Post # 1
We were planning on getting tuxes for the groomsmen at either MW Tux or Savvi. However, without knowing that, the woman at the bridal salon where I’ve picked out my dress started telling me about how those stores carry "prom tuxedos" and that they’ll look horrible in pictures, and that we need to get "wedding tuxes", which they happen to carry. She said regardless of where we get tuxes, we need to make sure we get wedding tuxes and avoid MW and Savvi. Has anyone else ever heard of this? To me a tux is a tux, and I’ve never heard of the big chains carrying only "prom tuxes" and not carrying "wedding tuxes".
The woman who told us this is a friend of a friend and seemed truly genuine, and even talked about how she regretted getting tuxes from MW for her daughters wedding. I would just assume it was a sales ploy if it were anyone else, but now I’m wondering if this is something that I need to consider. Any thoughts? Her tuxes were going to be $20 – $70 more than what we were planning on doing at Savvi (we’re paying for all of them as our groomsmen gift).
Post # 3
We went with a very classic style tux from MW, it looked great… also all the men in the wedding are REALLY big buys (my Darling Husband is the shortest at 6’2) so getting that many BIG sizes would have been hard at a mom and pop shop… and lastly, the fact they have MW EVERYWHERE really helped out, we had some out of towners but even livng in LA its a pain to ask the GMs to go to the other side of town for a fitting, they all just went to the ones in their neighborhood.
BUT if you do with MW, try that baby on AT the store when you go to pick it up, we had a few problems with pants sizes (maybe b/c our guys were so big) and I’ve heard of MW having issues with this before.
Post # 4
I personally can hardly tell the difference between a suit and a tux, let alone a "wedding tux" and a "prom tux" heh. Maybe if you hare having a super formal affair, go to wherever that lady suggested, but we did MW for simplicity (we too had people from all across the country in our wedding party) so everyone had an easy time getting there and matching. I thought hey looked GREAT, but I’m no expert and our wedding wasn’t super formal.
Post # 5
In high school I was a sales associate at Afterhours Formalwear (which eventually was gobbled up by MW Tux). I can safely say that there are "wedding tuxedos" offered at MWT and Savvi. However, some suits are definitely better than others. Both stores offer cheaper tuxedos, but with cheapness comes well… cheapness. Going with a designer tuxedo from them isn’t all that much more per person, and spending the money not only makes your men look better in person and in pictures, but also allows them to feel more comfortable since the designer tuxes are generally more ventilated than the store brand because of the fabric quality and placement of vents. Be aware that larger men are going to have a harder time being properly fitted for a tuxedo! I had times where I had to use two very long tape measures to measure the chest circumference, which didn’t always give me the most reliable data to go from. Also take into mind that the waist of the pants is adjustable(via clasps on the side of the waist)! I’ve had many men panic when they try on their pants and find them to be really loose or really tight. I think that the waist size on a pair of tux pants can fluctuate three inches (it’s been a while, so my memories are rusty). One final note… Never ever ever let guys pick up their tuxedos and leave without trying them on! Simple alterations can be made by the staff (shortening/lengthening sleeves and/or pants) and the store may have a backstock of coats, shirts, vests, and pants to swap ill fitting items out with. Oh! Never let men pick up their suits the morning of the wedding if at all possible! If the suit doesn’t fit and no alterations can be done or there isn’t that item in the backstock supply, they will be out of luck unless the guy is wiling to drive to another store location (if the store even has the item). Also morning pick ups are a bad idea because the store might not be open on time because the manager decided to not wake up, grr!
Post # 6
We are using MW tux as have 2 other weddings my Fiance has been in. We did go with one of their more expensive tuxes, whether it looks better or not is personal taste. Our only complaint is that their shirts don’t fit him well so he is going to buy his own shirt from someplace else to wear. The groomsman live all over the country so the chain aspect of MW Tux is important for us.