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Wedding: Suit Up!

by Meghann on July 11, 2012

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?)

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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).

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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. πŸ™‚

Did you do tuxes or suits at your wedding?

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1 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 11, 2012 at 10:06 am

My friend just got married on Saturday and they do grey suits for the guys and it looked AMAZING!
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2 Aditi July 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

We did black suits at our wedding – it was nice cause all the guys already owned one! We bought them ties in varying shades of blue (with fun patterns) and my guy wore a 3-piece grey suit with a red tie – it all looked really nice!

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3 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed July 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

I love those suits like whoa.
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4 LindsayH July 11, 2012 at 10:09 am

We rented black suits and they were about $70 including shoes and tie.

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5 Lara July 11, 2012 at 11:12 am

From where???

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6 LindsayH July 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm

A local clothing store that does formal wear rentals. And since our wedding party rented five suits, the groom got his for free.

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7 Laura July 11, 2012 at 10:11 am

The groomsmen wore black suits at our wedding and it was awesome! We chose black in hopes that some guys would already have black suits (which some did). And then the rest of them went in pairs to Men’s Warehouse when they were having their BOGO sales. We didn’t give them a particular cut or anything, whatever they felt looked best on them. I think they ended up being a lot cheaper or right at a tux rental. And a bunch of the guys have worn their suits multiple times since our wedding!

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8 lynne @ lgsmash July 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

we’re doing that too – our thought was guys could spend $xxx renting a tux or $xxx buying a black suit (if they don’t already have one) and have a black suit they can wear again later. we’re letting our pick whichever type/cut they like/feel comfortable/look great in – and since bridesmaids dresses are similar styles but different dresses (girls could pick 1 of 3 dresses), they all will look similar but be comfortable in their attire for the day.
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9 Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep July 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

We have been going to bridal shows and a lot of them offer coupons at the shows for BOGOs or free rentals with the purchase of _____ (random stuff you’ll need anyway type deals). =]
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10 Allie July 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

We did the BOGO sale at Jos A Banks for our wedding. The price was the same as renting. We went with khaki suits, so my husband has been able to wear the suit again. One of our friends (who was a groomsmen) got married after us had his GM wear the suits as well (3 out of the 5 already had the suits from my wedding).
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11 Kathy July 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

We did tuxes…granted it was 17 years ago and the suit idea hadn’t hit the forefront yet….IF I HAD KNOWN back then what I know now I would have went the SUIT ROUTE FOR SURE….every guy needs a suit so why not put the money towards something they can have and use too rather than a rental?

You are a smart cookie once again Meg….now get Derek on that! HA! πŸ˜‰

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12 Em July 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

My husband wore a black suit that he purchased at Men’s Warehouse with a 50% off coupon (his whole ensemble ended up costing more than my dress… but he’ll get to wear it again and again so it was a good investment). We each only had one attendant and his best man already owned a black suit so he just wore that. We made our wedding as simple as possible for everyone involved.

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13 Sarah July 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

We did suits as well. Since our groomsmen are all over the country, we went with studiosuits.com. It worked out really well and the suits were between $100 and $150 (the grooms being the most expensive).

My only advice if you use this company, add a little extra to the measurements. My husbands suit needed minor alteration in the crotch area, waiste and hem.
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14 Jenny @ simply be me July 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

We just did long sleeve black dress shirts with dark gray pants. No ties and the guys wore skate shoes on their feet. Super casual and inexpensive, plus it was what I wanted which is the most important part of any wedding! Love the look of a suit over a tux as well.
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15 Erin @ erinberries July 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

This is such a good idea! It kind of gives the guys there own bridesmaid dresses! πŸ™‚
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16 Gina B July 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

We did tan suits as well, for our beach wedding. It took a lot of leg work, but we were able to find a place that rented suits w/ shoes for $100, but in a different state than our wedding. We had my brother in law pick up and drop off, and we bought the groomsmen their ties as part of our gift to them. It worked out really well, and the pictures looked great for our laid-back feel πŸ™‚ Good luck with it!

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17 Kristy July 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

I don’t really think Khaki Linen suits work for a winter wedding, but if you guys like it, super.

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18 michelle July 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

we got married in Hawaii – so it was a no brainer – suit and casual for the groomsmen. My husband wore a tan suit (summer weight wool), ivory shirt, and aqua tie. The groomsmen all kept is simple with tan pants and ivory linen shirts. Loved the look! My husband gets lots of use out of his suit for work and even sometimes wears the exact outfit.

