Post # 1
My FI and I are having the hardest time finding gray suits for our wedding! FI doesn’t have a typical build (very broad shoulders and chest, small waist, long arms). So rented suits usually look pretty terrible on him. So I’d prefer to buy suits for our wedding. Plus, don’t the women spend crazy amounts of money on a dress that they cut or tailor specifically to you so you look your absolute best? Shouldn’t my dude look hot too?
Anyways, I feel like we’ve looked everywhere. Men’s Warehouse, Macy’s, Jos A Bank, Brooks Brothers, Steinmart… every.where. But we can’t seem to find a decent suit for less than $250. And we’d really like to keep it around $200.
We found a Ralph Lauren suit we really liked at Macy’s. But it’s $280 on sale and we can’t really find any coupons (or any that will stack) to bring it down to our price range.
Right now we’re really toying with the idea of mis-matched suits. As in, FI in one kind of suit (maybe like a gray pinstripe?) and the GM in another kind (like a solid gray). That way the guys could rent their suits and FI could buy his. Would that just look ridiculous?
Also, Sam Meyers has a large store here and they said they’d be able to tailor any suit he rented. But that still seems weird to me. TAILOR a rented suit? Like take it in, let it out, sew it everything? Seems too good to be true! Plus it makes me so nervous that they’d tailor it and he’d go to pick it up the day before the wedding and it still wouldn’t look good. Is that ridiculous? Can they REALLY tailor rented suits? Should I quit being anal and just trust the “pros”?
So Bees who have purchased suits for their weddings… where did you find them? How much did they cost? How did you do it? Are we just out of our minds thinking we can find suits for our guys for $200? Should we just bite the bullet and rent the darn things?
Post # 3
We did studiosuits.com- custom measurements. It was around $180 for the pants, vest, and jacket. I didn’t get the waist measurement right and we had to have that taken in once it came in…but everything else came out perfectly.
Post # 4
@MrsRight: I’m doing mid grey suits, so that the guys can buy or rent what they want. You should buy if you can, because rentals are just a waste of money, IMO. The are of priced, and they never fit properly.
Are you looking for mid, light, or charcoal grey? Does your FI already have suits, or is this going to be his first/only suit? What are the wedding colours? How formal is the wedding? Pin stripes ar very informal. Not wrong, just that they’re not as formal as solid.
Post # 5
@icetea: Wow! What a great price! And those men look sharp. I’m checking out that site now!
@Duncan: I completely agree! The rentals in this area are about $150-$220. That’s outrageous for cheap rental suits, IMO. Might as well buy nicer ones that the guys can actually keep!
We’re looking to do mid-gray suits. FI has a suit, but it’s a black one and doesn’t fit awesome. He could stand to have a nice custom tailored suit in his closet. We don’t really have colors, but the girls are wearing a deep navy blue and we’d like gray suits. Our church and venue both have lots of dark wood and rich colors like red and yellow. So our flowers will also be rich, jewel toned fall type bouquets. We didn’t plan on a formal wedding… we’re having a cocktail reception at a local brewery with heavy apps and an open bar. But we ended up picking a VERY fancy Catholic church. So that kinda made it a little more fancy. Probably a chic, cocktail evening type wedding now. And good to know on the pinstriping! I had no idea it was more casual. Maybe not ok for an evening wedding?
Post # 6
@MrsRight: the evening is not more formal than the day, it just has different formalwear. Since you’re not going with formalwear, that ddoesn’t matter. If he wants pinstripe, it Isn’t wrong to be a bit less formal.
Have you thought about looking for vintage suits? That way you can spend your money at the tailor on the fit.
Post # 7
I loved the Black by Vera Wang line at Men’s Wearhouse. We rented the gray tuxes from that line, and all the guys loved them! There is a $40 off coupon in the David’s Bridal catalogue 🙂
Post # 8
I am getting a custom suit for FI – that’s what he wanted and I agree with you, if I’m going fancy, he should be able to also! I have no idea how much it will be, that’s on him, but I’m sure it’s not cheap.
We plan for the groomsmen to all get the same suit, rent or buy, but that will mean that the groomsmen match each other but not him. I think it will look nice and mirror that my girls won’t be twinsies with me either.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@MrsRight: Do you have a Burlington Coat Factory nearby? They sell good quality suit separates at cheap prices. Plus, the company they use for tailoring is also reasonably priced in my opinion.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@MrsRight: Right now Men’s Wearhouse is doing a promotion where if you bring in a suit to donate (for unemployed men for use at job interviews), they give you 50% off your whole purchase. Does your FI have an old suit he can donate? Or even hit up a thrift store and get one to donate??? Goodwill usually has a lot of suits.
