How to choose a budget-friendly suit

Brides aren’t the only ones who want to look sharp for their big day. Grooms also want to dress their best to look good for their bride. Not every couple is rolling around in cash, and less is more when it comes to wedding budgets. You’ve got everything down, the venue, the food, the dress….but what about the suit?

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Know your measurements. Have your wife, or someone who knows how to sew, take your measurements. The most important will be your waist and hips so you will be able to identify your proper size.

Know your wedding colors. Do you know the accents and bright colors you will incorporate into your wedding? Do you know the color of the bridesmaid’s dresses, the centerpieces, the floral bouquet? If you have wedding colors in mind, it’s a good idea to have at least your tie match up with one of the main colors.

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Check out the salvation army. Equipped with plenty of clothing for sale at a discounted price, the Salvation Army can be a good place to start. Browse the formal section, pick out the suits that you like, and go try them on in the changing room. It’s important to look for the one that you like best, but also one that fits you well.

Look into Goodwill. It’s always a great idea to browse the formal section of Goodwill to find affordable threads for your big day. You can even take your groomsmen shopping there with you to pick out affordable suits.

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Peek into classified ads. A lot of grooms, or even teenagers will sell their suits after it’s been hanging out in the closet for years. Check Craigslist, Kijiji, and more to find a suit that fits your style.

Ask relatives. Maybe you want to wear your father’s wedding suit to your big day. Maybe your brother, uncle, or first cousin has a suit that they never wear. Ask to borrow it for your big day. You can always make it your own with a different boutonniere, and a different tie or undershirt.

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Borrow from friends. If you have workout buddies, chances are they are close to the same size as you. Ask your friends if you can peek at their blazers and trousers. See if they are willing to lend you their duds for the day.

A blast from the past. If you can still fit into it, bust out your suit(s) that you wore on your prom night(s). High schools usually held a multitude of dances including semi-formal, homecoming, junior and senior proms.

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Go casual. Get a button-down shirt and a good pair of trousers. If you want to mix it up, you can add in suspenders and a bow-tie or regular tie. You can also use a blazer but not a tie. The options are endless! If you’re having a beach wedding, you can even go barefoot.

Mix and match. You can even mix-and-match, as long as they are in the same color palate such as pastel or earth tones. Black and white go with everything, so they are always safe bets. Have fun and create a unique look.

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