Post # 1
How did you go about finding wedding attire for the groom/groomsmen??? I’ve given myself until the end of April to decide what the groom and groomsmen are going to wear. I know I want it to be a little more “casual” so perhaps vest/suspenders with bow tie for the guys and vest/suit jacket with bow tie for the groom. What was your experience with Men’s Warehouse like? Do they let you rent seperates, or does it have to be the full suit? Did you go to a store and just select pants, shirt, and tie and text out the details to the groomsmen? Currently, it’s like trying to wrangle overactive dogs. For men who have zero interest in actually going out shopping for their attire, they are all being incredibly picky. I have taken everything they said to heart regarding their attire (which is why I’ve nixed suit jackets/tuxes for them due to the heat) and am trying to stay within their presented budget. I myself just feel kind of lost as to where to even start.
So, if you didn’t rent suits or tuxes, how did you go about getting the groomsmen/groom attire settled?
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Post # 2
MrsMeowton: We didn’t have our fellas rent. I couldn’t stomach asking them to spend that kind of money on clothes they were borrowing! We stimply told them to wear their darkest suit and a white shirt. We bought them ties.
Post # 3
The men were told to find a white long sleeve shirt. The ties were provided by the best man. I didn’t care about pants as long as they were black and I didn’t even notice shoes. It was their responsibility to dress themselves.
Post # 4
My experience at Men’s Warhouse was horrible. My fiance and I were in there 20-30 minutes, and never received service from any of the 10 staff members we encountered. All were literally too busy and told us so. I undersatnd that it is prom season, but sheesh!
So we went to a local shop which sells suits. We received one on one service. We were able to see many styles layed out and we found exactly what we wanted. They even stay current with Davids Bridal colors, which is where my ladies got their dresses. We have covered the deposits for each suit, and the guys will pay the balance, then the suit will be all theirs.
Something that helped to ease the process for us was to have the guys get measured wherever they wanted and to send us the measurements. We then gave those measurements to the shop and reserved all suits at once.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
My fiance got his suit from Express (light grey & white shirt). 2 of the groomsmen got suits from target ($70) and 2 got suits from JCP ($120) – they’re all a similar medium grey color. They all bought the same light grey shirt from JCP. We bought them matching ties and socks as their gift. They’ll all just wear black shoes that they probably already own.
Post # 6
I bought the pants and shirts at Express during their Thanksgiving online sale. Everything was 50% off! I bought suspenders and bowties on Etsy.
Post # 7
I went in to browse with Fiance last month and had a horrible experience as well, but friends who have rented from there told me to go back again and give them another chance, but I honestly feel no need to. We were also ignored for fifteen minutes or so, and then when the guy asked what we were interested in, I told him that ideally, tweed. I know it’s not the most popular fabric for suits, but he laughed in my face, said they didn’t have anything like that and then tried to push a tan linen suit on me. He then asked me the color and style of my dress, so I asked Fiance to walk away and told him. Ten minutes later, he’s explaining something to me and says, that’ll look great with a short, gold dress and it wasn’t that big of a deal, but I was still like WTF. Fiance and I left empty handed and really unhappy. I just wasn’t impressed with their stock, even things to buy.
I’m thinking of just asking them to wear navy or khaki dress pants with a white shirt and then we’ll provide suspenders and ties/bow ties. My original plan just had them all mismatched in whatever they wanted, but sometimes I worry that I should give them a little stronger direction.
Everyone looks awesome! I always love seeing pics of your wedding. Also, as an aside, your wedding was a totally direct inspiration for me to do mismatched vintage china at my wedding! I’m so happy I stumbled onto your recap last year!
Post # 8
We went casual too. All we cared about was khaki slacks and an ivory shirt with a green tie. My husband got his suit from Express (center). Our officiant wore a light green shirt (second from left). We didn’t want a matchy look and are very happy with how it came out. One groomsman wore his brown jacket all day but that honestly didn’t bother me at all. If he felt good in it, that’s all that mattered to me!
