Getting hitched: Hire or buy?


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Binky
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So then, then big day is getting ever nearer (well next month to be exact) and I'm getting very told off about not having a suit yet.

I'm still trying to decide whether to buy a nice new fancy suit that I can use again, or to hire a Morning suit and look all swish for one night only.

I was looking at spending around 200 on a suit, but hiring works out about 50 - 70 quid on the one I'm looking at.

What do you lot reckon?
#1 at 18:54:36 - 03/09/2007
Salaman
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You're getting married in one month and you still haven't gotten a suit yet!? No wonder you're getting told off.

I'd suggest you hire mate. it's your wedding, so you'll want to look super smart (or if you don't I can guarantee she will want you to). If you buy a suit that you can wear again, it's most likely too posh looking for most occasions. If it's OK to wear afterwards to plenty of occasions then it's probably not smart enough to get married in.
Unless you're planning to buy a tux, I'd say hire.

#2 at 18:58:49 - 03/09/2007
ilmaestro
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I like to buy my wives, the trade in value really holds up.
#3 at 18:59:09 - 03/09/2007
Binky
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Salaman said:You're getting married in one month and you still haven't gotten a suit yet!? No wonder you're getting told off.

I'd suggest you hire mate. it's your wedding, so you'll want to look super smart (or if you don't I can guarantee she will want you to). If you buy a suit that you can wear again, it's most likely too posh looking for most occasions. If it's OK to wear afterwards to plenty of occasions then it's probably not smart enough to get married in.
Unless you're planning to buy a tux, I'd say hire.



Sound advice there.
#4 at 19:06:05 - 03/09/2007
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Run Forrest run!
#5 at 19:33:38 - 03/09/2007
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Hire. But get a move on or you won't have time for fittings and the like.
#6 at 21:38:42 - 03/09/2007
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It depends, if you're having a 'proper' chuck a wadge of cash at it style wedding then you'll need a morning suit just to look the part. Don't you need to get them for your best man and ushers also? Damn man, a month aint long at all...

I'm looking already and I'm getting married in feb!
#7 at 22:18:32 - 03/09/2007
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Hire definitely. Good chance you'll get a good fitting and a suit company that won't make ya look too much like a nightclub bouncer.

Oh and the gayer the waistcoat, the more action you're supposed to get on your wedding night.

Peej
#8 at 22:34:03 - 03/09/2007
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Hire! You're unlikely to get much opportunity to wear it again and it'll end up collecting dust/moths in a wardrobe.
#9 at 22:40:47 - 03/09/2007
Binky
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Hire it is then.

Its more like 2 months really. 27th Oct.

Does it REALLY take that long to sort out a jacket and slacks??? :)
#10 at 23:15:44 - 03/09/2007
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4 weeks should be ok... providing they get your measurements right first time.

Heh, the groom at the second to last wedding I was at got send a child size waistcoat and cravat, the day before his wedding. Ouch.

#11 at 00:28:24 - 04/09/2007
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I was one of four best men at a wedding just this weekend. Thankfully I didn't get speech duties.

Definitely hire. You'll look so much better and you'll be easier for everyone to spot. It's probably too late to get the rest of the groom's party organised successfully for fittings though, there's always someone who can't make it when everyone else can.

At least get your best man in one though and set a dress code for your ushers.
#12 at 11:28:52 - 04/09/2007
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Morning suits are uber naff. You'll look a particular prize prat if you're the only person wearing one too.

If you have ushers and a best man then a Morning Suit is fair enough, but you obviously don't if you don't have it organised yet.

Sharp suit all the way.

There's no such thing as a suit that's too smart/sharp to wear again, Salaman must be a gypsy!

#13 at 11:54:31 - 04/09/2007
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Tiger_Walts said:I was one of four best men at a wedding just this weekend. Thankfully I didn't get speech duties.


Heh, I was a chief bridesmaid this weekend. Had no idea what the hell I was meant to be doing.

