Types Of Wedding Ties
When it comes time to pick out your wedding ties, the options may seem overwhelming. What’s a slim tie? Do any of your groomsmen need an extra long tie? What’s the difference between a self-tie and band collar bow tie? Keep reading to become a tie expert and decide which style of tie is best for your wedding.
Today, neckties are the most popular choice for the groom and his groomsmen. Ties aren't always one size fits all: Different widths and lengths are available.
A standard necktie measures 3.25- to 3.5-inches wide and 57-inches long. This is your traditional tie for a classic wedding look. Even if you choose a skinnier width for your groomsmen, many couples order standard ties for the fathers of the bride and groom.
Slim and skinny neckties
For a more modern wedding day look, consider ties 3-inches wide or slimmer. A skinny tie is 2-inches wide and a trendy look. A slim tie is 2.5-inches wide (1-inch slimmer than a “traditional” tie) and becoming the norm for millennial weddings. With both these widths, keep proportions in mind. On more full-figured groomsmen, these slim sizes can look disproportionate. Alternatively, a 3-inch wide narrow tie is a great in-between width any groomsmen can wear. It’s trimmed slightly from a traditional tie, but not too much that it will look too skinny.
Extra long neckties
The tip of a tie should sit at about the belt line. Big and/or tall groomsmen (typically 6 feet or taller) might find a 57-inch long tie too short and require an extra long tie. Most extra long ties are 6-inches longer than a standard tie, helping to reach that belt line.
Fancier tie knots, like the eldredge and trinity knots, are quite popular right now and can give your groomsmen a unique look. Tying these knots require extra material and many of knot pros swear by extra long ties for this.
Bow ties are typically a bit more formal than a necktie. (But yes, they can definitely be dressed down when paired with a vest or suspenders—a look we love!) When shopping for wedding bow ties, you first have to decide if you want the bow ties to be already tied or tied by the groomsmen. There’s no right or wrong answer for weddings, both are popular choices.
Self-tie bow ties
A self-tie bow tie is the most formal tie style available and the bow must be tied by the wearer. Here's what to know before putting the guys in self-tie bow ties:
1. Tying a self-tie bow tie isn't the same as tying a tie. Don't assume your groomsmen can tie a bow tie. Most men can't. If you don’t know whether each of your groomsmen can tie a bow tie and don’t have a bow tie expert to help on your wedding day, pre-tied bow ties are likely a better option.
2. When tied, every self-tie bow tie will look slightly different. This is part of the fun of a self-tie bow tie. However, if you prefer your groomsmen looking uniform, try a pre-tied bow tie.
Pre-tied bow ties
Pre-tied bow ties come in band collar or clip-on styles. Band collar bow ties have an adjustable band that expands to fit most adult neck sizes. Clip-on bow ties attach to both sides of the shirt collar. We offer a wider selection in band collar bow ties, as most couples prefer these bow ties for their groomsmen. Diamond tip bow ties are our newest addition to our band collar bow ties and are a bit more formal than a regular bow tie.
There are two types of pre-tied neckties: Clip-on and zipper. These ties are ideal if you’re looking for a uniform look among your groomsmen since every knot will be identical. A clip-on tie simply attaches to the shirt collar, with no band around the neck, via a clip behind the tie knot. For something a bit more secure for late-night dancing, a zipper tie has an expandable collar that easily expands to fit over the head and is tightened (or zipped up) to secure.
Our children’s ties come in three styles, standard, clip-on and bow ties. For ring bears, we recommend bow ties first because one size fits the widest age range, from infant to 10-years old. All of our kids’ bow ties are pre-tied with an adjustable band collar and hook-and-eye clasp to secure.
Clip-on ties are popular for ring bearers and look just like a necktie when worn. They come in three sizes (8-inch, 11-inch or 14-inches), depending on the height of the child. Although we do provide age ranges for these ties, it’s always best to measure the child from the collar to waist to ensure a proper fit. Choose the length closest to the measurement, but if you're ordering well in advance of your wedding consider whether the child will have a growth spurt before the big day. If so, you may want to size up.
Our standard ties are a popular options for older boys, 8- to 13-years old. Just like a men’s necktie, the knot is tied by the wearer.