So You Want to Rent Tuxes for Your Wedding...

Thank you for choosing Frisco Fun & Formal for your special event. We are sure that you have probably browsed through the bridal magazines and Pinterest and the Jim’s Formal Wear site and now you are all ready to have the perfect wedding in which everyone in the wedding party looks just like models and everything goes smoothly and everybody smiles and laughs and cries happy tears and eats cake and then proceeds to live happily ever after.

We are sorry to inform you that your wedding will not be perfect.

Your tuxedos also will not be perfect. You and your groomsmen will not look like models. (Unless you actually are all models—then, possibly.)

You will probably not look like this guy.

You will probably not look like this guy.

When you rent a tuxedo, you are inherently dealing with imperfection. This is clothing made to fit everybody, and therefore nobody in particular. The pants are adjustable by three sizes, and the shirts cover a range rather than an exact size. So if you need a 34-inch sleeve, you’ll actually get a 35-inch sleeve. 

Also, much like bridesmaid dresses, every style does not complement every body type. So unless everyone in your wedding party looks pretty much the same, somebody is likely not going to be wearing the style that would be most flattering for them.

Please take a moment to consider eloping.

Still here? Fine, if you insist. Moving on.

So, here’s what we do. We try to get the best fit possible for each person. When all is said and done, if you work with us and understand the limitations we are all facing, we will have you looking pretty sharp. We understand this is a special day. We understand that many photographs will be taken. We will do everything we can to make everyone look good, while keeping this aspect of your wedding as painless as possible.

How the Tuxedo Process Works

Before we can place an order, you’ll first need to come in and pick out what styles everyone will be wearing. Then, all members of the wedding party will need to come in to get measured.

We have a few tuxedos here at our shop, but they are mostly your basic black tux. If you want something more specific, and/or need multiple matching outfits, then we’re going to have to order them through Jim’s Formal Wear. The warehouse where all of the Jim’s tuxedos are kept is in Salina, Kansas. (Jim’s has other warehouses but Salina is the one closest to us.) In case you don’t know where Salina is, it’s just about 500 miles east of Frisco.

So if we place an order for a Saturday wedding, the nice people in Salina pack up the tuxedos sometime during the week prior, and ship them via UPS to us. The UPS driver, no doubt enjoying the very scenic route through Kansas and eastern Colorado, brings them to Denver, then more UPS drivers bring them to Silverthorne and finally to our shop. Orders typically arrive here by the end of the day Wednesday—but sometimes on Thursday—for a weekend event. 

We’ll call you as soon as the tuxes arrive at our shop. At that point, the sooner that everyone can come in and try them on, the better. Since we do all the measurements in-house, mostly things fit correctly, but if for some reason we need to order a replacement please keep in mind that it takes a couple days for things to get here. Also, sometimes we do need to hem pants or jacket sleeves to get them just the right length.

Ideally we like to have everything completely squared away by Friday for any Saturday, Sunday or Monday event. That means by Friday we would have a shirt, pants and jacket that is the best possible fit for each person. In order to achieve that, everyone needs to come in by THURSDAY AT NOON to try on their outfit. Please pass this very critical piece of information along to every single person who is renting a tux (especially that one guy...you know the one) and make sure they get here in time.

Expectations vs. Reality

It makes us feel good to help people and be a part of their special event. However sometimes we try our best, but things are still not perfect, because most things in life aren’t perfect. Sometimes, someone is overly critical of the imperfections. We believe this is typically a result of unrealistic expectations.

Maybe they think we should be able to tailor a suit jacket to fit each person perfectly. Perhaps they don’t understand that some measurements were a little off. It could be that we needed to order a replacement item, and the UPS driver hasn't arrived at the shop yet. 

We always discuss things like expectations and the limitations of the formal wear industry with the person spearheading the rental process, but not everyone has been briefed beforehand. So to help keep everyone on the same page, we would definitely appreciate your sharing a link to this page with everyone who will be renting an outfit, as well as the many friends and relatives who might accompany these people when they come try it on.

In Conclusion

Hopefully this clears up most of what you need to know about renting a tuxedo from us, and what you can expect. If you have any other questions or concerns, we will be available to help in any way we can. Although—as we have reiterated—nothing is perfect, we will do all we can to see that you are satisfied with our service and happy with the final result of your tuxedo rental experience.

Getting Measured for a Tuxedo in Summit County

Do you need to be measured for a tuxedo? Do you live in Summit County or Vail but you're going to be in a wedding somewhere else? Is the groom hounding you to get your measurements in, but you're not sure where or how to get those measurements?

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Don't worry. There's no need to drive to Denver--we can take your measurements right here in Summit County, at Frisco Fun & Formal. We'll get it done right, it costs only $10, and it doesn't take long at all. Please call us at 970-668-5732 to make sure that someone will be here who can take your measurements on the day you're planning to come in.

If you're wondering what it's like to get fitted for a tux, it's really very simple, and except maybe for the part where we put the measuring tape around your neck, not scary at all. We take a few simple measurements: neck, sleeve, chest, waist and outseam. (Don't let that movie The Hangover fool you--we don't measure your inseam at all, and you won't need to strip down to your underwear. In fact, we'd very much prefer that you don't.)

Next, we'll have you try on some pants and a jacket to get the most accurate measurements possible. No matter where you're actually renting your tuxedo from, the sizes are fairly standard. It really helps a lot to try on the pants along with a pair of dress shoes, so we can get the outseam measurement just right. And since everyone is shaped a little differently, it is always helpful to try on a jacket and see what size works best for you. 

That's pretty much it! In no time at all you'll have those measurements sent in, the groom will be off your back, and you can get on with your life.

What is a Black Tie Event? Read This Before You RSVP

Before you RSVP for that Black Tie event, it might help to clarify exactly what a Black Tie event is, and what you should plan on wearing.

This guy is ready for a black tie event.

This guy is ready for a black tie event.

First and foremost, how is the invitation worded? If the invitation states "Black Tie" or "Black Tie Only", you will need to find a tuxedo because this event is specifically designed with tuxedos in mind.

However, if the invitation uses the wording 'preferred,' 'requested' or 'optional,' you can expect a little more leniency on what you wear. In that case, it is best to go with a tuxedo if you have one, or if you can obtain one without too much trouble. However if you do not own one, or can't easily get one, you would be safe wearing a dark suit and dark tie. Just don't wear anything too casual, because it's obviously intended to be a somewhat formal affair. 

According to the Black Tie Guide, when attending Black Tie events there are basically two things to keep in mind. First of all, the host has gone to a great deal of effort to put together this event, and showing up without consideration for their specific requests is considered disrespectful.  

Secondly, one of the major bonuses of an all black tie event is to paint a consistent canvas of black and white that will perfectly showcase the beauty of the women's dresses. So, by wearing the right clothing, you are not only respecting and considering your host, but the other guests as well.

If you find yourself with an invitation to a black tie or black tie optional event in or near Summit County, Colorado, feel free to stop by our shop or give us a call. We'd be happy to lend you our advice and help you select the perfect outfit for the occasion.