First time poster here. I'm getting married in San Diego this August. The ceremony is outside in a Spanish-style courtyard in Balboa Park, the reception is next door at the Natural History Museum. (I'm not giving you my life story, this all has a point, trust me.) This will not be a black tie affair, so I and my groomsmen will be wearing charcoal suits (3 piece for me, 2 piece for the other fellas), white dress shirts, black belt and shoes. The tie colors will in some way reflect the colors that my fiancee has chosen for the affair: navy blue, with green accents. Finally, we come to the point: I would like for my groomsmen to wear bow ties, while I will be wearing a necktie. I think it'll be a smart look, bringing some traditional/formal elements into the mix, somewhat fun & creative, and will help distinguish me from the rest of the gang (although of course my wearing a vest will help, too). First, I'm prepared for incoming and welcome your general thoughts on this. Second, has anyone heard of this/seen this before? Tons of searching online has revealed only one or two images of semi-formal weddings with this approach. By which I mean, not a wedding where all the guys look like they're in a barbershop quartet, or where they're wearing bow ties and flip-flops, or that kind of offbeat or whimsical style. Basically, I want to be able to sell this idea to my and my fiancees' mothers, and to be able to say, here, you can see that this is not a crazy new idea, people have done this from time to time and their families have not been cast out of society. Photographic evidence would go a long way. After all, nobody wants to piss off the moms. If it matters, we are both professionals in our 30s. OK, I feel like I've given way too much info here. Stop me before I provide you all with menus and song lists. Thanks in advance for your help.