(Closed) Rent or buy groom's clothes?

posted 8 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
5866 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

A good quality suit bought and tailored for the man will always look better, but it’s not cheap.  For a good suit, you can expect to spend ~$800 or more regular price.

There are many differnces between a tux and a business suit.  (Suit is an umbrella term, so of course a tux is a special type of suit.)  Here is a video about the differences: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdkeTn3HuK0 

If you’re going for grey, sounds like you want a suit.  A traditional tux is black.  Many men choose a suit for their wedding these days, as it suits the overall formality of the event better.


Post # 4
12242 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@AllyCRN:  Tuxes are open-front. And the shirt is generally different. And you wear a cumberbund.

But DH’s tux was free with the rental of the ring bearer’s tux, the father’s tuxes, and the Groomsmen tuxes! It cost them like $136 for the full rental (tux with tails, Euro tie, vest, pocket square, shirt, pants, shoes, socks…)

But you can get a new suit for like $200-300.

Post # 5
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@AllyCRN:  We rented DH’s tux (Vera Wang charcoal grey through Moore’s) which came with a vest rather than a cumberband, and we chose a tie instead of a bowtie.  I think it was around $215, but they had a promo that gave him a free suit afterwords.   So we pretty much got the best of both worlds, a formal tux for the wedding and a great looking suit to keep!

Post # 6
145 posts
Blushing bee

@AllyCRN:  Cumberbund and bow tie can be ommitted and omitting even can be considered as trendy. Shoes and shirts need to be more formal. Accessories as well. For more trendy tex, the stripe on the pants and the lapel are the biggest difference.

Post # 7
9947 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Suit and Tuxes are two different styles of clothing… just like pants / trousers & jeans are two different things… you wear them for different occasions.

A Tux generally speaking has satin or grosgrain lapels, and sometimes a corresponding stripe down the outside pant leg.  Tux trousers cannot accommodate a belt… one covers the waist band with either a Cummerbund or a Vest.  If one needs assistance in keeping their pants up / in place, suspenders are worn.

A Tux is traditionally worn with a shirt with french cuffs (cuff links) and matching studs.  The shirt will eithter have a wing collar or a flat collar… neckwear is chosen depending on the shirt collar… bowtie, ascot, windsor tie, and also depending on the formality of the occasion

A basic rental tends to run anywhere from $ 100 and up to several hundred dollars depending on where you live.  Which is why for some people buying makes more sense.

One can often purchase a tux in the $ 200+ range… lowerend for “gently worn”… high for new and Designer Namebrand (ie Oscar de La Renta etc).  New midrange can be found at some Department Stores (say $ 300 to $ 500 all in with everything required)

Buying a Tux is a good idea vs renting, if you see yourselves taking part in more formal occasions in the future.  Example, Mr TTR owns a tux because we enjoy cruising, and attend several fundraising galas annually (but then again we are older than most newlyweds).  My Ex Husband also owned a tux, but it was something he acquired in his 40s, for similar reasons.

A suit, is well just that, a suit of clothing (matching pieces).  It could be a basic 2 piece (Jacket & Pants) or a 3 pc (plus vest) or 4 pc (extra pair of pants).  Suits can be all over the map pricewise… a basic 2 pc can be found for even under $ 100.  BUT when it comes to pricing a lot will depend on Quality.  The better the fabric & construction the more it is going to cost (both suits & tuxes can go right on up into the $ 1000s of dollars)

IMO, every grown man should own a dark suit… Black, Charcoal or Midnight Navy.  A Suit can be worn to a Job Interview, Wedding, Funeral, or many other more dressy formal occasions (even the most formal of situations one can usually get away with a Black Suit).

Hope this helps,


Post # 8
2386 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’d buy a suit.  What better excuse than your wedding to buy a really awesome suit?  And, unlike us, they can wear it again.  My H had a bespoke black suit made and it was a terrific investment.  

Also, to quote my H, “I don’t want to wear a tux that had some 17-year-old’s sweaty balls in it at prom last weekend.”

Post # 9
2521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We went with the Men’s Wearhouse Vera Wang suits.  We choose black, but they come in grey as well.  I wanted the groomsmen to have the same tux as my fiance, and there is no way I could ask them to buy an $800 suit, when none of them would wear it again.  They are a really nice, and have tons of vest and tie options.  Coupons are regularly available.  We were on a budget too, and with a coupon got the rentals for 180 per tux (for the most expensive tux they rent).  Plus if you have 5 or more rentals your groom can get a free rental or a $500 gift card for a suit after the wedding.  My fiance is going to get the suit, so he will get to look great at the wedding and buy a nice suit- all for less then the cost of just buying a really nice suit.  

Post # 10
2608 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

We plan on renting. All the guys (FI included) are very casual and work in very casual environments. I don’t think any of them would need a suit again so Fiance is against asking them to buy one. Also they’re scattered across the state/country and Fiance feels it would be too difficult to coordinate everyone getting what they need. 

Post # 11
906 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We’re buying. You can buy a tuxedo starting for a few hundred (bottom of the barrel is $300-400). If your Fiance is neither too slim nor too wide you can easily buy one and have it tailored to fit perfectly. This will ALWAYS look better than rented. If your Fiance is an unusual shape (i.e. mine is really tall and slim) off the rack often doesn’t work. Custom made tuxedos start at about $800 and go up precipitiously from there. Fiance is hoping to get one made at either Nordstrom or Suit Supply for around $1,000. 

PPs have covered the difference between tuxedos and suits. Another thing to consider is what time of day and what feeling you want for the ceremony. The later in the evening and more formal you want, the more I would suggest a black tuxedo. Midday at an orchard? I’d go grey suit. Evening in a cathedral? Black tuxedo. 

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