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For My Wedding, Should I Get A Tuxedo Or Suit… Rent Or Buy?

Posted: February 16, 2017

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What guy doesn’t want to look good in the wedding pictures he’ll have for the rest of his life… not to mention how his bride will feel?  Trust me, you don’t want to say, “Man, I wish I would have shaved that day”, “You know, I really could have used a haircut” or “That suit/tux was a waste of money”.  So, when you’re choosing to rent or buy a tuxedo or suit for your wedding, all you really need to do is ask yourself one question… Will I wear it again?  If the answer is yes then it’s time to buy, but make sure you buy wisely.
Tony Spear, owner of Este’s Men’s Clothing, just recently shared some helpful tips with us to help grooms with the tux or suit, rent or buy decision making process.
Tux: “Most young men don’t have many occasions to wear one, so I suggest renting. If you’re going to wear a tux more than a couple times a year, it’s wise to buy one. And, if you owned one, you may go to more black tie events.”
Suits: “If you don’t own one, you should! But don’t buy a suit just for the wedding; think down the road. Unlike the wedding dress, you can wear your suit for the next wedding, graduation or funeral. The groomsmen should rent in this circumstance, so that there’s consistency among the wedding party. The groom is just as important as the bride, and should distinguish themselves from the rest. So, he can buy a gray suit and his guys can rent a different shade of gray… or, if they wish, get the same shade but with a different tie.” (Editor’s Tip: If you’re planning to pay for your groomsmen’s formal wear, you may want to consider buying their suit and making it their groomsmen gift.)
Tony also mentioned to us that it’s a good idea to bring in some ideas of the style you’re looking for.  Even if you cut it out of a magazine or print something off of a website, having a direction will make the process of finding the right suit/tux quicker and more enjoyable.
For more helpful tips on formal wear visit our Formal Wear Page.