PRESS RELEASE – The Knot’s ‘Best of Weddings’



Eleventh Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America

Chicago, Illinois/January 5th, 2019—Black Tie Formalwear (IS/ARE) pleased to announce that they have has been selected as a 2019 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, the leading wedding brand and marketplace.  This is the 9th year Black Tie Formalwear have been selected for The Knot Best of Weddings.

In 2019, only 2% of the 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on have received this distinguished accolade. In its eleventh annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2019, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost one million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best for wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider in order to inspire, plan and book their own unique wedding.

The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing quality content and inspiration to couples, The Knot is making it easier for couples to connect with and book just the right wedding professional to create their perfect wedding day. Eight out of 10 couples come to The Knot where they can be connected to any of 300,000 local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot marries  great technology with trusted content–and a little love–to make planning for the most important day of a person’s life easier and more enjoyable.

For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and a complete list of winners, please visit

About Black Tie Formalwear

Black Tie Formalwear is the only formalwear specialist in the Chicagoland area that can boast winning The Knot’s Best of Weddings from 2011-2019 and Chicago’s only Wedding Specialist to be inducted into the Knot’s Prestigious Hall of Fame.  We have set ourselves apart from the competition by delivering award winning customer service, impeccable quality, and a reputation to match.  We carry the latest styles from Ike Behar, Michael Kors, and Allure available in Modern and Slim Fits.  With our nationwide network of a thousand affiliates nationwide, we can service all your out of town groomsmen’s needs.  Stop in and find out what thousands of our satisfied customers already know, Black Tie Formalwear is the elite place to shop for tuxedos and suits in the entire Chicagoland Area.

About The Knot

The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource and marketplace that seamlessly engages, matches and connects couples with the right products, services and local wedding professionals they need to plan and pull off their wedding. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding website, its mobile apps, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), which helps people navigate and enjoy life’s biggest moments—from getting married to moving in together and having a baby. Please visit The Knot online at and follow on social media: and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Top 5 places to get married in Chicago this year

Looking for the top places to get married in Chicago? Here are the top 5 places in Chicago to get married.

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1 Architectural Artifacts

This North Side warehouse has some of the most beautiful salvaged architectural pieces and antiques from around the world. Making this one of the most eye-catching wedding halls in Chicago. With vaulted ceilings, natural light, catwalks, and vintage exposed beams, the 80,000-square-foot showroom provides the perfect nuptial backdrop for couples with more rustic tastes in decor.

2 Stan Mansion

The Stan Mansion was formerly a Masonic temple. With grand façade and elegant interiors, it’s hard not to label this the second most beautiful place in Chicago to capture wedding photos. The Stan Mansion was built in 1921 and completely restored in 2014, Stan Mansion is located in the historic and charming Logan Square, also recognized as one of the oldest neighborhoods in Chicago.

3 Chicago History Museum

Not only is the Chicago History Museum a top wedding destination, but it is also a historical landmark in Chicago. The Chicago History Museum was founded in 1856 to study and interpret Chicago’s history. Located in Lincoln Park, get married in Chicago in a location featuring a collection of thousands of historic artifacts, artworks, and manuscripts.

4 Murphy Auditorium

The Murphy Auditorium is labeled as one of Chicago’s premier wedding event spaces. Built in 1926, The Murphy is truly one of Chicago’s finest architectural jewels, featuring jaw-dropping French Renaissance style and architecture sure to stun your guests.

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5 Ivy Room

The Ivy Room is in the heart of River North just blocks from the Magnificent Mile. The Ivy Room holds a history of artistic elegance that makes every wedding photo pop. The ballroom windows offer picturesque views of the courtyard garden, transforming every event into an extraordinary experience. Accompanied by the outdoor space with an additional lower level lounge.

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How to announce your engagement like a boss

So you are finally engaged!

