Bow tie choice

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  1. letsgofire

    letsgofire Senior member

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    I'm going to a wedding of two very stylish friends and was thinking it would be a good opportunity to wear my tuxedo instead of a suit and tie. I plan on wearing a shawl collar black tuxedo and was also planning to wear the matching black bow tie.
    However...should I be wearing a different color bow tie? I'm not in the wedding - would it be odd to go "that formal"? Should I instead go for a non-black bow tie? What is the etiquette here?
     
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    bertie Senior member

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    Unless it's specified as black tie, you want to wear a suit. You don't want to outshine the groom, let alone the bride.
     
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    Are they requesting their guests show up in tuxes? If not, I say go with the suit. Your friends may be stylish, but you can still look quite stylish in a suit.
     
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    I am thinking it may be another groom. In which case, I really cannot say, yet I am intrigued.
     
  6. MartiniGirl

    MartiniGirl Senior member

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    What? Like a polygamous wedding? 2 grooms, 1 bride..... [​IMG]
     
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    bertie Senior member

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    I think he means two grooms as opposed to a bride and a groom. I still don't think you, as a guest, want to look better than either member of the wedding party.
     
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    GBR Senior member

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    If the wedding party is wearing suits so too MUST you. It is the height of arrogance to present yourself as something superior.
     
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    That is good - I may save this quote.
     
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    Veremund Senior member

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    Tux is just a suit for evenings. Wear yours with a black bow tie.
     

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