So I’m a groomsman for a wedding that’s taking place in December and I was just notified that instead of tuxedos, we’re wearing matching suit ensembles. The happy couple is footing the bill for the tie and pants, but we have to buy the blazer: A Brooks Brothers navy number that normally prices at almost $400.
Now I know how bridesmaids feel, having to buy an article of clothing that I know I’ll never use again–and trust me, I never will. I never go anywhere nice enough to wear that kind of jacket, I don’t personally own any matching pants for it, and my wife hates navy which means I could never go out with her wearing it.
Now, the jacket is currently on sale (about half off) and I’m being encouraged to buy it now. I have an alternate plan: waiting until shortly before the ceremony (say, a week), buying the jacket, wearing it that day, then returning it. Naturally I have to check a couple of things: (1) Brooks Brothers’ return policy, and (2) whether this jacket is common enough of a style/design that it won’t be discontinued in the next couple of months.
Obviously, the safer option is to buy it now, but with the ceremony 5 months away, returning it is not an option and I’m stuck with it. Plan B is financially riskier, but with the likelihood of returning it, is my preferred option.
It should be noted that this wedding is in the Virgin Islands, which means I’m already paying for plane tickets for two, accomodations, plus taking extra vacation time off. The bachelor party will probably involve travel as well.
What do you think I should do? The thing is that if I go with Plan B, do I let the bride know? She’s keeping tabs on us (which is very nice, keeping us informed and all), but how do I tell her that I’m waiting on the jacket to return it? Or do I just eat it and spare everyone the concern/anxiety/possible insult?