Could not agree more with your H2B - I am not into the tails either and am going for just a normal, modern well tailored suit - Living in the West of Ireland I have been taking a look around just to see what's out there - I found a couple of places in Ballina Co. Mayo - A place called Gavins Menswear have an array of suit's with and without tails - also check out this place in Galway - Corless Menswear and their site is... http://www.galwaysuithire.ie
. Another thing to keep in mind - at the moment there is fantastic deals on suits and this option of buying might be one I go for as I am only having one groomsman (My bestman) so I'd only have the expense of two suits (Mine and His) and also more variety by going down this route as there is more styles and fittings rather than typical wedding gear and one of the shops have said they'd even give me further discount if I buy the two (at the moment the cost is €199 for one and in most places I have checked out to hire a wedding suit is €120/€150 so for that extra money you get a suit that's well fitted, in a style you like and best of all can keep for future occassions? -
Also if he doesn't like going into shops etc why not check out some of the websites that missies here go to get their wedding dresses or bridesmaid dresses most say like lightinthebox.com have a mens formal wear section and can all be done from the comfort of your own home
hope this helps - best of luck with continued planning!