It’s time to celebrate! But how will you announce to the world your great news? We scoured the internet and we are proud to present: How to announce your engagement like a boss

Set the Scene

Post a photo of the scene you were proposed in. Give them a feeling for how you felt by bringing all the elements into your post. Check out this instagram account below for some great ideas!

how to announce engagement like a boss | Black Tie Formalwear

BFB (big freaking balloons)

Just be yourselves: crass. A little humor will light up your friends and family’s hearts when they see a post like this:

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The #RingSelfie

This popular Instagram hashtag reigns supreme as a simple, no fuss way to announce your plans to family and friends. Plus, you get to show off that boss bling!

The Full Circle Collage

Sometimes you just gotta go back to where it all began:

@ashley_jackson_  :He proposed to me where we had our first road trip date in Pacifica, CA and gave me a promise ring and now we’re engaged in the same place!!”


how to announce engagement like a boss | Black Tie Formalwear

From us at Black Tie Formalwear, congratulations on your engagement!

Ready to look for your wedding formalwear? We have rent or buy options to best suit your wedding party needs. Let’s get you ready for the big day! Contact us today for a fitting.

Millennial pink is the color trend you’ve been waiting for

You’ve seen it all over the fashion industry this year, you might just not know that it had a name. Millennial Pink is the color that has graduated from gendered norms during 2017 and is set to be the Rose Gold of 2018.

It’s this kind of Pepto Bismol hue. It’s soft, aloof and quite frankly, enticing. But you don’t have to be a color connoisseur to enjoy this shade.

Here are 4 ways to incorporate millennial pink into your wedding:

Reception Decor

You can literally never have too much of this color because of its sweet subtlety. From table runners to bouquets, name cards to guest favors, pick it all in pink!

Vests & Ties

We carry a wide selection of pinks in vests and ties. Check out the below gallery of tuxedo vests, ties and bowties! You can see our whole selection here.

Bridesmaid Dresses

Everyone looks lovely in millennial pink. That’s the fascination with this color! No matter who is in your party: men, women, pups and just people of every shape, color and size. This is a color that compliments all.

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Your celebration cake or treats of choice

Check out this amazing millennial pink cake by LivforCake. This is the perfect pink to tantalize your guests’ appetites!

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Looking to add a touch of millennial pink to your wedding? Contact us today!

Let us pick the perfect plaid bowtie for you

Plaid has been worn for centuries. This ancient pattern, originally called “tartan”, originates from Scotland and always gives a comforting and stylish look to those who choose to sport it!

We carry a wide variety of plaid bow ties at Black Tie Formalwear. There are so many colors and combinations for different events, occasions and times of the year! Let us help you pick out the perfect plaid:

The Halloween Plaid Combo

Perfect for the Fall Wedding color scheme, these two ties add a pop of color to your wedding party.

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The Millennial Plaid

Pastels are all the rage with millennials. Why not add a pastel plaid for your next formalwear event?

Perfect Plaid Bowtie | Millennial edition | Black Tie Formalwear

Timeless Plaid

You can never go wrong with a classy silver, white or charcoal plaid. These maintain a unique style with the classic color scheme that adds a sense of elegance.

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The Military Wedding

Honor your loved one’s service with this Marine Blue plaid color.

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Ready to shop our plaid bowtie line? Let’s get you ready for your upcoming event! Contact us today for a fitting.

11 Men’s Fashion Instagrams to follow

These boys have serious style. Here are 10 Men’s Fashion Instagram accounts you need to go follow… like, NOW.

Let’s get into it:


Starting out with a hometown Chicago boy, Kyle Hocking showcases looks from cozy and casual to formal fashion.


Moving across the pond, Joey London covers fashion, fitness, and travel. His pro photos will leave you wishing you were scrolling IG in a designer suit!


This self-proclaimed watch lover and pro-style consultant has a studious aesthetic that might make you want to recline with a cup of Earl Grey with a matching suit to boot.


This storyteller has a unique style that we simply cannot get enough of!


This gent has the hipster trend down and elevated with a vintage sophistication. We love our Dapper Dan Man!


Jislain has the fashion and smile that makes you want to retreat to the countryside with a glass of wine and infinity scarf. Check out his fashion sense and get inspired.



