What to ask the tuxedo shop

  • What's included? When you rent a tuxedo, you are usually getting the coat, slacks, shirt and vest or cummerbund. Shoes are generally available for a bit extra.
  • Are alterations included? Expect that he will need a stitch here and there to get a good fit.
  • How will out-of-town groomsmen be fitted? Lots of shops have downloadable fit forms for the guys to take to their local tuxedo shop for their measurements to be taken and sent back. If there isn't a formalwear shop from the same chain nearby, many tailors will take measurements for a small fee (some even offer the service free).
  • What is the policy for returning the tuxedos? Also, don't forget to assign someone the job of returning the groom's tux if you're heading to the honeymoon right after the wedding.
  • Can he schedule a last fitting on the day he picks up the tuxes? This way, if he needs minor adjustments for fit, they can usually be done before taking everything home.
  • What happens if the tuxedo is damaged? Most shops don't care if the tuxedo has some wedding cake on the sleeve or a minor seam separation when it's returned, but if there are tears in the fabric or red wine stains down the front of the shirt, you will be required to pay extra.
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