Tradition dictates that the groom and groomsmen all get fitted for and rent tuxes, along with the accouterments, for the big event. There are, however, other alternatives as well. Here are some ideas for saving on the guys’ attire …
1. Use coupons and discounts when renting tuxedoes. A store will often give the groom a discounted or free rental when the rest of the men rent their tuxes from the same shop.
2. Save money by skipping the tuxedos. Even “casual” tuxedos have a formal air about them that may not be a good fit your wedding. Plus, to avoid fines, someone must ensure that all attire is returned promptly post-event.
3. Let the groomsmen choose informal attire they can wear in everyday life, such as a mix and match of nice blue jeans, suspenders, and button-down shirts with jackets and ties.
Pick nice-looking but inexpensive suits that are also appropriate as normal dress wear. Your groomsmen can then wear them to future events.
4. Mimic the bridesmaids’ trend of having each wear the same color but choosing her own style. Similarly, dictate the groomsmen’s color (blue, gray, black, etc.) and have them wear their own suits, as long as they are in that color family.
5. Skip the jackets completely and go with suspenders or vests, white or colored shirts, and matching pants.
6. Rent suits. Renting is usually less expensive than buying. If the men aren’t the type to wear their wedding suits later on, it may be more economical to rent them. Some of the tuxedo retailers have suit options for many of today’s semiformal and informal weddings.
For the groomà Buy the suit or tuxedo pre-owned. While it may turn out to be difficult for the groomsmen, the groom can certainly find a suit or tuxedo at a less-than-rental price, and he can resell or wear it later. (As of this writing I could have bought a Christian Dior tuxedo with satin covered buttons, satin lapel, and satin stripe on pants for $45 and free shipping. You can see what is currently available here.)
Groom and Groomsmen Accessories
The guys’ accessories include, at a minimum, socks and shoes. Cufflinks, ties, suspenders, and perhaps a cummerbund or pocket square may also be part of the mix. At the risk of sounding redundant, the approach to saving is similar here as with other attire: Buy on sale, look at used, shop at different types of stores, and make some of these accessories if you can.
8. Have the groomsmen wear their everyday dress suits and “oomph them up” with accessories. Here are a few ideas:
– Colorful socks. Some couples are adding interest to otherwise nondescript outfits by having the men wear colored or patterned socks.
– Suspenders. These create a different look and can even be worn without jackets for a more informal, yet still dressed-up look.
– Vests. There are several patterns available for making men’s formal vests. If you or one of your helpers is a good seamstress, explore having them custom-made.
– Bow ties. These are relatively easy to make and have the added benefit of your being able to choose any pattern or color you would like.
To get some ideas for the men in your wedding, take a look at the Groom and Groomsmen pinboard here.
The above is an excerpt from the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook.