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While the bride’s choice of attire is typically the most talked-about on a wedding day, this year’s gents certainly held their own! From seersucker suits to gingham shirts and jeans, these Southern grooms and groomsmen hit it out of the park in the style department.

Alix and Dodd‘s groomsman’s seersucker suit and “moatch,” by Kat Braman

Drew‘s navy suit and chambray shirt, by Landon Jacob

Will and his groomsmen in dress whites, by Robyn Van Dyke

Ray‘s groomsmen in navy pullovers and gray suits, by Sara & Rocky

Austin and his groomsmen in tuxes and hot pink suspenders, by Love, the Nelsons

Caleb‘s paisley bow tie, vest, baby’s breath boutonniere, and sweet patch, by Jen Dillender

Matthew and his groomsmen in gingham and denim, by Rachel May

Vance‘s colorful suit, by Veronica Varos

Adam and his groomsmen in black tie on the beach, by Kaytee Lauren

Jonathan‘s sherrif’s badge, by Flora & Fauna

Landon Jacob, Robyn Van Dyke, Jen Dillender, and Rachel May, are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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We’ve talked about what the girls will wear at my wedding, and now, let’s talk about the gents! The nuances of menswear baffle me, but thankfully, Dave has sharp style and super high standards, so I’ve been more than happy to leave this wedding planning ball primarily in his GQ-educated court.

When Dave and I started discussing what he and his groomsmen (consisting of my brother, his two brothers, two college friends, two high school friends, and one childhood friend–quite a group!) will wear, we quickly agreed on about what color they’d be in: navy. I’ve been secretive about our color palette so far, but navy is indeed playing a big role, and the gents’ attire is the perfect place to bring that shade into our wedding day fashion! Here are a few of the inspiration images we rounded up:

Clockwise from top: Ashley Seawell via Southern Weddings, Rylee Hitchner via Once Wed, Michael Radford via Grey Likes Weddings, Brea McDonald via Grey Likes Weddings, Eric Boneske via Southern Weddings, Jose Villa via Once Wed

We briefly considered going the custom route to ensure perfect fits (I love Knot Standard for affordable custom suiting), but even with some reasonable prices that we found, it still felt like too much to ask of people who need to travel to our wedding. Dave also really wanted to stay away from rentals so that everyone could invest in pieces they’ll love and wear for years. On a spontaneous trip to J. Crew a few weeks ago, we fell in love with the Ludlow suit in deep navy–it fit Dave perfectly! In an effort to keep the costs down for each of the groomsmen, we decided that Dave and both of our dads will be the only ones in full suits. I love the two images below, and hope our gents end up looking something like them!

Top: Ryan Ray, bottom: Kaytee Lauren via Southern Weddings

To finish off the look, the gents will be in white shirts, brown leather belts, brown shoes, and ties–I know, a little surprising that we aren’t going with bow ties! Rest assured, there will plenty of other “Southern thangs” present :) As easy as choosing the rest of the menswear has been, Dave and I are stuck on ties…so we’d love your thoughts! Here are our options:

Weigh in on your favorite in the comments–we’d love your help making this decision!

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  1. avatar lena reply

    Love the look, and the gingham ties!

  2. avatar Ashley Relvas reply

    Love tie bar and this look! Always a big fan of gingham ties :)

  3. avatar Kristin reply

    Gah! They are all gorgeous. I think I vote for those sharp looking gingham ties but I don’t think you can go wrong!! xo.

  4. avatar Dana reply

    seersucker <3 they are going to look so fresh!

  5. avatar Morgan reply

    The gray seersucker is my top choice! You can’t go wrong with these options!

  6. avatar Stephanie reply

    I absolutely love the overall look and feel you’re going for! My favorite is the blue gingham, but you can’t go wrong with any of these.

  7. avatar Jessica Leighanne reply

    I’m really loving tie #1! I love that it has so much texture, while still being a solid. And I think the color would look wonderful with the navy.

  8. avatar Robyn Van Dyke reply

    I love the navy gingham, #3!! :)

  9. avatar Laura reply

    I’m partial to the gingham and I think that will fit in perfectly at your venue.

