The wedding suit is one of the most popular suits; for some people this is their only suit. My father used to call his only suit the wedding, funeral, interview suit. Not everybody necessarily needs to own a suit and if you are thinking of buying one just for a wedding you may want to consider renting one.
Whether you rent or buy you need to ask yourself a few questions before making your choice.
1. Are you an usher or just an attendee?
If your an usher then you will want to make sure that you wear something more conservative. Black is your best bet because you will match the rest of the wedding party better.
2. What type of wedding is this?
For instance, some religions and cultures will call for a certain color or even material. If you are Jewish make sure not to wear wool and linen mixed together.(this is a violation of the shatnez)
3. What is the climate like and are you inside or outside?
An outside wedding in a hot climate will most certainly call for a cotton or linen wedding suit. These materials will help ensure you don’t sweat to death before open bar time.
4. What time will the wedding be held?
Remember, suits worn after dark should traditionally be black. This is not a hard and fast rule, but some fashionistas will want you to adhere to it. Make sure you know what the bride and groom expect.
5. Should you rent or buy?
This is a question that gets asked over and over again. If you find you are constantly asking this, then you should buy. Suit rentals are really only good for those that will not be wearing a suit each year.
Keep in mind that while renting is less expensive, it can add up quickly. Once you’ve reached about three rentals, you will have spent enough to have bought yourself an equivalent suit.