Here is the first in a series of articles containing tips for planning weddings. In this article I will describe how best to tie a bow tie. It's certainly one of those things you want to practise before the big day arrives!

All the guys reading this may remember the first time they were told how to tie a tie! Fairly easy if it's just to be a knot but more tricky if you a) want it to look good and b) want to do it fairly quickly. But the first tie you knotted was probably just for school. For weddings, you don't get a second chance and if you've done a bad job then the wedding photographs will be a nice record of the fact!

Things You Will Need

A bow tie and a mirror! Nothing else required for this apart from the all important patience to practice.

Step 1

Step 1 (30550)

Begin by taking one end of the bow tie and making it longer than the other by a couple of inches. The longer end should be on your right side.

Step 2

Step 2 (30549) Take the longer end and cross it over the shorter end.

Step 3

Step 3 (30548) Take the longer end underneath the shorter end and then bring it out above, level with the shirt buttons.

Step 4

Step 4 (30547) Fold the shorter end horizontally. This will form a bow.

Step 5

Step 5  (30544) Place the longer end over the top of the shorter end.

Step 6

Step 6  (30545) Fold the longer end horizontally, forming the second bow.

Step 7

Step 7  (30546) Insert the longer end through the loop at the back. Pull both ends gently, to complete the knot.
To recap; practice makes perfect: practice it so that you get it right 9 times out of 10 so that when the big day comes around it's nothing that will stress you.
When you're practising, it may be helpful to get someone else to look at your efforts and offer an impartial verdict; mother's may be ideal for this!
One last tip; once you're happy you've got the process tied down, it may be good to try and wear the tie for twenty minutes to ensure it's not too tight and you are comfortable with the fit as well as the aesthetics.
If you concentrate on preparing properly for the big day, then when it comes around you're not worried by the details of things like this and you have much better chances of enjoying the occasion.
Good luck! Stay tuned for the next article which will look at ways to enhance your big day through adding accessories to outfits such as wedding cufflinks.

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