Stylish Bow Ties: Groomsmen's Perfect Finale

When it comes to wedding attire, groomsmen often find themselves navigating a sea of classic choices, but there's one fashion statement that's been resurgent in recent years – the bow tie.

Whether you're planning a formal black-tie affair or a more relaxed and rustic celebration, bow ties for groomsmen offer a timeless and versatile accessory that can add a touch of elegance, individuality, and charm to any wedding party.

In this article, I’ll explore the enduring allure and versatility of bow ties for groomsmen, highlighting how this classic yet contemporary accessory can elevate the groomsmen's ensemble and add a touch of refined personality to any wedding event.

Having said that gentlemen, let’s consider these points:


  • Style tips
  • Keeping the wedding theme in mind
  • Some do’s and don’ts
  • Bow ties that are tasteful and stylish

Groomsmen Wearing Bow Ties: Is It Appropriate?

A good Southern gentleman knows when to sport a bow tie and when not to. So, what are the rules? In a nutshell - assess the nature and style of the event.

It is up to the bride and groom to set the stage for the type of ceremony and the dress code. Will it be a true black-tie event? If so, then donning a black silk bow tie is your answer. I don’t believe a more elegant sight exists than a sharp tuxedo complemented by a sleek, black bow tie.

For a beach wedding, the vibe is much more relaxed. Here, you could wear a light-colored cotton or linen bow tie or even one with a whimsical pattern. In this scenario, you want to convey an easy-going sophistication.

Last but not least, don't steal the show from the groom. Choose a tasteful accent to his attire.

Groomsmen Bow Ties: Style Rules and Tips

1.   Formal vs. Casual Occasions

  • Formal - Black, Navy blue, Burgundy (traditional shades)
  • Casual - Patterns, Polka Dots, Vibrant Colors

2.   Matching the Right Color with the Wedding Theme

  • Color scheme - Muted lavender
  • Wedding theme - Vintage
  • Bow Tie colors - Lavender Haze or Mauve

3.   Material Selection: Silk or Cotton?

  • Silk - Black-tie or very upscale
  • Cotton - Casual elegance - relaxed

4.   The Perfect Size and Shape

(Consider your face and body proportions.)

  • Large bow ties look best on a larger face and frame
  • Smaller bow ties look best on slimmer faces and physiques

5.   A Personal Touch: Pre-tied and Self-tied Tie

  • Self-tied - Choose self-tied for versatility. There may be a learning curve, but it's worth it!

Matching Bow Ties to Wedding Themes

Color Coordination Examples:

  • Wedding colors: Blush and cream = Champagne bow tie
  • Wedding colors: Nautical = Deep navy bow tie

Design or Pattern Choice Examples:

  • Wedding theme: Rustic = Plaid or gingham bow tie
  • Wedding theme: Art-Deco = Geometric patterns or a tasteful touch of metallic bow tie

Other Unifying Elements

 (The infusion of thoughtful elements can take many forms.)

Consistency With the Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ Dresses

  • The Bridesmaids dress color is coral = Navy or gray bow tie dotted with coral motifs

The Do's and Don'ts of Bow Ties for Groomsmen

Do: Strike the Right Balance When Matching Your Attire

Be careful not to over-match. It is best to select complementary shades rather than an exact match.

Example: Wedding colors: Royal blue and gold = Navy blue bow tie

Do: Prioritize Quality Over Convenience

Let’s face it: a pre-tied bow tie is fast and easy. But a self-tie bow tie boasts a character that a pre-tied never can. It is the signature of an authentic gentleman who has honed the skill of donning a bow tie and skillfully knotting it himself.

For step-by-step instructions on tying a bow tie, see EXUDING SOUTHERN ELEGANCE:THE ART OF WEARING A BOW TIE.

Don’t Forget the Proportions of Your Clothing

The size and make of the bow tie should be in harmony with the lapel width of your jacket and the type of collar on your shirt.

Don’t Break Uniformity

There is nothing more breathtaking than a well-coordinated wedding party. Don’t you agree? For instance, if one groomsman wears a butterfly bow tie, all should follow suit. A hodge-podge of bow ties is not a good look, my friend!

Bow Tie Examples for Groomsmen

Classic Black Bow Tie

This timeless masterpiece embodies a man's reverence for tradition and is impeccable, particularly suitable for an evening ceremony.

Patterned Bow Ties

Patterned bow ties come in checks, stripes, florals, and polka dots to fit any character.  Your entire ensemble should be considered when selecting a pattern to coordinate.

Pastel Bow Ties

A beautiful hue of pastel colors like light blue, coral, mint, or soft pink is as romantic as can be. Perfect for a garden wedding or beachside soirée.

Velvet Bow Ties

Bold and luxurious - imagine a deep burgundy velvet bow tie with a rich charcoal suit. Quite striking!

Novelty Bow Ties

Creative patterns, unconventional motifs, and even bowties that showcase your school spirit add a touch of uniqueness and whimsy to your outfit. Nevertheless, matching these ties with a plain shirt and suit is essential for the tie to pop.

Final Words

In the heartwarming tapestry of a Southern wedding, groomsmen donning bow ties weave a timeless elegance and a nod to tradition. These dapper accessories not only add a touch of charm to the ceremony but also symbolize the bond of friendship that brings together families on this special day.

As the Southern sun sets on the horizon, the bow ties worn by these groomsmen remain as enduring emblems of camaraderie and style, forever etched in the memories of a celebration as sweet as a glass of sweet tea on a warm summer evening.

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