How to Buy a Tie for Your Wedding

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How to Buy a Tie for Your Wedding

Your wedding is arguably one of the most important days in your life, and in most cases, it is photographed from beginning to end. It stands to reason that you want to look your absolute best from head to toe. Unfortunately, while many men take care to select the suit for the occasion, few give sufficient attention to adequately pairing it with all the accessories. There is more to buying the perfect wedding tie than just looking at colours. Buyers should consider the shape of the tie and how well it accentuates the figure of its wearers. Some may even want to veer away from traditional ties and also consider bow ties.

Any men who have shopped for a formal tie before are familiar with how pricey these relatively small items are. Rather than heading to your local formal wear retailer to do your tie shopping, consider having a look at websites such as eBay first.

Picking the Right Tie

Picking the right tie for any occasion is a headache, and finding the right colour, style, and fabric for a tie to wear for your wedding is no exception. When in doubt, follow these simple steps to end up with the perfect tie.

Finding the Perfect Tie Colour

Finding the perfect tie colour is easy if your wedding already has an established colour scheme. But in the case that it does not, there are a few simple fashion rules which will help you hone in on the perfect tie.

Classic Black

A black tie paired with a black suit or tuxedo immediately brings a heightened sense of formality to any event. If you consider your wedding very formal, with most guests intending or required to wear tuxedos, the best option is to stick with a black tie or bow tie.

Matching the Wedding Colours

If wedding colours are established, your tie should match them. And not only your tie, but your waistcoat, socks, and pocket square. If you have more than one wedding colour, the darkest colour should be selected for your tie, so that it contrasts better with a pale shirt.


Greys and silver ties are kind to those with any complexion, and they do not carry as high a risk of clashing as a tie of hue might. These options are good for men with no colour palette chosen for their wedding and those who want to avoid colour. Again, individuals should opt for darker shades to achieve a better contrast with their shirts. If a pocket square of the same colour blends into the suit too well, then match it to the colour of your shirt instead.

Warm Colours

Warm colours are comprised of browns, russets, oranges, yellows, and some reddish purples, and are best employed in summer and fall weddings. The less formal the wedding, the more brightly coloured your tie may be. If you are not wearing a navy suit to your wedding, yellows, oranges, and golds provide a pleasant contrast.

Cool Colours

Cool colours are most often seen in spring and winter weddings, and comprise of blues, greens, and some purples. Paler shades of these colours are kind to those with pale complexions. Navy ties are a classic option to pair with pale suit jackets and blazers.

The Right Tie Pattern for Your Wedding

After settling on a colour, shoppers should decide on whether or not they should hunt for a patterned tie. The formality of your wedding will make this decision a simple one, because the more formal the wedding, the more formal the tie. If you and most guests are wearing tuxedos, simply stick with a plain, solid coloured tie.

Regiment Striped Tie

Regiment striped ties feature simple diagonal stripes, often offsetting a thin stripe against a broad one. These stripes are different shades of the same colours or two different colours. Regiment striped ties are acceptable in more formal weddings, though at least one stripe colour should be matched to your suit colour.

Geometric Pattern Ties

Geometric patterns are the next step down in formality from regiment stripe ties, and they feature options like houndstooth, herringbone, squares, chevrons, triangles, and more. The simpler the pattern, the better. These ties look particularly good in neutrals.

Plaid Ties

Plaid ties are a solid competitor with geometric pattern ties, but are more pleasant with a pop of colour. Plaid ties pair well with less formal weddings in fall or winter with rich, warm colours and blacks. Paler plaids in creams and whites are  paired with khaki or camel blazers.

Paisley Ties

A paisley tie is a solid option to bring together several different wedding colours, but this option is only for the bold and only acceptable in less formal weddings. To stay on the safer side, the pattern should be fairly large with muted rather than bold colours. Remember, your tie should anchor your ensemble, not become the conversation piece of the wedding.

Foulard Ties

Foulard ties feature a medallion pattern on a plain background and are more complex than geometric patterns. Another excellent option for those in a less formal wedding, foulard ties are used to display several wedding or accent colours. Foulards featuring navy and yellow are generally a safe selection, but otherwise, they should be selected as carefully as paisley patterns.

Which Tie Style to Wear

Ties are manufactured in several distinct and unique styles, each appropriate to the different body shapes and suit styles. Slimmer ties are more suitable to slimmer men and tightly fitted suits, while broader, more traditional ties favour bigger men and looser suits. Some men may even wish to consider bow ties as an option.

Slim Ties

Slim ties are especially thin ties made to nicely complement slimmer figures and the more fitted suit style. Slim ties are also ideal with patterns for those who are still a little unsure of their choice. They have less material on display, and there is less opportunity for the pattern to be truly offensive. Men with broader shoulders and bigger waists should avoid slim ties in favour of other options.

Traditional Ties

Traditional style ties are fairly wide, culminating in a broad point. Traditional ties help even out bigger figures, and are perfect for broad-shouldered or big-waisted men, helping to accentuate and flatter the natural V of torsos for a masculine look. When in doubt, try to match the width of your tie to the width of your suit jacket's lapel. Alternatively, wearing a three-piece suit with a matching waistcoat helps hide any tie sizing uncertainty.

Bow Ties

Bow ties are a solid selection for men wanting to avoid wearing a more traditional tie. Like more conventional ties, they come in a wide arrangement of styles and fits. For a classic, slimming bow tie, individuals should reach for a straight end or club style bow tie. For those with bigger frames, a bow tie featuring bigger wings against a chunky knot in the butterfly or thistle style are the better options.

Buying a Tie for Your Wedding on eBay

The eBay software makes buying anything from wedding ties to auto parts quick and easy. First head over to the eBay homepage. Once there, find the search bar. This search bar is also available on any other eBay page, so you can begin a new search or edit the old one without having to backtrack. After clicking the search bar, type in the description of your ideal wedding tie. Some examples include "wide blue paisley tie" and "slim red satin tie". Making your initial search fairly general will ultimately provide you with more options to consider.

If you find a listing which seems to be promising, but find you need more information than is provided, consider using eBay's "ask a question" function. Accessed by a link provided on the individual listing page, this tool allows you to communicate directly with the seller of an item with any questions or concerns.


Those wanting to look excellent on their wedding day should never forget to give plenty of thought to the finer details and accessories in their outfits. Correctly coordinating your tie can absolutely help 'tie' a look together, but such coordination should not stop just at the tie's colour. If your suit has a silk or satin sheen to it, pair this with a more matte tie. The inverse is also true; more matte suit fabrics should be offset with a slightly, but not too glossy tie. The width of the tie should match to your body shape and the fit of the suit you select, and the colour should be coordinated to the other colours present in the wedding. The colour should also match or complement the colour of your socks and pocket square.

A quality tie will certainly put a squeeze on your wallet, and in some cases, even exceed the cost of a nice dinner for two. Rather than settle for such a high cost, consider shopping for a wedding tie on a website such as eBay.

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