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Wedding - Men's Suit Hire

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:43 pm
by RagDoll
Hi all,

Just a quick one - does anyone know what the correct etiquette is for hiring the men's suits for a wedding? Does the bride and groom pay for everyone's suits/just the best man's and usher's suits/no ones???

I read somewhere that you're meant to just pay for the best man's and usher's, but my friend who isn't usually the most generous (!) told me they paid for everyones. Both sets of parents have given us money so now I feel a bit guilty if we don't pay for everyones.


Wedding - Men's Suit Hire

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:37 pm
by Skarlet
Only the people in the wedding party as I understood it. So best man, ushers and maybe the dads.

Re: Wedding - Men's Suit Hire

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:18 pm
by Ticktock
The basis of the tradition is to ensure that everyone who is at the front of the ceremony looks respectable and for the more controlling of couples, matches the colour scheme!

Remember it is just one day and you will have plenty of other essential things to spend on rather than suits, if you do decide on everyone then be clear who that covers from the start as the more you do the more likely you will miss someone out and cause offence...

No couple has yet been struck by lightening for not following some of the daft traditions that someone else who isn't paying will trot out.

Re: Wedding - Men's Suit Hire

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:33 pm
by RagDoll
Thanks. Just for clarification, when I say 'everyone' I mean everyone in the immediate wedding party e.g. both Dad's, best man and ushers (and obviously groom, but it's obvious we'd be paying for that).

I think we have decided to just pay for their suit hire since we are asking them to get something specific. It's a bit of a double edged thing because even if we didn't ask them to hire the same suit, both Dad's would have to buy themselves suits anyway (my Dad is retired, so doesn't own one anymore and my finace's Dad is a mechanic so he doesn't have one). However, don't want to be stingy and cause offence.