(If somewhere in the midst of this blog, my writing starts to sound like shameless promotion for my friends and their awesome idea, it's because that's exactly what it is. Deal with it.)
Of all the wedding advice I could've given you in Parts I and II, I cannot believe I may have forgotten the best one --
DO always look your best.
Before you say something ridiculous like, "Why does it matter? It's not my wedding!," let's get real -- once we enter adulthood, proms, homecoming dances and college formals are over. Unless you join an adult frat or manage to snag yourself a date to an adult frat party, which I've been known to do, the opportunities for dressing up, drinking for free and getting loose on a dance floor are really are limited.
So why wouldn't you want to look your best when the opportunity arises?
For ladies, the possibilities are truly endless - statement necklaces, asymmetrical hemlines, funky shoes - fashion may be the only reason I'm glad I'm a girl. So many pretty things to chose from!
For guys, it's not as easy. Suit. Shirt. Tie. Shoes. Bo-Ring.
That is, until now.
Much to my surprise and delight, I recently discovered that one of those pages I hastily "liked" on Facebook - Brackish Bow Ties - was actually the brainchild of my friend Ben.
For his wedding, Ben, an avid hunter and fisherman, decided to make custom bow ties out of turkey feathers for himself and his groomsmen. The bow ties created a buzz at the reception and people wanted to know how they could get one of their own.
If you've been around this blog for a while, you may remember that it was Ben who taught me how to smoke a cigar all those many months ago when I was still doing new things in preparation of my 30th birthday. Clearly he's classy guy. While I was at first surprised to find out he had created Brackish Bow Ties, I'm so impressed with his creativity and the product.
It's a bow tie made out of turkey feathers. What a uniquely awesome idea, and one I happily endorse.
Like pin stripes, from a distance the Brackish Bow Tie is neutral -- and looks like your ordinary bow tie. Up close, however, the bow tie is completely different from anything I've ever seen before. It's cool in a not-trying-to-be-cool kind of way.
Wouldn't you like something better to talk about at a wedding then your sucky job? And wouldn't you like to know that your bow tie is made by a person (one really nice, cool person named Ben whose wife just had a baby) and not in some sweat shop in a country you can't pronounce?
That's what I thought.
Check out Brackish Bow Ties here. Like them on Facebook here. Follow them on Twitter here. Read their hilarious blog, written by my friend Jeff, here.
Have a great weekend everyone. I'll be back next week to tell you about my girls' weekend in Athens. It. Was. Epic.