We just got my FI’s suit this weekend using this promotion and spent $375 for a 3-piece suit, nice shirt, and nice belt! Killer deal.
Post # 11
You will never find a decent suit to purchase for less than $250. It’s completely unrealistic. Men’s clothing is significantly more expensive than women’s clothing; we can’t rely on drapey loose poly fabric and fun colors like ladies can. Everything has to fit right, and that means more care in construction and more cost. It’s going to be at LEAST $700, plus shirt/belt/tie/shoes. Anything less and you’re looking at Goodwill.
The good news – while a bridesmaids dress works only once, a decent suit can be worn repeatedly for years. It’s a good investment.
Reset your budget – Brooks Brothers runs sales once in a while, JCrew has great prices all the time even if the fit can be a little off (and require more expensive tailoring) for anyone who is not tall and thin.
Sorry to burst your bubble. But a well fitted suit is worth the expense!
Post # 12
@MrsRight: When we registered at Macy’s (made an appointment and went to the store, not just online) they gave us a packet of coupons, one of which was 20% off men’s suits, ties, and dress shirts. We used the coupon to get my FI’s suit (gray, Ralph Lauren), two French cuff shirts for him, and ties for him and the groomsmen (4 total) all for about $375. The coupon they gave us works with sale items, too, which was a lifesaver.
One thing to keep in mind if you’re buying a suit is that he probably won’t be able to find one that fits perfectly off the rack. There will almost always be tailoring involved. You will want to make sure the jacket fits well through the shoulders (not too tight) and is the right length. Pants needing to be hemmed is pretty common, too. When in doubt, ask the sales clerk, it’s what they’re there for.
Also, I’m afraid I have to beg to differ with Professor6Pack on the pricing. The Ralph Lauren suit we bought my fiance looks amazing and is well constructed. It was originally $500, but it was on sale and we had the coupon. Your $250 budget may need to come up a little (unless you hit a good sale), but I don’t think you have to go up to $700 to get a good suit.
Post # 13
We ended up buying my fiance’s and all the groomsmen’s suits at Macy’s. We had started on the formal side of the men’s department, but they have their less formal suits separated by brand on the floor. My fiance ended up really liking this suit by INC:
They seem to do online sales on Sunday nights, and we had a 15% off coupon from opening a Macy’s card… spent $170 on his suit, and then $50 on each guy (just vests and pants). The quality is really nice, and the cut looks great on him! We’ll probably still take it to a tailor, but it’s already looking really good. There’s nice detail along the edge of the lapel and the fabric has a great texture.
Also, I wanted to throw this out there because it happened to me: I had originally picked out a different suit for the guys to wear, but it came out in March, and by May, they were almost completely out of stock (and not all the guys had gotten it) at JCPenney. I tried ordering directly, but then some of the guys hadn’t tried them on and they had the wrong size, and it was a big mess. I’d wait until next season’s colors come out (maybe September or so) and have everyone make their purchases while it’s fresh in stock. That being said, it’s been really easy to work with Macy’s, and they ordered these suits straight from their distribution center to make sure we had all the sizes we needed.
Post # 14
We’ve been to a ton of stores and had the best luck at Macy’s. That grey Ralph Lauren suit is the one we liked the best too! I’m thinking if we watch for a sale and use a registry coupon we may be able to get it at a reasonable price.
Post # 15
We decided to pick a shade of grey and tell the groomsmen to find something in a price range they were comfortable with. You actually could barely tell they weren’t matching, and they all came from 3 completely different stores. One was Macy’s (around $250-Donald Trump), another from Burlington Coat Factory, and the last from a 3 day suit broker in L.A. Renting would have cost only a little bit less…
here is a picture (ignore myself and my BMs!)
Post # 16
We used studiosuits.com as well. FH wanted white suits and we weren’t able to find anyone in town that sold or rented them. We got all the guys measurments, custom ordered them through the site, and they were made and delivered within 3 weeks. They were about $120 each.
We had to take FH’s jacket to be altered slightly because we got a couple of measurments wrong, but the lady doing the alterations told us the suits were made very well. 🙂