(Closed) Long time lurker, with a groomsmen issue.

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I assumed it was common knowledge that the wedding party pays for their wedding attire.

And $125 is an awsome price for the grooms men! Tuxes can run up to $200 or more!

I suggest taking Fiance to a tux shop and letting him see exactly how much tuxes are.  He may change his mind about it being “too much”!

Post # 4
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If Fiance thinks $120 is too much, take him to Men’s Wearhouse & price rentals.  He’ll come around.

He probably hasn’t rented a tux since prom & has no idea how much they cost.

Post # 5
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Yep, rental prices would be about the same. Show your fiancé some prices and he’ll see the light. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 6
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Our guys are renting tuxes and they’re around $160 once you add in tax and all. I was floored– I guess I remember the $99 tuxes from prom and college formals– but that’s WAY cheap to buy a suit.  I’d just maybe double check the quality and fit– try and find some reviews of the maker online to show to your fiance’. Girls usually spend that much or more on a wedding.  

Post # 8
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

tux rentals will be around $200.  The lowest quote I got was $175 highest was $250

Post # 9
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Take him to look at some possible tuxes and he’ll soon see what a good deal you are getting and change his mind ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
1699 posts
Bumble bee

@mobiusbox:  While I agree with previous posters that your groom will likely come around once he has a chance to price rental clothing, you might want to pour yourself a stiff scotch, or a nice cup of tea, and adopt the lotus position while you chant to yourself “Bridesmaids are the bride’s responsibility; Groomsmen are the groom’s responsibility.” Letting another person have the control that goes with his responsibilities, trusting his judgement, and being willing to compromise your vision of perfection out of respect for him; are life-skills that will help your marriage be more perfect even if your wedding is less perfect.

Frankly, every gentleman should own a good plain well-made and well-fitted dark suit, appropriate for wearing to unexpected funerals, exciting big-city job interviews, and the occasional invitation to dinner with the Governor General. And appropriate to wear when standing up in a friend’s wedding: I find the most natural and attractive weddings are wear the groomsmen look like actual suit-owning gentlemen and not like a chorus-line in matching costumes. Unfortunately, you are not going to get that kind of a suit for $120 even at Overstock.com (a general rule for the last couple of centuries has been that a good man’s suit costs an ounce of gold — $1663 as of today.) But you might come close enough to suit the tastes of the non-suit-owning gentlemen in your wedding party, if they aren’t very picky and especially if you go for a very dark navy or midnight blue, or a very dark charcoal grey, which is likely to be more versatile than a brighter blue would be.

Post # 11
5662 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Renting a tux will be AT LEAST 100 bucks, more if you don’t want the cheapest crap they have. And you don’t get to keep it. 120 is a fantastic deal for a suit they can wear again.

ETA: Our guys got theirs at JCP, I think they paid… 100 for the vest, pants and jacket. Check them out. They also do some pretty good Easter sales on their suits.

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