How Much Does a Tuxedo Rental Cost?

Buying a Tuxedo isn’t cheap, or a particularly wise decision for most people. That’s why rentals exist—read on to learn all about tuxedo rentals.

By Jennifer Prince

Tuxedo Rental Cost
Photo by Corey Lynn Tucke rPhotography

Unless you’re a butler or Bond—James Bond—you probably don’t have a tux stashed in your closet. Therefore, being asked to be in the wedding party can send even the most well-dressed guy into a frenzy. However, rentals are a breeze and are much more economical than purchasing something that will merely hang in your closet.

What Pieces Are Available in a Wedding Tuxedo Rental?

The first things that come to mind with a wedding suit rental are the jacket and pants. Of course, it’s natural, as these are the traditional pieces that encompass what a tuxedo is all about. However, there are other pieces that you can rent for a complete ensemble.

When you’re dealing with your wedding tux rental company, check to see what pieces they offer. Basic rentals may include the tuxedo solely, yet other companies may have extra accessories included in their rental price.

  • Jacket: Of course, the tuxedo jacket is the central piece to a tux rental and will significantly impact your look. A variety of colors and cuts—such as slim fit—are available. If you’re a wedding guest at a black-tie event, feel free to showcase your style. However, if you’re in the wedding party, consult with the couple on their wishes for your look.
  • Pants: Fortunately, tuxedo companies don’t just send pants along with their tuxedo jackets. These are sized separately to ensure a fabulous fit so that guys can be comfortable in something that truly suits them.
  • Shirt: Don’t sweat it if all of your white shirts have armpit stains. With a tuxedo rental, you can opt for a crisp, white shirt to come along with your order.
  • Shoes: When wearing a tuxedo, you need to look your best from top to bottom. While many guys may not have a pair already in their closet, the acceptable dress shoe is patent black leather. Just take note: These usually cost extra.
  • Waist Cover: Often, it’s best to have this included in your rental in the form of either a cummerbund or vest. Doing so ensures that the pieces coordinate well with the tuxedo itself. And this is an either-or situation, as you wouldn’t wear a vest and cumberbund at the same time.
  • Tie: Bow ties are the norm, and—yep, you guessed it—these are also available to rent. A plethora of colors and patterns can be at your fingertips, so explore all that your rental company has available.
  • Studs and Cufflinks: Studs are the black “dots” that serve to close the shirt instead of buttons. The same reigns true with cufflinks. A reputable tuxedo rental company should offer coordinating closures.
  • Suspenders: For an added extra touch or to keep your pants up while dancing sans jacket, opt for rented suspenders.

How Much Does a Tuxedo Rental Cost?

There are quite a few factors that will affect your tuxedo rental prices. From the pieces you acquire—as in solely a jacket and pants vs. the full ensemble—to quality, the cost varies greatly. In short, you can spend as little as $50 for a bare-bones, cheap tuxedo rental or you can find a mid-range tux for about $250. Luxe tuxedos are more costly, with some ranging up to $400, but luckily, that’s not the norm.

If we’re talking about averages, you can expect to budget $90 to $180 for your wedding suit rental. However, several factors will influence how much your tuxedo rental costs.

  • Type of tuxedo you’re renting
  • Rental company you choose
  • Chosen accessories
  • Fees, such as shipping and upcharges
  • Duration of rental
How Much Does a Tuxedo Rental Cost? Photo Credit // Judah Avenue

Is It Better to Rent or Purchase a Wedding Tuxedo?

If you have several friends getting married at black-tie events, investing in a tuxedo can save money in the long run. Renting a tux over and over again can get pretty pricey. Consequently, if you’re in the wedding party, it may be best to forgo purchasing. Each couple may require a different tux style, so don’t get stuck with both purchase and rental costs.

P.S. If you’re in the market to buy a tuxedo, our tuxedo pieces are very economical.

Tips for a Successful Wedding Tux Rental

Research Both Local and Online Tuxedo Rentals

Check with the bride to see where she purchased her wedding gown. Quite often, bridal shops will offer wedding tux rentals as a service to the guys in the wedding party. A local menswear store may also be a good option. And if you’re willing to do a bit of measuring, online tuxedo rentals can be convenient. Some will even send you a sample for sizing beforehand to ensure a perfect fit.

Consider the Duration of Your Tux Rental

Most tuxedo rental prices are for a set amount of time. Although this is usually a 24- to 48-hour window, check with your rental company to see how much they charge to extend the rental. With online rentals, there’s a bit of leeway, since shipping time is factored in. Often this is easier than trying to return a tuxedo in person post-wedding—especially if you’re traveling.

Know About Any Extra Fees or Potential Penalties

That length of time mentioned above? It’s best to stick to it or make arrangements beforehand if you need extra hours. Penalties can be relatively stiff and often start at $20 per day. After all, the rental company needs to clean and press suiting before the next customer’s usage.

Be aware of shipping fees, although many online tuxedo rentals offer this for free. However, if you’re renting or returning on a tight timeline, there may be a rush charge. A deposit is often required to secure your reservation beforehand.

In the dreaded case of a lost jacket or ripped pants, replacement and repair costs can also be jarring. Therefore, some companies charge a reasonable damage fee on each tux rented to account for small repairs. Read your contract, and ask about potential situations to be aware of what you’re getting into.

Rent All of Your Tuxedos From the Same Location

Having the wedding party get wedding tuxes from the same place ensures cohesion, especially when it comes to fabric. Also consider adding in the fathers of the bride and groom into the rental process for the sake of ease. Doing so can make returns simple as one person can be designated to pick up and drop off the tuxes.

Ask About Any Rental Perks

Including anyone and everyone into one rental can be of benefit. Many locations offer discounts for a certain number of rentals. Quite often, the groom can even score his suiting for free, which significantly helps with the budget.

Weddings are highlights of life, as family and friends gather to celebrate a special couple. Choosing a wedding tux rental can ensure that you arrive in style. Whether you’re the best man, the groom’s father, or a guest, look your best—and rival Sean Connery circa 1965—on the big day.

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