Let's face it: when it comes to wedding planning, a lot of the time the boys are left out. I'm not saying they don't have a say (well okay, might depend on the bride) but the men aren't as included.
Shows, magazines, blogs (mine included!) are geared towards the ladies! Why? Well, I'm not exactly sure. Maybe it it because we tend to be more particular and while a bridesmaid might refuse a gown style, a groomsman will just nod an accept his suit. I am being very stereotypical and I'm certain there are exceptions!
But we chat about bridesmaids and the cost so much that I have never even looked into the cost of being a groomsman - turns out it's still pricey, even if they are easy going.
Now this graphic is from Gotstyle, a Toronto-based shop for menswear, and it breaks down the costs so it's easier to wrap your head around.
Not cheap - but I also think there's ways to save along the way. For example the haircut - will anyone truly notice which barber you visit? Probably not! I've had my haircut for $100, and now I get it cut for $20 and no one ever notices (except my grateful bank account).
And there are other ways to save, according to GotStyle founder Melissa Austria, “You may have been drafted into being a groomsman but at least you can insist on wearing your own suit and buying something that’s wearable after the wedding.”
GotStyle has released a new series of Grads and Groomsman suits for just this situation.
“You don’t know where a rental tux has been or what it has seen. No man should go where a stranger’s balls have been.” said Austria.
Priced at $395, there are 17 fabric choices (including pink) in the Grads and Groomsmen line.
“We put this program together based on a lot of bewildered groomsman asking us for guidance,” added Austria. “For a little more than the cost of a rental, the versatile suit can be worn at the wedding and at formal events in the future.”
I firmly believe that a bridesmaid dress should be one that can be worn again and why why should the suit be any different?
Okay, still not convinced?
You could try and decline - but I'm just saying that could lead more problems than just money.