What Ties Should Your Groomsmen Wear?

Your wedding is the most important day of your life, but it can also be an incredibly nerve-wracking experience. Fortunately, you’ll have your groomsmen at your side to help with any struggles you may have. One of the main questions you need to ask yourself is how you want to dress your groomsmen, and a major component of that question is what groomsmen ties you should choose. But you aren’t alone in this, and there are some tips you can follow to create the look that’s perfect for your wedding.

Type of Neckwear

As a general rule of thumb, bowties are more appropriate for formal weddings while neckties are better suited to slightly more casual weddings. More specifically, bowties are paired with tuxedos, while suits are paired with neckties. However, the lines of what is and isn’t appropriate is significantly less rigid than it used to be.

In other words, go with what feels right. There’s a very classic and vintage look to the bowtie, but it might seem stuffy or tight for a more modern and stripped down wedding. Coordinate with the other half of the aisle on this one, and try to find a style of tie that suits the ensemble of the bridesmaids and the overall theme of the wedding.

Color Choice

The color choice is going to be limited somewhat by both the parameters of the wedding’s style and the style and color of the suits your groomsmen are wearing. Fortunately, there’s still a wide breadth of coloring options to choose from when you’re planning a wedding. The most important thing to remember is that you don’t want anything to clash too much, and you don’t want the style of the groomsmen to overshadow the rest of the wedding.

Coordination With the Groom

The most important thing to remember when picking out the fashion for your groomsmen is that the wedding is explicitly about the bride and the groom. The uniformity of bridesmaids and groomsmens outfits are about enforcing the uniqueness of the couple at the heart of the wedding, and that’s why you should strongly consider distinguishing the ties of the groomsmen from the tie of the groom.

That doesn’t mean you should go dramatically off course. For the most part, you’ll just want to distinguish the ties of your groomsmen through subtle variations in tone or brightness. If you’re really looking to stand out, you can work with complementary colors, but be careful to go so distinct that your color schemes start to clash or look too loud. In either case, you should stick ties with ties and bowties with bowties. Mixing up styles within the wedding will simply create a recipe for disaster.

Letting the Groomsmen Take Charge

Micromanaging the fashion of your groomsmen is a sensible choice for putting together the perfect wedding, but it’s not the only option. After all, these people are by your side because they’ve had such a significant impact on your own life. Many couples decide to let their groomsmen pick out the outfits themselves.

That extends to ties as well, but to avoid any avoidable conflicts, be sure to set some parameters for what they can wear. Assigning a particular color family for the suits and some limitations for tie coloring will ensure some level of consistency when you’re walking down the aisle.

Whatever route you choose to take with styling your groomsmen, the tie is going to be important. While many weddings are ditching neckties and bowties in favor of something more casual, they’re still one of the most defining factors in the look of a wedding party.

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