These 12 Bolo Ties for Weddings Are So Swaggy

From classic cool to cowboy couture and everything in between.
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Updated Oct 05, 2023
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Bolo tie wedding wear might just be the next big thing. From the runway to the red carpet, bolo ties are popping up everywhere, seen on celebs like Post Malone, Nick Jonas and Quavo over the years, and making an appearance on cult-fave TV shows like Yellowstone too. Prada, Alexander Wang and Saint Laurent even sent them down the runway in recent collections so if you're wondering if a bolo tie is formal enough for a wedding, the answer is yes, absolutely!

And TBH, we're loving the versatility of this Western wedding attire trend, with bolos looking super swaggy on pretty much everyone and equally as cool when worn as jewelry for a more laid-back, luxe feminine vibe.

Whether you're planning a bohemian, Southwestern-inspired Santa Fe wedding or are saying, "I do" in matching cowboy boots at a beautiful barn in the middle of nowhere, these bolo wedding ties are sure to take your wedding day look to the next level.

Need help choosing the right type of tie for you or tips on how to style it? Read on to shop our favorite options for every style and get inspired with real wedding photos.

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Can I Wear a Bolo Tie to a Wedding?

Definitely. But first things first, what is a bolo tie exactly? According to Lindsey Morgan, owner and creative director at Bello & Blue Events and Bespoke, "a bolo tie is a cord, most often made of leather, sometimes made of silver, that goes around the neck with an adjustable decorative clasp that binds the two cords together." With most of her weddings taking place in mountain towns like Aspen, she's certainly seeing more grooms, and even brides and guests, rocking bolo ties for welcome parties and rehearsal dinners. "Depending on the wedding dress code, we will see them for the big day as well," she says.

While bolos are typically best for weddings and bridal party attire that leans a little more semi-formal, there are plenty of designer options that would totally slay paired with a lace dress or a tailored jacket for a barnyard black tie wedding or similar. "Bolo ties are an interesting accessory on both men and women," says Morgan. "We love to see them paired with a collared shirt, and they could be dressed up with a blazer, a dress or skirt, and fabulous boots. They always look great paired with cowboy hats, and we love seeing a bolo tie worn as jewelry," she tells us.

If you're wondering what to wear to a wedding as a guest or you're tying the knot yourself, the right bolo tie might just be the statement-making piece you're missing.

The Best Bolo Ties for Weddings You Can Buy Now

From cowboy couture to country casual and desert chic, we've rounded up the best wedding bolo ties to suit every budget and style and help tie together your wedding outfit.

The Black Tie: Prada Brushed Leather Bolo Tie

Silver Prada bolo tie for wedding
Photo: Farfetch

This Prada bolo tie has been worn by a whole slew of celebrities, from Frank Ocean to Nick Jonas and Dylan Sprouse, and "could easily transition to something more high fashion and formal," says Morgan. Available in a shiny silver-tone or black Saffiano leather with the iconic Prada logo plaque, this bolo tie would pair well with a classic double-breasted suit for a sophisticated look that's sure to make a splash.

The Wild Western: Gold Steer Skull Bolo Tie

Gold Steer Skull Western Bolo Tie for wedding
Photo: Rockmount Ranch Wear

"This steer skull comes in a variety of tones and would be perfect with a cowboy hat and boots," says Morgan. We especially love the idea of all the groomsmen mixing and matching these wedding bolo ties in different colors for an eclectic look that's still coordinated without being overly matchy-matchy. These ties can easily be dressed up or down after the big day is done too.

The Bohemian Dream: Iron Lamb Bolo

Iron Lamb Bolo for wedding
Photo: Free People

Free People is known for their beautiful boho chic attire, and this exquisite handmade bolo tie is no exception. Made of sterling silver and available in three different stone pendants, each equally as stunning as the next, it would look killer paired with a crochet lace wedding dress for a more casual ceremony or an intimate desert elopement. It's also fully adjustable so you can make it work with your neckline.

The Garden Party: Katie Kismet Posy Chain Bolo

Posy gold chain bolo for wedding
Photo: Katie Kismet

Make all your whimsical wedding dreams come true with this dainty bolo tie that doubles as a floral necklace. It features a pretty posy glass cluster on a 14k gold-plated chain with pendulum tips. The posy can be worn anywhere along the chain for a fully custom look as well. Style it with a deep v-neck gown or top, and simple gold jewelry to match.

The Rock & Roll: Lost Highway Onyx Bolo Tie

Black bolo tie for wedding
Photo: Straight to Hell

Bolo ties aren't just appropriate for western-inspired weddings. In fact, they make a great alternative necktie or jewelry choice for unconventional couples. This Lost Highway Bolo tie showcases a polished onyx stone set on a silver-plated decorative pendant with black leather rope and would be so rad worn by brides or grooms on the big day. We'd pair it with an all black ensemble (suit, pantsuit or dress) for a head-to-toe rock and roll look.

