How Much Will Your Wedding Tuxedo Rental Cost in 2018?

While brides in their wedding dresses are the ones who always steal the spotlight at weddings, it's equally important for the groom to also look his best in a tuxedo. While a tux can be worn at any type formal occasion, the truth is most guys will seldom wear one in their lives. As such, questions on how much should a groom spend on their wedding tuxedo, what should be included, and how to save on this expense are common and will be answered below.

According to proprietary real time wedding data collected nationwide by Decidio within the last 12 months, couples can expect to pay an average of $247 for their wedding tuxedos in 2018, which is an average of 0.8% of their total wedding budget. This expense ranks number 16 in terms of wedding expenditures ahead of hiring a wedding officiant and behind buying wedding favors (see a breakdown of complete wedding costs in your area here). The amount grooms will spend on their wedding tuxedos depends on several factors, such as how many elements they wish to include in their ensemble, their available budget, whether it will be needed for wedding season, and the geographic area where they live.

2018 City and State Averages

The latest city and state average budgets for wedding tuxedo rentals spent by couples across the country over the past 9-12 months is shown below. *NOTE: The amounts appearing below are updated throughout the year.

The Average Cost of Wedding Tuxedos by State

StatesAverage Cost
USA$255
Alabama$233
Alaska$280
Arizona$238
Arkansas$207
California$302
Colorado$246
Connecticut$312
Delaware$240
District of Columbia$302
Florida$252
Georgia$231
Hawaii$273
Idaho$201
Illinois$265
Indiana$228
Iowa$207
Kansas$212
Kentucky$229
Louisiana$234
Maine$243
Maryland$269
Massachusetts$309
Michigan$245
Minnesota$225
Mississippi$231
Missouri$217
Montana$193
Nebraska$208
Nevada$239
New Hampshire$272
New Jersey$338
New Mexico$204
New York$305
North Carolina$228
North Dakota$207
Ohio$241
Oklahoma$228
Oregon$241
Pennsylvania$278
Rhode Island$281
South Carolina$236
South Dakota$195
Tennessee$226
Texas$245
Utah$228
Vermont$236
Virginia$243
Washington$268
West Virginia$209
Wisconsin$247
Wyoming$240

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What is Included?

While grooms look their best in a nice tux, the fact is that buying one is not an option for most simply due to the lack of opportunities to wear it. A few hundred bucks to rent a tux one time might seem excessive to some, it is still far cheaper than buying and keep in mind that there are several elements needed to form a complete tux ensemble. Read on to see what is normally included in the cost, then feel free to mix and match according to your own unique style.

  • Jackets: Can be either double breasted or single breasted. Different from a suit jacket primarily due to the single button on the tux jacket versus the two or even three buttons on a suit jacket. Tuxedo jackets also have satin lapels while suit jacket lapels are the same material as the rest of the jacket.

  • Pants: Made with the same material as the jacket worn. Differs from suit pants by the high waist as well as the silk, satin or grosgrain stripe running along the outseam of the pant leg, which should match the lapels on the jacket.

  • Shirts: This type of shirt should always be white with a winged collar (as opposed to a button down collar) and can either have black buttons or white buttons. Some tuxedo shirts will also have subtle pleats running down the front for modern elegance.

  • Ties: Normally consisting of a classic black bow tie. However, you can instead wear a different color or even a colored pattern if you want to make it the focal point of your outfit. NEVER USE A CLIP, instead follow the instructions in this video to tie it yourself.

  • Shoes: Options abound as long as it is a highly polished black shoe. Can be a black leather or calfskin lace up oxford or patent formal pump shoe.

  • There are also some optional accessories to consider, including:

  • Cummerbunds: Essentially is a broad sash used to cover your waist (and conveniently) the bunching of the shirt that always happens there. It is usually pleated and the material should match the type of material in your lapels. Only to be worn with tuxedos or single breasted dinner jackets.

  • Suspenders: Tuxedo pants will never have belt loops on them, so your only alternative if you're concerned with keeping your pants up is to wear suspenders.

  • Vests: Are buttoned garments worn over shirts and under jackets that have no collars or sleeves. Similar in purpose to cummerbunds, they are used to cover a man's mid-section and its lapels should also match the lapels on your jacket. Low cut vests are the norm for tuxedos over full-back vests, which do not look nearly as good when you take off your jacket!

  • Pocket Squares: These small pieces of cloth are made from silk, linen, or cotton. They should be placed inside your jacket breast pocket and are just for show, not to be used as a handkerchief!

  • Cufflinks and Studs: Tuxedo shirts often come with French cuffs that have holes on the sides of the cuffs instead of buttons. As such, these jewelry items are the formal alternative to buttons and are used to secure the cuffs of those shirts. There are many different colors and styles, so you'll have no problems with finding some that you love and that match your wedding colors.

  • Boutonnieres: These are colorful flowers or floral sprigs worn by the groom or groomsmen that can either be worn through the jacket buttonhole or pinned on the left lapel. They usually match the colors of your wedding flowers and can be bought separately, with your wedding flowers, or sometimes at your tuxedo store.

Should You Rent in Retail Store or Online?

Now that you know what a tuxedo ensemble will include, it's time to go ahead with the rental process. You can either choose to rent from a retail store or go the online route. Most tuxedo rentals will include the jacket, shirt, pants, tie, vest and shoes. Other items can be negotiated or included depending on the package you agree on. Once you've made your decision, make sure to get the tux 2 days or so before the wedding. This should give you ample time to try it on for size and look for any defects in the material.

