45 Wedding Ties That Aren’t Boring AF

These are not your dad's ties

Recently, Michael and I packed our bags to head out for a weeklong trip to Maine. As I agonized over how many sweaters to bring for fifty-five degree weather with a chance of rain, he turned to me and asked, “Two pairs of pants ought to cut it, right?” Which is to say, in my everyday life, I’m married to the kind of person who thinks fashion is a Hanes tagless t-shirt. Because, you know, fancy. But when it comes time to get dressed up, he transforms a la Steve Urkel/Stefan Urquelle–style into an entirely different human. I’m talking pocket square with matching watch, and a very specific shade of oxblood dress boots we had to search an entire day to find. Which is why I get so frustrated when the wedding industry treats men and masculine-of-center folks as an afterthought whose only job is to complement a bride’s outfit. And it’s why I am so here for companies that make stylish wedding-day attire for the suit-and-tie wearers in our lives.

A man standing in a field while buttoning his suit jacket

Near the very top of that list is The Tie Bar. I’ve been ogling their modern, stylish ties and accessories for years (you can see past favorites in our roundups here, here, and here.) And their collaboration with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and the Tie The Knot Foundation has some of coolest bow ties around. (Don’t tell me I don’t need these cheetah print bow ties in my life, Michael be damned.) And as a bonus, $20 of every $25 purchase or $30 of every $35 purchase from the collaboration is donated to advocate for LGBTQ equality worldwide. And these extra cool styles by Dwyane Wade are also none too shabby. Plus they’ve enlisted BHLDN and Show Me Your Mumu for all your wedding tie needs (more on that below).

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collection of rolled up ties, on leaf

So, because you don’t have time to sort through The Tie Bar‘s zillion cool ties, below are forty-five of our favorite picks with applause-worthy designs that buck boring neckwear conventions (or shop them all on The Tie Bar site.) Because tie-wearing folks deserve to look just as cool as dress-wearing ones.

collection of ties and bow ties on a grey backdrop

Cool Collabs

You guys, The Tie Bar website is so well designed, it’s like they created it knowing what an actual pain wedding planning can be. You can not only shop by the standard colors; you can actually shop by your specific bridesmaid dresses’ brand’s specific colors. Matchy-matchy dreams do come true. And so do perfectly mismatched ones, because The Tie Bar’s recent collaborations with some of our favorite bridesmaid dress brands, namely BHLDN and Show Me Your Mumu, really take it to the next level. I mean, just think about how good these tropical-inspired prints would look with bridesmaid dresses in shades of millennial pink and blush…

jungle print tie

Mumu Wedding – Paradise Found Tie (Green)

grey tie with white polka dots
BHLDN Wedding – Grey Dot Tie (Grey)
floral print on white tie
Mumu Wedding – Floral Falls Tie (Purple)
busy floral print tie

BHLDN Wedding – Blush Floral Tie (Grey)
white ribbed bow tie
Mumu Wedding – Coastal Stripe Bow Tie (Dusty Blush) 
rose color tie
BHLDN Wedding – Linen Row Tie (Rose Quartz)
white seersucker tie
BHLDN Wedding – Silk Seersucker Tie (Champagne)
green floral print on white tie
Mumu Wedding – Bouquet Toss Tie (Stone)
grey tie
BHLDN Wedding – Jet Set Solid Tie (Wildflower)

Classic With A Twist

For when you dig the classics: florals, stripes, checks, but with a side of extra.

blue tie with wildflower medallions

Wildflower Medallion Tie (Dark Blue)

cream and khaki rocky floral print tie

Dwyane Wade – Cowabunga Hibiscus Tie (Khaki)

blue floral print on black tie

Linen Buds Tie (Navy)

plaid bow tie

Newton Plaid Bow Tie (Navy)

grey polka dot bow tie

Spree Dots Bow Tie (Grey)

aqua tie with stripes

Pep Stripe Tie (Aqua)

green tie with white flowers

Hodgkiss Flowers Tie (Hunter Green)

mustard yellow tie

West Ridge Solid Tie (Mustard)

grey bow tie with triangles

Triad Bow Tie (Silver)

blue tie with pink stripes

Goal Line Stripe Tie (Navy)

Wear your heart on your… tie

From planes and trains, to sports and stars, (or my fave, the constellations) you or your person can wear that thing that brought you together, or just that thing you like to do on the weekends. And the designs themselves are subtle and super personal, without being kitschy:

blue tie with constellations

Constellations Bow Tie (Navy)

light grey chambray tie

Mainsail Chambray Tie (Washed Blue)

grey bow tie with blue stripes

Baseball Stripe Bow Tie (Grey)

purple tie with music notes

Music Notes Tie (Purple)

maroon tie with horses

Wild Horses Tie (Azalea)

aqua tie with dots

Sailboat Sprint Tie (Turquoise)

light blue tie with bicycles

Two-Wheeler Bicycle Tie (Slate Blue)

BOW TIES ARE COOL

Because, duh. (And pro tip: Almost all of The Tie Bar’s styles come in bow tie, as well as necktie and skinny tie options, so the perfect combo of print and style can be yours.)

plaid bow tie

Motley Plaid Bow Tie (Burgundy) 

royal blue bow tie

Tie The Knot – The Royal Bow Tie (Serene Blue)

blue bow tie with grey flowers

Floral Swell Bow Tie (Navy) 

coral color bow tie

Refinado Floral Bow Tie (Coral)  

purple bow tie

Verge Sound Wave Bow Tie (Purple) 

black bow tie with white dots

Dotted Report Bow Tie (Black)

olive green bow tie

Dwyane Wade – Palm Fronday Bow Tie (Army Green)

teal bow tie

Tie The Knot – The Sinaloa Bow Tie (Teal)

tight check pattern red bow tie

Be Married Checks Bow Tie (Wine)

grey bow tie with lightning bolt

Tie The Knot – The Grant Gustin Bow Tie (Silver)

blue bow tie

Wool Path Stripe Bow Tie (Serene Blue)

Black Tie Very Optional

For when subtle isn’t an option.

red tie with blue flowers

Hinterland Floral Tie (Apple Red)

light blue and white plaid tie

Rancho Plaid Tie (Light Blue)

medium brown floral print tie

Ramble Floral Tie (Black)

checker board pattern bow tie

Dwyane Wade – Longboard Palms Bow Tie (Silver)

red black and white pattern tie

Dwyane Wade – Banquet Camo Tie (Black)

light blue bow tie with roses

Hinterland Floral Bow Tie (Sky Blue)

teal bow tie

Bracken Blossom Bow Tie (Kelly Green)

granite pattern tie

Indigo Stripe (Light Blue)

This post was sponsored by The Tie Bar, who have a massive selection of super cool ties and accessories for your wedding day and beyond, in every color you could ever think of. They’re totally affordable (think $19), so you can try something trendy, but they don’t cut corners when it comes to quality—no cheap polyester here. Basically The Tie Bar is obliterating the days of solid satin ties in basic wedding colors with florals, stripes, and all sorts of unique patterns, and we are so here for it. Plus they’ve partnered with BHLDN and Show Me Your Mumu for unique collections of ties and accessories designed in collaboration with their awesome bridesmaid dresses. Overwhelmed by all the awesome? We feel you. Get started by browsing APW’s featured picks, or check out The Tie Bar’s super helpful wedding shop where you can filter your options by color, style, and pattern; find styling tips and tricks; and find out where to browse their selection IRL.

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