Post # 1
What was the cost of the suite/attire of your husband?
Last night I went shopping with my FI to look for a suit for him for the wedding. We tried at the local suit store (which had a mix of 2 and 3 piece suits) and the local bridal store. The general suit store had suits €200-€500 but they fit like a potato sack. The bridal store suits which were beautiful and looked spectacular, were starting price of €1000 for just the 3 pieces! (Add shirt, tie, shoes, tailoring). That is more than i am paying for my dress inc alterations! After i picked myself off the floor, I’ve done some further research and it seems here 70% of suits for weddings are €600-€850. Top end of the budget, that we werent expectin at all.
So, is this just in Netherlands or are they similar prices everywhere else?
(My FI doesnt wear suits ever so doesnt own one let alone know how much one costs, hence the obvious sticker-shock).
Post # 2
OzGirl: im assuming yiur buying a suit
DH rented a tux for the wedding and it cost $165.
If he wanted to buy a suit or tux it would cost anywhere from $300 all the up to the thousands depending on the brand.
Post # 3
My husband wore a suit from JCrew that cost about $500 plus tailoring. Keep in mind that a good tailor can do wonders – a suit isn’t supposed to fit right off the rack.
What do you mean by “wedding suit?” I am in the U.S., but here it is common for the groom to wear a classic suit that he might also wear to the office or a job interview. If your husband doesn’t already own a suit, I might recommend purchasing something versatile in a classic grey/navy/charcoal that he can wear again.
Post # 4
Yes, he’s going to buy the suit, so that he does then have one. The ‘wedding suit’ sort of refers to mostly the suits with matching vests 3 piece suits, though I know tthere isnt a diffeence to a normal suit. We started at the department store looking at suits from hugo boss, but they didnt look like what a groom would wear (at least to us). And then at the bridal store, he tried the vest and tie, and had the ‘a ha’ moment like we all get with dresses… I realise a tailor can do wonders but it is also ab out the fabrics too.
We’ll keep looking, there are other suit stores here that carry a wider range of suits in different price categories, and if all else fails go back and get the expensive one (its not that we cant pay that, it was just double our expectations).
Was just wondering what types of prices others had paid.
Post # 5
OzGirl: My OH ended up buying as we weren’t going to get a what we wanted with a rental. We went to loads of shops and ended up spending £710 on his made-to-measure 3 piece suit. With shoes, tie, cufflinks, shirt, and pocket square the whole outfit came to about £900/€1000.
We found quite a few suits for less than that though; there were plenty for around the £300 mark, but after we’d factored in alterations (he was between sizes with the shoulders and they’re the most expensive thing to alter) it would have been more, so as we have several weddings coming up now we thought we might as well invest in something decent he can wear again.
Post # 6
We were lucky and found a gem of a store at our local shopping centre, where they have very reasonably priced suits. We got FI’s for around $300 (just a two piece, no vest thing). Renting wouldn’t have been that much cheaper, and this way he actually gets a suit that fits him (he is super tall, so a rental would have looked ridiculous).
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse
we wanted to get FI a general purpose suit (in fact he’s already worn it twice) and ended up with a really nice two piece suit, tailoring included for $350.
Post # 8
My husband got a custom made three-piece suit for somewhere in the range of $5500. He wears it to job interviews and weddings that we go to, and I imagine he will wear it for many years to come. So don’t feel bad about how much your budget is! I figure if he wears it for years it’s a good investment.
Post # 9
You can pay as much as you want for a suit, up to $6000+ for something like Tom Ford, or even twice that for some bespoke houses. There is a law of diminishing returns at some point, generally around $1500 or so for most people. You can get a very good suit in the range of $600-$800. Charcoal or navy will serve your FI extremely well for many years to come. Askandyaboutclothes.com and styleforum.net are better communities to ask about these things, as they are entirely about men’s clothing, and many peeled there will be able to help you find what you are looking for.