  • Retail Store - The obvious benefits of shopping at your local tuxedo rental store are not only that you get to see every style and feel the texture of the fabrics, but you are also able to benefit from the advice of a knowledgeable expert with years of experience in the business. It is one thing to read about the different cuts of a suit, it's quite another to ask questions about the differences and actually trying them on to see how it feels. Any professional tux rental service will take your measurements on the premises and tell you about all the latest colors and styles that look best each body type. The hands on service level makes all the difference in the world in finding the perfect wedding tux!

    If you need any temporary alterations done, the on-site tailor should be able to make them with the store's approval. When it comes to pricing, tuxedo stores know that you have options available online and should price their rentals very competitively. In fact, you should be able to swing special deals such as group discounts or getting free shoes for the groomsmen, or even a free tux for the groom if all the groomsmen also rent their tuxes from the same store.

  • Online - The main benefit of shopping online would be for the price benefits and for researching at your own leisure. In fact, you and your future spouse should spend a night on Pinterest together to look at and compare all the different styles of both modern and traditional tuxedos available to see which would look best on you. While your computer screen doesn't compare to actually feeling the texture of the suit fabric, you'll be able to get some idea of what it feels like. Once you find a style you like, simply comparison shop for the best deal. Popular online tuxedo rental sites include Menguin, Simple Tux, The Black Tux, and Generation Tux where you can rent a tux for as low as under $100 up to designer tuxes in the upper hundreds of dollars.

    A few things you should remember is that although you will submit your measurements on the website, you may still need to temporarily alter any suit you receive to ensure it fits perfectly. Make sure that the contract allows you to do that, or you will incur a penalty! Also be clear on how many days you are allowed to keep the tux without incurring a penalty (usually 3 or 4). Shipping should be free, but ask what their return policy is in case there is a problem with the suit sent. Generally, a new one will be sent within 24 - 48 hours.

Key Points to remember:

  • In 2018, the average cost for wedding tuxedo rentals spent by couples across the US will be $247, which is around 0.8% of their total wedding budget.

  • Pricing for wedding tuxedos is pretty standardized due to online options being available, but can vary due to supply and demand factors, if it's wedding season, the groom's budget as well as location.

  • Have your wedding tuxedo on hand two days before the wedding. This will give you time to remedy any last minute issues that may arise.

  • Before you begin shopping do some research online to see what's out there. Traditional cuts and styles can be much different from modern ones.

  • There are plenty of elements that go into a tux ensemble. Mix and match to see what looks best on you.

  • Rent your tux either online or from a local retailer. Costs may be a bit cheaper online but you won't get the same service or experience as you will with the retailer. You also will be able to negotiate with the store manager for discounts.

Tips on Saving Money on Your Wedding Tuxedo

Most tuxedos look about the same to the average person, so should you invest extra in a designer tux that your guests may or may not notice? Read on for some great tips on how to get the best deal possible on your wedding wear while still having the groom and groomsmen look like a million bucks!

  • Think about where the wedding will take place. If it's an outdoor or beach location maybe you'd prefer to pass on the tux entirely in favor of more informal attire.

  • Mentioning any previous client who referred you may result in a discount. If you don't have one, mention that you'd be happy to leave glowing reviews on Decidio and other review sites as well as refer them to your friends in exchange for a discount.

  • Reducing the size of the wedding party is an easy way for your friends to save on formalwear rentals.

  • Check for Groupon or other coupons offered online, or go to your local bridal expo to get some. Remember, the price break offered is multiplied by the number in your wedding party.

  • Do what many bridesmaids do and have each groomsman wear their own suits, as long as everyone is same color. It's a fun way for your bridal party to save money and show their own style.

  • If you have friends that will also be getting married soon, request a referral discount for referring future clients.

  • Comparison shop both at your favorite retailers and online. Not only will you see the differences in inventory and service level, but in willingness to negotiate price as well. You'll find that a little legwork goes a long way!

  • Plan on attending several black tie events in the future? If so, buying instead of renting will make more sense. You can always sell it in the future to recoup some of your investment.

  • Look for discounted tuxedos for sale on sites like Craigslist or Ebay.

  • Use a credit card that offers points or cash back to pay for your tuxedo rentals. Using this method for all wedding purchases will result in a nice amount to use on your honeymoon or after you return.

  • Borrow your tux from a friend that owns one. Be sure you make any alterations temporary and that you dry-clean it properly before returning.

  • Offer to rent a relatively unpopular brand of tux for a discount, as long as it's cut in a style that you like. It's unlikely that anybody will notice.

  • Having your wedding outside of wedding season will likely cost you less due to less competition. This tip also goes for every wedding vendor needed, from the videographer to the reception DJ to the wedding venue and more.

  • If you can't afford a tux, a modern trend is to wear a nice suit instead. This also has the benefit of you being able to reuse it in the future.

  • Cut back on the number of accessories you rent, especially since your groomsmen will all have to spend extra to match your look.

  • Ask for a group price break by having your entire grooms party rent from the same place. Many retailers will give the groom a free tux if the bridal party rents there.

  • Don't be afraid to negotiate! Business owners will rarely turn away a wedding party without at least negotiating first. Even if you don't get a lower price, you can get freebies like shoes and accessories for your party just by asking.

  • If you do have to buy accessories, be sure you pick those that you can re-use in the future.

  • Look at non-wedding retailers like Costco or Sams Club for your accessories or shop online and save big bucks.

  • If you also plan to rent formalwear in the future, ask if your real world or online retailer offers a rewards program.

  • Remember to factor fees, taxes and shipping costs in your calculations when trying to determine whether buying locally versus online.