(Closed) The Tux: To Rent or to Buy? Which one is a bigger horror?

posted 7 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

have you researched prices? what about using black suits?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I haven’t heard first hand about their tuxedo’s but I have heard a few bees on here raving about StudioSuits.com and their Linen Suits (which we will be ordering).

link goes directly to their tuxes ^ =)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think a nice tailored tux is going to run several hundred dollars.  I’m sure you can get cheap ones but I’m not sure they would look a lot better than the rentals which  agree aren’t the best and most men don’t have much reason to wear a tux.  I think if you had them buy suits they might get some use out of them

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I agree with Snowy414. I don’t know much about pricing tuxes, but I used to work in a suit store and even for a budget conscious, off-the-rack suit you were looking at $300-$500. I suspect tuxes will run you at least that, probably quite a bit more.

I think you’d be much better off finding a rental place that has higher end stuff and spending a bit more on the rentals, than asking your groomsmen buy their tuxes.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@jayce: What is a higher end place you can suggest because the FI is making noises about renting instead of buying and I am really about to put my heel down. I want him to buy something nice that he can tailor to himself.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My FI got his suit from indochino.com. It is an online company and they make custom-made menswear. My FI is tall and slim and has a really hard time finding suits, etc that fit him well. He got his suit that he is wearing to the wedding from here and he LOVES it. They have great customer service too. Also, groupon has a deal right now that you can get $150 worth for only $50. That would be like saving $100. Their cheapest suit is $369. 

http://www.indochino.com/collection/Tuxedo

http://www.groupon.com/deals/indochino-lincoln?utm_medium=afl&utm_campaign=3125087&utm_source=rvs

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

FH got his Calvin Klein black tux at Burlington Coat Factory for less than $150 including shoes, tie, and cuff links.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

So far all the weddings I’ve been to that used rented tuxes, the tuxes fit very well.. I think buying is a bit too much work for most groomsmen and can sometimes be alot more expensive especially if you want a colored vest and tie. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@bRooklynRocks: Sorry, I don’t know where you should go… I’m all the way up in Canada!

Would it be possible for your FI to get a tailored tux, and let the groomsmen rent theirs? Or you could do what tksjewelry did and go to outlet stores. You might luck out and find tuxes in the right sizes for all your groomsmen, but as you know the size selection can be hit and miss at outlets.

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t really think it’s appropriate to ask the groomsmen to shell out for a tuxedo since they are a lot more expensive than bridesmaid dresses and they can be rented.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i think it depends on the guys shapes. the tux places said we really can’t rent one for FI because he has a VERY athletic build (super slim waist, big chest/arms/thighs). my brother has had the same problem, even if you order one with an athletic cut (he is very slim, but with broad shoulders), it doesn’t look great. but, if the guys have a more average build, then renting shouldn’t be much of an issue & will be a lot less expensive.

men’s warehouse runs feq deals on suits, maybe they could all buy the same suit & have it altered. then, they have a fitted look, they can keep the suit, and they will all match without being very expensive. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Auds424:  I don’t think everyone should go around assuming that your boys can’t afford or don’t have any reason to wear tuxedos. Like Pixie015 said, it’s the only major apparel purchase for the wedding that has any shot in hell of being used later in life. If they have reason to own one (say, for example, they are professionals who attend black tie events or fundraisers) it’s not a terrible thing to look into.  At my old job, I had one black tie event per year. Sometimes two. So I bought one. Doing so saved me money.

The only thing I’d suggest is that you give them a little wiggle-room on what sort of tux they have to get. Not everything works for everyone, and owning a tux that you hate might be unbearable.  If you made me buy a 3 button, notch lapel tuxedo, I’d throw a fit in the store because I’d never wear it again—good look for some, but just not me.

Renting v. Buying: You can find decent tux rentals.  The wool should be more like Super 120s instead of the Super 100s or worse—a wool blend. My place was great and did an excellent job of hemming the pants and sleeves so that they were hitting everyone at the right place.  So when you rent, tell the store, “Now I know that the tuxes come with extra length on the sleeves so that they fit more men.  Will you be able to hem them on the day of pick-up?” Seriously, it helped the rentals look much better. Nothing they can do about the boxiness.  Just get flat front pants and the most expensive classic tux they offer and hem the legs and sleeves.

Also, rental bowties can be rough. The place I went to offered bow ties that were hand-tied around the fella’s neck by the staff and then unbottoned in the back. So you didn’t have to learn how to tie one.  They tied it the day before and you simply snapped it on the next day while getting ready. You had to buy the tie, but you looked better than the other tux people with the clip ons 🙂

I bought mine for my wedding. I saw one from a designer I liked at a store at about 2/3 off the regular price. The alterations cost about $150. (Take in the sides, alter the sleeves, shorten the length of the jaket, hem the pants).  When you don’t rent, you need to also budget for the cost of the shirt, tie, studs, waist covering, cufflinks, and the shoes.  You can stalk online retailers for big sales if you have enough time. And shoes: you can wear plain black shined shoes if you already have them. Or make it a good time to invest in a new pair of black dress shoes. I chose to get patent leather and just stalked Endless.com.

Anyway, those are the considerations when you ask someone to buy a tux.  They may find a great tux on sale for $250. But there’s still going to be all those other things they will need to buy to complete it. And the alterations. It’s all very hard to do for under $500.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@runsyellowlites:  Do you have any links to the discussions on the Studio Suits?  I am very curious to see some pictures or read some reviews… Thanks.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We went back and forth on this as well–DH decided to just wear the black suit he owned and have it tailored. I agree that rented tuxes tend to look boxy, especially if the guy who’s wearing it is slender (DH’s jacket was a total nightmare before it was tailored). Besides, every guy can use a great black suit or tux and, as PPs have said, they’ll probably have many chances to wear it other than the wedding.

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