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How Far In Advance Should I Rent My Tuxedo or Suit?

How Long Does it Take to Get a Tux or Suit?

If you’re look­ing at a suit or tuxe­do rental, chances are you have a fan­cy event on the hori­zon. From senior proms to wed­dings, tuxe­dos rep­re­sent the pin­na­cle of for­mal­wear, and you want to make sure you order your tux a few months before your event to make sure that every­thing goes smooth­ly. For all the grooms out there, lis­ten close­ly: if you are look­ing to rent a tuxe­do for your wed­ding, make sure to take advan­tage of Gen­er­a­tion Tux’s free Home Try-On pro­gram. With this perk, you get 48 hours with your tuxe­do to try it on and make sure you like the fit and feel. This also allows you to suit up pri­vate­ly (or with your part­ner) rather than with a stranger in a store. After those two days, you can put those gar­ments into a pre­paid box (ship­ping is always on us!) and you’re all set. Four­teen days before you say “I do,” your big-day for­mal­wear will arrive at your door— and you’ll already know exact­ly what to expect.

Planning Your Tux Rental

Let’s start with the basics. When you’re look­ing at suit and tuxe­do rental, you have two options: in-store (think tuxe­do rental stores or menswear shops) and online. At Gen­er­a­tion Tux, we use an exclu­sive fit tech­nol­o­gy that uses sim­ple mea­sure­ments (height, weight, shoe size) to pro­vide you with a stun­ning tuxe­do that fits just right. After you final­ize your order, your tuxe­do will arrive on your doorstep a full 14 days before your event. Unlike in-store rentals, online ser­vices offer free ship­ping, cus­tomer sup­port, and flex­i­ble return. Gen­er­a­tion Tux gives you three days to ship your tux back. The pri­ma­ry ben­e­fit of online suit and tuxe­do rental is the con­ve­nience that it offers. 

In-Store Rentals

In-store rental is the old fash­ioned (read: out­dat­ed) way to secure a for­mal­wear look. When you go with an in-store rental, you have to phys­i­cal­ly go into the store to browse through each company’s racks of suits and tuxe­dos? Can’t find what you want? Hop back into the car and head to anoth­er loca­tion. Once you’ve found what you’re look­ing for, it’s time for your first (of many) fit­tings with the in-store tai­lor. If you’re not into awk­ward silence and a poten­tial­ly uncom­fort­able sit­u­a­tion, this expe­ri­ence might not be for you. Once you have cho­sen your suit or tux and received the prop­er mea­sure­ments, you have to head back to the store to pick up your out­fit 24 hours before your event. Then you need to be there the next day to drop it off again. Is your event out of town? Good luck try­ing to nego­ti­ate, as these pick-up and drop-off win­dows are usu­al­ly pret­ty iron-clad. 

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Choosing Your Colors

These days, tuxe­dos come in every col­or imag­in­able. While you can find a tuxe­do in every tone and shade, these are the four most com­mon col­ors:


If you’re a tra­di­tion­al­ist, then a clas­sic black tux is right up your alley. Whether you go for a notch, peak, or shawl lapel, a black tuxe­do always looks ele­gant and classy. If you have an upcom­ing black-tie event, a black tux is the per­fect look. They also look great at an evening event, gala, or any­thing fan­cy and fes­tive. 


A blue tuxe­do is a true state­ment-mak­er. While you will turn heads when you enter a room in a blue tux, these styl­ish gar­ments are always a sophis­ti­cat­ed choice. Blue tuxe­dos tend to make acces­sories real­ly pop and are just as com­fort­able at a day­time event as they are in the evening.  


Grey tuxe­dos are a bril­liant look for any sea­son or occa­sion. Do you have an upcom­ing hol­i­day par­ty? Char­coal is a sure bet for win­ter affairs and evening events. Head­ed to a beach­side wed­ding? If you go with a light grey tuxe­do, you will show up look­ing effort­less­ly styl­ish and cool.


If you show up to your next event in a white din­ner jack­et, you can be sure that all eyes will be on you. White goes with every­thing, so white for­mal­wear is a great option for a wed­ding since it blends in seam­less­ly with any palate and theme. 

When you go with an online suit or tuxe­do rental com­pa­ny, like Gen­er­a­tion Tux, you gain the con­ve­nience of being able to rent your next for­mal wear look from any­where at any time. Whether you’re using your tablet, phone, or com­put­er, online suit and tuxe­do rental brings the store to your liv­ing room, office, or even your favorite bar. Are you a soon-to-be groom who would rather make your suit or tuxe­do selec­tion a group activ­i­ty? With online rental, you can have your near­est  and dear­est weigh in on your big look with­out hav­ing to coor­di­nate sched­ules and logis­tics. Once you have cho­sen your pre­ferred col­or, Gen­er­a­tion Tux will mail you col­or swatch­es (for free!) so that you can com­pare your poten­tial out­fit to the brides­maid dress­es, flow­ers, and over­all wed­ding theme. 

