Brides around the world can spend eons of personal, and not-so-personal time researching ways to find IT: The Perfect Wedding Gown. There are TV shows dedicated to the glorious and quite dramatic process of brides Finding the Dress; my two personal faves are Say Yes to the Dress (TLC), Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (TLC) and I Found the Gown (TLC).
But what about the fellas?
When it comes to searching for the tuxedo, suit or whatever the groom is wearing for HIS Big Day, most grooms are told to just rent it and forget it. Is this fair? I don’t think so. Why can’t the grooms have an experience and keepsake for themselves? Can’t grooms have that moment when they find IT and picture themselves in the quintessential outfit to marry their dream woman to live happily ever after? If you’re not so sure, consider these 3 reasons why I think a Desti Groom should consider BUYING--instead of RENTING--their Destination Wedding Duds.
Future use and memories
I know a lot of men tend to lean more toward practicality when making shopping decisions, so I’ll start here in hopes of keeping your interest. Check this one out:
You get to keep it and wear it again, and again, and again
Now don’t fall out of your chair on this one because I know it’s a doozy. This is what we call a one time purchase. It may cost more in the immediate future (and it really doesn’t have to), but think about the long-term value. Have a formal event to attend? You’re already black-tie ready! Need something to wear for a special occasion? We already know your wife will undoubtedly purchase some new threads, but guess what - no fuss for you...you’re all set! If you want to jazz it up, change an accessory, or mix up a few pieces, you certainly can...but, that’s only if you want to do so.
If I haven’t convinced you yet, don’t worry! There’s more. Let’s keep it moving...
Perfect fit, fabric & color customization for your destination venue
Destination wedding clothing considerations will without question include the weather, so why not pick any material and cut combinations that your Desti Groom heart desires? When it comes to themes, destination wedding couples can come up with all types of new names and themes...like Beach Formal and Mountain Chic (yes, this a real thing). So, rather than picking out one cookie cutter rental, make up your own thing and have some fun with it! And instead of settling and picking through a limited selection of colors that are available within your rental window, open up your options!
And we all know that there is nothing like a custom tailored groom. Nothing.
Yes, it is true that some rental companies are upping the ante by increasing the style selections and not stuffing grooms in a boxy something like the old days. But the reality is that they can only do so much and it still will not be a perfect fit...it can’t be a perfect fit because the last and next dozens of other grooms must fit into it as well.
No worries about return times
So you have the wedding of your dreams and marry your dream woman in your dream location and you just want to bask in the afterglow for the next few days...But you can’t. Why?
Because you have to make sure that you get your rented outfit back to the rental company before they charge you a HUGE penalty. Now, who wants to go through that? The bulk of wedding tuxedo and wedding rental companies don’t allow you to extend your time to return, which is not very Desti Groom friendly. I could go so far as to call them Anti-Desti Groom, but I won’t take it there.
Whatever you buy, the outfit you choose for your destination is YOURS. No one else has worn it before. And no one else will need to wear it after - unless you loan it out. Just get married and relax.
So Desti Grooms: Take this time to get EXTRA fly...Desti Brides get all done up, why can’t you too?
There’s plenty of information about renting, but what about buying?
Want to know where to start on your Destination Groom Shopping Journey?
Here are 3 places we actually explored/visited and liked:
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