With grad coming in a just few short months, one thing I’ve been doing is research into prom. My son will be graduating in a few years and everyone keeps telling me to save now, as prom can be an expensive time and with a limited budget, planning ahead is vital. When I asked many friends of teens who had graduated just how much their teen spent on prom, I was blown away by the amount. Most said between $800 to $1100. That was enough for me to choke on the ice in my glass. I have no problem helping my son pay for his prom, however I think it’s also important he earn his own money to foot some of the bill. So here are some ways I’ve discovered can help to prepare for prom while on a budget.
The Dress / The Suit
Pictures say a thousand words, and you want to make sure for your big prom night you capture nice photos. If you can get together with a group and hire a local photographer to take some professional photos outdoors before the big night. Everyone chips in and you can have one or two great group shops and even get a deal on individuals. For the big night don’t forget your cell phones and cameras to take some “selfies” and above all (hashtag) have fun!
This is one of the most expensive parts of prom, whether or not you want to take a limousine to get you to and from prom. Limo’s book early and can run expensive. Of course the best way is to book a limo together. You can even ask about prom discounts, or party buses and how much they cost. Some kids get their parents together who have nice cars, do them up (like at weddings) and have chaperons take them to and from. The bottom line is this night is about you and your friends and making memories that last. Not what you ride to the prom in.
No matter what you do during prom, remember it’s a night that is to be magical and you can do it on a budget with some help. Set your goals, do some shopping. For the girls we recommend http://www.jjshouse.com/Prom-Dresses-c18 for all your dresses and accessories if shopping online, or local wedding shops for that perfect prom dress to make you shine. For the boys we recommend Moore’s for your suits, they really are the best!