The Art Deco: MinimaMaximaShop Tortoise Shell Bolo Tie

Tortoise shell gold bolo tie for wedding
Photo: Minima Maxima Shop

If you're looking for more modern bolo tie wedding options, this Tortoise Shell Bolo from Etsy is super jazzy and would fit right in at an art deco-inspired wedding. It's lightweight, completely adjustable and made from a solid wood frame with a smooth finish. The pop of vibrant red stands out against the tan leather cord. You can also opt for a velvet cord with copper hardware, which is perfect for the fall/winter months.

The Signature: BoloRevival Custom Moonstone Bolo Tie

Moonstone Bolo Ties for wedding
Photo: Bolo Revival

To say you'll be over the moon to don this custom moonstone bolo tie on your big day is an understatement. You choose the metal finish, cord color, tie tips and size, allowing you to fully customize the bolo to coordinate with your wedding ensemble.

The Traditional: Ralph Lauren Braided Leather Bolo Tie

Braided black leather bolo tie for wedding
Photo: Ralph Lauren

Cowboy couture at its finest. From Ralph Lauren's Double RL collection, which captures "a genuine Southwestern style and vintage look" and is inspired by Ralph Lauren's idyllic Colorado ranch, this Braided Leather Bolo Tie is a true classic. Style it with a cowboy hat and tailored two-piece suit for an elevated ranch bolo tie wedding 'fit that's guaranteed to turn heads.

The Ghost Rider: Alex Streeter Bronze Buckaroo Bolo Tie

Bronze buckaroo bolo tie for wedding
Photo: Alex Streeter

Ride off into the sunset rocking this wild western-inspired wedding bolo tie that makes for a great conversation starter and killer wedding photos to boot. Inspired by campfire ghost stories and tales of the wild west, we can envision it being worn around a big bonfire at night surrounded by close family and friends.

The Gothic Glam: CraftByJasper Pearl Cross Bola Bolo Tie

Pearl Cross Bolo Tie Wedding Necklace
Photo: Craft By Jasper

This bolo tie wedding accessory gives us all the Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker vibes. With its gothic glam appeal and bridal-esque pearls, it would be perfect paired with a black lace dress, dark makeup and sleek, pulled-back hairstyle. It's also a super cool accessory for guests to add some flare to a basic black suit or getup.

The Modern Hipster: Katie Kismet Stone Rhombus Bolo

Modern ston rhombus bolo tie for wedding
Photo: Katie Kismet

We're more than obsessed with this bestselling glass wedding bolo tie from Katie Kismet. It features a glass version of a natural stone in your choice, from a romantic rustic turquoise to a beautiful blue lapis, and is unisex and adjustable to flatter and fit all bodies. Choose from modern or classic tips to further customize your look. It's perfect for a more contemporary wedding and can honestly be styled to fit a variety of themes and looks.

The Desert Dude: HeliotropeMetal Saguaro Bolo Tie

Gold cactus black leather bolo tie for wedding
Photo: Heliotrope Metal

No desert bolo tie wedding suit is complete without a cactus. This super cool saguaro bolo tie is hand carved and cast in small batches. It comes in four different colors, two metal types (brass or white bronze) and two different cord lengths to accommodate people under 6' tall and those under 6'. Gift it to your groomsmen to wear on the wedding day and beyond.

Real Wedding Bolo Tie Outfit Inspiration

These real wedding photos prove that bolo ties are fun for everyone and can suit nearly any dress code! There are so many different ways to style them, whether you're planning a formal, vintage-inspired wedding or keeping it eclectic and casual. Below, find a few of our favorite bolo tie wedding outfit inspiration pics.

Something Borrowed, Something Brown

The 1980s were all about bolo ties, and we love how this groom paired a thrifted vintage brown suit jacket with a unique western-inspired bolo tie in shades of brown to make something old feel super new again for his tropical vintage rooftop wedding in downtown Seattle. This fresh look proves just how versatile bolo ties really are.

A Classic Black Suit With A Boho Touch

This groom proves rocking a black suit doesn't have to be boring. Swap the traditional tie or bow tie out for a unique bolo tie to take your look from classic to quirky and cool. Pair it with a nontraditional boutonniere to add the perfect whimsical finishing touch.

A Bridal Bolo Tie Paired With A Pop Of Color

Bolo tie couple goals! This bride's big day look is a breath of fresh air. The bright red suit jacket looks so dope paired with a more minimal brown vintage bolo tie, and the deep-colored boutonniere and paisley pocket square just pull it all together.

This Custom Bolo Tie Is A Work Of Art

If you're considering rocking a wedding bolo tie on your big day, take a note from this stylish groom, who donned a custom white buffalo turquoise bolo tie from Santa Fe, New Mexico. There are plenty of retailers, especially on Etsy, who will handcraft a bolo tie to coordinate with whatever you're wearing, making for a super cool wedding keepsake.

A Modern Bolo Tie With Serious Swag

Want something more modern, edgy or just downright cool for your wedding? This groom's black and gold bolo tie is a whole vibe, and we're here for it. He proves you can make a bolo tie look cool no matter what you're wearing. It's all about rocking it with confidence. Okay, and maybe some good styling too.

Bolo Ties Make The Best Groomsmen Gifts

We love the idea of gifting your groomsmen matching bolo ties for the big day. This groom ties his casual eclectic look together with his friends by donning a unique bolo so there's no mistaking who's getting married.

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