Updated: Jan 7
The goal of this post is to give some insight into wedding suits and tuxedos for Groom's, Groomsmen, and Bestman.
Wall of suits at Gurcan Tailor in Newark, NY
Choosing menswear can be hard for your wedding especially if you've never shopped for formal menswear before. Do you buy or rent? What style do you pick? What are the pros and cons of renting, buying, and of the different styles?
Should I buy or rent a suit/tuxedo?
With tuxedos, the answer is a little more simple. Generally speaking, many people do not need to wear a tuxedo outside of a wedding or black-tie events. So unless you plan on needing a tuxedo more than a few times every couple of years, it is better to rent rather than purchasing one. When it comes to suits it is a little bit more tricky. Suits can be worn to pretty much any type of formal event and some careers require one to be worn quite often, if not daily. If you are sure you will never need a suit again, then it's best to rent since it will be cheaper and won't take up space in your closet. However, if you think that you can use a new suit towear to work, school, or any other future formal events, then purchasing would be the best option for you.
Pros and Cons of Buying and Renting
Purchasing and renting have pros and cons of course. Owning a suit allows you to have a long-term custom-fit outfit that you can use at anytime and as often as you would like. Suit and tuxedo styles change roughly every 15 years or so, which means you do not have to worry about having to stay with the current trends as often as other fashion items. You may however need to have alterations done later down the road if you lose or gain weight. Some materials, like wool as we will discuss later, do need some maintenance over time if not being used regularly. Renting a suit or tuxedo does not have this maintenance problem, but you have to be careful with not staining or ripping your suit or tuxedo. Though most stains can be removed and some rips and be fixed so the rental is still usable, some companies may charge big fees for minor things. Before renting, it is a good idea to discuss what these fees are in case if any damage does occur. In some instances, you may be charged the full purchase price of the items of your rental. Also when you buy a suit or tuxedo for your wedding, you are guaranteed to get a brand new suit/tuxedo, whereas if you decide to rent, you may be getting an outfit that has been rented out 15-30 times before you.
Choosing the Materials Best For You.
When it comes to suits and tuxedos, there are a few different options. The first is poly-rayon fabrics. This is a synthetic fabric that is often the cheapest price you will get when renting or buying. Since they are generally polyester in composition, these suits do tend to be a bit hotter if wearing them for long periods of time in hotter weather. If you see your self as a messy person, then you will be thrilled to know that stains most easily come off from poly-rayon materials. Poly-rayon suits and tuxedo are some of the most popular suits with wedding groups, prom-goers, and those who generally do not wear a suit or tuxedo more than a few times a year or once or twice every few years.
Wool blend suits are some of the most popular suits for those who wear suits more regularly (a few times a month) or for those who are looking for a higher quality suit. They are higher in quality than the poly-rayon ones and require a little more maintenance. At Gurcan Tailor our wool blend suits are a combination of wool, silk, polyester, and viscose. These suits are great if you are looking for a wool feeling suit with a smooth silky feeling. Wool does require some maintenance since it can have holes in them over time, know as moth holes. It is a good idea to keep mothballs in the pockets of your suit when storing it. Since these suits have a lower composition of synthetic materials like polyester, rayon, and viscose they become less hot with long use wear and are generally more breathable. Depending on the blend of the fabric these types of suits and tuxedos can start from $150 - $1400.
Pure wool suits are considered to be the highest quality suits. They are also the most expensive suits you will find at most menswear shops. The quality of wool suits is measured by the fineness of the fabric, where a higher value means a finer thread and a more expensive suit. Wool suits that you may find at department stores and malls can range from the 90s to the 150s. A 90s suit may cost $100 - $400 depending on the place business you buy is from and even more, if you have it custom made. Getting a 90s wool suit is not something we would recommend. This is because they are often rough in texture and made from lower-quality wool. 100s-120s suits are what are often considered as "everyday suits". These suits a perfect for those who may wear a suit a few times a month. They are average to above average in quality and hold up well over time. Since 100s - 120s suits are not generally really fine in material, they do not wear out when dry cleaned over the years. These types of suits will generally cost $300 - $1000 at shops like Brooks Brothers, Menswear House, and Jos A. Bank, though sometimes they can be cheap as $180 at closeout sales. Wool suits in the ranges of 130s-160s are usually not found at regular department stores or malls or found very rarely. They are usually ordered in to store for you or delivered to you. They are perfect for those who are looking for high-end suits but can be quite costly. In most cases, they can range from $500 up to $3000 at higher-end designers retailers. Lastly, their are suits that are in the range of 170s - 200s. These suits are almost always custom made to the person ordering them or at the very least custom adjusted from the maker. These suits are always made from the finest materials from around the world from horsehair canvas to rare Italian and Brizilian wool and contain functioning button holes. These suits start from about $1800 and go all the way up to $60,000+ for some desinger exclusive ones around the world. If you are looking for a wool suit for your wedding or other formal events we recommend going for a suit that is within the 120s - 150s range.
What We Offer
At Gurcan we offer most of the styles mentioned above. Our goal is to provide our customers with affordable custom-fit suits and tuxedos. Our poly-rayon suits and tuxedos are sold for $200 - $250, wool/silk blends are $250, and wool suits are sold for $300 - $400. All suits and tuxedos purchased from us also come with free alterations. We can provide high-quality menswear at affordable rates since we are a small family business. This means that we do not have the expenses of running a larger business with several employees and large facilities. We have been a tailoring and dry cleaning shop since 2008 and have only expanded into the menswear business within the last few years. Being a tailoring business allows us to do alterations at our shop without needing to send your suit out or pay someone else to do it. We can further keep our suit and tuxedo costs low by only keeping popular styles and colors in stock to ensure that we do not have unsold items while having the ability to order hundreds of styles from our manufacturers within 1 to 2 weeks. Allowing us to keep our operating costs low and logistics fast we are able to give our customers custom-fit suits and tuxedos very quickly at a fraction of the cost elsewhere.
If you would like to know please consider checking the in-depth guide we have made at gurcantailoring.com/menswear.