If you or your son/daughter is planning a wedding, there are many excellent choices for wedding venues, caterers, bridal gowns, bands, DJ’s, flowers, etc.
But…where does the groom turn for his outfit and that of his groom’s men?
Typically, a groom turns to a chain tuxedo rental outfit for rental tuxedos for himself and his party.
TODAY’S SMART ALTERNATIVE TO RENTAL TUXEDOS FOR SAVVY GROOMS:
A viable alternative with unlimited creative twists exists and is offered by Christopher’s Custom and many other custom clothiers. Many young men are cost conscious and seek value-driven alternatives to the rental of previously-worn tuxedos. A purchased tuxedo or suit will provide years’ worth of future wearability vs the one-and-done nature of a tuxedo rental!
Below is a recent wedding outfitted by Christopher’s Custom.
Ben Baker and his groom’s men are shown at Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs wearing Super 140’s, 100% wool, black suits, custom white broadcloth shirts woven with long-staple 2-ply cotton, white silk pocket squares, and black silk ties from Christopher’s Custom.
Each suit was tailored to be slim-fitting and very hip!
These Off-the-rack suits are priced competitively with most tuxedo rentals.
WHAT CAN I DO FOR MY GROOMSMEN’S FAVORS?
Something few grooms or brides consider what shirt collar will everyone be wearing…this is very important for those expensive photo sessions you have arranged! My recommendation, if your budget permits, is to purchase a custom shirt for each groomsmen. This kills two birds with one stone…it provides a consistent collar for your lifetime wedding photos, and a re-usable gift for your groomsmen with your initials and wedding date forever embroidered into the shirt’s yoke!
Ben chose to purchase custom shirts as his groom’s men gifts. Inside the yolk of each we had embroidered the bride’s and groom’s initials along with the date of their wedding.
Ben’s custom shirts were designed with a Slightly shorter collar to complement today’s slimmer lapel profiles,and my personal favorite- a convertible, non-fold french cuff. One that may be worn with or without cuff links!
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT A DARK SUIT OR TUX?
Here is another wedding outfitted by Christopher’s Custom. This groom, Jake Dubuque, chose custom suits and shirts for his wedding party.
Their suit fabric was a terrific lightweight linen-wool blend, perfect for his summer wedding.
If you are wondering, measurements for your groom’s men are easily attained by using our Christopher’s Custom Wedding Measurement Form.
WHEN WILL MY OUTFITS ARRIVE?
One more important thing to think about when comparing rental outfits to ones like I’ve featured above. Did you realize that if you rent tuxedos, they will arrive typically the Thursday or Friday before your wedding? This provides scant time for last minute alterations, corrections, etc. and usually creates unnecessary angst on your special day! On the other hand, purchased garments will typically be delivered 4 weeks or more before your special day eliminating the potential for problems with your groomsmen’s or your own outfit!
For custom wedding garments, I recommend allowing 8 weeks. For off-the-rack choices, 4 weeks is recommended to allow for alterations and other unexpected emergencies.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and feel free to contact me for a consultation or with any other questions you may have.
Vinnie Rua-Founder, Christopher’s Custom