Planning a wedding but still in need of some creative, fun tie ideas for the groom? You're not alone. Despite evidence to the contrary, a groom should be able to express his own color and sense of style during the wedding. While the bride may take a dominant role in choosing colors and an overall theme, grooms can still get in on the act and make stylish choices, even if it's only on a tiny strip of fabric sitting on their chests.
While you're encouraged to express your own style, this doesn't mean that you can completely disregard the colors chosen for the wedding and the style of clothing that other people in the wedding party will be wearing. After all, your wedding is a celebration of love and unity, so you must present yourselves as a sort of matching set. If you've not been involved in the wedding planning to this point, it's time to get involved. Ask your bride for color swatches of the colors she's chosen, and make sure to get photographs of the bridesmaid dresses. You'll quickly find out if your wedding is casual or formal, and you'll know what color palette to work within.
Avoid any ties with cartoons, jokes or hobby-based artwork on them. Wearing a Mickey Mouse tie to your wedding will likely upset your bride beyond belief. Instead, you'll look for a conservative tie that falls within the color choices she's chosen. Most brides choose two colors for their wedding palette. Look for ties that have narrow stripes in these colors. Or, wear one solid tie in one color and choose ties of the other color for your groomsmen. Patterns such as paisley make colorful, swirling additions to a wedding suit, but only if your wedding is on the casual side. Same goes for plaid ties, although this can be a nice nod to your bride if she's of Scottish descent.
Ties come in a variety of fabrics. Matching the fabric of your tie to the fabric of your bride's dress can be a nice way to tie your outfits together. If her dress is made of silk, you simply must have a silk tie with a high sheen. In fact, a glossy, silk tie in bright white makes a wonderful wedding tie, especially if you pair the look with a bright and stylish tie pin.
As you're shopping, look for ties that are 3 1/2 to 3 1/4 inches wide. Don't choose wide ties, as they'll make you look like a throwback to the 1970s. Same goes for very skinny ties; these are trendy accents that just look strange at a wedding. The tie should hit you right at the top of your belt buckle. It shouldn't peek out from the bottom of your jacket. Bring your shirt and jacket with you as you shop, so you'll ensure that your choice matches the rest of your outfit. Running out to buy a new tie on the morning of your wedding isn't a great way to start your married life.