Tuxedo/Suit Rental Dilemma

posted 2 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 2
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Where are you from?

We picked up the grooms & groomsman suits at burlington coat factory for around $150 each. We bought the white shirts & vests separately for another $50.

Here’s my groom when he went to alterations.

Post # 3
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425 posts
Helper bee

My cousins split the costs of new suits at Joseph a Banks (where you buy one suit and get like a million for free).

But ultimately given your circumstances I think you should just look for other rental companies in your area and not require the guys to buy a suit or tux. I guarantee you will be the only one noticing the quality of their attire. If the store measures them properly, whatever they rent shouldn’t look ill fitting.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  pumilionis.
Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

jar111415:  Quite a few Bees have used http://www.studiosuits.com  so you should be able to find reviews here on WeddingBee.

Do they already own suits? If so, they can wear the suits they already own. If they don’t, you could give them general guideline like charcoal grey and single breasted and let them buy their own suits within their own budget.

The men coud wear dress shirts, pants and a vest. Studio suits does vest and pant combos starting at $120.

Or, like a pp has said, you could scout out a bargain for them. If you want to do this, you will need to ask all of them what their budget is and you will need all their measurements so you can buy for all of them if you find something that works. It won’t really work to send them off to their nearest Burlington Coat Factory as they don’t all carry the same stock.

You could also watch the department stores for markdowns at the end of this season to wear next year at this time.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you insist on a $400 suit purchase, you should pay. Not “help” pay. Cover the whole cost. That is an unreasonable financial burden to place on the people who are supposed to be your closest friends.

If it is not in your budget, then it should not be in theirs.

If it is not a priority to make it fit into your budget, then it should not be their priority either.

No one will notice if they are in rental suits/tuxes, other than the usual ribbing guys get when their friends see them in a suit for the first time in years. They may get teased that they look fancy (at my brother’s wedding, we called his GM’s “the defendants”) but no one is going to notice or care that they are not wearing custom-cut, top-of-the-line suits.

 

Post # 6
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5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

jar111415:  All basic black tuxes look the same, no matter what material they’re made of or what store they’re from. If you insist on the groomsmen wearing $400 tuxes to look a tidbit more snazzy in your wedding photos the cost should be 100% your responsibility. 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

No need to dump all over the OP. She is not “insisting on a $400 anything. What she said was ” I’m uneasy with the idea of asking them to spend $400+ for a one outfit for one day”.

Post # 12
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42522 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

jar111415:  I think if the BM’s are buyiong their own dresses, which is pretty standard in the USA and Canada, it is not out of line for the men to contribute a reasonable amount towards either renting or buying their suit or tux.

Post # 14
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4772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Personally, I know my FI would rather spend $150 on something he is going to own, wether he wears it again or not, as opposed to renting a tux for that much. 

Post # 15
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110 posts
Blushing bee

I people have probably had different experiences with this but I have to add my two cents since you asked. 🙂

 

FI and I are in a wedding in two and a half weeks where the bride decided to have everyone purchase suits from Joseph A Banks and it has honestly been a nightmare.  My FI went and got measured for a suit. Months later it came in. We went to try it on and they couldn’t find the suit in the store. We received terrible customer service and when they finally located it the suit did not fit him AT ALL. And another groomsman had the same problem. They had to reorder them both in different sizes. They told my FI’s suit it would be in in 3 days. But when he called 10 days later they couldn’t find the suit and had no idea where it was. Three more days later and we have heard nothing…despite a manager promising to personally call us back in 24 hours.

The other grooms men they told him his suit would be in on October 10th…the wedding is on October 18th.

Also Joseph A Banks only has a tailor 10-5 Monday through Friday. So all of this has had to be delt with while taking time off from work. 

We really wish they had just done the tux in a bag from Men’s Warehouse. 

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