Q. How do I choose a tux with so many styles to choose from?
A. It really isn’t that hard when you break it down into the basic components of a tuxedo. First select a lapel style that suits the look you desire. Then select if you want single-breasted, double breasted, or Full Dress (tails). Next steps is to select a color of your tuxedo. Are you looking for Black, White, Ivory, or Other colors of tuxes? The final step is to choose a designer label of the tux. Each of the designers will often make small changes in their garment to set themselves apart. Once you break it down, it really isn’t that hard finding the tux that is right for you.
Q. How soon do I need to get my tux?
A. The Early Bird Catches the Choice Tux: Since so many men are now renting tuxedos, early planning and shopping helps make sure you will get the style you want.
Q. What is the difference between Black Tie and White Tie?
A. If the invitation says “White Tie” or “Full Dress” Its a very special occasion. A debutante dance, a diplomatic ball or reception, a Mardi Gras ball; an important fund-raising dinner. You’ll be dashing – and proper, too – in traditional full dress: A freshly laundered white wing collar pique shirt, crisp white pique vest, white pique tie, classic black trousers with the formal satin stripe, traditional black tailcoat just covering the vest, black patent shoes.
If the invitation says “Black Tie” or “Black Tie Invited” You’ll want to dress correctly, in a smart, comfortable tuxedo, cut almost like your newest business suit. The traditional black, worn with white shirt and vest (or cummerbund) in black or dark shades), and a black tie or tie matching the cummerbund; and patent shoes. Worn to any festive event after six in the evening, to which the women will be wearing formal clothes. Formalwear specialists who are members of the International Formalwear Association can show you the latest formal attire appropriate for “Black Tie” events.
Q. My Groomsmen live out of town, what do I do now?
A. The groom finds a specialist in the area and books the wedding party approximately four months prior to the wedding day. The groom selects the tuxedo style and accessories. The groom then calls the groomsmen and requests they go to a specialist in their city to get measured for a tuxedo. The tuxedo store will provide the groomsman with a measurement card. The groomsman sends the measurement card to the groom and two months prior to the wedding day, the groom brings the measurement cards to the tuxedo store. An appointment will be made prior to the wedding day (usually two days before the wedding) for all the groomsmen to try on the tuxedo and have last-minute alterations made. The day before the wedding after alterations have been made, the groomsmen pick up their tuxedos for the special day..
Q. I’m getting married in another city, where do I rent my tux?
A. We recommend locating a formal wear specialist in the city of the wedding and booking the wedding party there for tuxedos. The groom meets with the tuxedo specialist and selects the tuxedo style approximately four months prior to the wedding. The groomsmen go to the an IFA member specialist in their city and get measured for a tuxedo. The rental store will give the groomsman a measurement card. The groomsman sends the measurement card to the groom and he sends the measurements to the selected tuxedo store. Two days prior to the wedding, the groomsmen go to the tuxedo stop to try on their tuxedos. Alterations may be made at that time. The day before the wedding the groomsmen pick up their tuxedos for the special day.
Q. Are there any other Tux Tips you would recommend?
A. One of the most daunting tasks of a man’s life can be choosing the perfect tuxedo for that special occasion. While many may try to go it along, most are happiest when they get a little help from the experts.
The Black Tie Bureau of the International Formalwear Association, acknowledged leaders in the tuxedo trade, offer a few hints to help ensure that men step out in style.
Work with an Expert: A dedicated formal wear specialist will be up on the latest styles, and can offer assistance with fitting and accessories.
Choose Your Look: Suave, sophisticated and traditional? Your tuxedo is a reflection of your personality, so put as much thought into your choice as your date does into hers. Fashion magazines can help you choose the style you want, but however you make your decision, remember its your time to shine, too!
Dare to be Different – Accessorize: Tuxedos can be dressed up with creative use o accessories, such as a colorful print vest or fancifully patterned bow tie and cummerbund. Even an inexpensive pocket square can go a long way toward helping you express your individuality. So go ahead and break all the rules. All, that is, but one – patent leather formal shoes are an essential. Rent a pair if you don’t own them.