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19 Katie July 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

We did suits at our wedding as well, and the guys all wore different ties. We actually got our guys’ suits at Kohl’s…and it came out to be cheaper than a tuxedo or suit rental in the end! Kohl’s has a lot of sales where you can get a great discount…I think the guys ended up paying about $100 even for the suits…we had them provide their own white shirt to wear underneath (and shoes), and I found all of the ties at TJ Maxx and Marshalls and gifted them to the groomsmen. It worked out well, and the fit was much better than getting a rental suit (so many that we looked at were baggy and not fitted like we wanted…Justin needed a slim fit suit!).
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20 Rachel July 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

Formal tuxes with bow ties at our wedding.

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21 Laura July 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

We did formal tuxes with bow ties and I loved how handsome my husband looked!!!

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22 Casey July 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

We did the BOGO sale at Jos. A. Banks for our wedding too! The guys came out WAY cheaper than if we had rented tuxes. We just paid for them all up front in a batch, and then had the guys reimburse us to get the deal. We provided matching belts and their ties for them. The suits were shipped to them, and since we had groomsmen all over the country, that worked out really well because they were all able to get their own alterations done and try the suits on with PLENTY of time to spare!
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23 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

My brother did tuxes, but apparently they had tons of issues with the people they ordered them from!
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24 Jaclyn July 11, 2012 at 11:56 am
25 Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

We did tuxes and I thought my husband looked very handsome. Of course, he would look handsome in anything. πŸ˜‰ I think it’s your and your fiance’s wedding … whatever you guys want, as long as it doesn’t break the bank for the groomsmen! πŸ™‚
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26 Kiera Evans July 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Do you have a Joseph A. Banks near you? They often have Buy one, Get Two
free sales.

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27 Gavi July 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Our groomsmen bought their suits from Joseph A. Banks–that store is constantly having great sales!

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28 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Unmarried, but I would definitely go with suits over tuxes.

They give more of a fun vibe, while tuxes to me are just too stuffy and formal. While a wedding is obviously a special and formal event, they’re meant to be tons of fun too!
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29 Kerry July 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Meghan,
Two things. πŸ™‚
1. We went to Jos A Banks and they guaranteed us suits at $170. We set up an account. They do their buy on get two get one free deal with weddings here. Ask about that…then you don’t have to watch the deals. They guaranteed it too for all of our suits even though we didn’t have a nice round divisor of 3.

2. I also just wanted to comment on the Minneapolis Airport and your comments yesterday. I live here and that is my client, they work very hard at making the airport great and it was fun to read that unsolicited comment from you. Thanks! I forwarded it on to the staff at the airport. Have a great day!

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30 Kate July 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I agree with the Jos A Banks idea. Also, I’d do the ties (or shirts and ties) as the groomsmen gifts. That way you’ll be able to mix the ties in a pattern you like. I’d also take photos of the ties all together to make sure they look nice together.

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31 Kara July 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm

This is so bizarre – the fourth photo (headless groom and groomsmen) is from my wedding! The linen suits are J. Crew clearance that we purchased at the end of the summer – they wrinkled quite a bit but I loved the look. And it looks like you and all the other Pins do, too! πŸ™‚

You can see the rest of our wedding here if you’re interested in more khaki suit pics: http://www.kieraphoto.com/caymans/

Happy planning!

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32 Meghann July 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Isn’t it funny how small the internet world is sometimes? I think Pinterest just makes it smaller! Thanks for the link, can’t wait to check the other photos out!

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33 Laura @ sweatingforit July 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm

My husband emailed his friends and asked them what color suits most of them owned already. Most of them already owned a charcoal suit so that’s what they wore! One friend asked if he could buy a charcoal one with a blue plaid design that he had been eying. All worked out just fine. My husband wore a blue seersucker suit which was totally appropriate in Louisiana in the middle of the summer!
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34 Abbey July 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm

My husband was just in a wedding a couple of weeks ago where they had them purchase grey suits. They went through JCPenney and I think in total (can’t remember if this price included the tie or not) it was $150. The only downside to it is that he already had a grey suit but the bride and groom wanted all the suits to look identical so now he has two grey suits. The upside is that I think a suit makes a guy look damn handsome so I don’t care how many he has!!

