Should You Wear a Bowtie or Necktie

Groom and his father together on his wedding day

As the groom, you want to look your best on your wedding day as all eyes will be on you and your bride.

Typically, the groom's attire is a suit or a tuxedo. Thus the question arises: Should you wear a bowtie or a necktie? The simple and most realistic solution to this is to have your bride decide everything, and embrace her choices. Saves a whole lot of trouble. 

But if you were somehow put in a position of having to decide, then read on. Just remember that you have been warned.

Why a long tie?

If you’re wearing a jacket on your wedding, neckties are the more traditional complementing neckwear. They were created during the 17th century and have been stylish since.

Choosing a long tie still leaves a lot of choices to be made. There are a variety of colors and designs to choose from that can complement the wedding motif approved by your bride.

Solid-colors are the most time-honored for weddings. There are also many classical ways to knot your tie, such as the Windsor, the Half-Windsor and the Four-in-Hand. Stay clear of exotic knots like the Van Wijk, Caldwell Swagg, or Finfrock. Reserve those for less serious events. While decidedly a happy event, getting married is extremely serious. 

Why not a bow tie?

Bow ties give off a more professional and formal feel. While a fork, the bow tie actually has the same origin as the long tie back in the 17th century. Comparably, bow ties are more often associated with fun, creativity, and intelligence. Many celebrities and dignitaries are fond of using a bowtie for galas, special occasions, and their own weddings.  

In formal weddings, bow tie and tuxedo go hand-in-hand. The bow tie emphasizes your neck and draws more attention to your face - something you should never tell your bride. There are also a lot of colors and patterns to choose from although like long ties, solid-color ones are the traditional choice. You just have to know how to tie it. As with long ties, there are many tutorials available on YouTube. 

Ultimately it comes down to your own preferences and taste. But both a bow tie or a long tie will make you dazzle on your wedding day.

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