Originally Posted by MHalberstram
Maybe a darker green woven tie as you had mentioned on a solid white shirt.
Hard to go wrong with a white dress shirt. Yeah, it's nice that the days when one had to wear a white shirt with a suit are over. But just because it's no longer the only acceptable shirt choice, doesn't mean it's not sometimes a perfectly sound choice.
Any view on a black bow tie on a white shirt?
I don't like it unless you're wearing a tuxedo. It says to me, "I'm going for the black tie look, but I lack the balls to do it right and put on a tux."
Even if it doesn't mean this, that's just the first thing that occurs to me. And I bet a whole lot of other people would see white shirt and black bow tie, and think something similar. So don't do it.
Although white shirt and non-black bow tie could work nicely. I mean, it depends on the tie, really. But a lightweight, light color suit, a white shirt, and a bow tie, at a summer wedding, can work great and be 100% appropriate.
Let me add that I really like wearing a buttondown collar, when wearing a bow tie. It's always struck me as the classic pairing of collar to tie. Even some of the people who just don't accept buttondown collars with suits will make an exception when a bow tie is worn. Just saying, is all.
BTW, although you didn't mention if this will be an outdoor wedding, if it is, such that it's likely to be a little warm, please do make sure to wear an undershirt. Even if you normally don't wear one. Somewhat contrary to what you might think, it can actually leave you feeling cooler, not warmer. And it'll likely keep your shirt looking much better than it would otherwise. (I feel ridiculous having to tell someone this. A part of me believes that it's insulting to remind anyone above the age of 6 to don appropriate underwear. But I figure better I remind you unnecessarily, than you not realize the benefit of wearing an undershirt, and wind up attending the wedding in a perspiration-soaked shirt.)
Still not sure about the shoes. I like the tasseled loafers
Me too. I wore tassel loafers today, in fact. With a suit.
Some folks insist that loafers aren't appropriate when wearing a suit, but at least in much of the US, that's just not so much a rule, as it is a preference shared by a minority of people. 'Course, there are loafers, and there are loafers. Some strike me as looking great with a suit, particularly for a slightly more casual look. Others strike me as being a terrible mismatch.
BTW, if you really want to look good at the wedding, consider wearing a boutonniere. Yeah, it's maybe a touch archaic, but hey, you can still get away with it at a wedding. If you go this route, make sure to have a boutonniere loop sewn onto the back of your lapel, and open up the buttonhole on your lapel which is sewn shut about 95% of the time. The guy to whom you take your suits for alterations can probable do these things for you under 5 minutes, at very modest expense. Wear a small to semi-mid-sized flower, not some oversized floral display. A real flower - not a silk or wool thing. Any decent florist shop should be able to fix you up with something appropriate, which you can pick up shortly before heading off to the wedding.
It's the sort of thing which all too few men bother doing anymore, but it's quite wedding-appropriate, and it'll cost you next to nothing. And unlike so many details which some people on SF think matter, but which are utterly invisible to anyone who isn't... well, someone who frequents SF, this is a detail which will get a little notice. And almost all of the notice will be positive.