HOW LONG IN ADVANCE SHOULD I ORDER MY MEN’S HIRE OUTFITS?
Here at DAPPER we recommend that you place your order somewhere between four and six months before the wedding date (although some of our clients order anything up to a year ahead). The reason for this sort of timescale is that given this amount of prior notice we are able to guarantee size and style availability, even where an item is non-standard and may require special manufacture. Our policy is that we will make sizes specially, even for hiring, if you have given us enough notice. Typically, this means that we might need up to twelve weeks making time for those non-standard items. Therefore, if you have had your entire group fitted by this time, virtually any requirements can be guaranteed.
If you are not ready this early, don’t worry too much. As long as you don’t need one of those extraordinary sizes we can usually supply at very short notice. Because we hold lots of stock available in each of our branches, last minute requirements or changes are usually easy enough to handle.
So, the rule of thumb would be this: if you have very special requirements, either in terms of particular combinations of colour, style, pattern or size, have your order confirmed four to six months before the wedding date. If you leave it closer to the time there will usually be no problem, but better safe than sorry, don’t you think?
I’M NOT PARTICULARLY TALL. WOULD A TAILCOAT SUIT ME?
There’s only one way to tell what will or won’t suit you: try it and see. Here at DAPPER we get many clients who believe that a Morning Coat (or tailcoat) will not work because they are “too short”. How often they are wrong! Although a tailcoat is longer than a standard jacket at the back – a properly fitted tailcoat should come to the back of your knees – the front of the coat is cut away and therefore shows the entire length of your legs. Other styles of jackets, although not as long as tails, may actually appear to shorten your legs and with it your overall height.
The “morning suit” is the most traditional of wedding outfits for men with a timeless and elegant feel. If that’s what you’re trying to achieve, then don’t discount tails on account of your height. You don’t know what you might be missing!
SHOULD THE GROOM’S OUTFIT BE DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER’S?
Here at DAPPER we like to think that the only rule is that there are no rules. What you do for your own wedding should be pretty much up to you. However, there are some popular conventions which you might like to take into account.
The average Groom’s wedding party will consist of around six people; Groom, Best Man, Fathers and ushers. It is not uncommon for the Groom to want to look slightly different from the rest of the group, although it is by no means compulsory. It is probably best to keep the suit style and colour consistent throughout, with small differences created through the accessories, such as waistcoats and/or neckwear. Our advisors have lots of experience in these areas and are only too happy to help you decide.
Some wedding groups have their directions firmly steered by the Bride, who may have her own strong ideas of what the men should wear, especially when she wants colours to be coordinated with her own or her Bridesmaids theme. It’s only fair! She obviously consulted her Groom before making the choice of her own outfit……didn’t she?
I WANT TO HIRE OUTFITS FOR GUESTS WHO WILL BE COMING FROM OVERSEAS. HOW SHOULD I GO ABOUT IT?
As with any other members of your party, it’s important to reserve outfits in good time to ensure availability. When guests are coming from overseas it’s a good idea for them to provide your menswear supplier with their size information well in advance of arriving in this country for the wedding. In this way, your supplier can do their best to have items put aside for your guest.
Here at DAPPER, we are used to dealing with this sort of situation and it doesn’t usually cause any problems. One of the reasons that we (and other good independent specialists) are able to handle these circumstances is because we hold large stocks on the premises and are able to carry out instant alterations if necessary.
When the guest has arrived in this country they can then try on the outfit that has been reserved for them and any changes or adjustments can be made to ensure a perfect fit. Just be sure that the hire company you have chosen has the facilities to handle these last minute changes!
I WANT TO USE A LOCAL INDEPENDENT MEN’S HIRE SPECIALIST, BUT I HAVE GUESTS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE UK. HOW SHOULD I GO ABOUT IT?
This is a typical “frequently asked question”. You want to use the independent specialist because of the additional level of service they can provide. However, they don’t have branches around the country and it’s difficult for some of your guests to get in to see them for a fitting. What should you do? Answer: Use the “HIRE NETWORK”.
The “Hire Network” is an organisation of independent men’s formalwear specialists all over the UK, which has been set up to give your local supplier the benefits of a nationwide network of similar specialists who will carry out fittings on behalf of each other. In this way, your guests around the country can be fitted, free of charge, by their own local specialist. The sizing information is then passed back to your own local supplier who will reserve the relevant items to be included with your other wedding outfits.
Here at DAPPER we have been successfully participating in the Hire Network for many years, and we love it! You’ll love it too, because it will enable you to have the confidence of using your local independent menswear specialist whilst incorporating the benefits of a nationwide fitting service. You can check out your local members of the Hire Network by using the advanced search feature at www.suithireshops.com. Alternatively, ask your local supplier if they are a member.