Not All Tuxedo Rentals Are the Same
Paul Pannone from 1800MyTuxes.com has some tips on keeping the tuxedo rental quality on par with the quality of the rest of the wedding.
In the wedding planning process, the majority of decisions rest squarely with the bride and/or her family. The day revolves around her wishes and desires, to fulfill the dreams she’s had since she was a little girl. Careful consideration goes into the time, the place, the setting, surroundings; right down to where she will live with her new husband. A new life, a new beginning for her and her man —but a ten year old tuxedo used with all of the careful consideration?
Unfortunately, that’s what is happening. Because the formal wear “industry” has undergone so much consolidation and fragmentation over the past decade, manufacturers have slowed the creative process, leaving many retailers stranded, using garments that are way past their prime and some, even past their usefulness.
But in all the turmoil, it’s becoming easier to identify the pitfalls, especially if you walk into stores that still carry garments bearing expired labels that were made by defunct manufacturers. Some include Christian Dior, Raffinatti, Lord West, Claiborne, Formal 1 and numerous others that will not be mentioned.
Some of the pitfalls of renting tuxedos and the most concerning involves sub renting and not trying on the garments before the day of your event. Clearing houses called wholesalers are responsible for sub renting garments to local area shops that order through their catalog. What this means is, your most important person’s component tuxedo parts could be in four separate states up to two weeks prior to your event. Chances are good that you will never know the difference but there are those chances you will.
When ordering your formal wear, why not simply follow the rules used when you planned every other portion of your event? Simple, common sense questions like will this be the actual garment my fiancé will be wearing? Do you own your own garments? Is this a discontinued style? Do you have the ability to change an entire outfit for my out-of-town-guests? Can help you complete a less stressful time on your special day.
Chris Easter of The Man Registry has asked us to write about the specifics when looking for tuxedos.
Like all businesses, there are good and bad in very market. The best way to determine whether a tuxedo shop updates their inventory is to check them out. http://www.1800mytuxes.com/about.htm describes why independent owners that buy and maintain their own inventory will provide the best experience when renting or buying formal wear.
As stated in the page’s information, owners are there to help you every step of the way and rely on repeat, referral business that only comes from doing the right job and caring about you can provide.
Currently, discussions regarding the proper advertisement of new fashion products tuxedos rage on. In the national Newsletter, E- Formal News, we’re polling retailers, manufacturers and consumers to see what’s important to them. It is agreed that fresh, new style updates are the only way to provide real value. Discussions involve an actual expiration dates in garments or documented usage reports of how many time garments have been rented. But, as you would imagine the information would not be flattering to most organizations and therefore will probably never been implemented.
Another way would be to advertise new products but most manufacturers say they’re not able to spend the adequate dollars because of lack of sales. The result is an ongoing vicious cycle that ultimately only hurts YOU—the consumer and operators that constantly spend the proper amount of money to update their merchandise and level of service. So, as you see, Not All Tuxedo Rental Are The Same!
This story will continue to be updated on our external blog, http://1800mytuxes.wordpress.com and also at http://www.1800mytuxes.com , adding NEW merchandise from only the best suppliers that are partnering in with store owners found to be committed to providing you with the best level of merchandise and services– at the best prices. For answers to these and more questions you may have when in the process of selecting your formal wear, feel free to contact us at 516-312-0090 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org