Post # 1
Hello beehive! I am so clueless about attire and could really use some help. I am pretty well opposed to renting tuxes from Louie’s and Men’s Wearhouse…FI has spent close to $200 each on rentals for two different weddings in the past two years, and we just hate the idea of asking our GM to pay that much for a rental! So I’m thinking about doing suits. With a suit, do you still need a vest? Could the groom wear a grey suit with a white shirt and a purple bowtie, and the GM wear the same suit and shirt but with purple ties? I’m not sure how that would look. Would it look sloppy or incomplete with just jacket and shirt, no vest? I’m just so clueless about all of this. Any help would be appreciated ladies!
Post # 2
jenniferleighh: I think that would work. My Groom wore a grey suit with grey vest and white shirt. And the GM wore black suits with black vests, white shirts and Celedon tie to match the bm dresses.
Here’s a pic. 🙂
Post # 3
jenniferleighh: Certainly he can wear a suit without a vest.It will not look sloppy or incomplete.
There are three piece suits- jacket, vest and pants, and two piece suits- jacket and pants. I would venture a guess that the vast majority of men wear two piece suits.
The one advantage of a 3 piece suit is that the vest covers the back of the shirt when the jacket is removed and covers all the wrinkles.
He can also wear a bow tie if that is what he wants and the groomsmen can wear regular ties.
Not my favorite ties, but it is an example
Post # 4
- Wedding: Davis Island Garden Club
We considered suits for the same reason. But we soon found that by the time we added up the suit, shirts, ties, shoes, etc that we could just rent the tuxes for close to the same price with a lot less hassel.
Post # 5
amoore2: The difference is that many men own a white dress shirt and black dress shoes. The ties are likely to be a gift from the groom, and they are left with a suit that they can wear to other events. There is no suit more felxible for many occasions than grey.
When they rent, they are left with nothing.
Post # 6
We went to Jos A Bank for our suits! They have almost always a Buy 1, Get 3 Free sale – even if it’s not being advertised right then! If they don’t have it then, they’ll have another within weeks. A few notes:
I was worried about having six men total and the buy 1 get 3 (did we have to buy 8 then???). Nope! They prorate it so that each suit would be the same sale price no matter how many we bought. Such as, we chose the cheapest suit they had (executive nested suit) and it ended up to be $175 for each guy. Alterations are about $25 even for a lot done! So we weighed the $200 tux (that FI hated to begin with) vs the $200 suit they all get to keep.
Jos A Bank isn’t the best quality of suit, but my FI looked so handsome! Some of his guys didn’t own a suit at all, so now they have one on hand for future events. FI will be wearing a grey pinstriped vest under his grey suit, and the guys are just in the suits. We bought the dark purple ties as part of their gift, and we just asked them to wear a white shirt and black shoes.
Jos A. Bank will send all suits to anywhere for FREE! Our guys are spread out all along the east coast and the company will send each suit separately to any other store or a private address. There is even the option for them to pay for their own suit when they pick it up, but it wws just easier for us to pay for them and for our guys to pay us back.
“nested” suits mean that the order a suit based on the guy’s jacket size and the pants come with it. Jos A Bank asked us to have all guys go into their local store before we picked a suit for measurements to make sure a nested suit would fit every guys.
We are so happy with our decision. FI is very picky about his suits, and they made it so easy! Good luck!!