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35 Amanda July 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Try Express! My boyfriend and I were just recently in a wedding where the groomsmen all wore tan suits, and they were able to get the jacket, pants and shirt all for under $300. Best of all, Express always has coupons so a lot of the guys were able to get them for less than that! With the hot June day in NY, the lightweight fabric and light color ended up being perfect and my boyfriend raves about the fit of the suit and how he’ll wear it over and over again!

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36 Brittney July 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

My husband bought a suit for our wedding and we both loved it. He opted for black and just had his groomsmen wear black suits too- not even matching ones, we were ultra casual. I thought it was a great idea though, and he’s worn the suit for countless other weddings, interviews, and formal occasions.
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37 Melissa July 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

We had a black tie affair, so the groomsmen rented and my husband purchased his, but between Menswear House, Joseph A Banks and some of the department stores I am sure you can find suits for reasonable prices!

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38 Theresa @ActiveEggplant July 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm

We went the tux route back in 2005 when we got married and STILL regret it! My husband was uncomfortable the whole day and actually Changed into jeans part way through our reception!

I also think helping with the cost for your groomsmen/ bridesmaids is a good idea if the look you want is out of their price range. We paid the deposits for the bridesmaids and groomsmen to make things easier on them since the dresses and tuxes were a little pricier than we had hoped initially. (Plus they all had to travel several hours and pay for hotel rooms since we all live in different states so we felt like it would be nice to help out with the dress/tux costs where we could.)
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39 Allison July 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

The khaki looks like a nice colour and I think it’d fit really well with your theme! The only thing is that linen is a tricky material… like one poster said above, they wrinkled quite a bit! I’m not sure the groomsmen would re-wear a khaki linen suit, but a khaki suit in another material might be more universal! Just something to think about, especially if they’re going to be investing in them as a purchase! πŸ™‚

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40 Macrae July 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Khaki suits, navy and pink stipped tie. Looked awesome(but it was an august wedding so I don’t know if that fits for december?)!

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41 meghan July 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm

We were looking at suits as an option too, but when it came down to it the quality of what we wanted the suits to look like just wasn’t going to come together at a price point that I wanted to make people pay. If you’re willing to put in all the effort to track sales and bulk orders, you’ll do great!
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42 Kelly July 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

We are doing these suits for our wedding, they are so incredibly handsome in person, and totally affordable! The best part is that there are JC Penneys everywhere, which made the whole process fool proof! I also like the look of the vest, as it makes it a little more formal than just doing a plain suit.

http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/stafford-khaki-linen-look-suit-separates/prod.jump?ppId=1dd54a6

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43 Kashi @ Cape Island Runners July 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm

neither! our wedding was outside and we are pretty casual people, so hubby and bff got really gorgeous white linen shirts, chocolate brown linen pants and brown flip flops. he looked so handsome, i loved it! it was a fancy version of himself (i know, flip flops are not fancy, but for us this combo was!) and he was totally comfortable, so it was great!
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44 Jenny July 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm

We got married in May & didn’t want the formal tux look (our wedding was outdoors overlooking park) so we had all the groomsmen buy khaki suits & they turned out great. My husband waited for a buy 1, get 2 free deal to come at Jos A Bank (they cycle all the time) & got all the suits, shirts & ties together. As a nice surprise, he had all the groomsmen shirts monogrammed with their initials, which added a nice touch for just a small additional fee. Our color was an eggplanty purple, which looked great with the khaki, and think the pics above with the khaki & navy blue really pop as well!

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45 Meghan July 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

We did suits at our wedding and totally loved it. I made all of the guys go in early and get measured then we the suits went on sale BOGO I went in myself and ordered and paid for everything up front. We ended up putting in a few bucks for the guys suits so that they were an even $150 for each of the guys. We also bought cute vineyard vine ties and sperry shoes for the guys as part of their gifts.

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46 Abby July 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

A few days late on this, but we did suits for our wedding in June. Every groomsmen got measured at a Men’s Wearhouse near them and sent me the measurements. Then, I opened a Men’s Wearhouse credit card, bought all 9 suits at once, and got $200 in gift cards back from the store for opening the card. We paid off the credit card right away so we didn’t rack up any interest and used the $200 in store gift cards to get each guy a shirt. I bought ties at cheapneckties.com for like $15 each and we gave the guys their shirt and tie as their gift. Everything ended up working out perfectly and the guys all loved their suits. Their wives/girlfriends liked that they got to keep the nice new suit instead of returning a tux!

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