Post # 1
Tie seems to be the trend but bowtie seems more traditional to me. We are having a formal wedding and will probably go with bowtie. What do you think?
Also should the groom wear a white/ivory bowtie and vest to set him apart?
Post # 3
Bow ties are more formal than ties.
Post # 4
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
@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
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
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. 🙂