Most mornings when you put on a necktie, it’s an absent minded twist, pull it through, a little flip of the hand, and then tighten the knot up to your Adam’s apple.  Most mornings you’re half awake because you got up as late as you possibly could to make it to work on time.  We all do it, sleep is precious and getting your tie knot sharp isn’t as important as an extra 10 minutes of sleep.

I’d like to encourage you to take that extra time to put thought into what you wear, especially on the day of your wedding.  Your bride has put many more minutes into what she’s wearing to the wedding than you have, so paying attention to this one detail will show her how much you care.  Best of all, it’s a lot easier than you’re worried it might be!

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Chances are your bride has already chosen the colors for your wedding so what is left to make your tie stand out?  Why, the knot of course!  If you think that no one aside from your bride will notice your necktie, that’s all the more reason to do this special little thing for her!  Your father might have taught you one or maybe even two different ways to tie a necktie but the Internet has found many more exotic ways to do it. All photos and instructions on these knots, are from agreeordie.com. They have many more necktie knots available to make you look like a dapper necktie pro.

Trinity Knot

Let’s start with a knot that’s not that hard to tie but still will look intricate.  The trinity knot not only has a cool name, but is also obviously different than your average four-in-hand or Windsor.  It’s a very angular knot that resembles a hexagon, so those of you fortunate enough to have chiseled, angular jaws will look good wearing the trinity knot.  Pick a tie with a solid color to really emphasize the knot’s shape.  Even though I love nothing more than a paisley tie, leave your bold patterns in the closet when you’re going with the trinity knot.  Busy ties with lots of colors and patterns will look noisy and no one will be able to tell that you put all that extra effort into tying the knot.

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Instructions and photo found here: http://agreeordie.com/features/fashion/626-how-to-tie-a-necktie-trinity-knot/

Tulip Knot

The tulip knot is a perfect choice for a spring wedding.  Chances are your bride has chosen pastel colors for your wedding party and if you tie a light pink tie in the tulip knot, it will look like you have a real tulip hanging from your neck!  Show your bride that you really ‘get it’ and you’re also sure to get many compliments on your meta style choice.  A complex tie like this should draw the eye to the pattern of the knot itself and not to the tie pattern itself so avoid stripes.  Solids and paisleys will look good, but a solid pastel tie is your best choice for really recreating the tulip effect.

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Instructions and photo found here: http://agreeordie.com/features/fashion/tie-tulip-necktie-knot/

Taurus Knot

The Taurus necktie is a truly unique knot that will impress guests with your sense of style.  It kind of looks like a bull with horns so not only is it ornate; it is also very manly and aggressive.  This knot is very hard to pull off, as it requires a lot of dexterity and a lot of tie material.  Make sure you practice this knot with the tie you’re wearing at your wedding in advance to see if it has enough fabric to create the look.  I really like this knot with a plaid pattern as it creates the illusion of a larger knot.  Personally, I would avoid a solid tie when tying a Taurus because it will look like the big loop behind the knot is accidental and you didn’t tie your knot tight enough.  Patterned ties make the back loop look like a huge set of curled ram horns, which can be cool and give off an air of bravado.

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Instructions and photo found here: http://agreeordie.com/features/fashion/tie-linwood-taurus-necktie-knot/

Whichever tie and knot you choose for your wedding day, make sure you put some thought into your choices.  The tie is usually the only part of your ensemble that stands out when you wear a suit or tuxedo, so make sure it stands out on your wedding day.

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