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Should I Wear a Watch to a Wedding?

Q. I'm trying to figure out whether or not to wear a watch at my September wedding. I'll (most likely) be wearing a Kent Wang navy three piece, tartan tie in my family's tartan (navy and very deep green are dominant with a pale yellow stripe), captoes, and silver links bearing the Scottish side's crest.

As I'm not wearing black tie, would it still be inappropriate to wear a watch? As I don't own an evening watch (6 o'clock wedding with evening reception) I'd need to purchase one but this could be a good excuse to do so.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

 

A.1 (By @unbelragazzo

It depends - is there something afterwards that you don't want to be late to?

 


 

A.2 (by @topos)

I would have given an identical answer to this question, and I didn't wear a watch to my wedding for exactly this reason: I thought it sent a subtle message I didn't want to send. If you want a decorative piece, consider that [I presume] you'll be wearing (a) a floral arrangement on your lapel, (b) cufflinks (c) a pocket square, and when it's all said and done a ring. Maybe you'll also be wearing a vest depending on what you decide to wear. In any case, all of these (except the ring I guess) I think of as pieces of flair, vest included (so are tie clips, tie pins, lapel pins, and watches). For me four pieces of flair is about all I feel comfortable wearing. Anything beyond that and I'd feel like I'm entering Saul Goodman territory.

 

I'll add a quote, which I also agree with wholeheartedly:

Quote:
Your own personal preferences and aesthetic good sense should govern. The key question is whether you have a watch that is appropriate with the suit you're wearing, not whether it's okay to wear one to your wedding.
 

 

A.3 (By @mafoofan)
 
I think the rule against watches for certain events is only very weak today. This is particularly true if the event in question does not follow a strict standard of attire. Your own personal preferences and aesthetic good sense should govern. The key question is whether you have a watch that is appropriate with the suit you're wearing, not whether it's okay to wear one to your wedding.
 

 

 

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Comments (6)

Why wouldn't you? I wore my JLC Reverso Duo Time to our daughters two years ago. I feel undressed without one of my watches. I also have a Rolex Explorer ll which is possibly a little too sporty to wear at a wedding. I think tasteful and discreet are the order of the day
I agree. just don't look down at it several times during the event. 
Is this question for real?

I have never come across such a preposterous suggestion in all my life. Of course you should a watch, just as you would cuff links and any other jewellery you might wear normally.

I really cannot imagine where such silly notions come from, neither your apparel nor the function has any bearing whatever on such a thing.
People still wear watches?
If you're also in charge of ordering the pizzas on time and cutting off the bar so you don't pay extra to the bartender, a watch is pretty essential.
If you are asking this question, you should wear a watch.
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