(Closed) Tie versus bowtie?

posted 6 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
4371 posts
Honey bee

Bow ties are more formal than ties. 

Post # 4
3786 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

For formal wear I think a cravat is more formal than both *ETA especially when worn with a vest/waistcoat.  Bow ties are becoming quite casual unless worn with a tux (think Matt Smith as Dr Who).  I think normal neckties are casual when they’re “skinny” but less so when they’re normal width lol.

Post # 5
5065 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@ladyartichoke:  I agree.

I love cravats. They look really good and seem more weddingingy to me. Definitely a must for a formal wedding.

Post # 6
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

When it comes to Formal Wear (tuxedos) for men neckwear really comes in two alternatives… a Bowtie or a 4-in-the-hand Tie.

A Bowtie is the more traditional choice.  In both cases “the best” choice is for a man to learn to tie the appropriate knots (will take practice)… although there are “foolers” available for those who can’t seem to find the time to master the skill

*NOTE – Knotting a Tie is a Gentlemenly skill, and will serve a man well in his lifetime.

If you are having a formal affair BEFORE 6 PM or Sundown (whichever comes first) then the appropriate wear would be Morning Dress, or a Morning Suit.  These are accompanied by either a 4-in-the-hand Tie or a Self-Tie Dress Ascot.

A good website on all things related to Mens’ Formal Wear is http://www.blacktieguide.com and here are the appropriate sections on the above mentioned topics…

Blacktie Guide (Neckwear) = http://www.blacktieguide.com/Contemporary/Contemp_Neckwear.htm

Blacktie Guide (Morning Dress ~ Formal Day Wear) = http://www.blacktieguide.com/Supplemental/Morning_Dress.htm

Hope this helps,


Post # 7
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

BOWTIE!!! When we told our groomsmen that we’re doing bowties for the wedding, they were all extremely happy and thought it was awesome! All my groomsmen are wearing blue bowties and blue vests with ivory shirts and brown tuxedos, and my groom is wearing an ivory bowtie and ivory vest that are darker than his ivory shirt with a brown tuxedo. The dads are wearing ivory suits with ties, and the usher is wearing the same brown tuxedo but darker ivory tie and vest. I am so excited to see them all dressed up!

Also, my dog is our ring bearer (he’s a black lab) and he’s wearing a blue bowtie to match the groomsmen. 🙂

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