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Should the Groom Rent or Buy a Tux?

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When it comes to the big day, the groom, just like the bride, must be looking his absolute best! This is undoubtedly one of the most important and memorable days of his life, and it’s best that the groom wears what makes him the most comfortable. That leads to the very important question: Should the groom rent or buy a tuxedo for his wedding?

If you find yourself on the fence about whether to buy a custom tux or to rent one, we’re here to help and hopefully make this decision easier for you. This article has some ideas that will help you make an informed decision for your wedding day wardrobe.

What are the advantages of renting a tuxedo?

Renting a tuxedo might be cheaper

If this tuxedo will only be worn once or twice, then it will be significantly cheaper to rent one. Depending on the brand name, a rental from a store such as Men’s Wearhouse starts around $150 and can range up to $350. Keep in mind, when you rent, you typically receive everything you need from head to toe. So, this includes the shoes, tie, cufflinks, shirt, vest, socks, pants, and jacket. This is not the case when you buy a tuxedo. You will have to piece those items together individually.

You can wear a higher-end tuxedo on a lower budget

One of the benefits of renting is that it allows you to wear a higher end tux for a fraction of the cost, thus making sure that you look extra sharp on your wedding day without breaking the bank. Buying a tuxedo of the same brand and quality would cost substantially more and could be completely out of your price range. If you want to achieve great style but you are on a budget, renting is an excellent way to achieve that. 

You can match with your groomsmen easily

Although the groom is the most important, remember that there are others standing beside you. It is important for your groomsmen to also look great, and, if you decide to rent, you can rent everyone’s tuxedos from the same place. This will ensure that the entire bridal party has a cohesive look, allowing you to match colors and accessories perfectly. An added bonus of renting is that it makes picking up and returning the tuxedos even easier, as you can designate one person from the bridal party to do so. As the groom, that means you have one less thing to worry about after your big day. 

What are the advantages of buying a tuxedo?

You can get a perfectly tailored tuxedo

It doesn't get much better than a perfectly tailored tuxedo, especially on your wedding day. You will be measured from head to toe and, when it’s finished, this tuxedo will fit you like a glove. If you are a groom who cares about fashion, or who just really appreciates the idea of a tux that has been made for you and you alone, then buying is the way to go. Keep in mind, if your weight or size fluctuates significantly, you could need to have it altered or even buy a new tuxedo altogether if the changes are drastic. 

You can use the tuxedo for formal events over the years

Buying gives you the ability to wear your tuxedo whenever you want. You’ll never have to worry about going in and getting fitted for a tuxedo rental again. When formal events pop up, it is reassuring to know that you are prepared. Even if you don’t wear it often (and let’s be honest, not many people wear tuxedos often), it will certainly come in handy.

You’re wearing a brand new tuxedo

For those who don’t love the idea of wearing a tux that has been worn by dozens of others, buying solves this problem. You can rest easy knowing that nobody else has tangoed in your trousers. With a purchased tuxedo, you have peace of mind that you are the only one who has worn it.

You can pick out unique accessories that can be worn repeatedly

When buying a tux, you also have the freedom to buy all of the accessories that go with it - shirts, shoes, vests, cufflinks, and more. These are fun to buy and you can customize them to match your own individual sense of style. While these may not be items that you wear daily, they’re closet staples that are helpful to have when you do need them - and you can wear them with your suits as well, not just your tux.

Takeaways

Buying and renting each has their pros and cons. But in order to make the right decision, it will depend entirely on your preference, budget, and lifestyle. Buying is more expensive, but if you frequent formal parties, then buying is certainly the more cost-effective route. If you are looking to get something that is budget-friendly and will be used for just one night, then renting would be your best option.

Renting Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Simple and easy
  • More bang for your buck
  • Everything you need is included

Renting Cons:

  • Not a tailored fit
  • Only good for one night

Buying Pros:

  • Can wear anytime
  • Tailored to you personally 
  • Save money if worn multiple times

Buying Cons:

  • Higher upfront cost
  • Must purchase accessories 
  • Weight gain or loss can cause the need for alterations. 
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