Choosing formal wear for the groom in a wedding is more complicated than walking into your nearest tuxedo store and choosing the first thing that meets your eye. To get an eye catching piece of formal wear for the groom in your wedding requires a little bit of planning.
You can start looking for tuxedoes any time after you have gotten engaged however it’s a good idea to wait until you’ve chosen a wedding gown before doing any serious shopping. Set aside a whole day to go shopping and be prepared to try on quite a few different tuxedoes on the way. If possible bring a picture of your wedding dress and swatch of material with you. If you’ve selected gowns for your bridesmaids bring a fabric swatch and picture as well. Talk to the salesperson about your wedding, let them know the date, time and location of the affair if possible. Let them know if it’s going to be an informal, semi-formal, or formal even. Also let them know about any special decorations or themes you plan on having. The goal here is to have the bride and groom match not only each other but everything at the reception.
You should visit no less than three shops and try on at least three different pieces of formal wear before you final reach your decision. Before you sign, be sure to review the fine points of any contract. Let the shop know how many tuxedoes you will be renting, including the groomsmen, and fathers of both he bride and groom, inquire about group discount rates. Find out if shirts, shoes, cufflink, studs, cummerbunds and bow-ties are included, if not find out what the additional charges are for each item. Inquire about payment schedules, deposit, and final payments, do they take credit cards or only cash and checks? What are the refund and cancellation policies? How often and how soon will the ushers be required to come in for measurements and fittings. Do they offer tuxedo drop off and pick up, if not when will the tuxedoes have to return. What is the policy for loss or damages.
Lastly if you are leaving for your honeymoon before all of the rented formal wear has been returned, appoint one of the more responsible groomsmen with the duty of making sure everyone returns their tuxedo and nothing is missing, lost or damaged