There are a lot of things to consider when planning your prom or homecoming. Not only it the dress, But there is also hair style, makeup, accessories, dinner, flowers, and, of course – your date! Below are different categories of prom topics. Within this site you will find prices, advice, related links, and advice directly from me to you.
While every prom varies, you should expect that the night will not be cheap. However, that doesn’t mean that it is going to cost you a fortune. Remember that it is very possible to have the time of your life on a budget. So when money stresses you out, remind yourself that this is your night and you make it what it is. Make it special and memorable for you. Even if you do end up spending more money than you budgeted, it will be worth it. The best way to save money is to plan ahead and research all your options before making a decision.
Finding The Perfect Prom Dress
Your Prom is one of the most important days in your life. For that reason, choosing the absolute perfect prom dress is vital to getting the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After all, a prom dress isn’t just a dress; it’s the difference between feeling wonderful and beautiful, and feeling like you look “okay.”
Finding the perfect prom dress has a lot to do with selecting the ideal gown style for your body shape. There are many different shapes and sizes to women’s bodies, and they often fall into the following categories: athletic, hourglass, round waist, straight, and pear shape.
Prom Necessities and Cost
While every prom varies, you should expect that the night not be cheap. However, that doesn’t mean that it is going to cost you a fortune. Remember that it is very possible to have the time of your life on a budget. So when money stresses you out, remind yourself that this is your night and you make it what it is – so make it special. If you end up spending more than expected, that is okay, because it will be worth it. The best way to save money is to plan ahead and investigate all your options before making a decision. The following is a list of approximate costs you will incur prior to prom night:
The Dress: $75-$400
Prom dresses today are not cheap, especially when you are looking for a dress of quality. Don’t forget that this night only happens once and you will have the pictures to remember it by forever, so you want to look your best. It is important to shop early and look for deals.
Prom Accessories: $100-$200
Accessories can be pretty pricey, especially when you have to purchase new shoes and a purse. If you wear the same size shoe as a friend, try to exchange shoes for the evening; she just might have the perfect pair of shoes to match your dress. Don’t forget to budget your money for jewelry like earrings, a necklace, and headpiece.
Prom ickets: $45-$200
Many people now go stag, which is a good way to save money, but if you are paying for a date, the tickets can be pricey. Remember that the tickets pay for an elegant romantic location, DJ’s so you can dance through the evening, and sometimes a dinner. All that added up might be expensive if you had to pay for it all on your own. If your ticket does not include dinner, remember to make restaurant reservations.
Prom Transportation: $5-$400
More and more people are driving to prom themselves and only have to pay for gas. But a lot of people like to take the more elegant and relaxing route, by limo. The more people you have to rent a limo, the cheaper it will cost. So, round up a group and make a reservation.
This is usually an easy task that adds a personal touch to the evening. The boutonniere is typically a single flower with baby’s breath. All you need to do is go to a local grocery store or flower shop and tell them that you will need a boutonniere on the day of prom. Try to coordinate with your date so that your flowers match – or at least match the color of his tux/tie.
Prom Makeup: $35-$50
The best thing to do is to make an appointment with a department store cosmetologist. You can usually get someone to apply your make up for FREE. When choosing who should do your makeup, try to match your personal taste with their style (see if you like the make-up they applied on themselves). And make sure to communicate with that person what “you” like. Once the make-up is applied, you should consider purchasing some of the make up so you can reapply it or do touch ups later on that evening. Getting your make up done should be one of the last things you do, right before putting on the dress. And don’t forget to wear a button down shirt when getting your makeup done–you don’t want to mess up all of that work.
The price all depends on the style and time it is going to take. Make sure you know what you want and that the stylist can do the style. Just in case you don’t like your hair, you should have a back up plan in mind.
This is a really nice way to pamper yourself and relieve some of that prom stress. Get your nails done the evening before, as this will save you time the day of, and they will still look fresh. If you are wearing open-toed shoes, don’t forget to get a matching pedicure.
When preparing for prom, you have to remember to make time to take professional pictures. Although these pictures are expensive, you will be so glad you got them. Just about everyone purchases professional picture packages at prom and they are more than worth it, so have fun posing in front of the camera. Even though you pay for pictures you should bring a disposable camera for those random candid moments – they will be fun to look back on.