A beautiful wedding necktie – whether it is worn with a simple seersucker suit for a morning wedding or with a black tux and tails for an evening soiree – is an essential accessory in the well-dressed gentlemen’s wardrobe.
In fact the right men’s tie can upgrade your wedding attire from simple to stylish in an instant.
To select the best wedding neckties for your wedding, or if you are a guest of the bride and groom, use the following tips to dress appropriately for this happy and festive event.
For a glamorous and formal “White Tie Attire ,” daytime wedding , the male guests and men of the wedding party wear gray morning coats, black and gray striped trousers, a crisp wing-collared shirt and a black or white ascot.
To tie your ascot expertly, wrap this wide and short scarf around your neck once and loop it underneath the chin. Secure your ascot with a stickpin or jewel-encrusted tie tack.
For the easiest tying, select an ascot in a drapable, yet sturdy, fabric such as silk shantung or linen.
Begin by draping the ascot around your neck. Let one end of the scarf hang five- to six 5 or 6 inches lower that than the other end.
Wrap the longer end of the ascot and cross it over the short end twice. Similar to tying a four-in-hand knot, tuck the longer end of the scarf up and behind the short end.
Let the longer end of the scarf lay neatly over the shorter end. Adjust both ends of the scarf so that they are equally facing downwards. Secure the knot with a pin placed on the center of the scarf.
Wedding Neckties for Formal Evening Events
To dress appropriately for a white tie wedding held in the evening, wedding party guests, the groom and his attendants wear navy blue or black tailcoats, white shirts, waistcoats, vest and stiff white ties.
If you don’t own formal white tie attire, you can pair your black bow ties with a black tuxedo and matching vest or cummerbund. If the nuptials are held in the summer months, you can don a white jacket, black silk tie and black tuxedo pants for an evening wedding.
Semiformal Daytime and Evening Weddings
A semi-formal evening or daytime wedding calls for the male guests to wear business attire.
To look your best, wear a double- or single-breasted gray, black or blue business suit and a white or blue dress shirt. Tie on a colorful tie that features a four-in-hand knot.
For an evening wedding, pair your purple, red or navy tie with a double-breasted suit.
If you choose to wear an ascot to the wedding, wrap a multi-colored foulard scarf around your neck. Stuff this elegant scarf gently into your open shirt collar before slipping into your favorite purple, blue or navy suit.
A light-colored jacket, pair of pants and a vest in a white, gray or blue color, or a white tailored dinner jacket, a silk tie and a pair of dark-colored slacks are appropriate for a daytime wedding held in a warm climate. For a semi-formal morning or evening wedding a solid-colored tie in satin or silk is suitable for the occasion.
Casual Daytime or Informal Evening Weddings
Whether the wedding is held during the daytime or nighttime, choose a khaki- dark blue or gray-colored dinner jacket or sports coat, a collared shirt and dress pants for the nuptials. In warm climates, white cotton or silk suits, light-colored or khaki trousers and pink, baby blue or green polo shirts are also proper preppy and dressy -casual wedding wear.
For informal beach, outdoor and garden weddings, coats and wedding ties for men are optional attire. If you choose to wear your favorite beach wedding tie, adorn your neck in a colorful four-in-hand or bow tie featuring stripes, polka dots and printed paisley patterns.
Final Wedding Necktie Tips
When selecting your standard wedding neckties, the fabric of this important accessory should match the facing on your jacket’s lapel.
If you are wearing a suit with a black satin lapel, a black or white satin tie is appropriate. Also, if you are wearing a textured lapel on your midnight blue or black suit jacket, a textured silk tie is suitable.
Most importantly, when tying your tie, balance the size of the knot with the dimension and scale of your shirt collar.
When entertaining at home, pair your purple, red or navy ascot with a double-breasted suit. For your next cocktail party, wrap a multi-colored foulard ascot around your neck. Stuff this elegant scarf gently into your open shirt collar before slipping into your favorite purple, blue or navy jacket and pants.
For example: a spread collar shirt looks best with a wedding necktie featuring a half-Windsor knot; a pointed collar, however suits a four-in-hand tie with a petite knot and a stiff Italian collared shirt complements a double-Windsor knot best.