Wedding & Prom Tuxedo / Suit FAQ


Tuxedo & Suit Rental Questions

We work with formalwear every day. Most people don’t.

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Never had to pick out a tux or suit before? We understand – it’s only natural for you to have questions about what to wear and how to wear it. You’re at the right place. Just take a look at the FAQs below.

GENERAL RENTAL QUESTIONS

How soon should I reserve my tux or suit?
How much does it cost to rent a tux or suit?
When do I pay for my tux rental?
When do I pick up my tux?
Can’t I just measure myself for my tux?
Why are the pants being measured up so high?
What if my tux doesn’t fit when I come to pick it up?
When is my tux due back?

STYLE/COLOR QUESTIONS
How do I know what color vest and tie to wear?
What is the difference between a suit and tuxedo?

Should I wear a long tie or bow tie?
Can I wear white?
Do you have skinny tuxedos?
How do I fold a pocket square?

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How soon should I reserve my tux?
As early as possible! The sooner you reserve your tux, the better, for a number of reasons. First of all, while we have access to one of the largest tuxedo suppliers in Pennsylvania (SmartFormalwear), some of the hottest styles do tend to go quickly. The earlier you reserve your tux, the better selection you’ll have to choose from! Also, if you are a real last minute kinda person, a $20 rush fee applies to late orders and we really hate paying that as we’re sure you would too!

In general, we think it’s best to reserve your tux at least one month prior to the prom and two months prior to your wedding, to get yourself the best price and selection, as well as avoid the “last minute rush” crowds.

Why wait though? If you know the wedding date, just get all the “wedding stuff” out of the way! If your wedding is anytime April to December, it is a good idea to select your tuxedos or suits in January of your wedding year. Then you can take advantage of any early booking bonuses!

If your wedding is more than one year away, you are certainly welcome to come in and browse but keep in mind that new styles are added and removed every year. So before getting your heart set on a look, we suggest you wait until the new styles are announced in January to finalize your selection.

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How much does it cost to rent a tux?
We have tuxedos to “suit” any budget. Your price really depends on the actual styles you pick. Just like anything else, designer styles cost more but our most popular style is a basic one.  Check out our least expensive tux style here.  Value priced tuxedos offer style with a more limited selection. SmartFormalwear has the largest selection of tuxedos, suits and vest/tie colors plus more upgrade choices.

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When do I pay for my tux rental?
Most people seem to think it’s most convenient to pay in full when they reserve their tux. We will need a minimum of a $50 payment for wedding tuxedos & suits. Prom rentals require a payment of 50% or $50 (whichever is greater) towards your tux when you place the order. You can pay the balance anytime before you take your tux, on your scheduled pick-up night. We are unable to accept personal checks within 14 days of the event or pre-filled checks. Also, if someone else is paying for your tux for you by credit card, they will need to be present to sign the credit card slip or they can call us to pay by phone.

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When do I pick up my tux rental?
Your tux will be available for pick up the week of the prom or wedding. Some people feel that is cutting it close but remember we do this all the time and it’s always like that. The tux you wear this weekend is on some other guy the week before. Other things are often not ready until the DAY of the prom or wedding. Flowers, limo, cake etc. are not available early and that’s ok. We call as soon as it’s available or you can call us two days prior to the event to check on the status. Van arrival times vary so don’t just stop in. Also it is important to CHECK YOUR VOICEMAIL! We get so many calls saying “No one called me about my tux” when in fact we did.

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Can’t I just measure myself for my tux?
No! Would you remove your own tonsils? We’re the trained professionals. Don’t try this at home but if you have rented from us in the past 12 months and have not gained or lost weight, we can order from those measurements since we do keep them on file.  This is really helpful for college guys attending the Cotillion or Prom.

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Why are the pants being measured so high?
The formalwear look is that the pants are worn just below the navel therefore that is where the waist measurement is taken. There are no belt loops on formalwear although it is considered proper to where suspenders. If a vest is being worn the pants should be worn up high enough to cover the shirt in the “v” of the vest. Sometimes a larger size vest is needed in order that the vest is long enough if you wear your pants too low. 

