Ashley
VIP May 2018

Suits/Tux, SO expensive!! Anyone else surprised by the price?!

Ashley, on August 13, 2017 at 5:43 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 45
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Hi everyone!

FH and I just got back from Men's Warehouse, holy COW 235 bucks to only rent a tux in a navy blue color I didn't really like. They had 3 suits, 3 tuxes to choose from. Grey, black, or navy for tuxes, grey, black or tan for suits. They had ZERO selection and wouldn't let us try anything on. Is that normal..?

Where is everyone renting from? I figured it'd be 150 bucks tops, maybe I'm crazy lol. I've checked the vendors tab, anyone familiar with Generation Tux? We have quite some time before we need to nail down a tux/suit. The people at Men's Warehouse asked why we wanted suits when I'm in a fancy dress, why not do tuxes. TBH I can't tell a difference haha but maybe that's just me since I don't know much about men's formal wear. We're looking for something like the picture, but with a blush colored lapel. Should be pretty easy to find, but not for 235 bucks! That's with a 40 dollar discount......


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  • Tashico and Brian
    Devoted December 2017
    Tashico and Brian ·

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  • Amanda
    Master December 2020
    Amanda ·

    Only difference is suits have plastic buttons and tuxes have metal or something like that that's what my men's warehouse women said. i was quoted $200 from them and $800 to buy it's crazy expensive haha goodluck

  • Ashley
    VIP May 2018
    Ashley ·

    Yeah we were thinking of letting the guys buy them, FH has a few suits from Kohl's that are REALLY nice. For 200 I'd want them to at least own the jacket and pants!

  • MrsSki
    Master April 2017
    MrsSki ·

    Yes, we were shocked! We ended up using Xedo and they were awesome. Price was great for what we wanted and you can rent per piece so it's easy to just choose essentials (seriously, who remembers which black shoes the men are wearing?)

    What do you mean by blush lapel though? The lapel is the collar of the jacket, for lack of a better term. Typically it matches the jacket, though you might find a navy/black combo. Tuxes usually have a satin lapel or have a satin stripe on the edge while suits do not have the satin. Did you mean lapel in your post?

  • Candy
    Expert May 2018
    Candy ·

    Ours is $285 at men's warehouse. We were lucky enough to have a $40 off every suit rental so it helps a little bit. FH also gets a $400 credit that he can use after the wedding for all of the rentals.

  • Mrs.Thornton
    Dedicated October 2017
    Mrs.Thornton ·

    My fiance rented his tux from xedo.com . It was only $110 for tux with shoes. That have a special going on now where you get 40% off if you sign up to receive emails. They even let you try on before actually purchasing. My fiance just did his try on and sent back for the actual order of his tux. We will get it 2 weeks before wedding in October. They have all kinds of tuxes as colors.

  • muriel
    Champion June 2018
    muriel ·

    You are unlikely to find a blue suit with a blush lapel. A suit, by definition, is made from the same material, jacket and pants.

    The differences between a suit and a tuxedo are subtle like satin lapels, and a satin stripe down the leg of the pants.

    http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/suit-tuxedo-difference/

    The main one to know is that tuxedos are meant for evening wear- to be worn after5 or 6 pm. You see that rule broken all the time at weddings.

    If you choose to rent, look at The Black Tux. They have suits and tuxedos, starting at $95.

  • emsker
    Expert September 2017
    emsker ·

    We're just having our guys buy pants from jcpenney for this reason. Seriously ridiculous how much this stuff costs, and I want to be conscious of financial situations. FH will wear the same pants as the groomsmen only he will have a matching jacket too. Try checking out prices at department stores. I know they may not be as high of quality, but some of those suits cost just as much to buy as it would to rent at men's warehouse. And then they get to keep the suit.

