Written by Hamish Shephard
Hamish Shephard is the founder and CEO of Bridebook, UK’s leading wedding planning app and is considered one of the UK’s most prominent wedding experts. View Hamish Shephard’s full author bio.
It’s not all about the ladies on your big day – you’re standing at that altar too, so we want you looking dapper and feeling sharp.
The fact that you’re shopping for your usher’s clothing hopefully means you’re fairly close to the big day itself, meaning your comprehensive Bridebook wedding checklist must be nearly complete…but also meaning your wedding budget might be looking a little smaller than it once was.
No fear – there are ways and means to make you look like James Bond without the requisite salary to afford the underwater car and all the spy gear.
1. Before you decide to go and buy or rent a tux, think first about the style of your wedding and your chosen venue. A smart suit or tux will not always be appropriate for a beach or rustic wedding. Discuss the atmosphere you are going for with your beloved and choose your attire accordingly. For an explanation of your options, here’s our article that gives you a bit more of an idea.
2. If you are contemplating smart attire, then consider buying a sharp, tailored suit instead of a tuxedo. They can look just as good, as the only real difference between a tux and a suit is the satin feel. You will feel more comfortable and you will be able to wear the suit again – bonus!
3. Make sure that you compare the prices of renting vs buying. Sometimes renting can be almost as expensive as buying something brand new, so make sure you know your options. Besides, after you buy you can always resell your suit/tux, making back some of the money.
4. Shop around. Just like a bride will look in a few stores before she buys a gown, so should you. The prices on men’s formal attire can vary greatly, so make sure you get the best deal, both in terms of quality and finances.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for package deals. If you, your ushers and the dads are getting the tuxes/suits from the same place, you might be able to wangle a great discount.
6. Save on accessories. You can use your own cufflinks, ties and shoes. Just make sure they look dashing and the fit in with your overall look.
7. Conversely, wear your own suits, but achieve cohesion in the same shoes, ties, or coloured socks. That way you’re comfy in yuor own clothes, you’ve not had to buy a full new outfit, and you’re easily identifiable. Brill!
8. If you are renting the men’s attire, make sure you know the exact details of the return policy. You don’t want to be fined because you return the clothes a day late. And that’s going to be the last thing on your mind!
9. Follow the popular bridesmaids’ trend and give your ushers a colour scheme, which they can dress for. It will save them money and the photos will look fantastic.
10. Instead of spending a fortune on matching suits/tuxes, add cohesion with accessories. Try coloured socks, suspenders, vests or bow ties and have fun with them!
Looking for some more ways to save on your wedding? Have a look at our other wedding saving tips: