The Rent vs. Buy Decision
Today many brides and grooms are breaking away from wedding traditions in various ways. One particular way is the standard tuxedo. It was once customary for the groom to go to his local tux rental shop and get his measurements taken and then select the attire for his groomsmen to wear. The tux would come in a kind of “one size fits all” packaging where the only item you were certain to fit snuggly was the cummerbund or the vest. The dress shirt was always a little loose and billowy, the jacket more boxy than fitted, and the pants were usually pleated with baggy thighs. However, now couples are breaking away from that cookie cutter tradition and becoming more original, and more stylish, with their groomsmen’s attire. One way they’re accomplishing this is by having their men wear their own suits and then selecting a dress shirt and tie that will all match. This allows the groomsmen to wear something they already own, which is cost effective, and something they’re comfortable in. If the groomsmen don’t already own a suit they can borrow one, rent one from that traditional tuxedo shop, or go out and buy one themselves. Another option is for the groom to select a complete outfit for the groomsmen to purchase, as was the case in my stepbrother’s wedding where I was a groomsman. My stepbrother had all the men buy a tie, vest, dress shirt, and dress pants from the same store. I enjoyed this option for many reasons. One being that each piece was something I would wear again either together as the complete ensemble, or separately with a few pieces here and there. Either with the suit or the whole new outfit, the money the groomsmen put into the wedding is better spent and also better fitted to them.