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White Bow Tie with Spread Collar & Dinner Jacket... Terrible?

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I know, traditionally, "black tie" is your dinner suit, spread collar, and black tie. "White tie" is tails, wing collar, and—you guessed it—a white tie. So is a white marcella tie with a spread collar, marcella shirt and a dinner suit just a terrible thing? Or are the traditionalists getting their panties in a wad?

(Background: I'm getting married and I think it'd be a nice touch.)
 

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Wearing a mishmash of items that weren't designed to go together is not a good idea. In fact, it will most likely make your entire outfit seem like a gimmicky rental costume.

Just go with a classic black bowtie (no pre-tied junk, please) and you'll be fine.
 

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Revisiting this, it's worth noting that the Black Tie Guide makes special mention of this. (I missed it the first time around.) Reprinting:

What’s not acceptable under any circumstances is the mixing of a white-tie tailcoat with black-tie accessories. Wearing a white bow tie with a tuxedo has been an equally grave faux pas since the black-tie dress code was finalized in the 1920s but it has been an admittedly common practice for grooms around the world ever since then. At the risk of committing formal heresy the Guide endorses this option provided it is confined to a wedding context, limited to the groom and executed impeccably with a proper full-dress shirt and waistcoat (which are both perfectly acceptable with black tie). In these circumstances it provides an elegant matrimonial touch to the groom's formal wardrobe in a manner that is deliberately respectful of convention rather than ignorantly oblivious to it.
 
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Not perfectly familiar with the "rules," but this sounds terrible. Why even play with the idea to begin with?
 

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There is certainly good historical precedent for wearing a white bow tie with a dinner jacket, as Obama did at his inaugural ball, to the chagrin and ridicule of the iGentry, but most would perceive it as a rather odd and off-beat thing these days.

The whole point of black and white eveningwear for men is to provide a uniform background so that the gowns and beauty of the ladies will be exhibited to best advantage. Why distract from your bride on her day with an offbeat, eclectic wedding costume?

On reflection, most grooms' outfits these days are just that--eclectic mishmashes of elements drawn from traditional men's formal and semi-formal attire, so I suppose a white bowtie wouldn't make too much difference.
 

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