Should I Wear a Watch to a Wedding?

  1. 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:

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  1. rmacia
    If you are asking this question, you should wear a watch.
  2. Concordia
    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.
  3. Caustic Man
    People still wear watches?
  4. GBR
    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.
  5. xyriut
    I agree. just don't look down at it several times during the event.
  6. kenneth cooke
    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

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