Bow Tie v Tie

So my FI is starting to look into tuxes for the groomsmen and himself. When do you guys think is the right time to start this process? We are a little over 6 months away now, but he thinks its too early!

Also - he wants bow ties, but I think regular ties look so much nicer. What do you guys think? What are you groomsmen doing? I just don't know! I mean I know its his decision, but i still like to have an opinion =)
Posted on March 20, 2008 at 4:20 am
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HolyMolyMatrimony
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I think 6 months is fine if you have the time, all you have to do is get fitted, then pick them up before the wedding. Much easier process then the girls haha It doesn't hurt to have the guys in the system. They can either go when they want or all together...

I personally like the tie look, therefor all the guys in our wedding are in ties as well. Is there a reason he likes bow ties? Has he really tried both on to see?
Posted on March 20, 2008 at 4:28 am
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My Fi also wants a bow tie. lol. we decided to get him a classic tux with a bow tie and for the groomsman we will get a black shadow strip tuxedo with a red and black checkered tie.
Posted on March 20, 2008 at 5:05 am
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The Euro Ties (straight ties) are the latest fashion and always worn with a vest. Bowties and cumberbund are always a classic, but not as "in fashion" as the former. You can split the difference and get a vest with a bowtie...some would argue that bowties are more formal (think Academy Awards!)

Also, I advise to get a FULL back vest, so that if/when the guys removed their jackets at the reception, they still look put together.
Posted on March 20, 2008 at 6:24 am
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I totally agree with Lori on the vests! ... prom flashbacks...

Our guys all wore suits, so it was a no-brainer that they would wear regular ties. But if we had gone the tux route, I would had preferred regular ties as well. I love my husband dearly, but when he wears a bow tie, he looks like a waiter or a valet. ;-) It doesn't matter what kind of bow tie.

Try out a bunch of different ties. There are a couple of different styles of bow ties too. Maybe if you find the right bow tie, you'll see your FI's inner James Bond.

I don't there's a such thing as too early. If he gets it going now, I'm, sure he'll be able to make changes closer to the wedding date if either of you changes their mind on the tux style or tie style.

Good luck!
Posted on March 20, 2008 at 8:15 am
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It's never too early. We're doing ties. I think it depends on the overall feel of your wedding. My wedding is very casual, hence the tie. I think a bow tie is very formal.
Posted on March 20, 2008 at 10:06 am
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It is never too early. My FI and the best man went in November to start the process. Since then we have changed things and added things, but it gave us a good starting point.

As for bow tie or euro tie... My FI and I agreed that we wanted euro tie with a vest, because I don't want it to feel as formal. My dad was insistent on a bow tie (he doesn't think that it is proper or that it looks right to wear a neck tie with a tux) and a cummerbund. We compromised for him only and he will wear a bow tie with a vest.
Posted on March 20, 2008 at 12:14 pm
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My FI LOVES bow ties. He wears them with three piece suits, well he wears them all the time really, but they look really smart. We're having our civilian groomsmen wear their own suits (they're all bankers so they own many many suits, no point in getting another) and then we're ordering bow ties so they can match. FI's favorite bow tie source:
http://www.beautiesltd.com/

On the formal side, I don't care for anything but a bow tie and cummerbund with a tuxedo. But then again that's just my humble opinion! I know some people go for the low waistcoat look but I'm just not that into it, but then again I'm not a man! Unless its morning or evening dress in which case a cravat tie (or bow tie for evening) and waistcoat are de rigueur. In evening dress, the waistcoat must be white. But I don't know what you would do with your waistcoat if its not worn with tails, I guess you can get creative if you really wanted although I agree with Lori, can't go wrong with classic black!
Posted on March 20, 2008 at 12:26 pm

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