Post # 1
We went to look at tuxedo rentals today, and I was surprised to learn that they didn’t actually have tuxedos, vests, ties, etc in the store for my fiancee to try on! At mens’ wearhouse, they had 3 tuxedo jackets, no pants, no shirts and about a dozen vests. They told us they are closing that location, so they didn’t have much. But when I called another location, they said they didn’t have anything for us to try on either. Jos. A. Bank gave us a book and no help at all.
I find it almost comical that we spend so much time shopping for a dress, and the men are supposed to pick a picture from a book? Neither my fiancee or I had a lot of experience with tuxedos, so we were interested in trying a few on to see what he liked.
Was anyone else frustrated by tuxedo rental experiences? Or if you did get your tuxes from a book, how did that work out?
Post # 3
@kellybell: If you want to try something on you need to go to a more local place, that doesn’t do a lot of renting, but more custom making of them. Darling Husband went and tried on things at a location like this, before he rented. (he also tried to convince me that he needed to buy a $2k tux after this LOL)
Post # 4
I know what you mean… we thought the same thing. ESPECIALLY since Darling Husband was wearing a white tuxedo.
We were told by the Men’s Wearhouse that we were at that there was 1 in town that carried in stock the samples in the pics but we couldn’t get down to that one (we live out of town)
You may want to ask Men’s Wearhouse if they have a local location like that.. or even another in a near by city. =)
We ultimately picked out from their book.. the guys were measured.. and all was well…. although I did have a few frustrating meetings and calls with them concerning changes in cost… Otherwise it all worked out.
If you have any other questions feel free to ask or pm me =)
Post # 5
We went through the same thing. In the end I was so frustrated because all the boys had so many different work schedules and I had no idea what their sizes where! We resorted to the guys buying cheaper suits from Le Chateau (About $175.00 for the suit, shirt etc. extra) and my man bought a nicer suit for himself in a lighter shade from Tip Top Tailor. Not sure if you have one where you live, but they had everything there and tons of suits to try on.
Post # 6
Ughh this is such a problem for me too! We had a terrible rental experience at Men’s Warehouse last weekend for a wedding my FH was in. They put the wrong shirt in the bag, after the one he tried on was too big. Everything was like 9 sizes too big, he looked like he was a kid borrowing his dad’s suit. They gave the wrong kind of shirt that was different from all the other groomsman, and not what the bride ordered. Forgot to put in the cufflinks, didn’t press the tux or shirt so it was a wrinkled mess. I was so disappointed because I had planned on using them because I just don’t know anywhere else. My FH was whining because it looked so bad on him and he’s not usually a clothes kind of guy. He refuses to wear anything from their for our wedding a. If anyone knows any better places than Mens Warehouse or Jos. A. Bank, I’d love to know about it.
Post # 7
We went with Men’s Wearhouse and I was definitely nervous about picking a tux out of a book, but they looked fabulous! (At least the grey Calvin Klein tuxes did!) However, my hubby had used Men’s Wearhouse a million times before for other weddings and knew they screwed up the orders every now and then, so he made a few tweaks to make sure everything went off without a hitch.
First, he made them bring the tuxes in earlier than we needed them. Our wedding was about 2 hours away from where we live, so they worked with us to get the tuxes in earlier so we could grab them before we left town. The wedding was on a Saturday, so we made them bring the tuxes in on Wednesday. We also had all of the tuxes delivered to one location (instead of having everyone bring their own). The Groomsmen were able to pay for the tuxes wherever they lived, but we picked up all of their tuxes at once so nothing got forgotten or left behind. DH checked every tux while he was in the store to make sure all the hardware, shoes, shirts, etc. were accounted for and that the suits were all clean. He tried on his full tux in the store and made them tweak some things for him before he left.
We had all of the bridal party come in on Thursday before the wedding and Darling Husband made all the groomsmen try on the tuxes on Thursday night as soon as they got in from the airport. That way we could see if any changes had to be made. We also had directions to a Men’s Wearhouse near our wedding so that if we had to run something over the Friday before the wedding to get hemmed or taken out. It also made it convenient for the Best Man to return the tuxes the day after.
Luckily everyone’s tuxes fit fine, except my dad’s shirt. But he has notoriously short arms, so he just wore his own white dress shirt (which you couldn’t tell under the tie and vest).
One thing we bought before the wedding that was the best thing ever: A freestanding garment steamer! We got our’s from Target for $50 using a giftcard someone gave us, and EVERYONE at the wedding used it – the bridal party, our families, etc. It made everything so much less stressful!
Post # 8
These are great suggestions. Thank you guys so much! After stewing in my bitter bitter anger for about 30 minutes, I got on yelp and found a local tuxedo tailoring and rental company with good reviews. It also just happens to be about 1 mile from my venue, family owned and they require groomsmen to come in the day before for fittings, and have an onsite tailor for last minute adjustments! Just what I always wanted!
When I told them all my groomsmen were from out of town, they told me about this website that the guys go on to find a tuxedo fitting location and there’s an online form they store the measurements into so my local store can access it. I kinda feel like its too good to be true.After the wedding, I’ll be sure to let you all know how this business works out (keep your fingers crossed).
Ginger– I like your idea of picking them up all at once, I have heard so many stories of people ending up with slightly different styles!