Dating back to the 1600s, cufflinks have long been the choice of nattily-attired men for securing the French cuffs on their dress shirts. These small ornamental clasps, once called "sleeve buttons," were made of silver and gold that was often encrusted with precious gems.
Today, one needn't be a true gentleman with an estate and butler to wear cufflinks to a special event. In fact, for a wedding we'd expect no less: After all, cufflinks are a must-wear, especially if yours is a black tie wedding. Plus, they're a great way to add a commemorative piece of jewelry to the occasion. They can announce his style, celebrate your bond or underscore his passion for a movie, book or vehicle.
One of the most heartfelt moments in the Star Wars movies was when Princess Leia finally tells Han Solo she loves him and he simply says, "I know." These cufflinks memorialize those lines for the Star Wars fan who is starry-eyed over you. ($65; nordstrom.com)
We love the sweet charm of these stainless steel cufflinks, in a circle or square, that can be custom engraved with your actual handwriting. (Alternately, you can choose a handwriting font.) What a special gift for that special guy. Bonus: These will match a variety of men's fashion styles. ($61; etsy.com)
These classic 1930s racers can speed along his cuff for the big day, infusing his ensemble with some pep. These vintage red beauties are perfect for the unerringly stylish groom who goes bold with his attire. ($175; saks.com)
Where did you meet? Where did he propose? Where is your honeymoon? Choose your spot on the map, then immortalize it with these custom map cufflinks. Handmade by artist Charlotte Guptill, these are made by sealing clippings from reproduced maps or charts into the cufflink. Bonus: You can have a custom message engraved on the back (up to 8 characters). ($195 - $220; uncommongoods.com)
Brooks Brothers is serving up some classic style with these sterling silver cufflinks engraved with an engine turn pattern. Plated in 14k gold, these cufflinks an be engraved with a maximum of three block letters. ($195; brooksbrothers.com)
Squee! We know Paul Smith provides endless amounts of glee via charming fashions, but these enameled bicycle motif cufflinks have us completely enchanted. These are perfect for the cyclist in your life, even if he's just a recreational enthusiast. And if your wedding aesthetic is infused with retro style, so much the better, because these vintage-style bicycles are a blast from the past. ($125; bloomingdales.com)
That truly British brand, Burberry, has been festooning its fashions with the Burberry check for decades, beginning in the 1920s when it lined men's coats. We love these cufflinks that add a bit of vintage British flavor to a groom's suit. ($190; bloomingdales.com)
A classic name in the cufflink world, Dunhill brings something blue to the groom's attire with these beautiful opaque topaz stones set in rhodium-plated frames. We love that the swivel hinges create movement within the cufflink. ($295; nordstrom.com)
Cufflinks, Inc. 3D Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Cufflinks
Even if your wedding isn't inspired by Day of the Dead (but, hey, isn't that a cool theme?), your groom can still reflect a bit of Mexican charm with these sugar skull cufflinks. Made of sterling silver, they include emerald green rhinestone eyes. ($220; neimanmarcus.com)
Is he a Harry Potter fanatic? These cufflinks will get him into a magical mood. We love that they convey the vibe in a subtle way, as a diminutive pair of Harry's eyeglasses, so that he can flaunt his fandom on the big day. ($65; nordstrom.com)
Perhaps he has a regatta under his belt. Or perhaps your nuptials will be in a harbor or on a beach. Whatever the reason, he'll be sailing toward a fashionable finish line with these sterling silver cufflinks made to look like tiny boat anchors. ($244; macys.com)