Nic Chan spoke to two top groomswear companies to discover why hiring your wedding suits is such as great option…
Hiring wedding attire is an attractive option for grooms with a vast selection of high-quality suits on the market. But is this a viable option for everyone? We spoke to Qaz Martin of formalwear boutique, Hugh Harris, and David Clark from new designer-led U.S venture, Xedo, for two different takes on hiring groomswear.
Why hire instead of buying?
Qaz: “The main appeal of hiring is the price. It’s generally cheaper to hire a complete outfit than buy the equivalent. While I can’t speak for all hire shops, from us, you will certainly get a much better suit for your money. We pride ourselves on offering suits that compete with top designers.”
David: “There are many advantages, but the main one is the convenience. Xedo’s innovative online experience reinvents hire for grooms. Grooms don’t need to visit a store to get their perfect outfit, it’s all done online. They can even try their preferred suit on for free, long before the big day, to make sure it’s ‘the one’. Another advantage is our Perfect Match bridal party colour co-ordination that gives customers access to formalwear designed by top bridal designers including Alfred Angelo, Allure Bridals, Justin Alexander and Mon Cheri, so they can perfectly match the bridal party.”
What if the groom wants something a little different?
Qaz: “When you factor in suit and waistcoat colour, different styles and unlimited tie or cravat colours, there are endless combinations. Throw in accessories and you can create a look that is completely unique for your wedding.”
David: “Our designer-created range incorporates the finest fabrics and styles so we’re very confident that a groom can get something that extra bit special!”
Is there a typical style grooms choose to hire?
Qaz: “We get a real mix of couples. We offer both very formal and traditional morning suits as well as more contemporary lounge suits, so there is certainly a broad appeal. We also offer a tweed suit to cater for a more relaxed country wedding.”
David: “We don’t get one particular ‘type’ of groom as such. Grooms from all walks of life choose to hire. That’s why we offer so many different colour and style options. We like to make sure that there’s something for everyone!”
Changes to mens’ wedding fashion may be subtler than that of bridalwear, but trends come and go and hire companies are doing a pretty good job of keeping up. Whether you want a traditional style or something completely unique, don’t rule out hiring, it can make you feel like a superstar while also saving you a bundle!
So grooms, give the hiring market a try and who knows, maybe you’ll find ‘the one’?