Ruby's Blog | Formal Wear

Hello Brides and Grooms To Be! 
I’m Ruby the Rochester Bride! As a newlywed of the Rochester area, I love sharing my knowledge of the wedding experience with newly engaged couples. This week I can’t wait to share with you some tips and pointers on Men’s & Women’s Formal Wear Rentals!
Today’s formal wear rental has become more versatile. There are numerous styles, colors and designs to choose from. It is important to seek the help of an experienced formal wear business to guide you in your selection, but first you should do the following before booking your wedding.
1. Have a certain look and color in mind. The formal wear should compliment the color scheme of the wedding, formality, time of day, and location of the wedding. Browse through some magazines, look at friends’ wedding pictures, watch award shows on television. All of these could give you ideas for your wedding. 
2. If you choose a specific style that is not available locally, your formal wear specialist should be able to suggest something equitable. For men’s formal wear, it is important to look for quality tuxedos. Many smaller tuxedo manufacturers will release inferior-quality, copied styles of major manufacturers.
3. You should book your formal wear from three to six months in advance of your wedding date. If you are certain of the style, you may want to book earlier to take advantage of any specials (several specials occur during the winter/spring months).
4. Your salesperson is important. They should be knowledgeable in formal wear, friendly and courteous, and able to provide you with suggestions as to how you can coordinate your wedding party. Because you are setting up an account with this company, you will have to deal with this person on a number of occasions. Make sure you have the confidence in him/her to be able to do that.  
5. Serviceability is also an important factor to consider. For example, if a last minute problem should occur, what can your tuxedo provider do to accommodate you? Do they have an alterations specialist available for last minute alterations? Is there a warehouse facility easily accessible?
6. How do they handle out of town attendants?
7. When do you schedule fittings? Are alterations included in price?
8. For men, are accessories included in the price (studs, shoes, vest, cuff links)?
9. What is your pick-up and return policy? Late fees? Damage fees?
Price could also be a factor for you, but to coin an old cliché, “you get what you pay for,” and it is not always wise to sacrifice price for good service. It is possible to get a good product and good service, without paying top dollar, if you shop wisely, reserve your formal wear early and ask the right questions.