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What if my tux doesn’t fit when I come to pick it up?
First of all, don’t freak out. Keep in mind that the pickup is your first chance to try on the tux. This is the most important part of the process, because it allows us to identify if sleeves or pant hems need to be lengthened or shortened, or if other alterations or exchanges need to be made. It is perfectly normal that some form of alterations are necessary when you pick up. If you don’t believe us, ask your prom date or bride-to-be – she probably had at least one set of alterations done on her dress. This is why we schedule your pick-up and try-on for at least a day before the event – so we have plenty of time to take care of anything that pops up. That said, please come try on your rental ASAP once it arrives to allow us all a little breathing room. Last minute try-ons my have to pay shipping charges if exchanges are requested so save everyone the worry (and yourself money!) by coming in early to try on. Oh and yes, we can get exchanges in time- otherwise what would be the point?

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When is my tux due back?
Your tux is due back Larenas next business day one hour before the closing- for Friday wedding and proms return it Saturday and for Saturday or Sunday proms and weddings return it Monday. Sometimes a holiday will shift this to Tuesday but we will make sure you know when to return your rental. Most other tux places will make you return it by noon. Well, we remember our prom and some REALLY fun wedding receptions, and we remember wanting to sleep in the next morning or two. Take it easy. If closing is within one hour and we do not have your tuxedo back, we may do a courtesy call or text as a reminder. Remember, the tux you wore this weekend needs cleaned and processed to go out for the next weekend’s rental and we don’t want to ruin someone else’s wedding or prom (Plus we don’t want anyone to have to pay a late fee including us!).

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STYLE/COLOR QUESTIONS


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How do I know what color vest and tie to wear?
Ask your bride or date. First of all, she’ll be impressed that you cared enough to ask what color she’s like you to wear. Second, it’ll help when you’re trying to pick a vest and tie. You have a couple choices – you can either match the dress color, or you can coordinate with the dress color. Matching the dress color can be tricky, but since we carry the largest selection of tie colors this side of the Mississippi (check out some tux styles), you have a pretty good chance of being able to match. However, if you’re dead set against wearing “Barbie Pink”, you’ll probably want to consider going with a coordinating color. Black, silver, platinum, charcoal, asphalt, champagne, white, and ivory are usually safe bets. BTW, don’t count on a cell phone photo to match the colors~ it doesn’t work. Bring a swatch or the actual dress for best results and keep in mind that a “close enough match” usually looks perfect in photos. Try to match the color during the selection process since color and/or style changes after the tux arrives in store are subject to a fee.

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What is the difference between a suit and a tuxedo?

The difference between a tuxedo and a suit is the satin. Satin lapel, satin buttons, satin trim are all what make a tuxedo.  Suits may have belt loops whereas tuxedos do not. Both are now popular choices for both weddings and proms unless you are having an ultra formal event then you should wear a tuxedo.

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Should I wear a long tie or bow tie?
Well, that depends. If you plan on wearing a cummerbund, you wear a bow tie. Both are popular choices and both look great so that is up to you.

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Can I wear white?
Yes! That look is especially popular with seniors and grooms but don’t let that limit you! A white dinner jacket with black pants is classic and very James Bond-like.

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Do you have Skinny Tuxedos?
Yes! Check out the skinny tuxedos here!

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How do you fold a pocket square?
‘Square Folded’ Style
  • This is a really easy way to wear a pocket square, and it still looks great.
  • All you have to do to prepare the pocket square is to fold it into quarters and insert it into your tuxedo’s pocket.
  • Make sure the fold is lined up parallel with the top of the tux pocket as seen in the picture.
‘Poofy’ Style
  • For lack of a better term, we call this method the ‘poofy style’ of folding a pocket square.
  • To prepare your pocket square, lay it down flat on a table. Now, grab it by the middle and let the fabric bunch up slightly in your fingertips.
  • Insert the pocket square straight into your tux pocket with the corners down. Straighten and ‘poof’ the pocket square a bit so it looks like the photo.
  • Tug the pocket square to make it fill the width of the tux’s pocket.
‘Corners Up’ Style
  • As its name implies, the ‘corners up’ method of folding your pocket square allows the corners to peek out the top!
  • Again, place the pocket square flat on a table and pick it up by the middle. However, this time, insert the ‘bunched up material’ down into your pocket first.

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