Tux rentals HELP!!!!!

posted 3 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
1178 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think you should be okay.  My husband and I went about 2 months before the date and we were told that it was plenty of time.

Post # 4
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

@MrsConnolly2bee:  Yikes, really I was thinking a few months before would be fine…

Post # 5
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I hope that’s not true. We’re getting married in June and haven’t even considered looking yet.

Post # 6
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Did he think your wedding was this year?  Because you have more than enough time.  Most places suggest renting 1-3 months out.


From Men’s Wearhouse:

“The minimum time required is 14 days before the event is scheduled….For a wedding we recommend that you book your wedding party and select the tuxedo styles at least two months before the wedding date.”

From AskMen.com:

“In most cases, reserving it a few weeks in advance will do, but in the case of a prom or a more traditional wedding, you should reserve a tux one to three months in advance.”

Post # 7
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I think you have plently of time! We’re in May and we are only just considering it now. Even then the only reason we’re doing it now is because our groomsmen are all over the state and one is out of state and will only be here over the holidays before the wedding.

Post # 8
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MrsConnolly2bee:  I think that’s a little far out… My FI and I just picked out his and his guys tuxes last friday. Our wedding is in 5 weeks away (6 at the time). I always was told that they usually like to be ordered a month away.

Post # 10
11593 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yeah, your friend is nuts.  We did ours with about 4 months lead-time, and that’s because the groomsmen were slackers and needed extra time!

Post # 11
895 posts
Busy bee

We did ours like 5 months out and that was PLENTY of time. I would just make sure to get it done around the 2 or 3 month mark.

Post # 12
1584 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsConnolly2bee: We didn’t have our tuxes sorted out until like 4 months before, and we could have waited longer I think, at least in my area.

Post # 13
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Sheesh, I hate that kind of sales tactic.  It’s two years until your wedding so you need to buy your dress now, it’s one year until your wedding so you need to rent your tuxes now…give me a break.

Post # 14
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Have you set a time of day yet?  Do you know the level of formality you want?  Have you figured out your budget?  Those sound like details you would likely still be discussing, and picking out your clothes definitely comes after those discussions.  

You are ok.  And, as you have so much time, take a good look at picking up vintage tuxes at consignment shops.  For the same price as renting, guys may well be able to buy one that tey can keep!  There are also some good websites for vintage and lower cost formal wear.  Here are some I have used:

http://www.ClermontDirect.com (new)
http://www.SavvyRow.co.uk (vintage)
http://www.mytuxedo.co.uk (new)

All three are great, and reasonable even with shipping to North America.  eBay is also a good bet.

And here is a link to a comprehensive list of others that I have not personally used:

http://www.blacktieguide.com/Buying/Buying_Retailers.htm (there is more than one page, so be sure to click through with the arrows at the bottom)

This is an online rental option (have’t dealt with them, can’t say how good they are, but they do have proper peak lapel, and shawl collar, Tuxedos, whereas many rental outlets only have notch Tuxeods that are not traditionally correct):


You would not get identical ones if you go with vintage, but you might find something at one of the low cost retailers.  But be sure to look around, because I’ve discovered you can buy a Tuxedo for a lot less than you might have thought!  They will be a similar quality to rentals; even the “high end” rentals are lower end in terms of what you would buy – rental clothes are built for durability.  Obviously something you buy will fit better than someting you rent.  Renting may still come out as the least expensive option, and if that is what is most important to you, then that is what you should do.  But be sure to check out the low cost purchasing options, so you can make an informed decision on the best value.

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