Social influence is in style and Marquelle certainly embodies that. His instagram showcases his sharp style and eloquent blurbs about life.



Sam Diamond is one of our favorite men’s fashion instagrammers. His bold taste and bad boy look couple to create a great overall personal style. GOLD STAR, SAM!


We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to feature the Kingsman of style, Taron Egerton. Get Eggsy’s style and support the #OrgangeJacketChallenge supporting Help For Heroes foundation!

10 mens fashion accounts to follow on instagram | The Black Tie Formalwear Blog


Overflowing with designer suits, the JPR Styling account is our go to for a pop of unexpected color or patterns!


Rarely is Tom Hiddleston seen not in a suit or tux. Get inspired by the famous actor’s style. Follow Hiddles today.


And that’s it! If you’re still hungry for more men’s fashion on instagram, follow @BlackTieTuxes and get inspired today!

5 eye-catching wedding transportation ideas

Plan your wedding transportation ahead of time and arrive and depart in style. Here are some great transportation ideas for any wedding:

5 unique transport ideas for your wedding | Black Tie FormalwearVintage Vehicles 

Ride in style for your wedding and rent an antique car like a vintage Rolls-Royce. Vintage cars are a stylish and glam way to get yourselves to the ceremony and reception, not to mention make your wedding pictures stand out with the car in the backdrop. Pick a vintage care based on your wedding theme to make your wedding stand out.

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Stick with a classic option and get a stretch limousine for your wedding transportation. Plenty of room for your entire wedding party and combines formality and function with a sleek design. Get the VIP treatment when you order a limo and rent from M&M Limousine.

Guest Shuttle

Looking to have more room for your wedding party? Then a charter bus or shuttle is going to be perfect which usually holds up to 60 passengers. Take all of your friends and family to and from the wedding ceremony and reception. Chicago offers many different types of guest shuttles such as vintage trolleys, classic buses, and more.

Horse-Drawn Carriage

Chicago and many other cities allow your to rent a horse-drawn carriage for your wedding to give you the ultimate storybook ending for your wedding. Make it romantic with just the bride and groom or even get buggies that can fit between two and six passengers so you can bring your wedding party along.

Parking in Chicago

Having your wedding in the city? Then you’re going to n eed a lot of convenient parking spaces for your guests. Make it easy and find a central parking destination to have hassle free parking for your party. Use Chicago Parking Map to find the closest and most convenient parking spaces for your wedding.
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Weird wedding traditions and why we do them

Ever wonder why we do what we do at weddings? Here are a few weird wedding traditions and why we do them

Garter and Bouquet Toss

The garter toss is known for being probably the most risque aspect of any wedding. It involves the groom removing the garter from the bride’s leg, and throwing it into a crowd of bachelors. Supposedly the man who catches the garter will be the next guy to get married.

It’s similar for the bouquet toss: the bride will toss her bouquet into a crowd of bachelorettes, and whoever catches it will be the next woman to tie the knot. Usually the bouquet toss happens before the garter toss, and afterward, the man who caught the garter gets to put it on the woman who caught the bouquet.

But why?

One theory for the garter and bouquet tosses says that owning a part of the bride’s attire is good fortune. Back in the day, people forgot their manners entirely and ripped off pieces of the bride’s gown, just so they could get a bit of good luck. The bride giving away her garter and her bouquet signified that she would rather someone take just two pieces of her attire instead of destroying her wedding dress.


The Bridal Shower

The bridal shower tradition goes waaaay back to when women needed a dowry to marry a man. There came about the tradition of throwing a shower in which a woman’s friends would come together to give her gifts for her dowry if her father was too poor to do so. Of all the weird wedding traditions, we’re glad this one stuck.



So this one is a tad awkward…. Turns out groomsmen date back to more primitive times. Back when your boys had to kidnap a bride. often times, women were in short supply, so the groom would recruit his buddies to go to neighboring villages and steal a bride! They literally used to be called bride-knights and would fight off the bride’s angry relatives when they came to steal her back at the wedding.


