Greetings, I'm writing to inquire of your sage counsel for where best to spend my limited budget for my upcoming wedding. The following spreadsheet is the starting point for the budget, but everything is certainly up for discussion. Fashion Alterations $200 Bridal Gown $800 Bride's Accessories $75 Bride's lingerie $100 Bride's shoes $125 Gown Preservation $200 Groom Tuxedo Rental $200 Groom's Accessories $100 Groom's shoes $125 Hair/Makeup $350 Hairpiece/Veil $175 Wedding Bands $2500 Fashion Subtotal $4950 My wedding will take place at 4PM outdoors in Monterey, CA November 3rd, 2012. We will host a formal reception to follow. Going into this, I imagined simply renting a tuxedo. I've since learned better, thanks in part to this forum and other fine resources online. Now I'm leaning towards traditional morning dress as I really like the look and tend to like more formal versus less. I liked the black morning coat but perhaps the dark gray is the ticket. Alternatively, I could go stroller though I don't like it as much. http://www.blacktieguide.com/Supplemental/Morning_Dress.htm With my meager budget, I can probably afford to buy one or two items from my ensemble and rent the rest. Perhaps the waistcoat, tie, and shoes are the appropriate places to start? I'd have to rent the morning coat/trousers in that event. I do have gray pinstriped pants from another suit that could work in a pinch but I don't think they fit the formal morning dress with its wider, more interesting patterns. I had also planned to buy unique wedding ties for my two groomsmen and the father of the bride. None are likely to have appropriate attire and will all likey rent. Pocket squares, shoes and possibly more would be on their own to encourage uniqueness. My brother is the best man and is not known for his high fashion. He will follow my lead to a certain extent but cannot be counted on to look smart in anything left to his own devices. Your advice on which parts of my outfit to buy versus rent would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.