Can I Wear a Bow Tie to a Wedding?

Question: I will be attending a wedding soon and was thinking of wearing a bow-tie instead of a neck tie, and was wondering if it might be appropriate for the occasion.

Answer: Yes, you can definitely wear a bow tie at a wedding, but you have to think about what you want to get out of it. If you regularly wear bow ties, or if your outfit is reasonably sedate and appropriate, then it’s fine. If you’re doing it to make a splash or experiment, a wedding may not be the best time or place. There are other parties that aren’t about celebrating other people who you ostensibly care about. Maybe splashes are better for those occasions.