I have to get my first tux for an upcoming formal event (2 months out). I really don't want to rent something, as I want to look like I belong there. I'm of the view that since I really only need 1 tux for the foreseeable future, my first one should be a nice one that I am happy with for a long time. I have a good sense of the style I want (peak lapel, side vents), so I am looking for some advice on going shopping.
Budget: $1k - $2k
Do the fashion experts of SF suggest the same approach to tux shopping as when selecting a nice suit or are there some common pitfalls I need to watch out for? I usually go RLBL with suits (fit me very well after bringing in the sides a bit), do they make a nice tuxedo? For this price range, should I explore getting something custom made from a less expensive tailor?
Also, does anyone have any feedback on midnight blue? I'm intrigued by the idea, as I feel it would be more versatile and look much better in daylight. The versatility is the key, as I cannot see myself wearing a tux more than 1-3 times per year.
Thanks for any insight.