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Exciting things are happening in the Southern Weddings office. Sure, y’all know that we’re plugging away making a magazine, but every week, we’re quietly celebrating each pre-launch press milestone we hit and anxiously awaiting the day we can share V5 with you. We are in the final days of our pre-press edits and ready to send this puppy off on Friday!

You know how we roll around here, y’all. Every celebration comes with loads of sweet tea, high fives and a giveaway on the blog! We wrangled up more bow ties and neck ties than our hearts could imagine — each one a part of our photo shoot prop family — and could think of no better home for them than resting on your dapper gents’ collars.

Every week from now until the magazine hits news stands around the South and beyond, we’re giving away two ties a week to two lucky winners!

To Enter: Leave a comment below telling us which bow tie or neck tie calls to you.

Win: Your choice of tie from the Southern Weddings photo shoot prop closet!

Good luck, y’all!

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  1. avatar Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine reply

    I am loving all of the bright yellow ones. They are perfect.

  2. avatar Ali Cline reply

    They are ALL calling to me in a way! So bright and fun! Guess I’d have to pick the tealish blue striped one if I had to though!

  3. avatar Kristyn M reply

    Seersucker in any color!

  4. avatar Megan reply

    I love the Mint Julep bowtie! I am getting married the weekend after the Kentucky Derby and mint juleps are the drink of choice!

  5. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    I am a sucker for a southern guy in a bow tie! My guy would be happy with any of these options, but I am drawn to the second one from the bottom in the left column– the purplish/blue plaid. Thanks for sharing these with your readers!

  6. avatar emily reply

    I like the 14th one in the left column.

  7. avatar Anna reply

    I love the red and navy with polka dots!!

  8. avatar Lauren reply

    Y’all I LOVE the green seersucker Bowtie! It would be perfect for my to be groom in our pink and green southern wedding (eek less than 10 months). Carolina here we come!

  9. avatar Jenna reply

    I think he would love them all. :)

    But since he is quite the bow tie man I would say second from the bottom right or any of the yellows.

  10. avatar amanda reply

    Being from the south you definitely have to represent your Alma Mater and my fiance would look totally dapper in the red gingham or polka dot bow tie to represent NC State!!! (How bout that win Saturday?!) I love those two the most!! SO cute! I also think the red and white floral is so sweet!!

  11. avatar Ashleigh reply

    LOVING the gingham bow tie or the blue/green checked one (5th from the top)! We just got engaged (eeek! I’m getting MARRIED!) and are trying to decide on our colors and ties vs. bow ties so this would certainly help with the decision making as well as making my groom-to-be look handsome while we decide!

  12. avatar Shelby reply

    So many daper bow ties! Although, I must say my eyes are drawn to that blue gingham beauty. What a more southern way to bring out my beau’s blue eyes than with gingham!?

    congrats on V5 ladies! can’t wait to add the fifth to my collection!

  13. avatar Damaris Mia reply

    Oooo! I love both of the skinny ties! (the light blue and peach one). Can’t wait for the magazine!

  14. avatar Graham reply

    I’d take them all :)…but I do need some more green in my life…4th one from the top left = AMAZING! :)

  15. avatar Larissa reply

    The Mint Julep bowtie is just adorable!

  16. avatar Courtney Cross reply

    They are just adorable! I would say anything red would be perfect for my husband! I see a few Southern Proper ones in the photos, these are my husbands favorite!

  17. avatar Carrie M reply

    They are all so beautiful, but I do love those bright red ones!

  18. avatar Allison reply

    My man has been wanting a diamond tipped bow tie for a while now! The green stripped one would look wonderful on him! The bottom right bow tie also has his name written all over it.

  19. avatar Meredith @ Map & Menu reply

    What fun! I love the any of the blue or navy ties with stripes!

  20. avatar Kelsey reply

    I would love to win the light blue seersucker bow tie! It’s is one of his favorite colors, brings out his eyes, and works perfectly for Tarheel football games!!

  21. avatar Julie reply

    Carolina Blue- can’t get better than that!

