THE TUXEDO RENTAL STORE — This is a cautionary tale for those who will be renting tuxedos for this prom/wedding/fundraising season. It is not the same as buying a suit.
That distinction begins when they take your measurements. The clerk at this north Dallas tuxedo rental store was more interested in collecting the rental fee. For someone who is much more comfortable buying from Brooks Brothers, this was an odd experience. Actually, it was a mini-disaster in the making.
My son married a wonderful and beautiful woman. That was the good news. The better news is that they adore one another and they seem to get what so many in my generation failed to understand: that love, life and a lasting relationship is less about the atmospherics and more about the person you choose to spend your life with.
Now the bad news: my tux did not fit. By the time the wedding started Saturday afternoon in San Antonio’s beautiful San Fernando Cathedral, I was wearing parts of three different tuxedo rentals.
Here, albeit in brief summary, are the details of my tuxedo rental experience.
On the most important day of my son’s life, I was faced with a terrible choice – wear a coat that was too small or one in which I could not see my hands.
Remember the tux rental shop that was late opening at 11 AM? They wanted to charge a late fee because my wife returned the garment(s) just after noon on the Monday following the Saturday afternoon wedding. When the clerk explained the late fee to my wife, he had a near death experience.
The wedding was terrific. Moreover, I learned an important lesson. Several of the groomsmen had similar experiences with their rentals but they didn’t care. They were there for their good friend, and everything else was just not that important.
I agree. In retrospect, it was funny.
© 2012 John Gregory Self
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