Top Tips for Shopping for Tuxedos

Although the wedding is generally considered the bride’s big day, she wants to make sure her groom looks just as good as she does. As such, it’s important for the groom to shop smart for not only his tuxedo but also for those for his entire wedding party. To assist him in successfully completing this task, Black Tie by Lori recommends the following tips for shopping for tuxedos.

Be Prepared

Before shopping for tuxedos, it’s important for the bride to have selected her wedding dress as well as those of her bridesmaids, plus the wedding couple should have locked in their venue. Although it’s not recommended for the tuxedo accessories to match the bridesmaids dresses, the bride and groom should bring in swatches of the dress fabric to aid in shopping.

Next, couples should start shopping for tuxedos approximately four to five months before the wedding. If the couple is having a spring wedding, the bride and groom should come in no later than Dec. 31 so wedding couples won’t have to compete with prom customers.

Because selecting the men’s attire may take up to an hour and a half, appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. For the appointment, the groom should bring no more than two or three people, preferably his parents and fiancée. Groomsmen should not attend this initial appointment.

Black Tie by Lori carries 10 of the most popular tuxedos in the store, but has access to up to 150 styles. The bride and groom should provide details of their event, such as time of day and location, in order to make sure the groom and his wedding party coordinate with the overall formality for their big day.

Once the bride and groom decide on the tuxedos, the wedding party should get measured as soon as possible. If a groomsman is out of town, he should get professionally measured and submit his measurements via calling them in or using the online form provided on the website.

Money Matters

At the time the groom sets up his rental account, he should be prepared to pay his deposit. As each groomsman places his order, he, too, will need to pay his $50 deposit, and the remaining balance will be due upon pickup. The tuxedo rental includes coat, pant, shirt, vest/cummerbund, tie, cuff links and suspenders. Shoes, socks and pocket squares are available for an additional fee. There are no damage waiver fees, and the rental includes minor alterations, such as hemming a pant leg.

Typically, tuxedo rentals can be picked up after 1 p.m. on the Thursday before the weekend event for a final fitting. It is crucial that every member of the wedding party try on his tuxedo and all accessories before leaving Black Tie by Lori to ensure a proper fit. Because Black Tie by Lori is the only store in Atlanta that owns its inventory, the staff can, in most cases, do immediate exchanges as necessary. Tuxedos should be returned to Black Tie by Lori the day after the event unless other arrangements have been made, which is common for a cruise wedding or out-of-town events.

If the wedding is out of town and the bride purchased her wedding gown or bridesmaids dresses at Bridals by Lori, the groom and his wedding party can receive an extended rental period of Tuesday to Monday at no additional charge.

While the groom and his wedding party may not enjoy shopping as much as the bride and her maids, the process can still be enjoyable if he takes the time to follow these tips. At the very least, he’ll remain in good favor with his fiancée by tackling this task with style.