When it comes to wedding attire for men, certain pieces are downright essential. A stylish suit is the most popular choice for formal ceremonies, while a tuxedo is the way to go for black-tie nuptials. For seaside ceremonies and laidback "I dos," men's attire can easily teeter into the casual territory by way of Hawaiian shirts, slacks, and button-downs sans jackets. But for dressier wedding looks involving suits or tuxes, ties are the necessary accessory to, um, tie everything together.
Like with socks, shoes, and suspenders, ties are an accessory that can wonderfully showcase your sense of style or coordinate your look to the venue or theme of a wedding. From fun prints to stylish solids and textured fabrics, there's no hard-and-fast rule for a wedding tie. The classics are forever elegant, whether you're into a skinny, wide, or long-length tie. A quirky motif is a great way to showcase your sense of humor, while jewel tones and pastels are ideal for coordinating with the wedding party. Don't be afraid to try a bolder tie look as a wedding guest or groom, as it's a special occasion worth celebrating in style!
To help narrow down your search for the perfect wedding tie, we've researched the best options available–keeping style, formality, budget, material, and overall quality in mind. For a classic look with a little flair, we love the Otaa Sinatra Black Striped Necktie and the Pronto Uomo Black Narrow Tie. Want a bold pop of color? Our top picks are the Brioni Men's Silk Jacquard Tie and the Egara Skinny Tie in Rose.
Read on for the best wedding ties for every style, season, and budget.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: Pronto Uomo Black Narrow Tie
You can never go wrong with a classic black tie for any formal event. This silk one is an elegant and timeless choice for the groom planning to wear a traditional black tux.
For a Laidback Wedding: Brooks Brothers Large Flower Tie
A mix of tones is a great way to break up classic shades like black and grey. Enter: this floral-print tie which would pair beautifully with a black or charcoal suit. Wear to any spring or summer affair.
Best Pattern: Banana Republic Polka Dot Tie
Don't be afraid to play with print! For a spot of color, you can't go wrong with this polka-dot tie in green. It's as fresh as ever against a crisp white shirt.
For a Garden Wedding: DAZI Tiger Lily
For a Classic Wedding: Calvin Klein Men's Striped Tie
Subtle stripes are fail-safe when it comes to a patterned wedding tie, especially in a soft shade of blue. For a bolder look, try yours with a bright blue suit.
For a Destination Wedding: Brooks Brothers Dot Rep Tie
This yellow dot tie is a modern and bold choice for summer. We're picturing it with a light-colored suit and exposed ankles in a warm locale.
For a Retro Wedding: Tie Bar Grosgrain Solid Charcoal Tie
You can't go wrong with a timeless style like this solid charcoal tie. It's at once retro and modern, whether worn by a groom and his groomsman or a wedding guest.
For A City Wedding: Kenneth Cole Reaction Linear Ombré Slim Tie
Simple and sleek, this slim tie is perfect for the man with a modern sense of style. We can picture it with a black suit and tuxedo shoes for a city wedding.
For A Warm-Weather Wedding: Brioni Men's Silk Jacquard Tie
Yellow sets a chipper tone for men seeking a pop of color in the spring or summer. Detailing like this intricate jacquard pattern will ensure your look is luxe and refined.
For a Beachside Wedding: Thom Browne Stripe Silk & Cotton Tie
For a fresh take on classic and neutral stripes, this silk and cotton tie is a great choice. The light weave makes it ideal in warm weather with a breathable suit or casual shirt-and-trouser ensemble.
For a Modern Wedding: Canali Tonal Neat Silk Tie
Aim for modern style in this tonal silk tie featuring a unique knitted look. It's the perfect way to add texture to a suit or sports coat and button-down shirt.
For a Minimalist Wedding: Tom Ford Regimental Stripe Silk Tie
For the minimalist man in the mood for a small statement, this regimental stripe silk tie by Tom Ford is a must. The black and silver colors work effortlessly together to create an undeniably dapper look.
For a Preppy Wedding: J.Crew Tie in Baird McNutt Irish linen
For a light suit or tuxedo look in the summer, this linen tie is handsome and classic. It's a J.Crew best-seller for a reason.
For a Springtime Wedding: DAZI Luxe Tie
This navy blue tie is proof that paisley can feel fun, fresh, and fashion-forward. We love it for the springtime grooms, groomsmen, and wedding guests.
For a Stylish Wedding: Otaa Sinatra Black Striped Necktie
A textured tie is a stylish way to break up the monotony of black. This sleek and understated striped style looks smart and classic for a formal wedding.
For an Untraditional Wedding: Bloomingdale's Striped Silk Classic Tie
This purple-striped tie makes a strong statement on its own with a white shirt. Take it a step further and style yours with an emerald green suit for an unforgettable look.
For a Cold Weather Wedding: Tom Ford Micro-Pattern Silk Tie
To create texture and depth with your wedding look, opt for a tie with a geometric pattern like this micro-pattern style by Tom Ford. It's smart and stylish with light and dark colors year-round.
For an Outdoor Wedding: Tie Bar Solid Wool Moss Tie
This bright, textured style will feel fresh and fun with a suit in the spring or summer. It's a surefire way to make a bold statement in style.
For a Fall Wedding: Bonobos Premium Knit Necktie
We love a knitted tie as an unexpected touch to groom, groomsman, or wedding guest attire. For the fall, this navy blue shade is on point.
For a Contemporary Wedding: Egara Skinny Tie in Rose
When it's all about coordinating those wedding colors, a solid tie is the way to go. This bold rose style is sure to stand out in every wedding photo.
What to Look for When Shopping for a Wedding Tie
Style and Design
If you're the groom and you're picking out ties for yourself and your groomsmen, then it's important to first consider the style and design of your tie options. What vibe are you going for on your wedding day? Where are you getting married? What color are your fiancé's bridesmaids wearing? During which season are you getting married? These are all questions to ask yourself to help narrow down the tie choices that are right for your big day. From there, you can select colors, styles, and patterns that work best, whether you match with the wedding party or go with two different options.
Next, think about the formality of your wedding. Different colors and styles may be more suited for casual weddings versus formal affairs. Hosting a spring garden wedding? Perhaps you'll opt for beige suits with light blue ties. If you're throwing a fancy black-tie soiree, you can go for black ties featuring sleek textures and subtle prints. If you love a traditional look, go with ties in a solid color and print.
Do I have to wear a tie if I'm not in the wedding?
If it's a casual wedding (such as a laidback beach ceremony) then it might not be necessary, but you can't really go wrong throwing one on. For formal or black-tie occasions, a tie or even a bow tie and suspenders are highly recommended. If the dress code isn't specified, you can always ask the bride or groom.
What color should the groom's tie be?
Grooms typically wear a white or off-white color to complement the bride's gown. However, that can change depending on the wedding theme or the couple's preference. It's all about what's going to make you feel handsome and confident on your special day. For groomsmen, it's always a good idea to consider wearing a color that matches the bridesmaids' dresses or the overall aesthetic of your ceremony venue and decorations.
Should the groomsmen all wear the same color tie?
Typically, yes. The groomsmen wear one specific tie and the groom wears something unique to stand out. Of course, though, this is by no means required as it's all the bride and groom's preferences and what will make them happiest on the wedding day.
What if I don't know how to tie a tie?
Are you a first-time tie wearer? Don't fret! There are plenty of resources to help you tie the perfect tie and look polished on the wedding day. Start with our guide on how to tie a tie. You can also find useful tutorials on YouTube that will guide you through every step. If you're still unsure, clip-on ties or bowties are always an option.
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