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Do I have to wear a tie for my small wedding at home?

Written by Katy Eriks October 22, 2020

Photo Cred: Amy Mulder Photography

Q: My fiance and I are planning a small wedding at home, do I have to wear a tie if we’re having an informal event? 

A: Great question. No, there are no rules saying that you have to wear a tie to a wedding. We’ve had numerous grooms suit up sans tie and still look sophisticated and upscale. When thinking about piecing your look together, take a few things into consideration: 

  • Shirt: Opt for a spread collar dress shirt and leave the top 1-2 buttons undone. If you will be wearing an undershirt, make sure it's a v-neck style so it won't show around your neck. 
  • Facial hair: Visit a professional and have your beard trimmed or opt for a straight razor shave.
  • Accessories: If you aren’t wearing a tie, make sure your other accessories like a pocket square or watch stand out. 

Whether you're getting married at the beach or in your backyard, an open collar look can still be sophisticated and you'll look sharp on your big day. Have more style questions? Reach out to us at! 

About the Author

Katy Eriks - The Groomsman Suit

Katy Eriks started out as one of TGS' first brides. Having experienced TGS as a customer first, Katy brings valuable perspective to customer care. Additionally, she supports marketing efforts and advances brand visibility locally. When she’s not at TGS, she’s teaching yoga, caring for her three rescue dogs, and hanging out with A.J., hubby and former TGS groom!