I wanted my girls to wear champagne dresses -- and then I realized that if my color scheme was purple, their dresses should be purple. Unless I change my colors to eggplant, lilac, and champagne, and then I can keep champagne for the dresses, eggplant as my color, and I win all around.
Pete, he doesn't care, just as long as I don't pick black.
These are all the little things that I have to decide. No one comes and says, "This is your wedding colors. Here are dresses for the maids and matching ties for the men." But once I finally do decide on the women, the men will be very easy thanks to Bows-N-Ties.
The site sells ties in every color, starting at $7.90 per tie. That's definitely affordable.
We got a chance to check out the Puccini tie in amber yellow and white stripe.
The tie was sent at random. Personally, I would have picked the aubergine purple and berry pink striped tie because it matches Pete's lilac dress shirt, but I didn't get to choose. When I opened the tie and saw it was very golden, I was trying to think which of my brothers I should give this too. I didn't think Pete would want it at all.
When I told him we had a tie for review, he actually said, "If it's a tie, I don't want it." He turned around, took a look at the tie, and changed his tune. He actually really liked it and was trying to figure out what dress shirt he could pair it with (honestly, we're still trying to figure that out).
The tie, which retails for $9.90, is constructed really well, except for one spot in the thinner half of the tie. The fabric was stitched together in three places on the thinner half of the tie. Two of the spots are pretty seamless. The third, though, the fabric is not aligned, so the stripes don't match up to form a fluid stripe. Also, the stitching is loose in that section, so each individual stitch is visible. For under $10, you can't be too picky, but it's something that I needed to address.
Other than that, the tie is great. It's really thick so when it's worn, it will hold its own and not flap around (which is good because if you're getting married outside, on a windy day, and your groomsmen are not wearing suit jackets, you want a tie that is going to hold up to the elements.
I really like the aesthetics of the tie. The color is really bold and the diagonal stripe is really appealing. Stripes have a tendency of being dizzying, but this is a wide enough distance that it doesn't happen. If stripes aren't your thing though, Bows-N-Ties does sell solid ties. Plus, the site also sells handkerchiefs (in case your forego a boutonniere), cuff links, tie bars, and silk scarves. So all your wedding needs can be purchased at once.
Now, if only I could pick a color, then I'd be set.