Post # 1
So FI and I are having a LOT of trouble trying to dress him and his guys. None of them are really suit people (FI is 27 and bought his first suit last year). My dad, however, is a huge suit guy, so we’ve been going to him for advice. But he’s pointing us to places like Jos Banks, where they have great sales but the suits are expensive to start with and would end with everyone dropping around $500. My dad says that’s the price of a good suit, but FI and I definitely do not feel comfortable asking the guys to spend that – it is way too much. But we are at a total loss as to the rules of who wears what, and where to get it. He wants to wear a dark grey 3-piece suit, and he can of course get his separate from the guys. The guys should match each other, but don’t necessarily have to match the groom, right? Is it common to ask the groomsmen to buy something to wear? Can anyone give us advice on where to go that’s not too expensive but not too lacking in quality?
as you can see lots of questions, ah!!
ANY help would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
i’m not sure how things work where you live, but here, the guys can rent suits or tuxes for less than $100. my fiance insisted on black, but there are about 3 local mens formal shops that rent out suits and tuxes in multiple colors. i think it’s extra for vests shoes and ties, but you can buy the guys ties (as their gifts) and just have them rent a suit and shoes. hope this is an available option for you!
Post # 4
Definitely don’t have to match the groom perfectly.
Definitely okay to ask them spend some money, but I agree that $500 is crazy especially for something they’d never use again.
We bought gray vests from Men’s Warehouse because they didn’t have anything rentable with a vest that was meant to be worn alone.
Post # 5
I JUST purchased suits for our guys at Macy’s this past weekend. We got 100% medium gray suits that were $650 originally for only $135 each!! I would highly recommend them. Here is a picture of the suits we got.
Post # 6
We are getting ours from Men’s Wearhouse – they have some nice suits regularly priced around $200, or they have really good sales where you can get one of there more expensive suits for under $200.
Post # 7
JC Penny has a great brand j. ferrar–cost about $170 for 3 pieces.
Post # 8
We are in a similar situation, but on the groomsmen side. My sister-in-law (DH’s only sibling) is getting married and the groom seems to think that this is “normal” and is asking my DH to spend ~$800 on a suit. My DH said “no” that’s not in my budget and in fact we are somewhat insulted that he would ask us to spend so much on a suit, especially since my DH doesnt need yet another grey suit (he already has 2, plus 2 other suits). I agree that ~$200 is an appropriate amount to ask your groomsment to spend (including suits, ties, shoes, tailoring, etc.). Joseph A Banks is a great idea if you can get the sales right. A few times a year they have a sale that is buy 1 get 2 suits free, which can break down to $150-200 a suit. Otherwise I say rent or try Macys/Kohls/etc.
Post # 9
We went to Jos A Bank’s for our the suits for our wedding and I could not be happier. We got my FI a 3 piece suit because I wanted him to stand out a bit from the guys. His suit is a dark grey narrow pinstripe. We went with a standard medium grey for the groomsmen. We took advantage of sales, and purchased my FI and his dad’s suits during their 70% off sale. We got suits for our 5 groomsmen during a special promotion that broke down to $122.00 per suit, which in our area is much less then a tux rental. All of our groomsmen are from different parts of the US, they made it so easy allowing us to purchase all of the suits together and then just collected the guys measurements and ordered them. I couldn’t be happier with everything!
Post # 10
Thank you, everyone!!! We’re going out tomorrow to hit up a few of these places (Jos A Banks, Macy’s, Men’s Wearhouse… hopefully we will find some good options. Just knowing that it’s normal for groomsmen to buy suits, and the typical price range, is so helpful! Our groomsmen are also all spread out, so hopefully we will be able to do something like you, @jjk527!
Post # 11
@farmergirl: Don’t hesitate to ask the salsemen when their sales are scheduled. Let them know that you need to buy at that time or you will have to buy anywhere you can get the price your guys need. Their commission depends on your purchasing from them, so if the choice is telling you when to come back to buy from them, or taking your business elsewhere they will tell you about the sales.
If your FI plans to wear a suit the guys need to be in a suit, or vest and pants-not a tux as it would be more formal than the groom.
If rentals are around $100, most guys are happy to pay around the same amount for a suit they keep, even if they don’t regularly wear suits. At least they will have one, if the need arises.
Post # 12
My FI and his groomsmen got their suits at a buy one get one free sale at Moores in Canada (I think the US equivalent is Men’s Warehouse). They got $450 suit for $225 each. It was about $100 more than renting and they get to keep them.
Post # 13
First of all, I don’t think the GM & the groom have to match.
Second, our GM bought their suits from overstock.com. They said they are decent quality, and you can’t even rent at that price. Here are a few that are gray:
There are vested & pinstripe options, as well. I
I think typically GM rent a tux/suit, but I really liked the idea of having mine buy theirs. They pay the same (actually less, in our case) amount of money, and get to have something to show for it.
Post # 14
@farmergirl: if they aren’t having any (great) sales now, make sure you sign up for their emails. It took probably about 2 or 3 weeks before we found a sale that made all the suits as afordable as they were. Usually the 70% off sale is one of their best sales, but we happened to hit one that was buy one get one and they averaged out to $122.00.
However, I will say that it is all about the consultant. I’m letting you know what they did for me is possible so don’t hesitate to explain to them your situation about groomsmen being in different areas and see what they can do!
Post # 15
We are ordering from studio suits due to one of our groomsmens needing custom sizing and there a really good price and Ive heard great reviews about there quality as well.
Post # 16
@trapandriah: OMG I love those!!!