Empire Formal Tailor

Largest range of wedding suits and accessories for men and boys to buy or hire. Matching dads and lads suits. Award winning service with over 25 years experience. +
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Products and Services

High Street Retailer
Last-Minute Orders
Bespoke Tailoring
Lounge Suits
Physical Shop / Studio
Black Tie
Morning Suits
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Pageboy Attire
Suit Hire
Full Description
-Lads and dads matching suits available. -Alterations available. -Buy, hire or do both within your order. -Appointments to suit you(includes evening appointments). -More than 23 years experience. -Flexible delivery and pick-up service. -Fast turnaround available. -More than 35 styles available. -Huge range of accessories and colours. -Appointments to suit you including evenings. -Larges range of suits in the area -Tailoring and alteration service

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Chad
Empire Formal Tailor is a family run business and a one-stop shop for both suit hire and bespoke tailoring services. Located in Grantham, our friendly team is passionate about delivering a truly personal experience from start to finish, helping each and every one of our groom’s to feel amazing on their wedding day. Call us make an appointment


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Becks & Steve
Happy couple married in March
March 2022
I would rate it 0 stars if I could - they RUINED the grooms suit!!
We took my fiancé's suit (jacket, waistcoat and x2 trousers) to be altered at Empire Menswear, Grantham and ended up with them ruining it. They also convinced us to buy a shirt which they would "tailor" to my fiancé which looks like a pair of aladin trousers because it is so baggy. Issues: 1. The jacket sleeves needed to be shortened however what we ended up with 2 sleeves of different lengths and one had been ruined because the material was stitched wrong causing the whole arm to be pulled into wrinkles on movement. One sleeve was also not straight at the end. Pictures attached. 2. The waist of both trousers needed to be taken in. They took them in by the waist down to the outside leg - this meant the trousers were too tight around the crotch and had a "butterfly" pulling of the fabric. Photos attached. 3. The waistcoat had open flaps at the side initially (triangular shaped) but when they altered it not only did they sew up these flaps to make the shape of the waist-coat into a pot-belly figure, they also only took in one side of the waistcoat so it was wonky. I have attached photos of this as well as the awful state they left the inside of the waistcoat in. 4. They also convinced us to buy a shirt which they would "tailor" to my fiancé which looks like a pair of aladin trousers because it is so baggy. Photos attached. Solution: they offered to repair all of this damage free of charge however we lived an hour away and we also didn't trust whoever had ruined this suit to have another attempt with the wedding so close. They then gave us a partial refund (£75 refund but we paid £170, not even 50% for nothing but damage and no compensation). We had to take it to another tailors for £170 to repair all of the damage they had caused. The tailors were shocked and happy to give evidence to support our claims against this fraud. Therefore I would recommend that you steer well away from this establishment so they don't ruin anything for your important events.
Ben Shaw
Happy couple married in October
November 2021
A breath of fresh air
Chad at empire was a breath of fresh air. All sizes carried, pick up in a couple of days, no problem. Literally the easiest suit hire experience of my life. Where every other shop I spoke too told me it was too late, no chance, no sizes, need to order it from Scotland blah blah... Empire menswear just sorted it out. Thank you. See you in a couple of days when I pick up
Happy couple married in October
November 2021
Incredible service and great quality suits
We did a mixture of hiring and buying suits for our wedding last month and highly recommend! Absolutely wonderful customer service - Chad made us feel super comfortable and whole process was seamless. It was important to us to use local small businesses and the amount of choice was incredible. Chad couldn't do enough for us. Thank you so much - we will certainly be back for all our suit needs in the future and recommend you to all of our friends!
Happy couple married in October
November 2021
No stars not an option! Avoid!
Three words. DO NOT USE! Myself and my best friend used Chad for both of our weddings and what a mistake it was from day one. Each and every time we went to store there was an issue. Issue #1 he never used a measuring tape! What tailor doesn’t use a measuring tape?! He guessed our sizes by pinning the suits! 2# He took money and then made out he had never received it and that he expected the same payment again. 3# He made out he had ordered ‘new’ items but then we received second hand items which were faulty; bobbling to shirt (which he admitted to taking out of the packet to allow another customer to try on after we had paid for it!) another new? shirt with black fluff/bobbling to collar/cuffs. #4 ordered the wrong trouser size (which was noticed on day of wedding). #5 Made a fake Marc Darcey invoice when asked to see the invoice to represent the true order and price of items. 5# Button fell off brides brothers waistcoat on day of wedding 6# Sent suits off numerous times for alterations (each and every time never measuring just ‘assuming’) which came back butchered and didn’t fit yet demanded more money for alterations. Made out us as customers had picked up items which we hadn’t. #7 Gave a second hand suit as all tags had been cut off yet the other two had tags on #8 Tried charging again for ties when they had already been paid. #9 Multiple collar sizes on order were wrong, yet he refused to resolve this even though they had been paid for #10 We requested an itemised invoice yet he made one on a blank email #11 Refuses to offer any compensation or refunds. This man is a con artist, fraud, crook who’s store needs shutting down immediately. We are having to take further with trading standards and the police as he is now avoiding all correspondence. Do not allow yourselves to endure the stress or unnecessary rudeness and lies that this man allows his poor customers to consume.
Sasha & Luke
Happy couple married in August
November 2021
Simple, stress free and lovely people!
We had our wedding a few months ago and the process of getting suits from Chad was simple, stress free and actually quite enjoyable. No request was too much and we loved the personalised service throughout. Thank you Chad - we would recommend using you to anyone!
Happy couple married in July
December 2020
Really impressed with the suits and staff
We got the suits from Empire, me and my best men were really impressed with the service and the professionalism of them too. Even when I got the colour wrong on choosing the suits at the start, it wasn’t any trouble for them to help me get it sorted. It was relaxed and comfortable, which I’m not the most comfortable trying suits on.
Location & Contact Details


High Street , Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6PH, England

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Press & Awards

Press & Awards (1)

Grantham Journal Newspaper and Lincoln Radio

Industry Awards (3)

Customer service award
Business of the year
Best independent retailer

Accreditations (2)

Wedding Suppliers Grantham
Totally Locally Grantham

What is your most memorable wedding?

Every wedding is memorable for it's own reasons. All of our wedding packages are custom to the wedding couple's themes and dreams so every wedding is unique.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Passionate, caring, imaginative, determined.

What about your business are you most proud of?

Lads and dads matching suits, quick alteration services, short time order service.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Live your dreams and enjoy your day, so do what you want not others.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

Change the groom attire slightly to make him stand out from the grooms and party.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Visit our showroom to choose and try on the perfect wedding attire. Arrange an appointment for the groomsmen sizing. nearer the wedding ,try on final suits for any alterations. Collect your suits (timing depends on whether you are buying or hiring).

What is the best way to make the groomsmen stand out from the crowd?

Different waistcoats and have cravats rather than ties.

Why is groomswear just as important as bridalwear?

Both are in the photos

What is the most original outfit you have seen a groom wear?

Tail coat with an ivory waistcoat.

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook DiscountFree Neck wear Hire
Bridebook Special OfferGroom Goes Free when hiring 5 or more morning suits.