  • Ashley
    VIP May 2018
    Ashley ·

    @MrsSkiTobe Not sure lol. I meant the little fabric that goes in the pocket. The guy at Men's Warehouse told me it was a lapel. I don't know ANYTHING about these fancy tux words, I need to learn them, that's for sure

  • Ashley
    VIP May 2018
    Ashley ·

    In terms of quality, it's not like people are going up to the guys and feeling the fabric. I think as long as they're in the same color they'll end up looking great. We just couldn't believe they wouldn't let us try on the suits or anything. The guy said "just use your imagination". really. lol.

  • Seale
    Master November 2017
    Seale ·

    We found the pieces for a dark gray suit for FH at JC Penney's. It's going to be over $200 as well but we're buying it since FH says he needs a new suit anyways so he'll get multiple wears out of it.

  • MoreMoore
    VIP November 2017
    MoreMoore ·

    We had the same thoughts about Men's wearhouse. It put our rental cost for FH, a 17yo, and 2 - 8yo's at over $800. You also can't piece meal them (like we wanted vests but no jackets). We ended up buying the little boys suits with vests for $30 just need shoes and ties. For FH and my 17yo picked up some nice suit pieces including a jacket for FH for a total of $170 for both. It makes more sense to us to just buy them given the number of rentals we would have had. But for one, it might just be easier to find somewhere else with a selection you like.

  • Ashley
    VIP May 2018
    Ashley ·

    @Sarah LOL I was kind of close Thanks! Yeah it was just so weird how they had such a small selection and wouldn't let us try on. I figured they'd at least have a few shades of blue, or grey to choose from since it's such a big department store...

  • Ashley
    VIP May 2018
    Ashley ·

    We have 5 groomsmen plus the groom, so for 6 rentals it's 1400 bucks. Just crazy, I could buy them all suits for that price!

  • MrsSki
    Master April 2017
    MrsSki ·

    Oh! That's a pocket square Are you doing boutonnieres? If you're trying to keep costs down for the GM, you can skip the pocket square and do a more colorful boutonniere (maybe a blush rose?)

    Your inspo pic is of a suit since there's no vest and no satin. Are your bridesmaids wearing long or short dresses? Tuxes are supposed to be the most formal choice for men's attire, so they should only be paired with long dresses. If they're short dresses or less formal long dresses, suits are fine. If you look for a small men's boutique in your area (not MW), they might give you a group discount if everyone buys them there! Macy's gage a group discount too when DH was in a wedding a few years ago and they bought tan suits there. Might try Kohls too - they also have pretty great suits you can find on sale.

  • K
    Just Said Yes September 2017
    Kaitlin ·

    We ended up buying from JC Penny. Was cheaper than renting plus now he owns a nice suit for future events

  • muriel
    Champion June 2018
    muriel ·

    Check the department stores. Blue suits are often on sale at this time of year. Most of the stores sell suit separates so it's easier to get a good fit. Then get the suit tailored. A well tailored less expensive suit will look 10 times better than any rental tuxedo.

    You can buy blush pocket squares online.

    https://www.thetiebar.com/pocket-squares?color=pink

  • Ashley
    VIP May 2018
    Ashley ·

    The girls are wearing long blush dresses, so a tux would be better? All the groomsmen live in California and FH and I are in AZ so it might be hard to rent from a smaller, local place.

  • A
    Dedicated May 2018
    Ashley ·

    Is the $235 with tax and fees? Or before? Navy tuxes are less popular than the traditional black and therefore more expensive, same with grey. I've never heard of them not letting you try on the suit though, maybe it depends on location, did they just not have that particular one or they didn't have any rentals to try on for size? When my FH rented a tux for both our junior and senior prom he tried it on both times, his grey tux was almost double what his black tux was, thankfully we are going with black for the wedding.

    I would have FH ask the groomsmen if they would prefer to buy or rent, some may not be keen on buying a navy suit they didn't choose and having it stuck in their closet, others may love the idea of buying something they'll use again. If you let them wear any navy suit and just buy ties/pocket squares that might be a good way to save money too.

  • Molly
    Dedicated July 2017
    Molly ·

    We found a local men's clothing store in MN and all of our guys were able to purchase suits for $160! That included the 3 piece suit, shirt and tie.

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