Posts Tagged ‘Ties’

Bows-N-Ties Makes Color Coordinating Your Groomsmen’s Attire a Piece of Cake

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013


orange wedding ties

We’re excited to have stumbled across Bows-N-Ties, a San Francisco based retailer that has made it their mission to simplify the process of coordinating your groomsmen’s attire to the rest of your bridal party. Whatever look or theme you are going for, the folks over at Bows-N-Ties will have the right type of accessories for the men in your wedding.

To make finding the perfect wedding ties easier, the wedding team at Bows-N-Ties sorted all their 5,000+ ties in very specific wedding colors. Be it J.Crew’s Mint green, David’s Bridal’s new 2013 summer hue “Gem”, or a classic Ivory by Bill Levkoff, it seems as if not a single color has been left out. To ensure that their ties coordinate, each tie was physically compared to over 300 popular color swatches from designers like Davids Bridal, J.Crew, Alfred Angelo, and Bill Levkoff. Rumor has it that by mid summer of this year Bows-N-Ties will further expand their wedding ties to offer matching neckwear for all of Donna Morgan’s bridal hues.

bowtie collection wedding

Finally, we are excited to share a special promo code with you that was exclusively created for our readers. Simply enter the promo code GA2013 during checkout and you will save 20% on your entire order. Please note that this code will expire by the end of June, 2013.

What are your wedding party colors? How will you be coordinating the groomsmen and bridesmaid colors? Tell us in the comment section below.

Expert Forum: Favorite Groom Summer Wedding Accessory

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

With summer right around the corner, it’s time for warm weather grooms to start thinking about which accessories they’ll be utilizing on their wedding day. To help get the conversation started, we asked a few of our favorite wedding industry experts to chime in on the topic. photo credit: long’s photography

groom summer wedding accessories

What’s your favorite way for the groom to accessorize for a summer wedding?

BRIAN LEAHY (Founder, The Groom Says)

The secret to summer accessorizing is not what you wear but what you don’t. If you think you’re sweating up there at the altar, how do you think Groom Jr. feels? So in the chaos of getting ready, take a minute to remember the ring but conveniently forget the boxer briefs. You may not be a free man anymore, but at least you can free-ball your way through the most important day in your life.

On a serious note … grooms should check out Good Heavens, Cape Town-based designers with affordable, all-cotton, summer-approved neckwear (I get compliments on my GH tie every time I wear it).

KARA HORNER (Blogger, The Man Registry)

Depending on the style of wedding, grooms can give a nod to the season with a pair of fabric or rope knot cufflinks that have a nautical feel to them. I also like to see the groom in lighter-colored suit (think gray, tan or khaki) in the summer months. That way, he can still look dapper and be a little more comfortable when it’s warmer outside. Think this or this.

IAN (Founder, A Groom’s Diary)

I’m not going to pretend to be a “guy’s guy.” I love sports but really only play golf and go to the gym.  I own tools but don’t really know how to use them.  And I definitely spend more on dry-cleaning every month than I do on guns and ammo, but I draw the line at “accessorizing.” If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and said, “I really need a ______ to spice up this outfit.”, it is probably time to talk to your counselor about your parents not signing you up for team sports as a child.

SHARON NAYLOR (Wedding Author,

With brides adding color to their summertime looks, in vivid aquamarine earrings or coral bangle bracelets, grooms also get a chance to Color It Up by skipping the ‘groom wears a white tie, vest and boutonniere flower’ and being the guy in the colored tie and boutonniere while his guys wear the all-white. We’re not talking 1980s promlike neons. We’re talking a long tie in that aquamarine or coral, or subtle aquamarine stripes in that black tie. Just a little pop of color. You might even use colored button covers or colorful cufflinks. One of the greatest summertime colorworks I’ve ever seen was the groom’s tie and flower chosen to match his own to-die-for light blue eyes, with the bride coordinating her blue earrings to match. Talk about a wedding photo pop of color!

Now that you’ve heard what our experts have to say, it’s your turn to chime in. What’s your favorite summertime wedding accessory for the groom (or bride)?

Will You Be an Artfully Disheveled Groom?

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

You know the guy. He’s nonchalant. He’s hip. And even though he puts zero time into his appearance, his look always appears calm, cool and calculated. Pulling off this disheveled style isn’t easy, but it does help to have the goods. And by goods, I’m referring to one of my favorite new brands: the aptly named Artfully Disheveled.

Artfully Disheveled

In the brand’s own words, being Artfully Disheveled in your style is to dress as if one puts little thought into his choices. The Artfully Disheveled man appears to be sloppy in his attire choices, when in reality; premeditated measures were taken to create a particular look. In other words, it means looking slick even though everyone around you is convinced that you just rolled out of bed.

I recently had the opportunity to sample a few of the line’s top sellers: The Academy and The Sharps. I was struck by two things. First, how much more my wife paid attention to me while I was wearing them. But also (and more importantly), how many grooms are going to snatch these up for rehearsal dinner attire. See, the problem with rehearsal dinners is that they’re a tricky mix between casual and formal events. Black ties are too much, but a golf polo isn’t enough. Lucky for you, A.D.’s tie collection boasts some real treasures. If you’re currently on the tie hunt for yourself or your groomsmen, I strongly encourage you to check out the line.

