tiger02, I like the champagne tie (#1)--because it doesn't stand out. Â This may seem like heresy on this forum, but the wedding should highlight the bride and groom. Â Tie #1 is classy and restrained--it shows that you know your role in the ceremony (to witness and support) and what your role isn't (to provide the color and beauty).
This was my original thought; I think I'm enough split on the decision that if the champagne comes available, I'm going to make FIH happy and buy both
Then, if I'm in a peppy mood (rare) I can sport the bright red digs; if I'm feeling sedate it'll be the lesser wattage. Of note is that I've never met anyone at this wedding before, other than my gf and her parents. Will report back... Tom