  22. avatar Kelsey Lou reply

    These ties are DIVINE! I married my sweet hubs Evan in June and we are set to attend a bunch more weddings for our sweet friends this Fall! I am dying over the red/orange & blue medallion beau second from the bottom right! He would look oh so dapper in it!

  23. avatar Sydney H reply

    I love the tiny plaid green and white bow tie, for my boyfriend!

  24. avatar Kelly reply

    My Southern gent loves all things houndstooth (to my UTK-loving chagrin, roll tide…) — so that first one on the top left corner would make him swoon!!

  25. avatar Rachel reply

    I’m an artist, and any of the peachy pinks or yellows are lovely…they’re such fresh, bright hues. Any of the peaches would be really pretty paired with cobalt blue bridesmaid dresses.

  26. avatar Kelly reply

    I absolutely love the pink and green striped one! My Fiance would love this!

  27. avatar Taylor reply

    THIS IS SO HARD! I love all the plaids…ginghams….seersucker…ahh the bright yellows the mellow blues! But I do have to say…. the fiance would probably love the houndstooth bow-tie the best!!

  28. avatar Anna reply

    LOVE, love, love those teal blue striped ties, and the yellow gingham of course! Early Christmas gift for the boy? I think so!! –can’t wait for V5 :)

  29. avatar Melissa Vause reply

    I love love love the green seersucker!

  30. avatar Caitlin reply

    I love the pink and white bow tie! So cute!

  31. avatar Carolyn reply

    I love the light blue tie! My honey has blue eyes and I think it’d be perfect for him!!

  32. avatar Katie reply

    The red plaid pattern would be perfect for my hub’s black tie Christmas party…and I love the blue/green checked print right across the “aisle” from it….I could definitely plan my Easter dress around that beauty!!!

  33. avatar Lindy reply

    I love them all! I think my husbands favorite would be that teal gingham tie though! So fun! he would be thrilled with such a fun and southern prize!

  34. avatar Elise reply

    They’re all adorable, but the blue bow ties that are sixth, seventh, and eighth from the bottom in the left column are my favorites!

  35. avatar Amanda reply

    I love love love the plaid blue and grey neck tie, but they are all so colorful and fun!

  36. avatar Ashley reply

    I LOVE that plaid blue necktie! My fiancé would look so handsome sporting that at our shower coming up :) it matches his eyes perfectly!

  37. avatar Emily T reply

    Loving the classic simplicity of the blue seersucker for my favorite guy. :)

  38. avatar Paige reply

    I think that those yellow/gold ones are amazing! especially for my App State loving Fiancé…and the fact that our colors incorporate our love of our colleges into the design! Just got engaged and am so excited about V5!

  39. avatar Jenna Lea reply

    love the navy diagonal stripe, simple and versatile

  40. avatar Natalie reply

    So hard to pick, they are all so fun! My fiancé would most likely wear the blue seersucker stripe one but is that a purple one with penguins that I see?! LOVE.

  41. avatar sarah der reply

    omg I love them all!!!!! But maybe number 9 from the top, that lovely aqua one!

  42. avatar Christina Setser reply

    The green with the cotton on it. I will be using cotton in my flower arrangements. My wedding is in Charleston, South Carolina on March, 16, 2013. I went to College of Charleston and loved all the southern charm and can not wait to have my southern wedding there. Christina Setser

  43. avatar Emily reply

    Either the lime green with navy stripes or the orange and white seersucker – both would compliment our wedding colors perfectly!

  44. avatar Laura reply

    I would love to get my hubby into the blue madras tie! I’d have a harder time with a bowtie unless it was orange.

  45. avatar Courtney Porter {Dogwood Events} reply

    I love all of the orange and red shades!

  46. avatar Courtney reply

    I love them all! If I had to pick I’d pick the madras bright color one!

  47. avatar jen reply

    bow ties are awesome! i love that dark blue one with the tiny white spots all over!

  48. avatar Kathryn reply

    So many great ties! I really like the red gingham, the pink and green stripe, the green one with cotton bolls, and the blue and green gingham. Great giveaway!

