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Best Places to Rent a Tuxedo

December 9, 2013 by  
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When renting a tuxedo, look for a company that has their merchandise in the store. This way, you can browse and try on the actual garments, so there are no surprises come pickup day.

“When renting a tuxedo, look for a company that has their merchandise in the store. This way, you can browse and try on the actual garments, so there are no surprises come pickup day.”

When it comes to renting a tuxedo, choosing the right formalwear store can be a daunting task. Everyone has heard their share of horror stories, ranging from the garments not fitting properly, to the tuxedos not being delivered on time. This can cause a lot of undue stress and make last minute arrangements difficult, especially when it happens only days before your big event. So how can you avoid these big-time blunders?

The best way is to shop smarter for your tuxedos, and make sure the formalwear store you use meets certain requirements:


Use a formalwear company that has their tuxedos on-hand and in-store. What separates one tuxedo store from another is the way the tuxedo is cared for. If you rent your wedding party’s tuxedos from a bridal shop, or a store that has a tuxedo department (known as a catalog store), ask where the tuxedos are assembled and what state they are coming from. Be assured, they’re ordering from an out of state company to put your wedding tuxedos together and shipping it in right before your event. This could be a disaster if it doesn’t fit or worse yet, if the style is incorrect. Instead, look for a company that has their own merchandise and keeps it in store. This way, if you need to make any last minute changes, it won’t be a problem. Also, these companies often let you try on different tuxedo styles during the selection process, and you get to see the actual jackets and vests in person, not just in a brochure. This is crucial to finding the right tuxedo, as the garments don’t always look or fit the same as they do in professional photos.


Look for a shop that specializes in tuxedos. In today’s market, a lot of bridal dress shops, and suit stores alike, have begun selling tuxedo rentals to their customers in order to offer a one-stop shopping experience. The problem with these types of stores is that the staff doesn’t have the same level of experience when it comes to selecting the right tuxedo for your event, or fitting you for your tuxedo. For the best service, and to ensure a proper fit, look for a company that makes tuxedos their main business. The formalwear experts at these types of locations will help you look your best, and can significantly reduce the risk of running into fitting problems right before your big day.


Check if they have a tailor on-site. Not every company offers this service, but the ones that do can make your renting experience much less stressful. Having the ability to make last minute alterations to your tuxedo is crucial to ensuring a perfect fit. If they have to send the garments out for any sizing changes, this usually takes between 24-48 hours, and can make the morning of your event very hectic, considering you would have to return to the store to pick up and try on your newly altered tuxedo.


Finding the right store for your event can be difficult, but if you look for companies with these features, you will certainly avoid having a horror story of your own. It may be hard to find a shop that meets all of the above criteria, but if they offer any of the services listed above, it will help reduce the risk of running into problems on your big day. To start your search, look for privately-owned tuxedo shops, as they are more likely to offer these services since they don’t carry the restrictions that most chain stores do. For example, they don’t have to share their inventory with other stores, and are able to accommodate their customers’ needs better. So shop smarter for your tuxedos, keep my advice in mind, and make your next renting experience a good one.


If shopping in the South Jersey area, one such store is Formal Dimensions, located on the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township. Servicing the local community for over 32 years, Formal Dimensions has the region’s largest selection of in-store tuxedos and accessories, with prices starting at just $49.99. Visit their website, to learn more.

The largest selections. The lowest prices. The best choice for your big day. Formal Dimensions, a BETTER kind of tuxedo store.