(Closed) Groom Groomsmen what should they wear?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Take some color swatches to the tux/suit place and bring your groom with you.  Have him try stuff on until you see him in what you like!  That is what I did, and I found out very quickly that what I thought would look cheesey didn’t and things I though would look sharp didn’t.  I highly suggest you do the footwork!

And welcome to Weddingbee Femmesss!

Post # 4
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

My husband (and his brother, who was the best man) both wore navy blue suits – very dark blue, with a little pinstripe.  They looked fantastic.  I agree with caliocteach that if you take some swatches to the store with you, you’ll have a better idea what will look good.  There are also still great sales, with the economy in the tank, so it’s entirely possible to get a reasonable suit for not much more than you would pay to rent a tux.

Whether tuxes scream prom to you or not is really a personal decision.  Some people think they look very elegant and classy.  For me, my husband is very tall, broad-shouldered, and slim – so the chances of anything not tailored just for him fitting like anything but a sack are about zero.  And I do think that almost any man looks better in a well-tailored suit than in a rented tux.  But again, that’s just me… 

Post # 5
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I think a navy blue suit would look lovely, and navy has the added bonus of being very re-wearable for jobs, interviews, nice evenings out, etc! My groom and his guys are all planning on wearing nice black suits rather than rented tuxes, which I never think fit very well.

Bear in mind, though, that most places do not have suits available for rental, so your guys would most likely have to buy them. Still, places like Men’s Warehouse often have buy-one-get-one events for their suits, and your guys could BUY a nice suit that they could wear again, likely for little more than they’d pay for a tux rental. 

Do you have pictures of your bridesmaids dresses to share? I’d love to see so that the bees can get a mental picture of what you’re planning! 🙂

Post # 6
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ve worked in the tux/men’s wear business off and on (currently on) for years. So I can throw out a couple of things. First, there’s definitely nothing wrong with doing suits, especially with your time, style, etc. We’re actually doing navy pants and beige sportcoats for our 2 pm wedding. It’s more a matter of your own style, whether yoy feel comfortable with it and all.

Second, I agree with what was mentioned above in regards to fit. A rental tux never fits as well as even a halfway decent suit. It just can’t be tailored properly. Especially if any of the guys in your wedding have “odd” body types (like the above mentioned broad shouldered small waisted fellow), you may be a lot happier with the look of suits.

Thirdly, they can be pretty reasonably priced, depending on where you get them. Some people consider Men’s Wearhouse a little high. They do have good sales tho, especially on multiples. I would actually recommend S&K Menswear if you have one near you and are on a budget. Not GREAT quality, but very good (unless you do the 100% polyester suits. Don’t. They’ve come a long way since the 70’s, but still, trust me on this one.), and great prices. Probably not where I’d send a high end businessman, but for a younger guy starting out, or for something like this where you need several at decent prices, it’s a good idea.

Major drawback to me is that navy comes in a thousand different shades. Black actually does too, but it’s somewhat less obvious. If you have them just wear random navy suits, they may looks just a little off kilter in pictures. As someone in that business, that’d bother me. You might not care. Personal decision there. But if it IS a concern, you’ll have to insist they all wear the same suit from the same store, and if they already own a navy suit, that could lead to some fights.

Also, side note to that. I HIGHLY recommend wrinkle-free shirts if you do suits. Especially if you can go to an S&K. They have good sales, and it really truly makes a world of difference in how nice they look, espcially if they take their jackets off.

And just for the record, I do actually work for Men’s Wearhouse now, so you needn’t worry that I’m just pushing S&K to drum up business. ^_^ And good luck! I know it’ll be beautiful no matter what you decide!

Post # 7
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Oh, and the above poster is correct, there are virtually no suit rental places in existence. As many times I’ve been asked for such a thing, I’ve often mused I should open one myself, but not yet. ^_^ Some places MIGHT rent navy tuxes, but they didn’t do so great so most places don’t. Men’s Wearhouse had to cut that line because of lack of business. Sad, my FH wore one to the company X-mas party 3 years ago and it was great. But it’s worth looking into.

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