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Groom's Suit or Tuxedo Cost


How Much Does a Groom's Suit or Tuxedo Cost?

 
low costRental: $50-$100average costMedium: $300-$800high costHigh: $800-$1,500+
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  Typical costs:
  • Tuxedo or suit costs vary, depending on whether the groom rents or buys. On the low end, tuxedo rentals start at about $50 to $100 for rental of a basic wool tuxedo and vest.
  • In the mid-range, a groom can buy a nice suit for between $300 and $800.
  • And, on the high end, it costs about $800 to $1,500 and up to purchase a quality designer wool or linen tuxedo or suit.
  • The average groom's tuxedo or suit cost is $197, according to the Bridal Association of America[1] .
Related articles: Wedding Dress, Groomsman's Suit or Tuxedo, Wedding Photographer

What should be included:
  • Tuxedo rental includes a professional measurement and fitting, as well as pressing, cleaning and overnight use of the tuxedo.
Additional costs:
  • When renting a tuxedo, the vest, tie shoes and shirt typically cost extra. And, of course, if you buy a suit, you will need to buy a shirt, tie and cufflinks, which can add $100 or more to your cost. The average groom spends $116 on accessories, according to the Bridal Association of America.
  • While rented tuxedoes should fit perfectly, grooms who buy a suit or tuxedo might need alterations, which will cost $30 to $100 or more, depending on the complexity of the alteration.
Discounts:
  • If the groomsmen are renting their tuxedoes, the rental shop will usually throw in the groom's tuxedo for free
  • If you check their websites, many chain formalwear rental stores offer coupons.
Shopping for a groom's suit or tuxedo:
  • When trying to decide whether to rent a tuxedo, buy a tuxedo or buy a suit, TheGroomGuide.com[2] provides a list of pros and cons for each option.
  • Brides.com[3] offers a guide on how to choose the right suit or tuxedo for the season, time of day and formality level, and The Men's Wearhouse[4] lists answers to common questions about formalwear and The Knot.com[5] offers a guide on choosing attire based on body type.
  • If the groom does not live near the groomsmen, a chain store might be the most convenient option to coordinate their attire. Chains include After Hours Formalwear[6] and The Men's Wearhouse[7] .
  • GQ.com[8] offers a step-by-step guide to buying a suit and making sure the fit is correct. To get proper fit, buy the suit at least a month in advance and have it tailored by a professional.
  • To buy a suit, check chain department stores such as Nordstrom or Macy's[9] or men's stores such as The Men's Wearhouse.
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Buying is only a little more
Amount: $215.00
Posted by: hap-cust in Lansing, MI.Posted: May 7th, 2011 07:05AM
Rental or Purchase?: purchaseTuxedo or Suit?: Tuxedo
Store: MacysStyle: Slim
Designer: Alfani RED
Rented an ill-fitting, cheap-looking, not-the-right-fashion tux last year in Mid-Michigan for $105 (included jacket, pant, bow tie and vest). A Calvin Klein would have cost about $150 but they were out of stock. This year, purchased a cool-looking Alfani RED slim-fit tux to keep.
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No way to rent for under $100
Amount: $140.00
Posted by: dgve in Seguin, TX.Posted: December 15th, 2010 01:12AM
Rental or Purchase?: RentalTuxedo or Suit?: Tuxedo
Store: LocalStyle:
Designer: Calvin Klein
Rentals in this area range from 80 - 140, but the lower end rentals do not look nice.
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Decided to buy.
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Nancycs in Rochester, MN.Posted: March 13th, 2010 08:03PM
Rental or Purchase?: purchaseTuxedo or Suit?: Tux
Store: JCPenneyStyle: 1-button wool
Designer: Stafford
I decided to buy a tuxedo for my son verses renting. The local shops were asking $100-$140. I decided to purchase it. I got it 50% off with and additional $ amount off. The $150 included everything from the jacket to the socks and shoes. It is classic and will be able to be worn again and he may even get a second year out of it for prom as well as his brother who will likely fit into it for his prom too as they are built the same way.
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I bought my tuxedo- much smarter
Amount: $299.95
Posted by: Mike Friedman in Bedford, NY.Posted: December 20th, 2009 10:12AM
Rental or Purchase?: PurchaseTuxedo or Suit?: New Tuxedo
Store: FineTuxedos.comStyle: 2 Button Notch
Designer: Joseph Abboud
I bought beautiful super 100's wool tuxedo at FineTuxedos at what I think is an excellent price. I really don't see the point of renting when you could buy one at the same price. FineTuxedos had tuxedo packages that included the tuxedo and ALL accessories for $139.95. You really can't beat that. I chose to go for the nicer fabric.
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suit
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: a user in la, NM.Posted: August 23rd, 2009 09:08PM
Rental or Purchase?: purchaseTuxedo or Suit?: tuxedo
Store: menslandStyle: swaed
Designer: marc jackobs
awesome but expensive
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Cost Helper, not Daddy Warbucks ...
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Jason in Shreveport, LA.Posted: January 6th, 2008 05:01AM
Rental or Purchase?: RentalTuxedo or Suit?: Tux
Store: MW Tux (Old After Hours)Style: 1-button Notch Lapel (Classic)
Designer: Joesph & Fiess
Buying a tux for $960 is not cost prohibative. My (Groom's) wedding tux rental is free after my three groomsmen and her dad pay $127.04 (after tax and includes, shoes, cuffs links, fitting, tie, & all the jazz).
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Decided to buy a black suit
Amount: $960.00
Posted by: a user in San Jose, CA.Posted: April 2nd, 2007 12:04AM
Rental or Purchase?: PurchaseTuxedo or Suit?: Suit
Store: TuxedoStyle: Modern
My problem with rental tuxedos is the fit -- my body shape doesn't fit the typical sizes found at a rental shop, and every time I've rented a tux, it's looked terrible. The jacket and the pants can be the wrong size and hurriedly hemmed. Once, at a company party, the hemming (taking 2" off the pants) on my rental tuxedo literally started to fall apart on me while dancing. I didn't want to risk a mishap on my wedding day, so I decided to buy a suit and get it tailored, even though it was a considerable expense. I bought a modern, Italian black suit at Eli Thomas. The store in San Jose had an amazing tailor and they got the fit just right. The suit was $800, the tie was $100, and so the total with tax was $960. I probably could have gotten a better tie at a better price if I shopped around more. If the suits and tuxedos at rental shops don't fit your body type, I recommend buying a suit (or tux) and having it tailored.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.bridalassociationofamerica.com/Wedding_Statistics/
  2.  www.thegroomguide.com/dress2kill1.html
  3.  www.brides.com/wedding-dresses-style/groom-style/2006/12/year-round-style
  4.  tuxedo.menswearhouse.com/home.do?JSESSIONID=F1QY3yqjhlLTvd3jN6tJlgsDF1B6ghPZqJLJQn1MhWn...
  5.  wedding.theknot.com/groom-groomsmen/groomsmen-guide/articles/find-the-most-flattering-t...
  6.  tuxedo.menswearhouse.com/home.do
  7.  tuxedo.menswearhouse.com/home.do?src=GA&googleadwords=tuxweddingcoupon250
  8.  www.gq.com/style
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