And not that I needed any further convincing to give A.D. the seal of approval, I learned about another feather in their cap. They’ve recently teamed up with Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones in support of his Bowtie Cause which supports people going through life-threatening diseases.

And now for the goods:

academy tie artfully disheveled

The Academy

artfully disheveled sharps bowtie

The Sharps Bow Tie

Finally, if you need a refresher course on how to properly tie a tie (let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) there’s always this gem:

cheers, ce

Connect further with Artfully Disheveled by checking out their blog, following them on Twitter and liking them on Facebook.

What style of tie will you be sporting at your rehearsal dinner? What’s your favorite part of the Artfully Disheveled look? Let us know by sharing a comment below.

5 Different Wedding Dress Codes Explained

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Chances are if you’re getting married, your buds are, too. If you’re heading off to a lot of weddings this summer, and want to avoid the “are you really wearing that?” look from your fiancée, here’s a quick rundown on dress code terms and what they mean.

Looking good my friend, looking good.

Looking good my friend, looking good.

White Tie: This means your friends are either royalty, or snooty.

Black tie or Black tie optional: If you’ve got a tux, get it cleaned (this is key as most guys I’ve encountered just stuff the tux in the closet after events). If your tuxless, any dark suit will do.

Formal: You could bring out the tux, or if you’d rather, a dark suit is fine.

Creative Black Tie:
Hell if I know. The good news is, if you’re confused, so is everyone else. If it’s part of your heritage, this is a good place to throw in a little of your own local flavor…cowboy boots with a tux, a kente cloth vest, quilt and commando, etc.

Festive Attire, Festive Casual, Dressy Casual
: This means they want you to look nice, but don’t want you to show up in a tux or dressed for work.

If all else fails, just wear what your fiancée tells you to. Even if she isn’t right, you’ll score points for following directions.

In addition to serving as OneWed’s VP of Marketing, Jennifer Napier is a guest contributor to the GroomsAdvice blog offering a little local flavor for the grooms. You can connect with Jennifer on Google+ and Twitter. says Real Men Wear Pink in 2009

Monday, March 16th, 2009

One word: classy

Rewind 5 months ago to the day you were watching the season finale of 24, and the fiancee tells you that she’s decided electric pink would be your wedding color.  On auto-reply mode (which is typical engaged guy mode), you reply with, “Sure, honey, whatever your heart desires.”

Now, here you are, looking at pink bow-ties and cummerbunds.  Grooms, don’t get me wrong…if you’re all over the pink theme – MORE POWER TO YOU!  But, if you’re not partial to the pink at all…it may not be too late to change your girls mind, or if anything…throw in another color, like navy blue for a nice feminine and masculine balance.

Here are 9 color trends for Weddings 2009

Shades of Brown
– This one has been on the trend list for a couple of years.  Pair it up with colors like: pink, green, blue, or lavender. This bride and groom friendly color will bring a richness that will remind your guests of chocolate.  You can’t go wrong with this one.

Black & White
– This classic duo made it’s grand comeback last year in the very popular damask pattern.  For a fun and classy look – add in a bright, bold shade of green, pink or yellow.

Monochromatic Colors
– A single color in different shades is a big trend for 2009.  Think yellows in butter and in sunshine, or purples in royal and in lavender.

Fiesta Inspired Hues – Colors like fuchsia, orange, bright yellow and of course red are the perfect mix for a funky wedding day!  This color trend works beautiful in dresses and decor.

Soft Grey and White
– Sound dull?  No way!  Add in some sparkle with silver or copper.  This combination exudes romance and high-end.

Tropical Shades
– Since sea and sand elements lead this always popular trend, add in splashes of yellow and turquoise in favor boxes, or ribbons.  This is a sure way to modernize the island style theme in 2009.

Pinks Galore
- That’s right…it’s back – bigger and badder than ever!  Though it used to be a more popular accent color, 2009 brings pink to the center stage.  Use different shades of pink for the bridesmaids dresses, pink ties and fun pink socks for the groomsmen, splashes of pink in the decor and favors!  Can you imagine how gorgeous the pictures would turn out?

Oranges and Peaches
– The color orange is a making a big return this year in wedding themes.  Throw in a lumionous cream color for that extra special touch.  Photography of orange and peach themed decor and florals come out stunning against green..say..grass for your backyard nuptials; or blue for that ocean front “I do.”

Punch O’ Purple
- Certain purple shades matched up with brown tones, or with black and white or with golds and silvers, will introduce you to a whole new set of combinations!  It’s such a versatile color that it’s perfect for day or evening weddings and for all the seasons.

Lastly, let me share this wedding color scheme designer tool with you.  It will definitely impress the Bride-to-be. Good luck!

Gretchen Viles of is a weekly guest contributor to the GroomsAdvice blog. She specializes in blogging about groom’s issues from a bride’s perspective. Founded in 2002, has grown into the most comprehensive easy-to-use local wedding guide on the Internet. They recently launched a wedding ideas and trends content section that focuses on all aspects of wedding planning.


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