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Posted on Jan 30, 2014 in Andy blogs, cordial weddings, Personal Style, Wedding Style |

Gentle Snow + Gentlemanly Bow = Gorgeous Wedding

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photo by onelove

Here in South Carolina, a light dusting of snow keeps everyone from doing pretty much everything. As you can see from this very cordial wedding, the snow didn’t stop anyone. In fact, it covered this couple’s day in beauty, and provided a white blanket that turned their nuptial surroundings into an enormous outdoor photo studio.

This couple pulled together a striped organic cotton / hemp blend and a handsome tweed for the groomsmen, while keeping the groom distinguished by a solid tan necktie. When you’re looking for just the right touch for your groomsmen, service staff, or the lucky gentleman himself, don’t forget that it’s almost always possible to create a custom reversible, two-toned, or even four-toned bow tie by combining any of our listed bow ties. (Contact us and we’ll be delighted to help.) The multi-pattern or multi-color option gives you a chance to have the men involved stand out from the wedding crowd, while choosing subtle patterns or neutral colors can keep you from having these dapper men upstage the gorgeous bride.

As I often assert, menswear is all about putting others at ease while nevertheless expressing individual style. Here is a textbook example.

Enjoy these photos, graciously provided by Bess & Austin’s wedding photographers, onelove.



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Posted on Sep 9, 2013 in Bow Ties, cordial weddings | 1 comment

A Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding

Thinking about having a Great Gatsby inspired wedding or party?  We’ve got you covered – atleast your neck.  When I saw the movie, all I could do was start at the neckwear.  Such a wonderfully styled movie.  The bow tie in the first scene where we meet gatsby is beautiful.  So beautiful that we decided to make them.  The Gatsby is a Black silk satin bow tie tipped at the edge and on the knot with white satin.  And don’t forget the white pique pocket square to go with.

So now that you have your bow tie picked out for the wedding, you can scour Pinterest for other ideas on Great Gatsby Wedding inspiration.


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Posted on Jul 8, 2013 in Bow Ties, cordial weddings, etiquette |

Cordial Wedding Etiquette: Groom’s Wardrobe

When it comes to a wedding, the fashion mistakes may be more subtle. Fashion etiquette may or may not be important to you. If not, talk to your fiancee; it may be important to your bride and family. Remember, the pictures last a lifetime. Decisions on what you wear should be based on kindness and consideration. Future grooms, you will probably think more about this outfit than any other you will wear!

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Posted on Jul 1, 2013 in cordial weddings |

Cordial Weddings: Jason and Erika (The Fitted White Pique Bow Tie)

We are starting a new series here on the blog: Cordial Weddings! The posts will include real weddings, wedding etiquette, and groomsmen gift ideas, just to name a few.

Today we are featuring Jason and Erica from Nashville, Tennessee. When this lovely couple married last August, Jason wore our white pique bow tie. They married at Covenant Presbyterian Church (where Andy and Ellie have had the privilege of attending several times over the years) and held their reception at The Hermitage Hotel.


Why he bought a white pique bow tie for his wedding:

“As soon as Erika and I decided that I, as the groom, would wear full dress white tie for our wedding, I knew I had to do something special with my bow tie.  For me, the tie is incredibly important because it is the centerpiece of a man’s appearance.  It is the anchor that ties the rest of his tuxedo, suit, or whatever else he is wearing together.  I immediately knew that a rental bow tie would not do.  Even an adjustable self-tie bow tie was not preferable. But given the constraints of the tradition of white tie, I couldn’t just go anywhere for one. That’s when I found The Cordial Churchman.”

Given the style shirt Jason wore, the bow tie was visible around his neck since it did not have a collar. We made sure to size the tie to his measurements, instead of sewing in sliders. In our humble opinion, it looks great on him!


Congratulations, Jason and Erika, and thank you for sharing pictures from your wedding! The pictures were taken by Rachel Moore.

Cheers, Audrey

**If you would like TCC to make custom bow ties for your wedding, visit our online shop at or contact us at

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