dal shower was for Tommy Wesely, who will marry his fiancé Matt in October.

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There's long been a connection between gay men, comic book superheroes, and camp, and we wanted to show how to turn comic books (or any geeky love) into a more elegant affair. (Turns out: lots of metallics and matte gold spray paint.) This sophisticated theme would work just as easily for a birthday party, engagement party, or swanky dinner party.

The guests played classic shower games (like answering trivia questions about the couple) while getting increasingly drunk and therefore bad at playing them.

Go forth and bro-dal!

Styled by: John Gara, Lauren Zaser, Rachel Wilkerson Miller, Jess Probus, Matt Ortile

Photography: Lauren Zaser

Lumberjack recipe development and styling: Christine Byrne

Batman cocktail recipe development and styling: Rachel Sanders

Invitations, menus, and games: Justine Zwiebel

Lumberjack party products: Black disposable dishes; round galvanized charger; galvanized tray; moss; vintage copper shot glasses; moonshine and cherries; mini chalkboard sign; wooden utensils; tin planters; succulents; wooden ax; photo booth backdrop; photo booth props; camping tattoos; bear tattoos; bear pillow; beard oil; beard comb; napkins; moss table runner; tablecloth; lanterns; tiny trees.

Batman party products: Flowers; black macarons; silver geometric vases; long black planters; Chrysler Building puzzle; Empire State Building puzzle; gold flatware; napkins; place mats; tablecloth; gold confetti glasses; gold candle holders; Batmobile; candelabras; photo booth props; photo booth backdrop; black geometric votive holders; silver chargers.

Some of the props and decor were loaned to BuzzFeed Life or given to us free of charge.

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