To Rent or to Buy?
When it comes to this wedding formalwear decision, money is the main factor. Renting costs about 10%-30% of the price of a new tux, and those prices begin in the $300-$500 range. If you attend three or four BTO events per year, buying a tux may be worthwhile – you can wear a classic style for years and it won’t look outdated. If not, then rental is the best option for you.
Keep these tidbits in mind when choosing your wedding ensemble:
• The dealer should listen to you. If you and your bride have decided on navy blue but the salesman is pushing a white tux with tails, you’re in the wrong shop.
• The store should be able to supply you with all the accessories: bow tie, cummerbund, cufflinks, suspenders, even shoes.
• Finally, have all your groomsmen get their suits at the same shop so you’ll match perfectly. And, you’ll want to accomplish this at least three months in advance.
Collar: The collar should lay flat on the back and sides of the neck with no gaps or bulges.
Jacket: The bottom hem should cover the rear end and the vent shouldn’t pull open. (That means it’s too tight.)
Sleeve: The sleeve should be hemmed at the wrist bone, allowing a half inch of shirt cuff to show.
Shoulders: The jacket should hug the shoulders perfectly. If shoulder pads extend too far out from the shoulders, the jacket is too big.
Pants: Less fabric means a flatter looking mid-section, so flat-front pants are generally more sliming than pleated. The hem should break across the top of the shoelaces.
Be a Standout
Alternative Tux: You can wear a subtly different jacket from those of your groomsmen. For example, wear a white dinner jacket and put the guys in traditional black (or vice versa).
Tie One On: Boost your “all about me” factor by wearing a different colored tie or bow tie than the guys.
Vary the Vest: Pick a vest in a different color, or, wear a cummerbund and put the fellas in vests.
Showcase Your Style: Add a fashion-forward vibe with tiny touches like snazzy shoes and paisley cufflinks. Colorful socks can add some personality without making a spectacle. ♥
Styles shown available at Meant to Be Bridal & Tuxedo Shoppe.