July 29, 2014

Expert Wedding Advice On Radiant Orchid Weddings

The Five Tips To Creating A Radiant Orchid Inspired Wedding

We are thrilled to have Christina Caruso of Chistina Caruso Wedding & Events as our Featured Guest Blogger. She gives us her 5 Tips for A Radiant Orchid Inspired Wedding ranging from determining your “color” personality to thinking outside the box with the fine details.  Earlier this year, we did a post on Radiant Orchid Style for Groom & Groomsmen and are thrilled to be expanding our scope and understanding of Radiant Orchid.  And now we introduce to you, Christina Caruso!

Wedding Inspiration for Radiant Orchid

Hi All. Thank you for having us by to chat about Pantone’s “Color of the Year”, Radiant Orchid.

Here at Christina Caruso Weddings & Events we love color! Color is what brings life to every event and creates a unique fingerprint and magical spark setting your event apart from all the others. Nothing gets us more excited than truly amazing design. A strong design and color concept are the mark of a really exceptional event.

Pantone’s 2014 color of the year is the ever so vibrant, Radiant Orchid. We’ve been seeing it pop up all over the wedding scene, and of course in fashion. This show-stopping color definitely holds its own, but it can be tricky to determine how to pair it well with other colors effectively. Here are a few tips to guide you to the perfect color match.

Radiant Orchid

1. Determine Your Color “Personality” 
Radiant Orchid is a very multi-dimensional hue. With undertones of fuchsia, purple and pink, it has amazing versatility. In it’s lighter tones it is charming and joyful, bringing an air of whimsy and romance. As the shades deepen you get amazingly lush tones that are sultry, confidant and mysteriously captivating.

casual and formal weddings in radiant orchid

2. Identify Your Level of Formality 
Because Radiant Orchid is so versatile, it lends itself to both formal and informal events. For an event filled with fun, playful touches try pairing it with mints, corals or tangerines. If you’re hosting a more formal affair, pairing Radiant Orchid with golds, delicate peaches or deep plums will create drama in a sophisticated, regal way.

Radiant Orchid Flowers

3. Show Restraint 
This is one of our favorite pieces of advise for our clients. Color can be so exciting that you just want to use it from floor to ceiling in every possible nook and cranny. We know – it’s tempting! While rules are made to be broken, we are firm believers in “negative space” or “white space”. Especially when you are using bold colors, incorporating breathing room by using neutrals can really bring everything together in a harmonious way. The right neutrals bring a sense of effortless elegance to any color palette. This can even be done with one of our favorite hot trends, ombre, which by nature, incorporates whites and ivories. In fact, don’t be afraid to fip-flop your palette and go all neutral with carefully selected focal points of color for an ultra refined look.

Radiant Orchid Paired With Gold


4. Use Seasonal Pairings 
Here are a few of our favorite Radiant Orchid pairings incorporating seasonal inspiration.
In Spring and Summer we love to see this lovely purple paired with pastels, like soft yellows, greens and peachy pinks.In Fall and Winter you can really take advantage of its richness, pairing it with golds, oranges, emerald greens and berry tones.

Wedding Accent Colors in Radiant Orchid

5. Design the Details
So where do I actually put all this color, you ask? Of course flowers are the obvious answer, but for those who like to think outside the box a bit, we suggest pops of color in unexpected places. Details like a beautifully designed menu, colored glassware or place settings, and attire accessories are great choices.

Thanks for having us and happy designing,

We want to thank Christina for her insightful and creative post on Radiant Orchid!  We’re ready to pick this as our favorite wedding hue!  Check out more about Chistina Caruso Wedding & Events on her website. And don’t forget to check out our Radiant Orchid Pinterest Board for more inspirational ideas for the grooms and groomsmen accessories in radiant orchid.  We have an array of Radiant Orchid Menswear accessories that are perfect for any wedding  -especially yours.

Your Bows-N-Ties Team

July 28, 2014

Bows-N-Ties Combo Giveaway

Vote on your favorite tie combo below and be entered to win the combo of your choice. Scroll down below the photos and cast your vote. Earn extra entries for sharing this giveaway with your Facebook friends.

