Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride September 12th 2008

Today East Side Bride joins us for her last style guide (for now anyway!) Indie Rock

The Killers from here.

I love the wild-west-meets-the-seventies look. These boys know how to rock a vest. And I’m a sucker for good facial hair. Don’t shave your beard (or your mustache, please!) for the wedding, whatever you do. Be yourself. And look like yourself in the pictures.

Photo by Laura Burlton.

This real-life groom also happens to be in a band. It shows in his f-it-I’ll-wear-what-I-want attitude. We all could use a little more of that. (Doc Martens are meant to be worn with tube socks, after all. Wedding or no wedding.)

Happy Friday! Crank up your stereo and dance with your bride! And thank you to the Polka Dots for hosting me this week. I had a blast.

It’s been great having East Side Bride here on Polka Dot Groom this week. We hope to have her visit again! Don’t forget- check out East Side Bride for more groom style!

Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride September 11th 2008

Ms Polka is back again with her thoughts on ties

Just as I am all about the coloured wedding shoe for the bride. I love to see a groom in a coloured wedding tie.

Want proof it looks fantastic? Check out these photos

Photo credits L-R Drew B Photography, Michael Norwood Photography, Joy Marie Photography, Melissa Jill Photography, Rae Leytham Photography, Kelly Moore Photography, Ryan Phillips Photography, Mi Belle Inc, Laura Kay, Drew B Photography

Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride September 11th 2008

Today we’re exploring the different ties a groom can wear. There are many different ties and knots and variations that can confuse the heck out of any normal human being.

The Tie

Photo by Joy Marie Photography

The most common choice of wedding neck wear, the tie can be knotted in a number or ways. What you choose is dependent on the formality of the wedding and your own personal style.
1. Windsor Knot-Wide, triangular knot. Considered to be formal.
2. Half Windsor- Neat, triangular knot, not as wide as Windsor knot.
3. Pratt Knot- A semi-wide knot. Tied with the tie facing outward (also known as the Shelby knot).
4. Four In Hand Knot- The most simple method. Narrow and slightly asymmetrical (also known as the Schoolboy knot).

The Cravat

Photo by GG Images

The cravat is a piece of fabric, often silk, designed to worn around the neck. With a similar look to a puff tie it is most suitable for formal weddings. They are often worn with a wing collared shirt. To ensure the placement of the cravat is perfect, it is preferable that it be worn with a waistcoat.

The Bow Tie

Photo by Jessica Claire

For formal weddings think black tie, or, for fun and happy weddings, a coloured bow tie is a nice choice. Coloured or plain black, it creates an elegant look and is really the only match to a formal suit such as a tuxedo.

Something to think about – when the groom and groomsmen wear ties that match the bridesmaids dresses exactly in colour, the photos will look all very ‘matching’ and more formal, whereas when they wear ties in a complementary colour such as a darker blue tie, with the bridesmaids wearing a pale blue, the look will be elegant and much less ‘matching’.

How to Tie The Tie

This is the most important part! Hopefully these videos will give you some tips and tricks to get the knot right!

Tying A Tie – Windsor Knot

Tying A Tie – Half Windsor

Tying A Tie – Pratt Knot

How To Tie A Cravat

How To Tie A Bow Tie