A butterflies and bowties styled shoot got me thinking about the different neckwear options grooms have besides solid color neckties. Let’s face it, skinny ties have definitely taken a back seat for groom-wear.
How about a neck warmer?
Not unless you are planning to get married in Antarctica.
However, bow ties are still making a resurgence and grooms everywhere love them! In fact, my husband wore a classic black bow tie on our big day, and so did his best man.
Tip for future bow tie wearers: know how to tie a bow tie long before you walk down the aisle or find yourself a pre-tied one!
There was minor panic for my groom and his best man 5 minutes before our wedding ceremony was slated to start because neither of them knew how to tie their bow ties!
Andrew’s new father-in-law came to the rescue thank goodness, and the whole episode made for a good laugh later on. Definitely not the sweat you want to feel right before you walk down the aisle.
Wedding Bow Tie Ideas
Let’s look at our photo collection of the best Love & Lavender bow ties in solid colors, pattern, paisley, classic black, or even polka dot! And for those men that find themselves in a necktie 5 days a week, this is a great way to change up your everyday appearance.
1) Classic Black Bow Ties
A classic black bow tie with a tuxedo will never get old. My husband loves the formal look and wore a classic black bow tie with wingtip shirt. He liked the idea of our 1920’s theme as it reminded him of one of his favorite books – Hello Great Gatsby anyone? A wedding is the groom’s moment to shine too. Go classic if you wish or add some color to your attire like the gentleman in the following sections.
2) White Bow Ties
Usually when you hear white tie your immediate thought is probably starched shirt, waistcoat, wing collar and white bow tie for the gentlemen, which is usually the case.
But white bow ties can also be dressed down too. And look how fab this groom looks in his plaid shirt and suspenders.
3) Silver or Grey Bow Ties
by Etsy: LuffDo
Black suit with a silver or grey solid colored bow tie can look striking and sharp.
Wedding don’t have to be traditional and stuffy, for the majority of us this is not a high class societal event. Therefore wear whatever you want! Spice it up a bit and have some fun by adding a pop of color with different patterns, designs, or match your neck wear to your wedding theme.
4) Polka Dots Bow Ties
by Etsy: PinkandDink
5) Striped Bow Ties
6) Gingham Bow Ties
Grooms and Groomsmen in Gingham — try saying that three times fast!
7) Grooms Plaid Bow Ties
Your clan will be proud of you when you wear this lovely tartan red bow tie.
8) Groom’s Floral Bow Tie
Check Etsy for all sorts of floral pattern bow ties.
9) Paisley Patterned Bow Ties
Paisley was never my thing, but maybe it is yours?
10) Musical Note Bow Tie
Men’s musical note patterned bow tie from Ties.com.
Common Bow Tie Shapes
When choosing a bow tie, not only do you have to choose the right color or pattern, you also need to be aware that bow ties come in an array of shapes and sizes.
11) The Butterfly Shaped Bow Tie
The butterfly style is one that everyone will be familiar with. On average it’s 2.5 in height and will fit most face shapes. The butterfly bow tie also comes in a larger size, which is known as The Big Butterfly. They are usually 3 inches in height and would normally be worn for very formal events with a tuxedo.
12) The Batwing (aka skinny) Bow Tie
Batwing ties are 1.5 inches – 2 inches in height or less and work well with solid colors or small patterns. A batwing bow tie should be worn by men with narrower faces and small collar sizes.
13) The Diamond Tip Bow Tie
by Etsy: TheTBB
Not often seen, the diamond tip bow tie is gaining popularity. The edges are pointed to give it the diamond shape and when wore gives off an asymmetrical style.
Standout in the Crowd
14) Another option for the groom to standout is for groomsmen to wear all the same color bow ties (or neck ties) and then have the groom wear a different bow tie in the same color palette.
Solid Colored Bow Ties
Maybe you are a little traditional and not ready to rock the pink bow tie or a bold pattern, but you can still wear a bow tie with a solid color. Just think how it will make your eyes pop.
15) Men’s Navy Blue Bow Tie
Can you really go wrong with navy colored anything?!
16) Men’s Red Bow Tie
Bright and vibrant red makes for a wonderful look with a clean white shirt and black tuxedo.
17) Men’s Gold Bow Tie
by Etsy: bananaribbon
A gold or yellow bow tie can pair nicely with a gray suit.
18) Men’s Green Bow Tie
Irish ancestry? Why not pay homage with a green bow tie on your big day.
19) Men’s Lavender Bow Tie
by Etsy: MyBowtifulCreations
We couldn’t leave out lavender from our big list of wedding bow tie ideas!
20) Chocolate Brown Bow Tie
Chocolate colored bow ties are more difficult to pair, but can be done.
21) Men’s Aqua Bow Tie
Bold colors like aqua could fit nicely into your overall wedding color scheme. Matching groomsmen bow ties in Aqua will certainly stand out.
22) Men’s Pink Bow Tie
by Etsy: MyBowtifulCreations
Alternative and Unique Bow Ties
23) Burlap Bow Tie
by Etsy: BoWagon
The rustic nature of burlap will fit nicely into a casual country affair. Don’t bother with a suit, just get some suspenders and a nice white shirt to match with this bow tie beauty.
24) Wooden Bow Ties
I never really thought about wood as a material for a bow tie — looks neat for the right kind of groom!
25) Cork Bow Tie
Cork is a unique material for a bow tie. We love the look, and that it is sustainable!
Note: You may need to make a request from this seller for a custom cork bow tie.
26) Leather Bow Tie
A custom engraved leather bow tie really sets your groom apart on his big day.
27) Men’s Reversible Bow Ties
Double the fun with this two-in-one reversible bow tie look.
28) Velvet Bow Tie
Oh behave — yeah baby! Velvet isn’t everyone’s bag, but it does work well for some (Austin Powers anyone?)
29) Peacock Feather Bow tie
Enough said with this peacock bow tie look.
30) Wood Steampunk Bow Tie
by Etsy: BloomingSageStudio
Your Steampunk theme wedding won’t be complete without bow tie with gears and cogs.
31) Leopard Print Bow Tie
At first I thought a leopard print bow tie would be quite tacky, but judging from the groom above I’ve changed my mind! Lovely look.
Great wedding bow tie ideas like the ones above can really personalize a groom’s attire. Let me know how your wedding incorporates a bow tie in the comment section below!
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Despite her dreamy wedding blogger lifestyle, Meredith's day job is running ClassicVeils.com and a full-time mom to an active toddler. If she could, Meredith would spend her days taking cruises, helping animals in need, and watching Big Brother!