Grooms sans tuxidoWomen are practically born knowing what they want to wear on their wedding days. The same can’t be said for most men. On a day when all eyes will be on the bride, many grooms and groomsmen just rent matching tuxedos, but that isn’t always the best solution. Here are some reasons why you might want to see your groom waiting at the altar in a suit instead.

Budget

If you are struggling to keep your wedding on-budget, skipping tuxedo rentals is an easy way to save money. If you’re planning a traditional wedding, chances are that your groom has at least one suit he could dress up for the occasion. Even if he ends up purchasing a new suit, the money is better spent on a perfectly tailored suit he can wear again than it is on ill-fitting rented formal wear.

Setting

Tuxedos are called evening suits for a reason. At daytime weddings, grooms should wear suits. Also consider the location and formality of your event when choosing menswear. A tuxedo might look ridiculous on a beach, even at night. Save the swimsuit for the honeymoon and compromise with a suit. Even an open-collared dress shirt with a nice suit gives this monumental occasion the respect it deserves.

Groomsmen

Your groomsmen will thank you for not dressing them in matching monkey suits. Not only will they save money, they will also feel less self-conscious at the altar. Expecting them to buy matching suits is a big imposition; allowing them to use their own suits in a specified color or style works beautifully. Add matching boutonnieres, pocket squares or custom made ties for a touch of uniformity.

Photographs

Rented tuxedos look boxy and awkward. Suits that fit result in much better-looking photos. You’ll also see more of the men’s personalities in their own suits, which makes your photos unique and meaningful. More comfortable in suits than tuxes, there’s a better chance that your groom and his friends will stay dressed throughout your reception. Having all the men in the room looking unbuttoned and untucked as the party progresses makes for reception photos you’d rather not frame.

While a wedding is cause for celebration, the vows you will take are solemn and important. Formal wear should not be optional, but rented tuxedos aren’t always best. Have your groom wear a suit to save money, match the setting of the event, and look and feel his best.


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