Throwing Rice

Did you know that this is another ancient superstition? Apparently throwing rice on newlyweds is meant to help them have children. Rice was, in Medieval times, a sign of a fruitful harvest. Therefore showering the new couple in rice was a hope for future kiddos!


Regardless of what you do at your wedding, we think the wedding tradition that stands the test of time is a clean suit or tuxedo. Your groom and groomsmen will look sharp in any of our wide selection of formal wear options. Schedule a fitting appointment today or contact us for more information!

The Pros & Cons of marrying a Mama’s Boy

Mama’s boys: they’re either the bane of your existence or exactly the type of man you need in your life. Truth be told, mama’s boys can be attentive, nurturing, and respectful, or they can be your worst nightmare: childish, needy, and neglectful.

We’ve broken down the pros and cons, so what are we waiting for? Let’s see if a mama’s boy is the husband for you.

So, what are the benefits of marrying a mama’s boy?

Pro #1: He knows how to dress himself.

For most men, the thought of having to shop for a wedding suit is a daunting task. Even if your mama’s boy doesn’t have a huge eye for fashion, he will at least have confidence in finding the outfit that works for him.

It’s nice to know that he won’t be annoyed at the thought of picking out a wedding suit, and it’s even nicer knowing he can shop for clothes himself.

He’s done this his whole life by his mom’s side, so when he’s shopping at Black Tie Formalwear, you won’t have to force him into the dressing room.


Pro #2: He will treat you right.

It’s no lie that if a man loves and respects his mom, he will love and respect you as his partner.

He’s not ashamed to be the man you need him to be, because his mom taught him how to be a gentleman.

With foundations of progressive morals and good values, his love for his mother will complement your strong feminine spirit.


Pro #3: He sees you as his equal.

There’s nothing more annoying and damaging than dating someone who wants to control you and dominate your life. A man who loves his mom wasn’t raised in a male-dominated environment; he understands that people deserve respect no matter what their background is.

He’s willing to let you grow and become your own person through your career and social life; he won’t try to manipulate your decisions, and he will support you through the good times and the bad.


Pro #4: He knows the importance of communication.

Women are often more vocal about their emotions than men are. If your future husband is close to his mom, it means they’ve spent a lot of time together and in that time, he’s learned how women express their thoughts and emotions.

He’s ready to listen to what you have to say and be there for you when others can’t, because he knows that’s what you need from him.

A good listener means great communication and an even better relationship.

We’ve looked at the positives; now, what are the drawbacks of marrying a mama’s boy?


Con #1: She won’t like you…at first.

You’re walking into his life, about to marry him and take him from his mother forever — and that sounds like the last thing a mom wants for her son.

In her mind, she’s supposed to be the only woman he’ll ever need, and you might notice her acting strangely around both of you when you’re with him.

Don’t take it personally, because she just has to cope with this until she warms up to the fact that he’s starting a new life of his own with you.


Con #2: She will always be his mom.

A man who loves his mom more than anything will always look up to her as the ultimate role model. He looks up to you too, but sometimes it might feel like you’re being shoved to the side if he wants to meet her for lunch instead of you. Just remember that you’re his partner, his fiancee, his wife, et cetera — not her — and you’re always there for him when his mom isn’t.


Con #3: No one likes to be the middleman.

When you date and eventually marry a mama’s boy, you might begin realizing that this is an unwanted three-way relationship.

The fact is that your man might get in fights with his mom about you, or you and she might express concerns about him, and eventually, you and your partner will fight about her always getting in the way of your relationship.

It becomes a triad of utter chaos, and it might not be for you.

If you and your partner are willing to resolve issues and try to amicably keep his mom out of your way, there is hope for your relationship.

Otherwise, because he is so close to her, you might just say enough is enough, and you may feel tempted to move on and find someone worthwhile.

Con #4: He’s her child, not yours.

Sometimes a mama’s boy means that he relies on his mom for everything. Then, when you two find an apartment together, he starts relying on you for everything.

That’s not okay, period.

