Maui Groom, The Half Windsor Knot

NicoleMaui Photography

Aloha Gentleman!  As a Maui wedding photographer, I often get asked to help with the grooms tie. I was just asked again the other day so, I’ve now decided to take charge and learn.


I decided to spend a bit of time practicing this evening and ended up on the computer doing more research on ways to tie a tie. In researching, I discovered that there are numerous knots out there that the groom can use on his wedding day.  I had no idea that you could tie a tie so many ways. With that, I thought I would share what I learned in hopes it will help.


Today’s knot is called, “The Half Windsor Knot”. A modest version of the Windsor Knot, is a symmetrical and triangular tie knot that you can use with any dress shirt. It works best with somewhat wider neckties made from light to medium fabrics.

To tie the Half Windsor Knot, select a necktie of your choice and stand in front of a mirror. Then simply follow the steps below:


1) Start with the wide end (“W”) of your necktie on the right, extending about 12 inches below the narrow end (“N”) on the left.
2) Then cross the wide end over the narrow end.
3) Bring the wide end around and behind the narrow end.
4) Then bring the wide end up.
5) Pull the wide end through the loop and to the right.
6) Bring the wide end around front, over the narrow end from right to left.
7) Again, bring the wide end up and through the loop.
 8)Then, bring the wide end down through the knot in front.
9) And — using both hands — tighten the knot carefully and draw it up to the collar.