The Tuxedo vs. The Suit

ZZ Top said it well when they sang, “Every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp-dressed man.” With fancy suits hitting the bridal scene full force, tuxedos certainly aren’t the only option on the board for grooms to choose from these days. If you and your groom haven’t discussed whether you’ll be doing wedding tuxedos or wedding suits, you’re in for a treat! We’ll break down for you today the difference between the two, answering three main questions that have most likely popped into your mind at one point or another and we certainly can promise you’ll walk away with an idea of which one is best for your big day!

1. What is the difference between a tuxedo and a suit? 

First of all, it’s important that you know what the key differences are between a tuxedo and a suit. The biggest difference is that a tuxedo has the presence of satin on it, while a suit does not. You will see satin on the lapels, buttons, and pocket lining of the tuxedo jacket, as well as a strip of satin down each pant leg. In contrast, suits have plastic or cloth-covered buttons and no satin parts.

2. Is it inappropriate for the groom to wear a suit to the wedding?

Definitely not, according to today’s fashion trends! But there is a great deal of difference with regard to the symbolism between a tuxedo and a suit. Whereas a suit is traditionally worn to the office, at job interviews, and at casual weddings as a guest, a tuxedo stands alone as something only worn on very important occasions. Think of it this way: the bride will likely be wearing the most expensive, most amazing dress she’s ever worn on the wedding day. It’s up to the bride and groom to decide whether the groom should dress “up” to match her efforts with a tuxedo or “down” to make the wedding more casual with a suit.

3.  What is the price difference between a tuxedo and a suit?

Not surprisingly, this varies depending on whom you’re asking, although you’re very likely to find competitive rates between local providers. At retail, of course, a tuxedo is more expensive than a suit. When considering rental costs, however, which is definitely a more popular option at this time, you’ll likely find that tuxedo rentals start at a lower price point than suits.


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