With the wedding just a few months away, and most, if not all, of the planning complete, this week i’m posting a series of “Wedding Diaries” posts. I love sharing my details and inspiration, as well as having the opportunity to document this time for me to look back on. I hope you enjoy them!
So, I personally think my groom is the most handsome man alive. He could marry me in pajamas and i’d be happy. But, tradition states that the gents dress up for the wedding too, so once I had chosen my bridesmaid dresses and my dress, I decided to begin the process of shopping around for the guys!
I had originally considered buying suits. I have a bridesmaid who was working for a large department store, and the pricing would have been great – the guys would have had suits to keep for less than the cost of a rental. She did this for her own wedding this past summer, and the groomsmen looked INCREDIBLE!
However, the more we thought about it, the more we realized we couldn’t really pull it all together the way we wanted to. I had a certain look in mind and just wasn’t satisfied with what I was seeing as purchasing options online!
So, once again I dragged my best friend and bridesmaid Mel, as well as her boyfriend, our friend and groomsman Paul, and Fiance out to look at suits. I wanted some guys opinions and DEFINITELY wanted a girls opinion as well. We went to two major chain stores and really weren’t happy with the options at either. The first one was outrageously overpriced and was pushing me to order ASAP for availability. I didn’t like feeling that pressure, and I really didn’t like the idea of our groomsmen spending over $200 on a RENTAL. The second one we went to didn’t stock tan suits for rentals. First they pushed purchasing suits on me (too expensive), and when it was clear I wasn’t going to do that, tried to get me to rent grey suits instead. Sure, i’ll just change my wedding colors. Not a problem.
Needless to say, I was NOT happy. I wasn’t at the point where I was in a panic, but I definitely wasn’t feeling very confident about our options. I planned on checking out some smaller stores when I had a chance, but the very next weekend, the answer came to me!
I was back at the fabulous Curvy Girls looking at veils and earrings when I realized that DUH, they did suit rentals too! I dragged Fiance back, and we quickly and easily found the PERFECT suit for him and the rest of the groomsmen at an AMAZING price. And, they brought him back in for a few fittings to make sure the suit he wears on our wedding day will be as perfect as he is.
Now, i’m not saying that everyone has a bad experience with chains. We were wanting something more casual and unique than the typical wedding tux rental. If you have a wedding party that is all over the country, a chain is the easiest way to go, for sure. For us, since our guys are all on the east coast, this was a perfect option.
Check back tomorrow for more “Wedding Diaries” fun!