Coordinate with Your Date: Its important not to color clash with your date, so be sure to find out what she’ll be wearing and plan to complement her ensemble while defining your own style.
The Early Bird Catches the Choice Tux: Since so many men are now renting tuxedos, early planning and shopping helps make sure you will get the style you want.
Financial Planning Helps: Most stores will require a deposit, so plan your budget accordingly. Actual rental prices will vary according to your selection, but expect to spend between $50 and $100. Hint: If you pay for your rental in advance, you can avoid nerve-wracking delays on the special day.
Check Yourself Out: Before you get in the car, look in the mirror to make sure all the details are working for you. Straighten that tie, smooth that collar and enjoy.
Your Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions.
Q. What styles are hot?
A. This varies year to year, season to season. TNR Formalwear offers a huge selection of tuxedos and accessories in order to offer variety and suit many individual tastes. Each year several styles tend to be the ones that everybody wants to wear. From our experience, most young people want “fashion forward” or slightly different than ordinary looks. By visiting our store and talking with one or our tuxedo experts, you can see those “hot” styles firsthand to determine if they fit your individual taste.
Q. When should I reserve my tuxedo?
A. The sooner you reserve your tuxedo the better, hopefully 2 or 3 weeks prior to the event. The hottest styles book out fast so, by booking early, you will have the greatest selection. The problem occurs when your date hasn’t selected her dress yet and you are waiting to find out the color so you can coordinate your choices with her dress. The solution to this dilemma is to reserve your tuxedo style first. Then, when your date is able to let you know the color of her gown, return to select the tie and vest. If you are a procrastinator, take solace in knowing that TNR Formalwear has thousands of tuxedos in stock, giving us the ability to help you even for those last minute requests.
Q. Do I have to pay for my tuxedo when I reserve it?
A. No, but paying in advance will help you save time on a very busy final fitting and pick up day. At TNR Formalwear we require at least a $10 down payment to reserve your order. This down payment is refundable if you cancel your order at least 10 days prior to the event. The balance of your rental is due at the time of the final fitting. If you are paying by check make sure it is accompanied with a valid drivers license. If paying by a charge card that belongs to your parents or guardian, and they are not present, make sure you have letter of authorization giving you permission to use it.
Q. When is my tuxedo due back?
A. Tuxedos are due back the day after use. If your dance is on a Friday, tuxedos are due back Saturday. For Saturday dances your scheduled return date is Monday. Due to the heavy number of rentals during school formals it is imperative that you abide by this schedule. Late charges of $10 per day apply to rentals not returned on time. Your late return may also affect the prom goer who has reserved your tuxedo for the following weekend.
Q. How can I save money on my rental?
A. Almost all tuxedo companies offer special prom pricing. One look around your campus and you are bound to find a special coupon or flyer. At TNR Formalwear you can save up to 25% on your tuxedo rental for your prom. A way to save additional money is to become a “TNR Formalwear Prom Representative”. By referring your friends to come to TNR Formalwear Shop, you have the opportunity to earn further discounts, perhaps even a free tuxedo.
Q. How much should I expect to spend?
A. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for”. Be wary of any company that offers cutting edge high fashion coats for $39. These coats are typically out of style or have been rented an excessive amount of times. Don’t be afraid to ask, “How old is that style of coat?” or, “Is that mannequin coat a true representation of the condition of the coat I would receive?”
TNR Formalwear maintains high standards and spends thousands of dollars each year making sure all tuxedos and accessories are of high quality. Average rentals for prom tuxedos range from $49 to $95 and include everything except vest and shoes. When checking prices find out what the rental includes and if they have any additional fees, such as damage waiver or tax. Try to avoid companies that lure you in with low base prices and charge you for every add-on. Tuxedos should come with: Coat, pants, shirt, tie, suspenders, cummerbund plus studs and cufflinks for the shirt. Shoes and vest rental are typical items that require an additional fee.