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custom tux or off-the-rack? [Page 1 of 1]

The groom may ultimately decide to buy a tuxedo for his wedding. It makes sense if the groom is going to wear his tuxedo a couple of times a year. Should he shell out for an off-the-rack version or get something custom designed?

Once a guy has figured out that he'll be attending a couple of black tie events per year, it makes sense to buy a tuxedo. According to Michael Mantegna, GroomGroove.com's formal wedding attire expert and owner of Michael Andrews Bespoke, the two biggest reasons to choose custom-made over off-the-rack are fit and quality. "Unless you happen to be that one person in a thousand who matches the pattern used to mass produce an off-the-rack suit, you'll never be able to achieve the fit of a tailor-made garment."

And while a ready-made tux or suit might appear to be well made, there is no true guarantee of the craftsmanship. According to Mantegna, the vast majority of off-the-rack suits and tuxedos employ a "fused" canvas that is glued to the inside of the jacket to give it shape instead of using a traditional "floating" canvas that is sewn in by hand.

"Most consumers don't realize that mass production has replaced the work of a tailor with something akin to Elmer's glue. It's a travesty."   Fine tailoring is clearly a passion for Mantegna, who, in person, is quick to grab your jacket to demonstrate the sure signs of good craftsmanship. With a fused jacket, you may not notice the difference at first, but once you've had it dry-cleaned a few times, the glue can begin to break-down and the jacket will start to sag. "If you take proper care of a hand-made jacket with a traditional canvas, you should be able to pass the suit down to your children."

A custom tuxedo will start at around $1,200, whereas an off-the-rack name-brand tuxedo begins at around $350 and quickly escalates. For a quality off-the-rack tuxedo, you're likely to want to start at the $850 range. All of the major designers have tuxedos, including Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger.


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I actually have 4 tuxedos/wedding suits that I am doing fittings for my clients this week. It has become very popular to purchase rather than rent. Most of what I am doing is custom made. Typically a tuxedo is made out of a similar if not the same nice wool that a black solid suit would be. The merely add satin trimmings. The prices listed above in the article are pretty much true to form. My custom suits begin at $895 while my off the rack are $595 and up. Rent A Tux or Buy A Suit? When you ask the groomsmen to be in your wedding it's assumed they will be renting tuxedos, usually at their own expense. While rental offers range from $50 to $150, I have personally found most rentals end up averaging $120 & can be as much as $200. Each tux is a different price and most brides & grooms gravitate to the nicer fabrics because they feel and look better, but also cost more. Some stores charge extra for shoes & accessories such as vests. That entry level deal is rarely the out the door price. Another option is to buy a tux. The problem is most people won't have enough occasions over the next 5 to 10 years to justify the cost. After all you may want to wear a 3 button coat to your wedding while the next one is a 2 button. Then you're back to square one. The point at which it makes sense financially to own a tux is if you will wear it 3 to 4 times a year. Less than that and you are buying one because you want to wear YOUR tux and not one a hundred other guys have worn. When the Bride & Groom decide they want their wedding somewhat formal but different from the norm, the third option comes into play. That is when the Groom & Groomsmen wearing a matching suit. The fathers usually enjoy being a part of this as well. The great thing about it is the Groom gets to come out of the ceremony not just with a beautiful new wife but also with a very nice & useful suit he can wear for years to come. This isn't for every wedding ceremony & if it's not in the budget then don't even consider it. Here's when it might be right to do so: * The Groom & Groomsmen will get plenty of use out of a nice suit later * You would feel a little awkward wearing a tux that you don't where it's been * The Bride or Groom's family can subsidize the purchase OR * The Groomsmen have the ability to buy their own suit * The Groomsmen are already out $100-200 for a rental tux anyway so why not put that money towards a purchase. * You would like your special day to not be a cookie cutter wedding * Your wedding is out of town, making a rental last too long & cost too much * You would like to have a lasting memento of your special day * Add your own reason here_______________________ Here's where I come in. I meet with the Bride and Groom to talk about styling, color, pricing etc. I then go out to each of the local groomsmen to take their measurements. Sometimes the Groomsmen will have a get together and I can take everyone's measurements at once. The suits are then made for each man individually out of the same cloth. I bring them to them a few weeks later for a fitting and deliver them after any minor adjustments are done if necessary. Some Grooms like to wear something a little different to stand out in the wedding party. Perhaps he's in Black and the Groomsmen are in charcoal grey. Or for a summer wedding outdoors during the day he's in tan and they wear brown. Usually the couple likes for me to arrange for colored ties and pocket squares to match the bridesmaids if the theme isn't black & white. I offer special wedding pricing. Because you've have found me here you will at least get a 10% discount. (Please mention this article) OR You also have the choice to have the Groom get $100 off per each Groomsman buying a suit or have everyone get a $100 discount. Here's an example: * You pick out a beautiful suit fabric at $695 but everyone pays $595, getting a wonderful suit made just for them. OR * You pick out that same suit fabric at $695 & 5 people total are buying them. The Groom's suit ends up at $295 and the other 4 guys pay $695 and everyone gets a really nice suit made for them. If two Fathers in the wedding party also buy a suit then the Groom's suit is merely $95 at that price range. It can make sense to keep the discount when the groomsmen can easily afford the suit and hey, you're helping foot the bill for a pretty costly wedding & starting a life together. I also sell shirts, shoes, ties, cufflinks and even tuxedos. Thank you for reading and considering this option. Feel free to ask me a question via email. Congratulations! Jeff Collins Professional Haberdasher 206.399.9453 Weddings@MyHaberdasher.com www.MyHaberdasher.com

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