(Closed) Rent or buy suits for groomsmen?

posted 8 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You should check at Men’s Warehouse.  I don’t know if they have suits for rent too or not but they might have discounts for buying a bunch of suits.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

We had the same problem; I wanted the guys in suits, but was worried about the price. We played with the idea of a suit rental, but to be honest, I wasn’t impressed with what we found. We ended up finding suits at Kohl’s of all places…for around $130 for the jacket and pants. They are going to look great, and the guys will be able to wear them again after the wedding, which I like! We also looked at Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Banks, which give discounts on multiple suit purchases sometimes…but Kohl’s really was the best deal!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I think that Kohl’s prices are awesome! That’s roughly the amount they’d be spending renting… It also depends on the type of attire you are going for, are you going for simple and classic, if so you may be able to get something really nice at a tux rental place.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We also looked into renting suits because our wedding will be less formal. We went to our local lens warehouse and they said they only rent tuxes. A complete tux rental in our area would run about $160 so we are hoping to get suits for less than that. We might have the guys all go get measured so that when we find a good sale we will just buy all 6 suits and then have the guys reimburse us. We will have to check out kohls.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re going the buying route as well.  Around here there are only 2 places that do rentals, and neither of them rent suits.  We are thinking either Kohls, JC Penney (which has had awesome suit sales in the past) or online. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was wondering about this too. I really want the GMs in gray suits and I’m kind of not willing to budge on it. Thanks for the Kohl’s tip! Also, I rationalized by saying that BMs don’t have the option to rent a dress, so why should I have to feel bad about making the guys buy something? As long as it’s not ridiculously expensive (like, they don’t need to be Armani suits) then whatever. Also, men can actually legitimately wear a suit again MANY times.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

we thought about having the guys buy suits, but my fi felt bad about having them pay for it, even though the guys would definitely wear it again. we’ve decided we’re just going to have them all wear black suits–most already have them, and the ones who don’t won’t mind buying one (hopefully!). and with black, they’ll look close enough to matching…we didn’t think about renting, so i don’t have anything helpful to add about that…

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

You might also sign up for emails @ Jos. A. Banks.  They’re always having sales so their suits can get under $150.  Sometimes (like today), it’s buy one get 2 free.  FI ended up buying a suit and a tuxedo there (I though BM would have had a black suit, but he only has a tuxedo that fits, so FI got one too).  I’ve been monitoring the emails from JAB, so there’s no reason to buy a suit there @ full price!

Post # 11
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Worker bee

Most independent tux shops rent suits– call around. Yes, you can buy a cheap suit for $150, but you also need to buy the shirt, belt, and tie, and in most cases pay for alterations as well. Plus, a lot of guys don’t have any more use for a suit than they do for a tux after the wedding– they just don’t have the occasion to dress up. The rental will likely cost 1/3 to 1/2 as much as the purchase after all is said and done. Mens Wearhouse doesn’t rent suits (and will most likely tel you NOBODY does) because they’re in the business of selling suits.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

It cost more for us to rent! So we bought (well, we bought my husbands, the other dude bought his own).

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

What’s nice is that my FI is older and his groomsmen all have black suits which they’ll be wearing. But I’d like to chime in and say that while Men’s Wearhouse may have a better deal getting a well-fit suit done through Nordstrom (read: free tailoring) is really the key in looking good :o)

Also check around at Bridal Stores that rent tuxes or suits for sales. The boutique where I bought my dress has a $99 tux sale on right now. :o)

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We wanted black suits and if you rented a tux it would cost the GM about $130… if they we bought them it would have been at least $200.  So we went with renting. If it was cheaper than renting, I would have told them to buy it.  It would have been a nice idea since they can always use a black suit.

One of my friends, went with gray suits… so it was cheaper to buy then rent.  Then another friend went with khaki suits, that was also cheaper to buy then rent.

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are having our grooms side all wear their own black suits. My fiance’s best friend did the same and they didn’t even wear the same brand suits. One guy even wore pin stripes and it didn’t look bad at all. My fiance normally gets all his suits from Kohls or JC Penny’s. For their groomsmens gifts they got them their ties.

My fiance is a Commerical Loan Officer and has to wear suits to work every day. I think having them buy their own suits is the way to go. They can always use them for job interviews, work, funerals, weddings even as a guest, later ect… At least they aren’t throwing that money out the window on something for one day they’ll never get any return on. In a lot of cases they would spend the same amount as they would renting anyway.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We went to Jos. A Banks this weekend for the buy one get two free sale.  There were a lot of REALLY nice suits there.  The cheapest ones that we found at the sale was about $600.  In the end thats not too terrible because you get three suits for that price or about $200 a pop. 

I agree that you do need to take into consideration that there are extras to buying a suit.  We would love for the GM’s to wear brown but that gets a little bit more complicated than gray or black.  We are planning that all of the guys have a white button down shirt, a black belt, black belt, and some normal colored dress socks.  Therefore all they have to buy is the suit (pants and jacket) and alterations.  We will gift them the ties.

I think that is a great idea to look into places that offer free alterations. 

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