If you’re dating a mama’s boy and you feel like he’s asking you to do things that he would normally ask his mom to do for him — because she does it out of unconditional love — like doing his laundry or buying his meals every night, tell him he needs to learn to take care of himself.

You have to take care of yourself first, so don’t waste time on someone who treats you like his mom.

If he’s unwilling to change, you might want to give the marriage a second thought. But if he does change, you can at least take his good mama’s boy qualities with you.



Tying the knot with someone who loves his mom can be great because he is more attentive to your emotional needs, he excels in areas where other men lack, and he will love and respect you passionately as his equal.

At the same time, don’t get stuck with someone who pushes you to the side to spend time with his mom or someone who treats you exactly like his mom. A good mama’s boy knows how to treat you like the unique, independent woman you are without making you his second mom.


Are you engaged or married to a mama’s boy? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

6 reasons The Wedding Suit by BTF is perfect for your big day

Shopping for the perfect suit for your upcoming wedding can be the biggest hassle: there are so many brands, fits, prices, and styles to look for. On top of that, the bride and groom’s fashion scheme sets the tone for the entire wedding day. Most importantly, you want to feel comfortable and feel like yourself in your suit — and maybe impress the in-laws while you’re at it.


That’s why Black Tie Formalwear created the perfect suit for your big day: The Wedding Suit. It’s what she wants to see you wearing, and you’re going to be glad you did. Here’s why.

Modern fit

Looking back on your wedding day, scrolling through the photos that take you back to that beautiful day, you’re not going to regret wearing a suit that not only looks good and felt great, but stands the test of time.

Let’s face it: a wedding day is a huge chapter in anyone’s life; it’s going to be documented by the photographers, friends, and family. You want to look through the pictures and say, “Wow, we look awesome” and not “Wow, what are we wearing?”

The Wedding Suit’s modern fit and style is GQ chic, sexy enough for your bride but smart enough for the parents, and most importantly, it’s timeless.

Rent or buy

Some guys want to keep their Wedding Suit, whether they plan on using it for other formal occasions in the future, or just store it in the closet for the memories. On the other hand, some men know they’ll only wear it once and never again, and that’s okay. That’s why BTF lets you either buy or rent. Buy it and you can keep it forever; rent it and it will still be worth it.

5 colors to choose from

The modern American wedding isn’t just black and white; everyone knows that every wedding comes with its own theme, color scheme, and style. BTF is living in the now and they’re ready for the future.

So, whether your wedding’s colors are hot pink, teal, grassy green, or canary yellow, BTF offers five glorious neutrals for you to choose from: gray, dark gray, tan, navy, or black. Because in the midst of all the crazy colors of your wedding, you’ll be the color of subtle, neutral goodness that will wow the crowd.

Adjustable waist

No more visits to the tailor to make sure the pants still fit! We’re only human; we gain a little weight and lose a little weight here and there. With all the stress that comes with wedding planning, there’s no doubt the lbs. will jump around each time you stand on the scale. The Wedding Suit comes with an adjustable waistband to make sure that each fitting will still fit. For all the changes that may come, your suit is there to adjust to the changes.

Men and boys

Did I mention that this suit isn’t just for the groom? The Wedding Suit is available for all the men in the wedding party — and the boys, too. If there’s anyone at the wedding who hates dressing up, you better believe it’s the little boys. BTF makes it so easy with the Wedding Suit because of all its great features, and the boys won’t complain. They don’t want to shop for formal wear any more than you do!


Many formal wear companies automatically give you the pant size that corresponds with your coat size. That doesn’t work too well for a lot of men; we all come in different shapes and sizes, and not everyone’s top half matches with the bottom half.

BTF orders coats and pants separately because who wants pants that don’t fit? You get to choose not only your coat size but the perfect pant size too.

The Wedding Suit is a no-brainer. You want to have options, and Black Tie Formalwear gives you options. You want a suit that looks good and feels even better, and The Wedding Suit fulfills both needs. No more fittings and no more shopping for your dream suit; the Wedding Suit is your dream suit for the day you’ve been waiting for.

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