The Men in
Black (or Grey, or Navy...)
Why is it we very rarely
ask the men what they'd like to wear? We spend months clipping
pictures of dresses from magazines, trying on hundreds of dresses
and spending far too much money on them, but automatically assume
that our men will wear a black suit and a tie that matches your
bridesmaids? Unless you have an outspoken man who makes it really
clear what he'd like (my husband was certain he was going to wear
black tails and a pocket watch) or what he wouldn't like (I've
known more than a few grooms who made it clear they wouldn't turn
up if they had to wear a suit!) we tend to land them with something
Simply getting their opinion can be a great way of saving money.
Does your man feel really strongly that he doesn't want to wear
a suit? It might be a sign that he would be far more comfortable
with a relaxed ceremony where he can wear a new open-neck shirt
and nice trousers. He'll be happy and you will have saved money
on a suit that would have made him look and feel less than happy
on his wedding day. Multiply the savings for the groomsmen as
well and you've got a significant saving to put to a use that
you can both enjoy!
But what if suits are a must? Here are my top 5 tips for savings
- Shop well ahead of time. My local menswear store has a once
a year sale that sees many good quality suits at amazing prices.
For less than the cost of hiring, the men have a suit that will
be used over and over again.
- Ask the groomsmen and ring bearer to pay for their own suit
rental or purchase. Make it clear that helping you out this
way can be their gift to you so they don't feel the pressure
to spend on a gift as well.
- Go casual. As well as letting the men look comfortable and
individual, you will save money by not needing to purchase or
rent full suits rather than just the trousers. Shirts can be
sourced from any menswear store, making it much easier to find
a style and price that work for everyone.
- If renting, negotiate hard! Ask for group discounts or bargain
to get the grooms rental free with the groomsmen/father of the
bride/ring bearer order.
- Read the itemized rental price lists carefully. Many rental
places charge $18 for the hire of a tie – you can find
your own and buy them (even have them monogrammed as gifts)
for less than that. This applies to almost all of the accessories
– shoes, hats etc.
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