Post # 1
We are planning to be married next August 25 in one of my Dad’s hayfields. We are going for a rusticly-formal kind of feeling. I am having my NINE bridesmaids in black, and as my hubby-to-be wants to also be in black, I am leaning towards having the groomsmen in dark gray.
Considering that it’s going to be August, outside, and possibly HOT, I was thinking of having the groomsmen skip jackets, and instead wear gray pants and vests, black dress shirt, and a black/white/silver/gray tie of their choice.
My question is this…. considering that us girls have to buy our dresses, would it be out of line to ask the groomsmen to buy the vests, pants, etc? I have found some vests that I like at JC Penney actually, and believe the guys could actually SAVE a few bucks going this route…thoughts?
Post # 3
I think as long as it’s roughly the same price as renting, that wouldn’t be a problem!
Post # 4
My Fiance & his guys are buyin their suits from an outlet like K&G. They have sales with 2 suits for $150 all the time.. and these are really nice tuxes and suits! I think that buying can be better a lot of the time. Saavi Formalwear is also having their yearly sale in October, and we plan on picking out vests and/or ties from there. :o)
Post # 5
Well. there is nothing wrong in renting but shirts, tie and all are basic part of a man’s wardrobe….and there is no better time to buy cloths than wedding…..
According to me buying simply makes more sense….. However, for most guys, there simply are not enough black tie events to go around to make the purchase worthwhile….so why don’t you just let them decide what they want to do….
Post # 6
Buying was our original thought too. We polled our 4 groomsmen and 2 said they were all for buying a suit as long as it was the same price or cheaper and the other 2 honestly didn’t care. The unforeseen problem with the buying route is the amount of effort. 1) You must find a store that offers suits in a variety of sizes (this pretty much limits you to the specialty stores). 2) You need to take into account that suits must be altered to fit just like dresses do, which is an additional expense for the groomsmen. 3) If your goal is to find a deal or sale, that forces all your groomsmen to purchase within a limited time frame (usually a week) which was an inconvenience for our groomsmen. Additionally, because my wedding dress is ivory, I wanted all the groomsmen to wear ivory shirts (white would’ve made my dress dingy looking in photographs). Most guys have a white collared shirt in their closet, but in our case an ivory shirt would have needed to be purchased or rented. Ultimately, we decided to just go the renting route. When you take into account the additional expenses and hassle it ended up be easier on our groomsmen to simply swing by the tux shop to get measured.