I'm in Frisco, Texas (near Dallas) today and tomorrow for my friend's wedding at Fairytale Manor (can't find the place's actual homepage). As a member of the wedding party, I will be issued a rented tuxedo for matching purposes. This is standard practice designed to keep the groomsmen looking as consistent as possible for photograph and at-the-altar views.
There might have been a day when this wasn't necessary--when every gentleman could be expected to own a single-button black tuxedo with grosgrain, peak lapels--but it's gotten to where such a tux is impossible to find at any menswear store. (Jos. A. Bank, for example, sticks with notch-lapel tux jackets.) Nevermind the monstrosities one finds at a high-school prom anywhere in the country.
And why would a gentleman own a tux these days, anyway? I've been to about seven weddings; only one required a tux of its male guests, and I was in middle school at the time. Other than weddings, there are so few opportunities to wear the damned thing. I lamented this the other night with my girlfriend's parents.
When do YOU wear a tux?