Binky - if in doubt, hire. It's quicker and you won't have to worry about getting suits altered and things like that as it's a bit of a pain.

Spanky and I are also getting married in October so we can understand the situation. ;)
#14 at 12:31:25 - 04/09/2007
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deem said:
There's no such thing as a suit that's too smart/sharp to wear again, Salaman must be a gypsy!

Or a pimp.
#15 at 12:45:25 - 04/09/2007
Binky
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I'm dressing the Best Man too. So I think morning suits it is!

I'm starting to think I'll get top hats too, just to make us look even more silly :D

#16 at 12:58:56 - 04/09/2007
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I'd buy a suit for my own wedding. Thankfully I'm Scottish and will be wearing a kilt, which I will of course hire.
#17 at 13:00:20 - 04/09/2007
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Binky said:I'm dressing the Best Man too. So I think morning suits it is!

I'm starting to think I'll get top hats too, just to make us look even more silly :D



I think top hats look cool! Hell, you don't often get a chance to dress up like that so you might as well make the most of it.
#18 at 13:02:16 - 04/09/2007
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Bollocks I've been found out. :-(

/is a pimping gypsy
#19 at 14:53:05 - 04/09/2007
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boabg said:I'd buy a suit for my own wedding. Thankfully I'm Scottish and will be wearing a kilt, which I will of course hire.

Surely all Scots OWN a kilt and dirk as a matter of national honour ?!?!? You've partially ruined my stereotypical view of Scotsmen ! Next you'll be telling me you don't hate the English, you tan easily, and you don't eat deep fried pizza while off your face on McEwans Export!

EDIT - Binky, I've had to hire a top hat a few times for weddings, but apart from in a couple of the photos I don't think I've ever actually worn one.
#20 at 15:06:57 - 04/09/2007
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JimJam said:
boabg said:I'd buy a suit for my own wedding. Thankfully I'm Scottish and will be wearing a kilt, which I will of course hire.

Surely all Scots OWN a kilt and dirk as a matter of national honour ?!?!? You've partially ruined my stereotypical view of Scotsmen ! Next you'll be telling me you don't hate the English, you tan easily, and you don't eat deep fried pizza while off your face on McEwans Export!


I sold my kilt to fund my love of deep fried pizza and export. You know what they say about us Scots and our financial prudence ;)
#21 at 16:46:39 - 04/09/2007
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Tiger_Walts said:I was one of four best men at a wedding just this weekend. Thankfully I didn't get speech duties.


FOUR!? Pfft. I was best man and master of ceremonies the weekend before last!

Anyway, myself and the groom just dressed in smart suits with matching ties, and they worked just fine, I thought. It all depends on the tone of the occasion really - this wedding was relatively informal so I think morning suits would've been a bit much.
#22 at 16:55:12 - 04/09/2007
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boabg said:I sold my kilt to fund my love of deep fried pizza and export. You know what they say about us Scots and our financial prudence ;)


:D

Agree with Nekotcha - it doesn't really matter, but I always think it depends on where you're getting married. Old church or stately home type place = more traditional wedding outfits, registry office = more modern suits.
#23 at 17:06:36 - 04/09/2007
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Word of warning about hiring though. Make sure you check every item for the right size or stains before leaving the store. We had a nightmare with Moss Bros. The Covent Garden branch were great, even down to getting kilts down from Scotland for us, but even they cocked up putting the wrong cravat in one of the bags (the only one we didn't check).

An even bigger nightmare ensued at Southampton. Despite me ringing them every week for a month beforehand they still fucked up our order, and had to courier waistcoats to us the next day. And then we found out they had the stock we ordered in the back anyway. Same with Norwich, who sent a stained waistcoat.

/And breathe. As you can tell, it was a tad stressful. And entirely unnecessary if they'd done their job.
#24 at 17:39:04 - 04/09/2007

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