Buying a tuxedo is a costly affair. If you are a trend-conscious person or simply do not anticipate wearing a tuxedo more than three or four times over the next couple of years, then it is advisable to rent a tuxedo for an occasion rather than purchasing one.
There are a few questions that will determine the kind of tuxedo appropriate for the event. Is it a black-tie or white-tie soirée? Will it be held during the day or at night? Should you opt for a standard, conservative tuxedo or choose something more fashionable? Find out the dress code and if you will be accompanied by a date, you might want to ask what she plans on wearing, to complement her outfit.
Once you have narrowed down your selection and determined exactly what you want, take note of your measurements and make sure the store has your size. Then get a price quote, in addition to the return policy details. Once you have all the information, it is advisable to compare shops.
Rent a tuxedo as early as possible to avoid disappointment. In most cases, reserving it a few weeks in advance is appropriate, but in the case of a prom, it is a good idea to reserve a tuxedo at least three months in advance. Prom season is chaotic and the popular styles and sizes are usually be booked months in advance. Traditional weddings, on the other hand, require a lot planning: whether you are the groom, best man, or an usher, measurements for all those in the wedding party will need to be taken, so plan ahead, and give yourself extra time during wedding season.
In terms of budget, expect to pay anywhere between $50 for a conventional tuxedo to $300 for designer wear. Keep in mind that rental prices vary depending on how many days you expect to rent the tuxedo.