Post # 9
- Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI
We didn’t have groomsmen so I only had to worry about DH. We went to Dillards when they were having a clearance sale and found him and awesome blue silk vest, silk tie, white shirt, and khaki pants.
Post # 10
MrsMeowton: Aww…thanks…that makes me happy! I can’t wait to see pictures of your wedding! Good luck and have fun with the planning. 🙂
Post # 11
We went to moores. I don’t know if you know what that is ( its in Canada). We got a coupon for them at a wedding show and that is where my fiance wanted to go. When I booked the appointment for the guys they didnt ask me anything. On the day of we showed up with all the guys(3+groom) and a few girllfriends. They proceeded to tell us that we will not be getting any suits today. It is just a consultation.. It took SO long to organize this with everyone. I ended up getting frusterated with the manager. They had such a small selection of stuff to rent. And 3/4 of the guys wanted to buy so the last on agreed he would buy one too. They didnt have the same stuff to rent as they sold.. so if some people wanted to rent the same suit others bought.. you can’t. I asked how much we are looking at for $$$ and he gave me a figure and it was a score.. so we jumped on it right away! We picked out a suit, tie, shirt, etc. I felt lost the whole appointment. They never told us what we were doing next. At one point all the guys were standing together and I noticed they were all wearing a different suit. The people who work there who were helping us didnt even notice it. So then we had to try all the stuff on again because we liked another suit better that one of the guys had on. It took almost 4 hours. I found my wedding dress in half that time. Anyways.. we go to pay.. and it came to 3x more then we were told. After ALL of that hassle, we just said screw it, Whatever lets just pay and leave. We all were not happy. I phoned the head office the next day and they suggested we return everything and come to another location of their suggestion and we can start over…
Post # 12
I’m not surprised the men were worried about the heat if you mentioned tweed to them. That has to be the thickest, hottest suit fabric there is.
Sometimes buying a suit costs the same or even less than renting.
I don’t know where you live, but if heat is a concern, linen suits might be appropriate. Several Bees have used Studio Suits,so you should be able to find reviews on this site. You can get a linen suit from $140 andup
or just get a vest and pants for the same price
J C Penney also has great deals on suit separates.
Right now they have this cotton-linen suit jacket on for $59.99 and the matching pants for $29.99
Also check out Burlington Coat Factory if there is one near you.If you have all the men’s measurements you can pick up some great buys.
Post # 13
I second JCPenny’s suit separates. Our groomsmen wore suit pants and coat, any white dress shirt, any brown shoes, and ties/socks that we gave them.
The suit pants/coat were J Ferrar and cost $80. I think JCP had a doorbuster sale and we had coupons. It was cheaper than renting at Men’s Warehouse and way way easier.
Post # 14
Finance got his at Perry Ellis outlet, very nice stuff for a great price. A few of them when shopping with the hubby and they found the color we wanted and everyone bought them on the spot. $70 for dress pants and a vest in light gray. As a matter of fact the guys liked the store so much one of them bought the jacket to complete the suit for himself that day and 2 more only shop for their work clothes at that store now! They are responsible for a white button down and fiancé is buying their ties as a part of groomsmen gift. For your idea I would def have them just buy pants, and if a specific shirt that too, find someplace to get suspenders … Might need to be online. You can get it for them as a gift of have them order it. Either way I think you would pay $70 or more to rent stupid I’ll fitting pants or vests and then they would even get to keep them. Every man could use a pair of dress pants again I really think it’s the best way to go! Express, perry Ellis, kenneth cole, jcrew all have nice stuff for decent prices.
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
Fiance is going to wear his charcoal grey suit which is only a couple of years old. His two guys both had black suits already so are wearing those and we’ll buy them shirts (on my list to do this weekend!). I just couldn’t see the need for new suits when they all had appropriate ones anyway.