So, you have a wedding coming up and you’re not sure what to wear. Do you go with a classic wedding bow tie or necktie?
As a guest, perhaps this is the first wedding in a string of weddings that you’ll be attending this year. It makes sense that you’d want to find the perfect tie for all occasions and save some money for wedding presents. Or perhaps it’s your wedding, and of course your neckwear has to be absolutely perfect for your very special day.
It can be difficult to make a decision with all the styles, colours, shapes and sizes available to you. That’s why we’re here to help you make an informed choice.
In this post, we’ll break down the pros and cons of bow ties and neck ties. We’ll also give you some simple style suggestions. That way, you can knock ‘em dead with your style at any future weddings you’re planning on attending.
There’s no getting around it, your choice of neckwear has a big impact on your wedding outfit. But choosing between a wedding bow tie or tie doesn’t have to be complicated. With a little thought, it can be an easy decision. You simply have to ask the right questions. Is the wedding a formal event or a more casual affair? How do I want to feel on the day?
Between the two choices, neckties might actually be considered the more casual choice for a wedding. Yes, they look smart, but if you’re attending a very formal wedding with a black tie dress code, a necktie would be out of style. If the wedding isn’t quite that formal, a necktie will be fine.
Benefits of Wearing a Necktie as a Guest
Many guests tend to wear neckties to weddings. Here are some pros to wearing a necktie to a wedding if you’re a guest:
Overall, a tie is a convenient and safe option for a wedding guest. You may already own a few, and new ones are certainly easy to find on the high street. They are comfortable to wear and can be teamed nicely with a suit of your choice.
Benefits of Wearing a Necktie as the Groom
Of course, neckties can also be worn by the groom at weddings and there are certainly some advantages to this:
Whether you’re the groom or a guest, you probably only get dressed up a few times each year. Weddings are a great opportunity to make a statement about your look and style. They provide an opportunity to ‘peacock’ a little bit. Since most of us won’t be on the red carpet anytime soon, why not make the most of it?
Drawbacks of Wearing a Necktie as a Guest
While neckties may be fine for more casual weddings, they are definitely a faux pas at others, especially those with a black tie dress code. Here are some drawbacks of wearing a necktie as a wedding guest:
While a necktie may be convenient, it won’t necessarily make a statement. It gives the appearance of “I tried my best” rather than “I dressed to impress”. What does it say if you pull out the same tie over and over again? Weddings are a chance to celebrate, so why not step out in style?
Drawbacks of Wearing a Necktie as a Groom
As the groom, a wedding is your time in the spotlight. You’ll be centre of attention and you owe it to yourself to look amazing and stand out among the other attendees. Here are some reasons why neckties don’t work for a groom:
You can wear a necktie anytime. Ties are great for the office or a date night when you want to impress. But they don’t scream classy or unique. As the groom, it’s your time to shine. Do you want to walk down the aisle in the same style as you’d wear to the office?
If you have a formal wedding coming up, the right choice is definitely a bow tie. If you see “black tie” or “black tie optional” on your wedding invitation, trust us, it means a bow tie. But that’s not the only reason to wear a bow tie to a wedding. Bow ties can make an excellent accessory for a more casual event too. Though they are less common, they are a fine complement to any suit and will definitely make you stand out from the crowd.
Benefits of Wearing a Bow Tie as a Guest
If there’s even a chance of a black tie wedding in your future, it’s essential to have a nice pair of bow ties in your wardrobe. But even if it’s casual, the right bow tie can make a dramatic statement piece to your wedding outfit.
Here are some pros to wearing a wedding bow tie as a guest:
Bow ties are incredibly versatile and therefore make an excellent choice for both casual and formal weddings. They always look classy and are usually a great talking point. If you’ve got a string of weddings coming up, why not throw a couple of wedding bow ties into the mix?
Benefits of Wearing a Bow Tie as a Groom
It’s your big day! As a couple, you’ve had this date marked on the calendar for months, if not a year. On your big day, you want to impress in a big way and a bow tie can help you do that.
Here are some pros to wearing a bow tie as a groom:
Wearing a bow tie on your wedding day can help to make you feel really special. By making this fashion choice you are allowing yourself to be special on the most important day or your life. That’s why bow ties are an essential choice on your wedding day.
Drawbacks of Wearing a Bow Tie as a Guest
Bow ties look debonair and sophisticated. Even so, there are times when a bow tie may not be the right fit. Here are some drawbacks to wearing a bow tie to a wedding as a guest:
Wearing a bow tie is a courageous act for some. But if a bow tie is good enough for James Bond, it’s good enough for you.
Drawbacks of Wearing a Bow Tie as a Groom
Bow ties tend to fit the occasion. But there are times when a bow tie may not work for a groom. Here are some drawbacks to wearing a bow tie as a groom:
Bow ties are a classy accessory to any wedding day outfit. But sometimes, depending on the individual, they don’t quite work. That’s okay! You should wear what makes you feel most comfortable on your wedding day. After all, it is your day and you’ll have to look at the photos for the rest of your life.
For style tips and advice on the best bow ties to choose for a wedding, have a read of our helpful guide.
Whether your invitation says ‘black tie’ or not, you can’t go wrong with a classic wedding look. If you can afford a tuxedo, it’s definitely a great choice. It’s timeless, classy, and you can wear it to any formal event in the future. You could even mix it up a bit with a midnight blue tux.
If you can’t afford a tux or feel that’s too formal, a dark suit will do fine. Alternatively, you might want to invest in a beautiful tweed suit and waistcoat – they’re available in a variety of gorgeous shades.
It’s also an excellent idea to team your suit with a pocket square and cufflinks. These can match each other for a uniform look, or you can go for different colours/styles to give a more quirky and unique appearance.
While a necktie may be a good choice for a wedding, depending on the dress code and theme, nothing beats the classic look of a bow tie. Great for both formal and casual weddings, bow ties are versatile, classy and are always going to make an excellent talking point.
So, if you’re looking for something unique to wear at your next wedding, be you the groom or guest, go with a bow tie. You won’t be sorry! You’ll stand out, look the part, and I’m sure you’ll get a ton of compliments. For a range of styles, fabrics, shapes and sizes, check out our full bow tie collection here.
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