What’s the average cost of formal wear for the groom?

Couples today place a large emphasis on dressing their groom to an impeccable standard. It’s not just about putting him in a suit – it’s about dressing him in something that matches the wedding theme, overall aesthetic, and that goes perfectly with what his fiance is wearing.

So how much are Australian couples willing to spend to dress their grooms in something special? What’s the average cost of formal wear?


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According to the Easy Weddings 2016 Annual Wedding Survey, the average price couples are willing to pay for the groom’s formal wear is $1,185.

When it comes to how much couples are willing to part with to have the groom look a million bucks beside his betrothed, the average price varies from state to state across Australia.

The stats

When it comes to dressing the groom, New South Wales couples are the big spenders – forking out an average of $1,335.

Victorian couples are willing to part with an average of $1,235, while South Australian and Queensland spend an average of $1,120 on their formal wear.

Tasmanian couples spend an average of $1,000 for the groom’s suit.

Western Australian couples are the most modest when it comes to formal wear, spending an average of $930 on the groom’s suit.

Fun facts

According to the Easy Weddings 2016 Annual Wedding Survey, 81% of couples said they would be choosing items for their wedding from a formal wear provider.

62% of those surveyed said they would be hiring a suit for the groom, while 38% said they will be purchasing the groom’s suit.

Those surveyed believe formal wear providers offer an excellent range of products and styles and have knowledge about style and fashion. Some even mentioned that they were offered discounts when hiring multiple items!

Classic black and navy blue suits continue to be the popular colours for Australian grooms. Many grooms are also leaning toward more formal styles of wedding attire, including dinner jackets and bowties.

2017 prediction

For 2017, the Easy Weddings Annual Wedding Survey results so far conclude a rise in what Australian couples are willing to part with to dress their groom in impeccable formal wear. While the complete 2017 survey results are not yet published, we predict this rise in average price couples are willing to pay stems from the idea that ‘grooms should look and feel as great as the bride’. If you’re willing to fork out a decent amount of money for the wedding dress, why not give the same respect to the groom? It’s his day too, after all.

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