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When To Order Formal Wear (Tuxes, etc.) For Wedding Success!

Updated on October 6, 2015
Always be sure there's a tailor on the premises before you rent your formal wear (tuxes, etc.).
Always be sure there's a tailor on the premises before you rent your formal wear (tuxes, etc.).

When to Order Tuxes, etc. for Your Wedding

Most guys wear some type of formal wear to their wedding, like tuxes, white dinner jackets, etc. and most times it's rented from a formal wear or tux shop. So what do you need to know?

* You should ask three questions of a tux shop before you rent from them:

1. Do you have stock on the premises including pants, shirts, jackets, ties, etc.? And if not, how far away is your source?

* Most shops don't have stock on the premises and when they place their orders for formal wear, their "central source" might be 100 miles away or more. This means if there's a mistake made with your order for formal wear for your wedding, they won't be able to get a replacement in time for the big day!

2. Do you have a tailor on the premises?

* Essential for last minute fixes, if necessary.

3. May I try on the formal wear when I come to pick it up?

* Critical. You need to know the entire order is ready to go for the wedding day.

NOTE: Do not refer any shop that doesn't answer "yes" to these questions. If they receive their rentals from a "central source", find out where it is. Make sure that the store is close enough to the central source so that they can get replacements in time for your wedding.

When to Order Formal Wear, Tuxes, etc. For the Wedding...

Most grooms are safe in ordering their wedding formal wear (tuxes, etc.) a couple of months before the wedding. You will need to give a deposit (to make the transaction legal) and get a receipt. 

* It's a good idea to rent formal wear (tuxes, etc.) from a store that gives a free rental to the groom-to-be, usually if five or more tuxes, etc. are ordered from the store.  

Order early if your wedding falls near PROM TIME, GRADUATION TIME, or in HIGH WEDDING SEASON!
Order early if your wedding falls near PROM TIME, GRADUATION TIME, or in HIGH WEDDING SEASON!

Ordering Wedding Formal Wear/Tuxes: The One BIG EXCEPTION!

CAUTION ZONE: If your wedding falls in high wedding season, JUNE, JULY, AUG., or falls near prom time, in May or June--or at graduation time, it's a good idea to order your formal wear five to six months in advance.

Stores that rent formal wear (tuxes, etc.) have only so much inventory to rent, so when it's gone, it's gone.

Moral of the Story: If your wedding falls in the CAUTION ZONE, order early to avoid problems!

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