Guest Blogger: The Man Registry on Men’s Attire and Rentals

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Planning the perfect wedding is one thing, but actually having one is another. A sure way to ease stress during the wedding planning process is to understand what it is that you can control, and of course accept what you can’t. Grooms, alleviate some pressure by early tuxedo preparation for your groomsmen’s, ushers’, ring bearers, and fathers’. Here are some common questions regarding tux rental. Reading them should ensure you’re fully prepared to order early and bypass the stresses of ‘last minute’ tux arrival.

When should the groom start looking for a tux or a suit?
Up to this point, the colors for your wedding haven’t yet been chosen. You’ll need to wait to choose the colors of your vest and tie until after the bridesmaids’ dresses have been officially selected. As much as you might think the tux colors will drive the whole color scheme for the wedding, that’s most often far from true. Coordination with the dresses is a major element to the bridal party attire. This step should usually happen no later than four to six months before the wedding.

Where can I rent a tux or suit?
The best option for locating a tux or suit rental store is to ask your friends and family for recommendations, use the mywedding.com, local online wedding guide search or consult your local phone book. It’s important to be comfortable with the company and their services to make sure they’re adequately equipped to accommodate your requests up to a couple of days before the wedding.

When should the groom and the wedding party get fitted?
No one likes walking into a tux shop to waste 30 minutes of their day, so schedule a group fitting for you and the wedding party. A group fitting can easily be turned into a meet and greet amongst the guys, incase they’re not all acquaintances. For those that can’t make the first scheduled group fitting, have them get fitted on their own, even if it’s not where you plan on renting your attire. Measurements can be faxed in to where you’re set on renting your suits/tuxes. You just want to make sure that all the guys are fitted. If necessary, a second fitting can be scheduled once the tuxes have arrived for any last minute alterations. Again, this should happen about four to six months before the wedding.

How do I know if everyone in the wedding party has been measured?
A few weeks before the tux shop’s fitting deadline, remind the wedding party that they need to be measured and give them a “fake” deadline that’s a few days before the real deadline to help ensure that any habitually late people will still make the actual deadline. Then, call the tux shop to make sure that they have received everyone’s measurements a few days before the deadline. The shop’s deadline is usually two months before the scheduled pickup; otherwise the shop can’t guarantee that the tuxedos will be available for the wedding date.

When should the groom verify that the tux shop has everything they need?
One month before the wedding, call the Tux shop to verify pickup date, time, and that they have everyone’s deposits.

When should the groom pick up the tux before the wedding?
About two days before the wedding, you and the wedding party will need to pick up your tuxedos (the store will provide you with a pickup date).

Remember: It’s so very important to try it on! Make sure there aren’t any size mix-ups, or switches with the other men in the group. Check for all of the appropriate pieces and accessories that should be included with your tux, such as a bowtie or regular tie, a cummerbund or vest, cufflinks, and shoes. Although it might be funny for your groomsmen, you don’t want to end up looking like the fat guy in a little coat.

The Bottom Line:
Be prepared! And the whole renting tuxes / suits will be a piece of cake! And as a nice bonus, most tuxedo rental shops will give you one free rental for signing your wedding party up. It is common etiquette to give the free rental to your future father-in-law. After all, he has footed the bill for your wedding. Giving him a free tux rental is the least you can do to thank him.

– Chris Easter | The Man Registry

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