  49. avatar Emily reply

    Oh man, all of them? But I think my man, a soon to be UNC alum, would look quite dapper in the Tarheel blue. :o)

  50. avatar Katie reply

    I am OBSESSED with the bowtie 7th from the top in the first column. My bridesmaids are wearing J Crew “Dusty Shale” dresses for my April wedding and I have been having the toughest time finding the perfect bow tie that matches the girls dresses. This one looks PERFECT and adds in another pop of color which I love!!

    Even if I wasn’t selected as a winner…could someone kindly tell me who makes this bow tie? It is amazing!!!

    Love Love Love!

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hey Katie! The bow tie 7th from the top on the right column is made by Mr. Mustache Bow Tie Co!

  51. avatar Ann reply

    I love them all! I’m getting married next June and my future hubby will be wearing a seersucker suit. We are looking for a good bow tie to coordinate with his suit :)

  52. avatar Erika reply

    I’m a sucker for anything polka dot, especially a bow tie!!

  53. avatar Kristy reply

    Any of the blue ones :)

  54. avatar Danielle reply

    I love the mint julep bowtie! We are getting married the day of the Kentucky Derby, and it would be so handsome for my groom! Any of the green shades are great though!

  55. avatar Jillian Babbel reply

    i LOVE the cream and green bowtie and would have my groomsmen wear it!

  56. avatar Christina Setser reply

    I am planning on using cotton stems in my floral arrangements and the green bow ties with cotton would be great. My wedding is in Charleston,South Carolina on March 16,2013. I graduated from College of Charleston and love the southern charm of the city. Me and my mom thought the green cotton bow ties would be great. I can not wait for my southern wedding. Thank you so much. Christina Setser

  57. avatar Sue Hawks reply

    I like that snappy lime green tie with the stripe. It would look fabulous on my new son-in-law, (Kyle, a Southern Monogram Wedding Blog from May 5 2012 wedding). He is a lawyer in Elizabethtown, NC and all Southern gentlemen lawyers need to make a fashion statement!

  58. avatar Adam Gilbert reply

    I’m partial to that purple plaid number :-)

  59. avatar ashley valis reply

    The gray with white dots is to die for! I am getting married out side in may, and this will blend in with our blue/gray/green theme perfectly!

  60. avatar Laura reply

    I’m a sucker for the seersucker ones :)

  61. avatar Lauren reply

    I love them all!!!!!!!

  62. avatar Sarah reply

    I am loving the tie with the light blue check design!

  63. avatar Sarah H reply

    I love bowties! If I had to pick just one, it has to be the orange plaid.

  64. avatar Christina Setser reply

    I will be getting married on March 16,2013 in Charleston,South Carolina. I graduated from College of Charleston and love the southern charm of the city. I will be using cotton in my floral arrangements and I love the green cotton bow tie and that is one of the colors I will be using. It would be great for the wedding. I love your web site with so many cool ideas. Thank you very much. Christina Setser

  65. avatar Zachry reply

    My fiance is in love with this blog, and she directed me to this contest! My favorite bowtie is 18 down from the left. I would really like it – thanks for doing this!

  66. avatar Tonda reply

    I am loving all of them, so bright and fun! My favorite is the 5th one down the blue and green one!

  67. avatar JOANNA GOULAH reply

    I absolutley love the light green stripe bow tie (1st column 2nd row). It is very versatile with different colored suits, very simple but elegant

  68. avatar Jenny reply

    So hard to choose….I think the one that best embodies our wedding theme is the bow tie 2nd from the bottom on the right, a combination of southern sophistication for Charleston where my fiance is a chef and English hunt country for Charlottesville where I am in school at UVA.

  69. avatar Kelly reply

    Either the solid yellow or yellow diagonal stripe tie would be a wonderful surprise for my groom for our yellow and gray oceanfront wedding in May! Something about a pop of yellow against a gray suit will add a little spring sunshine to my groomsmen!

  70. avatar Jeanie reply

    They’re all amazing! The green bow tie with the thin blue diagonal stripes would be perfect for our garden themed wedding next year.

  71. avatar Eric Harris reply

    the green and salmon bow tie is swaggarific. love it.

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