Unless you're someone who has a
reason to own a tux — like having
season tickets to the opera or being
a waiter — you'll have to rent your
Ask around to see who has had
good or bad experiences with partic-
ular shops. The chains or larger for-
malwear shops will have a larger
selection, but the smaller shops might
be able to provide more personal
attention when it comes to fittings.
Expect to ask your groomsmen to
pay between $50 and $90 on the
average to rent a tux. That includes
everything except shoes and socks.
It's best that you rent all of your
party's outfits from the same shop so
that you all match. Remember, it's
custom for the fathers of the bride
and groom to also wear formal attire.
Also, if you're getting married in
June or any of the other popular
spring and summer months, it's best
to reserve six months in advance so
you get what you want when you
FORMAL OR INFORMAL?
When it comes to selecting what
style to wear, it's best to consult your
wife-to-be because etiquette de-
mands different things of formal and
For a formal wedding, a tuxedo or
tailcoat with matching trousers is
appropriate. Semiformal evening
weddings require a dinner jacket and
formal black trousers, while white is
appropriate during the summer
Hold on, you say, what in blue
blazes is a tailcoat? Picture the outfit
on the label of Johnny Walker whiskey.
Those are tails, which is a coat cut
short in the front with two tails ex-
tending from the back. These are very
classy, especially when the acces-
For instance, white tie means that
the coat, trousers and shoes are black
while the accessories — the shirt, tie
and vest or cummerbund — are white.
Black tie means that everything
except the shirt is black.
One elegant look is for the groom
to be dressed in tails while the best
man and ushers wear matching tux-
Tuxedos come in plenty of styles.
Double-breasted tuxedos are one of
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