I thought the guys were supposed to be the easy ones. At least.. that’s what everyone told me going into this whole wedding planning thing. I mean, I guess it would be easy if Derek and I decided to go the traditional tux route (walk in the rental place, pick out your colors, and your done) , but we’re just a tad more complicated than that.
The truth is that neither Derek nor I like the look of rented tuxes. They’re formal and bulky; and we both agree that the look doesn’t exactly pair up with our “rustic winter snowflake” vision. We were hoping for something a little lighter and casual.
That’s when the idea of suits came into play.
Derek loved the lighter appeal of a suit (even in the dead of Florida’s “winter” he was still afraid of overheating in a tux outside) and preferred the more tailored shape. It’s less formal, so it’s more him and it’s something he can truly be comfortable in.
I love the look of the suit too. I like the clean, simple lines – especially a nice khaki-colored linen suit with a crisp white shirt underneath and a dark, navy tie.
Or it might be fun to mix the ties up. Either each groomsmen gets to pick out their own patterned navy tie or the groomsmen all wear diagonally striped ties and Derek wears a solid one or vice versa. The possibilities are endless (and who knew how much fun tie shopping could be?)
The problem with going the suit route is that you can’t just rent the suits (at least not in our area), everyone has to buy one. This is where it gets complicated.
I had a friend go the suit route for their wedding and – with a little research – they were able to get a good deal, where the suits actually ended up being a tad cheaper than the rental would have been. The trick was tracking sales cycles and doing a joint order when a BOGO came up. My friend was also able to get a discount by placing a bulk order of 8 suits at once, plus she’s a good deal maker ( I seriously wish I had her mad skills in that department).
Derek and I met with a couple of suit places over the weekend, and they agreed that buying the suits would really be our best option in achieving the look we’re after. They had the same ideas (buying the suits all at once during a sale, etc) and most said they see wedding parties doing it all the time. As long as we do our research and stay on top of it, we’ll hopefully walk out with suits the same price as a tux rental would be, that our groomsmen actually get to keep, instead of just return.
We also have plans to check out a few surrounding outlets and department stores to see what they have to offer. If we find something we like that we feel is out of our groomsmen price range, we also tossed around the idea of helping them out as part of their groomsmen gift and/or purchasing the shirt/tie to complete the ensemble.
The average tux rental is anywhere from $130 – $220 (p.s. DAMN tuxes are $$ to rent!). Our goal is to come right in the middle of that with the suit purchases.
I’ve told Derek that this project is his baby now. If he wants suits, then it’s up to him to make it happen. 🙂
Did you do tuxes or suits at your wedding?