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Winter Wedding Attire: The Perfect Accessories for Grooms in the British Chill

A winter wedding in the UK is a magical affair, with the backdrop of frost-kissed landscapes and the inviting ambiance of historic venues. As a groom, it's essential to not only stay warm but also embrace the quintessential British elegance with a dash of humor on your special day. Accessorizing plays a pivotal role in achieving that perfect winter wedding look. In this blog post, we'll delve into the world of groom's accessories, with a particular focus on colour choices and the timeless debate of necktie vs. bow tie, all while considering the addition of a matching pocket square.

Choosing the Right Colours

The British winter offers a splendid palette for your wedding attire. The key to accessorizing as a groom is to complement the overall color scheme while exuding sophistication. Here are some colour considerations for your British winter wedding attire:

Regal Burgundy and Deep Blues: Embrace the opulence of the season with rich, deep hues like burgundy and navy blue. A tailored suit in one of these classic colors can be elegantly accentuated with a coordinating necktie. Enhance your ensemble with a matching pocket square, adding a touch of regal refinement.

Our Gedling fabric fits this brief perfectly, shop the look here

Winter Greens and Earthy Tones: For a countryside winter wedding, consider shades of green or earthy tones such as forest green or deep brown. Match your necktie and pocket square to the natural beauty of the British landscape, exuding a sense of warmth and comfort.

Our Warwick fabric tops the bill for winter greens, our full range an be found here

Frosty Blues

and Silver: Capture the frosty charm of a British winter with light or icy blue tones paired with silver accents. Opt for a light grey or silver tie and complement it with a matching pocket square, evoking the crisp beauty of the season.

If blue is the colour click here to explore our Hartington fabrick

Necktie vs. Bow Tie

The choice between a necktie and a bow tie often depends on personal style, the formality of the event, and the overall British aesthetic. Let's explore the pros and cons of each option:


  • Pros:

    • Versatile Elegance: Neckties offer a wide range of styles, patterns, and colors, suitable for various wedding themes and dress codes.

    • All-Day Comfort: Some grooms find neckties more comfortable for extended wear.

    • Timeless British Look: Neckties lend a modern twist to traditional British elegance.

  • Cons:

    • Slightly Less Formal: While neckties are versatile, they may be considered slightly less formal compared to bow ties, especially with tuxedos.

Browse our full range of Neck ties here

Bow Tie:

  • Pros:

    • Timeless Charm: Bow ties exude classic British sophistication and add an old-world charm to your look.

    • Formal Elegance: Perfect for formal British weddings, especially when paired with a traditional tuxedo.

    • Distinctive Style: A bow tie stands out as a unique choice, making you look dapper and fashion-forward.

  • Cons:

    • Style Specific: Bow ties have a distinct style that may not suit everyone's taste or the overall wedding theme. It's important to choose the right style of bow tie that aligns with your personal style and wedding aesthetic.

Browse our full pre tied bow tie range here or self tied here

The Significance of Pocket Squares

A pocket square is more than just a piece of fabric tucked into your suit pocket; it's a subtle yet impactful accessory that can elevate your entire ensemble. Here's why pocket squares are worth considering:

  • Dapper Finish: A pocket square adds a refined and polished finish to your British wedding attire, enhancing the overall aesthetic.

  • Coordination: When the pocket square complements your tie or bow tie, it creates a cohesive and well-thought-out British look.

  • Versatile Elegance: Just like ties and bow ties, pocket squares come in various colors and patterns, allowing you to express your style and tie the entire look together.

When choosing a pocket square for your winter wedding, consider incorporating elements of the season, such as subtle winter floral patterns or cool-toned colors, to embrace the charm of a British winter wonderland.

Florals Aren't Just for Summer

While winter weddings often lean towards deeper and richer color palettes, it's essential to note that florals aren't just for summer. Incorporating subtle floral patterns or motifs into your accessories can add a touch of unexpected charm to your winter wedding attire. Consider a tie or pocket square with a discreet floral design that complements your chosen color scheme. These floral accents can beautifully echo the natural beauty of the British countryside, even in the colder months.

Explore Our Fabrics and Accessories

At Arsenic and Old Lace, we offer a wide range of fabrics and accessories that capture the essence of British elegance for your winter wedding. Our accessories are lovingly handmade to order, ensuring that you receive a truly bespoke piece for your special day. Additionally, we are delighted to offer free worldwide delivery, making it convenient for grooms around the globe to access our unique creations. Whether you're leaning toward a necktie or a bow tie and regardless of your color preferences, you'll find everything you need to look your best on your special day. To explore our selection, visit our online store here and discover the perfect accessories that will make your British winter wedding attire truly memorable.

To summarise

Accessorizing as a groom for a British winter wedding involves careful consideration of colors, the necktie vs. bow tie dilemma, and the addition of a

matching pocket square. By selecting the right colors that complement your wedding theme, opting for the accessory that aligns with your style and formality, and even considering subtle floral motifs, you'll ensure that you capture the essence of British elegance on this momentous day. Remember, your accessories should not only keep you warm but also reflect the warmth and love you share with your partner as you embark on this beautiful journey together amidst the British winter wonderland—with a hearty dose of humor to keep the chill at bay!

With love, Team Arsenic and Old Lace

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