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Wedding tie advice

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm getting married in October and I have most of the details of what I'm going to be wearing nailed down. To wit: navy three piece suit, white spread collar french cuff shirt, braces, AE Park Avenues. And now I'm deciding about ties for myself and my groomsmen. Thanks to some ebay sales it looks like I'll be able to go the Sam Hober/Kent Wang route for these. My dilemma is deciding which ties would work well together.

For myself, I'm leaning toward the Sam Hober English Plaid #9

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I really like the look of a glen plaid and I think it'll look great with the navy suit. The guys at the Andover Shop (where I'm getting my suit) seem pretty against the glen plaid/prince of wales with navy because it's too dark, but I think it looks pretty sharp.

As for groomsmen, my leaning is toward getting them different, but complimentary ties, rather than going with identical ties for everyone. I have 4 groomsmen that I need to get ties for, as well as our officiant who is a close friend. They will all be wearing their own suits in either charcoal grey or navy. These are the ties I've found that I think could work well, although I'm not certain whether they would all work together in terms of style of tie and such. I know some of these are not traditional wedding ties (I've read the wedding tie thread a few times now), but finding enough unique, traditional wedding ties that I like has been tough, so if I'm going to have everyone in different ties, I think I have to branch out of being too strictly traditional. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as would any suggestions of other ties to consider.

(I'll link to the ties, but also post spoilered photos of them if that works easier for people.)

Option #1 Silver Gray Diamond Weave from Sam Hober
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Option #2 Charcoal gray/silver grenadine garza fina
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Option #3 Formal/Wedding Silk Tie #11
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Option #4 Formal/Wedding Silk Tie #5
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Option #5 Formal/Wedding Silk Tie #12
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Option #6 Gray Cashmere
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Option #7 Silver Gray Shot Tie Silk
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Option #8 Charcoal Gray/Silver Grenadine Garza Grossa
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Option #9 Kent Wang Shepherd's Check
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post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by notfortheweak View Post

The guys at the Andover Shop (where I'm getting my suit) seem pretty against the glen plaid/prince of wales with navy because it's too dark

Ignore these people, the glen plaid is perfect.

Personally I would go with either the glen plaid or a houndstooth, though the shepherds check is okay. Though you will need some more variety to mix up the groomsmen, which is a good idea rather than having them matching. I think #1, #3 and #5 are the best of the other ones you've pictured.
post #3 of 15
Yeah, go with the glen plaid.
post #4 of 15

I will not give you advice as it would be of no help because I'm in the same boat as you are and struggling. I WILL thank you for posting a smarter and more complete question then the ones I have posed recently. thumbs-up.gif

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by DM66 View Post

I will not give you advice as it would be of no help because I'm in the same boat as you are and struggling. I WILL thank you for posting a smarter and more complete question then the ones I have posed recently. thumbs-up.gif


Thanks, man. I feel like I'm very close here. If anyone else has thoughts, that would be great.
post #6 of 15
How late into the day will you be wearing the tie? From a distance, a B&W glen plaid will look more like light gray, while a fine B&W shepherd's check or houndstooth will look more like silver. Under artificial light, I think that silver is a better hue for a tie than gray. However, if you're wearing a high-throated vest (e.g., 6-button SB), then the visible pattern in the glen plaid would nicely balance out the large and unrelieved expanse of navy.

In case it matters, while B&W shepherd's check, B&W houndstooth, and B&W glen plaid are all classic patterns for formal ties, shepherd's is more classic than houndstooth which is more classic than glen plaid. When the pattern gets bolder, the tie's dressiness/formality decreases. You might say that shepherd's is the full dress option of formal daytime ties, while houndstooth is the half dress, and glen plaid and silver grenadine are the undress. (Interestingly, this may not hold true of formal cravats, but does seem to apply to four-in-hands and bowties.)
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Testudo_Aubreii View Post

How late into the day will you be wearing the tie?

Ceremony is at 4:30, cocktail hour and reception right after going until about 11.

I do like the idea of the pattern in the glen plaid breaking up all of the blue.
post #8 of 15

I think patterned ties, whether it be striped or checked are always reliable. Striped silk ties, with blue or gray hues, would look good. Of course, you certainly cannot fail with the glen plaid.

post #9 of 15
If the main action is at 4:30, the glen plaid will look great, then.

BTW, I think you are quite right to buy different ties for the groomsmen. It looks suboptimal if a group of civilians are all wearing the same tie during the day.

The shepherd's, garza grossa, garza fina, and #11 basketweave are all excellent for weddings.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks, everybody. If I'm trying to hit five unique ties, what would be a good way to go? Are any of the ones I've listed clearly a bad selection? Any other thoughts on where I should be looking?
post #11 of 15
College student here, going to my cousin's wedding. Which (if any) of these ties would be most appropriate?

I'm planning on wearing a charcoal suit and a white tie.

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post #12 of 15
I was coming in to this thread to recommend a glen plaid tie. OP, you have good taste. fistbump.gif
post #13 of 15
Glen plaid, my gf thought I was insane until I showed her th entire look. I like the three piece, though I'm thinking of going double breasted two piece myself.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Cheweh View Post

College student here, going to my cousin's wedding. Which (if any) of these ties would be most appropriate?

I'm planning on wearing a charcoal suit and a white tie.

The one on the right.
OP, like the glen plaid as well. As for the groomsmen, I like 1,6,8 and 9. Great ties. You are going to be a great looking wedding party.
post #15 of 15
I've always really liked the Kent Wang glen plaid tie, and I think I like it a bit more than the Sam Hober version. At this point I'm splitting hairs, though. I just think it looks a bit cleaner and more elegant.
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