For those using an in-store rental, things get a bit trick­i­er. When you go with a store, you’re at the mer­cy of their cur­rent stock. Look­ing for pink sus­penders? If your store is out, so is your luck. This poten­tial chal­lenge is the rea­son why in-store rental usu­al­ly means mix­ing and match­ing out­fit pieces from mul­ti­ple loca­tions, a process that takes a lot of time, patience, and gas. When you use a mod­ern online rental, like Gen­er­a­tion Tux, every­thing you need to be dressed for the occa­sion is in the same place. 

Organizing Your Groomsmen

Wed­ding plan­ning can some­times feel like anoth­er full time job. With so much on your plate, the last thing you need to think about is whether or not your best man has sent his mea­sure­ments over to your rental shop. At Gen­er­a­tion Tux, we know the stress that grooms­men coor­di­na­tion can bring to the wed­ding plan­ning process. That’s why we offer wed­ding par­ty man­age­ment tools that allow you to send your wed­ding par­ty a link with the look you would like them to rent. Once your grooms­men have cre­at­ed their own Gen­er­a­tion Tux account, we take care of the fol­low-up and make sure that every­one has ordered their looks in time. 

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Checking for Fit

At the end of the day, look­ing and feel­ing your best in your suit or tuxe­do comes down to one thing: fit. You could have the finest suit or tuxe­do, but if it is bag­gy, bunch­ing, or burst­ing at the seams, you won’t look or feel as good as you should.

If you go with an in-store rental, your fit­ting will take place in-per­son across mul­ti­ple vis­its. Out­side of the com­mute, a big draw­back here is that you are con­strained by the styles that the store has avail­able in your size. Look­ing for a navy blue tuxe­do in a 34 waist? If the store only has a 31, you’re sad­ly out of luck. 

With an online tuxe­do rental, there’s no store vis­it required and no mea­sur­ing tape to use. At Gen­er­a­tion Tux, we use an exclu­sive fit tech­nol­o­gy that uses sim­ple infor­ma­tion (height, weight, shoe size) to deter­mine your unique fit. Once we have deter­mined your for­mal­wear fit, you will have over 20 100% meri­no wool tuxe­dos and suits to choose from, most of which come in sizes that range from big & tall down to 3T.

If you’re a groom, don’t for­get to take advan­tage of Gen­er­a­tion Tux’s free Home Try-On pro­gram. With this perk, you get 48-hours to test dri­ve your wed­ding look before you com­mit to the suit or tuxe­do for good. That’s right, you get two full days to get a feel for your suit or tuxedo’s fit, ask your friends and fam­i­ly for their opin­ions, and to take some shame­less self­ies to make sure your wed­ding look is Insta­gram ready. When your tri­al peri­od is over, sim­ply mail every­thing back to Gen­er­a­tion Tux (in a pre­paid box) and if you’re hap­py, then your work is com­plete. Four­teen days before your Big Day, your final­ized look will arrive right at your door. If you would like some changes, just let us know and we will work to make sure that every­thing fits just right— it’s the biggest day of your life, and every detail mat­ters. 

Home Try-On

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Receive and Return

How you receive and return your tuxe­do depends entire­ly on how you’ve rent­ed it.

Tra­di­tion­al in-store rentals gen­er­al­ly have a very tight turn­around pol­i­cy. Usu­al­ly, renters are asked to pick their tuxe­do up the day before their event and to drop it off the morn­ing after. This restric­tive win­dow adds a ton of unnec­es­sary stress and logis­tics to your event expe­ri­ence. If you’re the one get­ting mar­ried, these 24-hour win­dows can real­ly encroach on fam­i­ly time, rehearsal din­ners, wel­come par­ties, and all of the oth­er events that take place around a wed­ding. 

Online rentals are all about con­ve­nience. With Gen­er­a­tion Tux, renters get their tuxe­dos 14 days before their big event and it arrives on their doorstep. No run­ning around here, just open the door, grab your out­fit, and go back to your life. Once your event is over, you have three full days to put your gar­ments back into their pre-paid box and to send it out in the mail. No dri­ving. No stress. No prob­lem. 

Looking Good Has Never Been This Easy

Whether you’re walk­ing down the aisle or bust­ing up the dance floor at your work’s hol­i­day par­ty, Gen­er­a­tion Tux is here to make sure that you look great doing it. We offer easy, stress-free for­mal­wear rental that arrives 14 days before your big event and fits just right every time. Check out our site and read all about the lat­est menswear trends, get inspired by real-life grooms and style kings, and start build­ing your unique look today. It’s time to find your fit— and dis­cov­er the future of for­mal­wear. 

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