For more information about each combo, please CLICK HERE

Your Bows-N-Ties Team

Vote + Win One of These Dapper Combos

Cast your vote HERE and be entered to win one of the four combos below. Don’t want to wait until we announce the winner on Friday, August 1st? Then find the links to all products for each combo below. CLICK HERE to enter this giveaway.

#1: The Plaidooza

madras-plaid-cotton-necktie-pocket-squareA plaidilicious combo perfect for those who like to have a good time. This bold madras plaid gets paired with bright and fun summer hues, something that will definitely get you noticed. The tie and the pocket square are handmade from finest cotton, and are part of BlackBird’s new summer collection. Completing the look is a narrow turquoise colored tie bar.

#2: Professor Plaid

madras-plaid-bow-tie-summerThis combo will earn you some some serious street style cred. Pair it with a light blue chambray shirt, navy linen vest, jeans, and dressy boots and you will be the best dressed fella in down. The bow tie is part of BlackBird’s summer madras collection. Our stylist paired it with an Italian linen pocket square and a pair of rainbow striped cufflinks.

#3: Harvard Yard

crested-regimental-skinny-tie-comboWin both, elections and women’s hearts with this dapper combo consisting of a skinny crested regimental tie, grass green tie bar, and Italian linen pocket square in white & navy. Be the ultimate chick magnet when pairing these pieces with your navy summer blazer, white shirt, cream colored chinos, and penny loafers.

#4: The Churchillin’

pin-dot-bow-tie-paisley-pocket-squareThis is what we picture a modern Winston Churchill would pick out when when speaking to fellow statesmen. The classic pin dot bow tie is paired with a bold Italian paisley pocket square. To have a bit of fun, our stylist added Mont Pellier’s golfer inspired cufflinks.

July 22, 2014

Featured Wedding Story – A True Blue Love Story

Take A Peek At Janis and Jesse’s True Blue Wedding

Groom in Aqua Tie and Pocket Square

It’s official!  Janis and Jesse tied the knot in complete style. These two lovebirds were destined to be together. In fact, Jesse’s stepdad who worked with Janis, suggested that they would be great together.  -And he was right!  Jesse won Janis over instantly  upon meeting her with his fun and outgoing je ne sais quoi!  These two got married in Pointe-Claire in Quebec, Canada and picked a palette of Nautical Hues including navy blue bridesmaid dresses and bright aqua blue accessories. Did we mention that these two love to sail?!  They sailed the Greek Islands for the their Honeymoon.   We asked Janis what her favorite part about the wedding and she said “I really loved the walk down the church aisle with my dad. I also loved the beautiful speeches, the fun dancing and being with everyone I love. So hard to pick my favorite moment. But I did like the look in Jesse eyes when he saw me at the church!”     


Bridal Party Dressed in Blue

Meet the Wedding Party. We love that the groomsmen are holding the flower bouquets.


Groom and Bride with Family

We love this photo of the happy couple surrounded by family.


Groomsmen in Blue Ties

The groom and groomsmen are wearing Bows-N-Ties neckties and pocket squares!

Bride and Her Dad in Striped Tie from BNT

The Bride and Her Father!  Janis’ Dad is a stroke survivor who worked on his walk for a year so that he could walk his daughter down the aisle. I know, we teared up too.


The Ringbearer Looking Cute in a Tie

Our hearts melted with this photo of the ringer bearer and flower girl.

Bride and Groom Dressed in Bows-N-Ties

A big congratulations to this happy couple!

Thank you to Janis and Jesse for sharing your special day with us. Also, we would like to credit the Photographer Juno Photo for the great photographs.  We are so very flattered that the entire wedding party was wearing Bows-N-Ties accessories!

Grooms Tie and Pocket Square

Groomsmen Ties and Pocket Squares

Ring Bearer Tie

Father of The Bride Tie

Your Bows-N-Ties Team