When it comes to weddings you probably sit in one of two camps. You’re either there to celebrate the union of two important people in your life or there to simply perfect your canapé-to-champagne ratio. Whatever role you play in the wedding, there is one job you must take incredibly seriously – your selection of attire. Most importantly, your tie selection. To ensure you make the grade at this year’s summer weddings, here’s my top tips for selecting the perfect wedding tie.
MR BEAUFORT’S GUIDE TO SELECTING THE PERFECT WEDDING TIE
CHECK THE DRESS CODE
If in doubt, double check. Don’t be scared to clarify whether it’s tails and top hats or relaxed summer suits. If you’re provided with no further detail then have ‘sharp-yet-understated’ in your mind. Don’t see this as an opportunity to get away with the bare minimum but instead see it as a chance to win the wedding-wear game. Pull out your best suit, shine your shoes and finish it all off with your finest silk tie.
SETTING THE TONE
If the day does carry a conservative dress code then attention to detail is an imperative. In a sea of suits and tails you’ve got limited opportunity to sartorially express your personality. This is where the tie comes in - a versatile piece of finely tailored silk (yes, silk only!) that can say more about you than any of the polite conversation you’re likely to engage in. Make sure you set the correct tone with your tie selection – as it could be some guest’s lasting impression of you.
TYING THE KNOT
Whilst you might not be involved in the actual ceremony it’s important you’re well versed in tying the knot. If you’re still unable to distinguish a full-Windsor from a Prince Albert knot then we would recommend you put in some desk-research before the event. Don’t ever opt for an open-necked approach to formal occasions. If prior practice doesn’t pay off then feel free to get in touch with me for a Mr. Beaufort masterclass.
DON’T UPSTAGE THE GROOM
This is the number one golden rule of a wedding. It’s the groom’s big day and he doesn’t want you peacocking at his party. If, however, the groom has previously thrown shade on one of your own social functions then be my guest – don your strongest statement tie that will distract all eyes. Make sure your tie selection reflects the season though, I’d recommend you go for brighter colours in summer and more muted in winter.
CONSIDER YOUR ENSEMBLE
The selection process of your tie must be factored at an early stage rather than a rash purchase the day before. This is especially important if you have a waistcoat to coordinate with. You must think about how the tie will work with all of your other carefully selected accessories. The key to the perfect ensemble is making sure that patterns and colours complement each other rather than fight.