Weddings

Finding the perfect wedding tuxedo

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - Picking out a wedding day tuxedo does not have to be difficult.

One of the biggest challenges when picking out a wedding tuxedo can be deciding what type of tux is right for the event. Often men do not consider the type of tux they would want to wear until they walk into the store.

The selection process can be made easier by asking a few of these questions ahead of time. 

  1. Would a suit or tux be better for the event?
  2. What style would be best?
  3. Should the wearer purchase or rent the outfit?
  4. What color?
  5. Should the groomsmen’s outfits differ from the groom?

Before heading to a local tailor or formal wear shop to find the tux that best suits the wedding, check out our list of shopping tips.

1. Do not wait until the last minute.

Getting a tuxedo may not require as much time as picking out a wedding dress, but that does not mean men should wait until the week before the wedding to start shopping. 

2. Coordinate with your fiance.

While grooms may want to maintain some element of surprise for the wedding day, consulting with the bride before selecting formal wear is a must. Of course this is the groom's day too and he will want to stand out just as much the bride, but their looks should complement one another. Grooms do not want to turn up to the ceremony in a linen suit if bride looks ready to hit the red carpet.

3. How should the groomsmen tuxes differ from the groom?

While back in the day it was traditional for the wedding party to wear identical clothing, today it is completely acceptable, and practiced, for the groom to differentiate himself.

A couple of ways to accomplish this would be to wear a different colored vest and tie, or for a more subtle approach, wear a slightly different boutonniere. 

4. Rent or Purchase?

Estimate how many events there might in the future to wear, and whether it would be worth purchasing the outfit. Can you justify the purchase? If you don’t expect to wear the outfit again within the next couple of years, it will save you money to rent instead of purchase.

Of course, if you opt to purchase your tux or suit, there’s no doubt that you’ll feel great in your attire, and that will show in your posture. Our only advice is that if you’re going to buy, make sure you that you go with something traditional that way it will be in style for years to come.

However, remember that if you rent, you’ll most likely only spend about a third of the cost of buying a new suit or tux. This way, you also won’t feel obligated to wear it again if your attire choice changes or goes out of style in the next few years.

5. Read the fine print.

If you are renting, before you sign on the dotted line, find out about deposits, alteration fees and return deadlines. Getting tuxedo rental costs ahead of time and distributing it to the entire wedding party will make it easier for everyone to track their responsibilities. Because most rentals must be returned the day after the event, make a plan with your best man to take it back for you.


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