Jen Glantz the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire and the author of the new book Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire). She frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates. For this Brides.com column, Jen weighs in: Should the groomsmen in the bridal party rent or buy their tuxes?
Once you've figured out how you'd like your groomsmen to suit up on your wedding day, the next step will be to communicate to them where, when and what to do to make it happen. One of the most popular options is to go the rental route, so you can really make sure everyone is wearing the same look and it fits decently. For a more custom look, your groomsmen will have to buy a tuxedo for the wedding, typically at a menswear shop of your choosing.
One thing to keep in mind that tuxedos can be expensive, whichever route you go, and both options come with pros and cons. If you're not sure what route to choose, the best thing you can do is let the groomsmen know what you'd like them to wear and give them options of places they can either rent or buy, and let them make their own decisions from there.
The pros of buying a tuxedo is that they can get one that's tailor-made to fit them. It can also be a good investment if they plan to wear it in the future or have a lot of weddings coming up — if that's the case, it may just be easier to just buy a tuxedo to have in their closet for the next couple of years. The con, of course, is that they'll have to pay a lot more upfront for the tuxedo than if they just rented it.
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On the other hand, if they're going to rent one, one of the pros is that it's temporary — there's no worrying about having it hang in the closet as their body changes over the years. Plus, it's a whole lot cheaper, so if your groomsmen are only going to your wedding, with no more in the pipeline for a while, it may be less of a financial burden for them to rent verse buy. A major con is the fit won't be perfect, but since they will only wear it for eight hours or so, perhaps that's not too big of a deal.