(Closed) For those that didn't rent suits/tuxes for the dudes…

posted 7 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 2
532 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


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
7225 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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
2221 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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.

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Post # 6
154 posts
Blushing bee

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 # 8
1726 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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!

Boys WB

Post # 9
934 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
532 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


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
782 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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
30399 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


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MrsMeowton:  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
42 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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
2467 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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.

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