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Bear with me. Here are the pertinent facts: (1) I am getting married this coming December; (2) my bride-to-be would like for me to wear a Tuxedo; (3) my Tuxedo that I normally wear is beat up and not up to snuff; (4) the rest of my Tuxedo rig is solid, i.e., shoes, shirt, studs, socks, bow; and (4) I wear black tie anywhere from five to ten times a year, for weddings and various galas.
In all honesty, but for the wedding, commissioning a Tuxedo would not be on my radar. However, in lieu of the foregoing facts, there are certainly some benefits.
First and foremost, because my current Tuxedo is not up to snuff, and because I am not renting from Men's Warehouse under any circumstance, I will have to purchase a new Tuxedo prior to the wedding. I estimate that the cost of RTW will be roughly half of what I would otherwise spend on bespoke. Maybe a bit less.
Second, the RTW option will likely be expensive, and will not have the details that I want. I have surveyed the RTW options, and there are negatives associated with each. Lapels too big, lapels to small, and, more importantly, none will have a proper vest. I will certainly be compromising, at least to an extent.
Third, I will wear it at least five to ten times a year. There are certain festivities where I will probably opt for my beater tuxedo, but I will nonetheless get wear out of it.
Fourth, it is my wedding, and this is as good of a splurge as any.
Fifth, a bespoke Tuxedo is unequivocally awesome.
What say you all?
For your wedding, of course do it. Your kids and grand-kids will look at those photos and say, look at grandpa how handsome he was. That's just one of many great reasons. Your bride will probably spend an insane amount on something she will only wear once (well, if you're a good husband that is) so why shouldn't you get a nice tux that you will wear a lot?