The wedding bow tie is a classic look, synonymous with the likes of Sinatra, Astaire, or Bond. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite bow ties to show you handmade finds, unique patterns, and helpful tips on how to tie a bow tie. We’ve even included some helpful do’s and don’ts. Enjoy!
Wedding Bow Tie Guide
When shopping for a bow tie, consider handmade bow ties! They’re totally unique, handmade just for you, and available in plenty of styles and patters. Have you heard of Southern Beaus? They offer a variety of handmade wedding bow ties featuring prints, stripes, and even thematic styles. This ‘Carolina Red’ wedding bow tie is one of our favorites from their collection:
Love a bright, sunny yellow? Take a peek at this beauty…
If floral is more your style, consider one of these whimsical wedding bow tie patterns discovered at This Humble Abode:
Don’t forget another classic staple: the pocket square! The folks at Zelma Rose offer an amazing selection of wedding bow tie styles and coordinating pocket squares for the groom…
5 Do’s and Don’t’s of the Wedding Bow Tie
1. DO wear a bow tie if you like the style.
Not scared to rock a bow tie down the aisle? Know you can pull it off? You go, groom. A bow tie is a great way to accentuate your personal style and isn’t considered ‘just a trend’ when done right. This means if it’s a style that makes you comfortable, go for it!
2. DON’T force groomsmen to necessarily follow suit.
Just because the groom wants to wear a bow tie doesn’t mean his groomsmen will be as keen. The groomsmen don’t have to match the groom; in fact, it makes the groom stand out a little more when the others opt for traditional neckties instead. Here’s an example:
3. DO coordinate + complement.
Wear a bow tie that coordinates with your attire and / or complements your wedding theme. For a nautical wedding, we love the idea of incorporating a bow tie like this ‘Anchors Away’ style by Southern Beaus:
4. DON’T make your groom wear a bow tie if he doesn’t like the style.
If the groom didn’t select your gown for you, why select his attire? He shouldn’t have to wear a bow tie if he doesn’t want to… likewise, if he wants to wear one, encourage him.
5. DON’T forget to learn how to tie it!
Don’t arrive at your ceremony without a few bow tie lessons first! (Your best man may have no idea, either.) Here’s a handy guide to help you get started: