Renting Your Suit: The Basics

Your wedding is definitely an occasion that deserves formal attire and the question comes down to whether to buy or to rent your suit.

If you will be attending more events that require wearing black tie in the future, buying a tux is a good investment. However, if you rarely have the opportunity to wear a tuxedo, it might be a good idea to rent one for this occasion.

Whether you are the groom or a part of the bridal party, renting a suit is an excellent option if you can’t afford to buy one since you can expect to pay approximately 10% to 30% of the price of a new tuxedo. However, it is crucial that it is made out of quality fabric and that it is a perfect fit. If you are not sure how to choose the right suit, we have some tips for you:

Where to rent?

It is very important to find a reputable hire business that offers good value for money. You may want to visit different stores or simply browse our wedding services directory to email Australia's leading hire businesses directly. Opt for a store that updates its inventory because you don’t want to end up renting a suit which is out of fashion. It is also important that the store has a huge range of stock because you will want to try many different styles before you make the final decision. 

Make sure that the shop stocks accessories such as bow ties, cufflinks, suspenders and shoes. This will save you the trouble of styling the suit by yourself, although you may prefer to buy some of the accompanying details such as a pair of shoes or a tie. It is a good idea to also find a backup suit just in case something happens to the original one.

Which style to choose

Renting enables you to pick a very expensive suit which you otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. If you want to look flawless, try to find a perfectly tailored suit made from quality materials and accessorise it with luxurious details. Browse for styles in our galleries and inspiration boards and become familiar with current trends. Before you start searching, you must establish how formal your attire should be.

If you are looking for a classical tux, make sure that you choose a bow tie, peaked satin or grosgrain lapels and trousers with stripes. The suit should be paired with a vest or a cummerbund, buttons on your shirt should be covered with studs or a placket and the breast pocked should be accessorised with a pocket square.

How to look fab in a rented suit

If you want to look and feel good on such a special occasion, your suit must be a perfect fit. Your jacket should be a little wider around your shoulders so that you can lift your arms comfortably, but it shouldn’t be too big either. Your trousers should be perfectly fitted too with closed pleats and the crease intersecting both the middle of your knees and shoes.

Correct measurements are crucial and they should include the shoulders, chest, waistline, inseam, leg length and neck circumference. A proper hire store should have professional staff to take your measurements, recommend a variety of suits that are appropriate for you and give you a final fitting prior to the wedding.

Final tips

Set up your budget and start looking for your suit months before the wedding! Don’t leave this task for the very last week because it takes time to find a shop, pick a suit and do the fittings. If you take your groomsmen with you, you can easily align your styling and make the fitting more fun.

Finally, take good care of your rented tux and don’t forget to return it to the shop the next day or appoint your best man to do it for you.

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