Originally Posted by NDND2012
I'm not sure I would go as far as calling rented tuxes vulgar. I would have had my groomsmen wear their own tuxes if they owned them, but none did. I'm not certain they would have all had suits of reasonably coordinating colours. The bride left the groomsmen's clothing to me (but I'm sure her preference would be to have them coordinated). At the end of the day the simplest and least expensive choice was to use a national rental chain since the bridal party was spread across the country in three cities. I used the opportunity to have a tuxedo made for myself though. I contemplated having something made for the other guys but anything that looked better that a rental tux would have been pretty expensive. The fits weren't perfect across the board but at the end of the day the guys looked fine, we were on budget, pictures looked good, and everyone had a great time.
I've been in wedding partys where I could wear my own clothes and where I wore a rented tux. Sure I felt most comfortable in my own clothes, but I was honored to be asked to be a groomsmen and happily wore whatever I was requested. It's not my day and not my place to suggest to the bride and groom what my personal "taste" would be.
If everybody owns their own great looking, clothes awesome.
If you have the budget to make something nice for the groomsmen then great.
If you go with a rental, maybe not everyone will have perfect fitting clothes (not a guarantee if they wear their own), but the day will be fantastic.
Perhaps some rental places are better than others, why not look for advice on choosing one if that's the route you choose to go?
Certainly, it's an honor to be invited to participate in a wedding. I think some of the rented tux hostility comes from the fact that most people on here consider it rather inane to be asked to rent a tuxedo when they bought one (1) because having something customized to their body makes it look better and more comfortable and (2) so they don't have to rent a tuxedo for black tie events. There probably are some rental places that are better than others; a national chain is probably the best option for a wedding party that is spread throughout the country. I'd guess that if you are going the rented route, JosABank or Mens Warehouse work decently.
Wedding parties don't look good when they are wearing identical outfits; it betrays a luck of understanding of tradition. Generally not the fault of the bride and groom since nobody taught them this, but it can be frustrating when you know better and people would rather believe the tux rental place which has an economic incentive to sell uniformity. I think the reference to vulgarity was towards the idea that the wedding party should all look the same, not rented tuxes per se, but I may have misread.
OP, if you're still reading this, have you considered letting groomsmen choose perhaps whether to go with a shawl or peak lapel jacket? Another option would be to let them choose different style black bow ties or cufflinks / studs. This way you could have people rent and still have a few elegant subtle differences. Also, I am not sure how many times a rental tux is worn before being, errr, retired, but it is possible that repeat dry cleaning and the like might mean even tuxes that started out identical might have some variation (fade marks, sheen if its cheap fabric, etc.). Congrats on the wedding, but I will say that I suspect you'd be happier in the long-run if you let in a bit of history and tradition on this one.