(Closed) Renting suits? Or must we buy?

posted 7 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think we’re going the suit route as well, but I think we’ll actually want them to buy. I think buying vs renting (from what I’ve researched in my area so far) is going to be roughly the same. And if the guys have to shell out the $ either way, they may as well get to keep the suit rather than just give them back. I think of it like bridesmaids’ dresses…they may not be something they need or would have just loved to pick out on their own, but the girls have to buy them and keep them, may as well let the guys keep the suits as well.

Post # 4
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

you can definitely rent suits at chains like men’s wearhouse, but it’s probably more cost-effective to buy if you find a sale. mw, macys, and jos a bank frequently have buy one get one sales, so if you can gather together your gms they could find something for $100.

Post # 5
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m not sure if I’ll be much help as I’m based in the UK and don’t know if you are, but me and the OH both prefer the look of a lounge suit rather than a tux and we’ve found that we can rent from quite a few places. We had wanted brown suits, but it seems to be impossible to find them in a normal jacket, rather than a longer prince edward style jacket that we don’t really like so I think we’re going for grey with brown accessories (like waistcoat), along the way we saw plenty of black suits for hire. My OH is taking the opportunity of our wedding to get himself a suit taylor made so he’s pretty excited but it does take up a good lump of budget so hiring is a must for the rest of the male wedding party. 

Post # 6
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We were just at mens warehouse yesterday and they said that they do not rent suits, only tuxes. Just wanted to save you a trip! 🙂

Post # 7
11243 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We’re having suits as we prefer it. Again, as another bee said I don’t how it works in the US but we’re renting these suits, just the suits, we’re not having waistcoats or cravats, i’m ordering ties from the Dessy website which will also mean they’ll be an exact match with my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses.

Post # 8
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Renting is more cost effective but can sometimes be difficult to find a good fit, especially if anyone is overly tall, large or short.

We were looking into it, but one of the groomsmen is 4’0″ and we have yet to find anything that was ‘just right’ for his size (either the mens is too big/long and the youths its too small/short). The rest of the dudes are between 6’3″ and 6’6″ so they too have been having difficultly locating ‘slim fit’ coats and slacks that are long enough (because apparently in rental world ‘slim’ people are only small[average] people).


We’re likely going to be buying because of this & that way each suit can be tailored to each guy’s build accordingly.

Post # 9
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011


We’re going with suits for my May daytime wedding. Buying can be a great option if you shop the sales. Pay attention to both Men’s Wearhouse and Joseph A. Bank, since they always seem to be having crazy sales. We ended up being able to get nice charcoal grey Perry Ellis suits for $150 each. The suit was on sale for $199 down from $499, and was part of a “buy one, get a second for $100” promotion at Men’s Wearhouse. Since we purchased all the suits at once (to be reimbursed later) we also went ahead and signed up for their store credit card to get an extra 5% off, then paid the card off immediately and cancelled it soon after. Every little bit helps! Definitely go into a store and talk to a manager about what sales might be coming up and how long they’ll last.  

Our groomsmen are early-to-mid 20’s, and it seems like a nice new suit is a welcome addition to their wardrobe. It’s possible they’re just being nice, but we didn’t get any complaints.

My Fiance paid around $175 just to rent a tux from Men’s Wearhouse this past year, so this is great in comparison. You do have to keep in mind that the guys need to have reasonably matching shoes, shirts, and belts, but for most guys this shouldn’t be too big of an issue. We’re giving them matching ties as part of the groomsmen gift.

Good luck!


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