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Groom Guide July 27th, 2023

Why You Should Get a Custom Tuxedo or Suit

Groom Guide July 27th, 2023

Achieve the Perfect Look With a Custom Wedding Tux or Suit

Weddings can be expensive — in 2019, the average cost for one was around $28,000. Everything from the catering to the music to the venue adds to the total sum, which is why sticking to a budget is so important. With that said, if you can swing it, you should get a custom suit or tuxedo for the big day.

Reasons to Get a Custom Tuxedo or Wedding Suit

Here are five main reasons why a custom tux or suit is worth the cost.


Get the perfect fit

In a recent survey, we reached out to hundreds of married men asking about their biggest style regrets for their wedding day. The number one response, by far, was having a poorly fitting suit or tuxedo.

One of the reasons for this is that a lot of men go with a rented tux or suit rather than buy one. For those who do own one, they don’t always take the time to get it tailored to their proportions.

The problem with rentals and non-custom suits is that everyone comes in different shapes and sizes. Off-the-rack clothing usually has more of a one-size-fits-most structure, as do rentals.

Even if you find a size that roughly fits your proportions, it could be off in other ways. This is especially common for people with specific fit issues, like broad shoulders, large thighs, or a long torso.

If you’ve ever tried squeezing yourself into a premade mold, you understand the struggle well. Alterations can help, but they can only get you so far, which is why going with a custom option is often best.


Personalize and make it your own

By choosing custom wedding attire, whether it’s formal or more casual, you have control over the details. With a custom suit or tux, you can determine the way everything looks — from the lining to the pockets to the buttons. This gives you the unique opportunity to add personal touches and style to your outfit.

When you’re able to customize what you wear, you can elevate everything that much more, making it more special and memorable. Even a small personal touch can make a huge difference in how you look and feel on your wedding day, so it’s often worth the time, effort, and money.

One thing to keep in mind is that different companies offer different levels of what you can customize. So, if you decide to go this route, do your research before you commit. That way, you’ll know exactly what you can expect and what limitations might exist.


Get higher quality

Generally, custom suits and tuxedos are of higher quality than those that are rented or off-the-rack.

Another common regret many married guys have about their wedding day choices is sacrificing quality. When you look back at your wedding photos, you don’t want your outfit to look cheap. If it does, those photos will capture and reflect that.

But you also probably don’t want your suit or tux to feel cheap. After all, your wedding is a day to remember, and there’s a good chance you’ll remember the way you felt that day.

Now, not all custom suit companies produce high-quality clothes. When you’re looking for one, pay attention to the fabric and construction of their suits and tuxes. Never buy a suit that’s fused — this means it’s literally glued together. Instead, opt for a half-canvas or full-canvas construction.

Typically, a decent custom suit constructed from fabric of average quality will start at around $500. As the quality and construction get better, the price will increase.

If you find a company offering custom wear at a price that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research and look into what other customers are saying before settling on a place to do your business.


Find something that lasts

Your wedding suit or tuxedo is a special garment you will have for many years to come. So, if you choose one that’s specifically made for the occasion, you’ll come out with a keepsake and a reminder of that special day.

As an added bonus, if you go with a classic style, you can be sure it’ll never go out of style. Even if you don’t have many opportunities to wear such formal attire, it doesn’t hurt to have it on hand just in case. After all, you might have another special event to attend, such as an anniversary dinner or a vow renewal celebration. Having that suit or tux will not only be practical, but it will also have a sentimental connection that nothing else can match.


Get a high return on investment

Finally, a custom, tailored suit or tuxedo will get you a very high return on your initial investment. Since it’s something you get to keep for many years to come, there’s a lot of rewear value.

For instance, if you rent a suit or tux, you can expect to spend at least $100 to $200 — probably more if you get the entire outfit. Since you have to return it once the event is over, you’ll need to rent one again for any future events. Depending on how many times you do this, the cost can add up and eventually exceed the cost of outright buying custom garments. Even at an entry-level price point, a custom suit or tuxedo will pay for itself over time.

Bottom Line

So, if you’re wondering if a custom suit or tux is worth it, the answer is usually yes. It may cost more right now, but it’s an investment that will last for years to come. Plus, since you’ll have it on hand, you’ll be ready for any other formal occasion that arises.

Besides, custom attire is much easier to personalize and is often of higher quality than the alternative. It’s also a good choice for anyone who wants to ensure the perfect fit. And if the economic and practical aspects of going custom just aren’t your thing, there’s always the sentimental value.

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