As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, there is one big event on every teenagers mind: PROM.
What am I going to wear?
Who will be my date?
How should I do my hair?
Should I wear a white or black tux?
The list of questions can go on forever but the most important question is – how am I going to pay for this? A magical night out doesn’t have to break the bank! Check out the following money saving tips for all your prom essentials.
The Prom Dress
- Save money on your prom dress by shopping early and during off season. Dresses are often a fraction of the price in the Fall and Winter and you can get a great deal on something new and stylish.
- Borrow a dress from a friend at a different school or an older sibling. Then add some unique accessories, such as hair pins and jewelry, to make it your own.
- If you plan on attending more than one formal event, consider buying a tux that can be used for multiple occasions. While it might seem a bit costly at first, it will be better in the long run.
- Skip the accessories. Hats and cufflinks are cool but you’ll most likely only wear them once.
- Getting your hair professionally styled can cost a pretty penny. Instead, check out online tutorials for potential hairstyles you or a friend can do yourselves.
Transportation to/from the Prom
- Get your friends together and rent one limo to help split the cost. Be aware that prices often include a minimum number of hours per rental.
- Skip the limousine and party bus by calling an Uber. Uber rides are much cheaper than limos and Uber even offers different tiers of service so you can arrive in a stylish luxury car for a fraction of the price.
- Consider making your own corsages and boutonnieres by buying your own flowers and checking out some online tutorials. The personal touch will make the accessories much more memorable.
- Fancy is stuffy! Eating pizza or hot dogs in a tux is fun! Skip the fancy restaurant and find a place you can have a good time with your date and friends.
When budgeting, don’t forget you’ll want to tip your driver and waiter (if you go out to a table service meal).