(Closed) Buy vs. Renting…what are your thoughts?

posted 9 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
276 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it depends on whether or not your groomsmen would also have to purchase their tuxes.  My friend is purchasing a suit for her wedding, but it’s not a suit available for rent so all the other Groomsmen are having to purchase theirs as well.  But if it’s only a matter of your FH’s tux, then I would just take in account how much use he’ll get out of it after the wedding.  If it’s a lot, then think of it as an investment.  If not, then I would probably rent just to save money.

Post # 4
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it would depend on how much he would actually wear the suit if he bought it.

My Fiance just decided to buy his tux since we found it for a great deal ($250) rather than spending $140 to rent one. He figures that he might only wear it but maybe once a year, if he can get even 5+ uses out of it (5+ years)–it would be well worth it.

If it’s a good suit that he will be able to wear for either several occassions and/or for several years than I think it’s a good buy. I’d just make sure the suit is of a style and quality that will be appropriate for different formal events you might attend in the future and its style will still look up to date at those future events.

Post # 5
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

It depends.  Would he wear it again for other events?  If so then it would be a good investment.  You could say the same thing of a wedding dress too though.  You’re not going to wear it again, yet you’re spending a large amount of money

Post # 6
135 posts
Blushing bee

All the guys in our wedding decided to buy their suit. Hubby insisted he wanted to wear a suit, not a tux, and went that route. The rest of the guys said they could all use a nice suit in the closet anyways and paid for their own. I believe they got a good deal because they all bought them at the same time from the same place.

Post # 7
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009 - Cathedral of the Sacred Heart & The Jefferson Hotel

We considered both and are going with renting. While we too could fit it in our budget, we decided that he probably won’t really need it enough to warrant having it taking up closet space when we could use the money elsewhere and rent. Also, we didn’t want to ask the groomsman to buy and couldnt find anything really similar that he liked to buy (meaning it would never work to wear at other peoples weddings he might be in too). yeah, I’m rambing, hope this helps!

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