A wedding is one of those important formal occasions that call for wearing a tuxedo, especially if you are part of the wedding party. For many people, a tuxedo is something they may only need once a year, if that often. In such cases, it makes sense to rent a tuxedo rather than buy one. However, if you’ve never rented a tuxedo before, or if it has been a while, you may be unaware of some of the best practices for ensuring you get a tuxedo that makes you look great on the big day. Don’t be caught unprepared when you go to rent your tux.

Plan Far in Advance

Weddings, especially formal weddings, are usually planned months in advance, with invitations going out well before the event. If you know you’ll be needing a tuxedo, start planning your rental as soon as possible. Tuxedo rentals can take a couple of months after the fitting to have your tux ready. During prom season, this can often be extended even further. The sooner you start preparing for your rental, the more likely you are to find just the right tux and have it available when you need it.

The Fitting

Often, if you are in the wedding party, the groom will schedule a day for visiting the tuxedo shop for a fitting. However, if the guests are scattered in locations across the country, that may not be feasible. If all the tuxedos will come from a rental near the site of the wedding, you will need to find a local shop to get your measurements taken and sent in. Don’t procrastinate on this step, as it is the key to getting a tuxedo that fits you well.

Finding a Rental Shop

If the wedding party isn’t getting all their tuxedos from one shop, you’ll need to find the best place to rent your tux. The key to look for here is comfort. How comfortable are you with the sales associate assisting you? They should be knowledgeable and helpful. They should be looking to provide you with the style you’re looking for, without pushing you toward a suit cut you aren’t interested in.

Typically, you’ll want to consider the price and selection available. Look for reviews of their customer service, as well. Hopefully, you won’t have any issues, but if you do, you want to be sure the company will address it immediately and make sure you get the right tux.

Ask About Accessories

A good tuxedo rental will come with everything you need to wear. This should include the bow tie, cuff links, a pocket square, and especially the shoes. If any of these aren’t included, it can add to the hassle and expense of renting a tuxedo. Rather than spending extra to add these on, it might be worth it to keep looking for another shop.

Renting a tuxedo doesn’t have to be stressful. By sticking with these tips, you can have a great experience and look great at the wedding.

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