With photographs that will last a lifetime, learning how to tie a tie properly for your wedding day is an absolute must. As wedding planners, we can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to adjust a groom’s tie right before he walks down the aisle, or have had a panicked groomsman run up to us asking us to tie his necktie seconds before the ceremony starts. Today, then, we’re breaking down the simplest, most effective way to tie a tie, while avoiding anything too long, too short, off centered or just plain crooked. Read on, brides and grooms to be!


The Four-In-Hand Knot


While the half-windsor and windsor are both popular tie knots, they tend to be a bit more bulky and hard to master—so, instead, we’re breaking down the classic four-in-hand knot for you today. It’s simple, classic and much more popular with modern weddings where slim and ultra-slim ties are growing in popularity.

  1. Hang the tie around your neck, with the wide end of the tie on the right and the narrow end on the left.
  2. Adjust the tie so the narrow end hangs just above your belly button before you start. (Depending on the length of your torso, you may have to adjust this if you get to the final step and your tie isn’t ending up at the right length.)
  3. Place the wide end over the narrow end (to the left).
  4. Loop the wide end under the small end (pulling it back to the right).
  5. Loop back to the left across the front.
  6. Loop underneath and pull it up through the neck loop.
  7. Pull this down through the loop you’ve just created in front.
  8. Pull down on the wide end to tighten, slide the knot up and adjust as necessary.

When You’re Done

  • The knot should be centered, pushed up so there is no space between it and your collar, tight and slim.
  • The tip of your tie should end in the middle of your belt or belt buckle. A tie that hovers above the beltline is too short; one that hangs below the beltline it too long.
  • If you’re wearing a tie with a flat end (like a knitted tie), this can end just above your beltline.
  • Add a tie bar for a classic touch—it will help ensure your tie stays in place.

Photos courtesy Aaron Young Photography

Wedding planner LVL Weddings and Events