Date registered: Dec 2006
Vehicle: 2013 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI, 2011 Mazda 2, 2000 E320 4Matic Wagon (retired),1994 C280 (retired)
Location: Toronto, Canada
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I've been in a dozen wedding parties as either best man or usher, and every single time I've had to rent my own tux. That's life. Women have it much worse. Dresses and shoes cost a freaking fortune. And if the bride isn't going to pay for their hair and makeup for the day, that just adds to the expense.
Are you a close friend or are you just there to fill out the wedding party? If you're good friends with the guy, then suck it up and pay the money. He's got enough stress from other wedding related stuff - if you make noise about $175, prepare for him to have bad memories about it for a while after the wedding.