Originally Posted by Thrifter
I'm researching this topic for my upcoming wedding and I have a few questions:
1) Is there any history to back the use of wedding ties with lounge suits (navy 3 piece suit in my case) or is this primarily a iGent phenomenon based on one Esquire illustration? (serious question).
2) I will be instructing my groomsmen to wear any 'dark suit of their choice'. Since they are not sartorially inclined, I have every reason to believe I will end up with a mishmash of pinstripes, black suits, etc. If I purchase a black and white glen check tie for each man, is it pretty safe to say it look 'good' with pretty much any common suit?
1) this is an excellent resource on the history of formal and wedding attire:
Includes this passage:
"The English have a whole category of ties that they call wedding ties. These are woven silk in gray, black and silver, usually in one of three patterns—houndstooth, shepherd’s check (what I am wearing now) or glen plaid.
These are very much recommended. Also fine are so-called Macclesfield ties: ties woven in very tight, neat little patterns. Again, silver, black and grey are most appropriate:
But as we have seen so far, one sees other things. But keep it festive—no black—and serious: no cartoony prints. I would avoid red as well.
Tradition has it that the groom gives ties to the wedding party. The famed Naples tie company Marinella recommends giving a tie to every male guest. But then they would, wouldn’t they? Still, giving ties to the wedding party is a good tradition that has at least one solid advantage: you have vastly increased the odds that your best man and ushers will show up wearing an appropriate tie. I recommend not giving them all identical ties but appropriate wedding or wedding-esque ties that are each a little different.
I suppose this is good a place as any to make a point that needs to be made. There is no need for the groom, his best man, and his ushers to match in every respect from neck to toe. In fact, it looks silly. Take a look at pictures from very elegant weddings in prior years, and you see that in fact the wedding party does not match."
2) yes, but it will look even better if you don't purchase the same tie for every groomsan (see above)
3) You'll get better results out of the forum in general if you don't get snarky when people don't post answers you want