Prom on a Budget

It’s prom season! In high school, I tried to pretend that I was not super-excited about prom…but I really was. It was an excuse to get all dressed up and go to a big party with my friends. I bought the dress, boutonnière, limo, shoes, etc. Along the way, I picked up a few money-saving tricks that I would like to share.


Power in Numbers

Prom season is very profitable for small businesses in your area.  Florists, limousine companies, and salons all anxiously await the onslaught of teens. The fact that there are a large number of people who will attend prom gives you the opportunity to save by organizing. Why not pop in at the local florist and ask if they can extend a discount to you and your classmates in exchange for the prom committee promoting them as a preferred vendor? You have more room for negotiation when you go to a limousine company and say, “My class has 150 students in it, most of who will go to prom. We can offer you great exposure to new potential clients in exchange for a discounted rate to generate interest.” It never hurts to ask. In the words of Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”


Hair and Makeup

Other great ways to save on hair and makeup are to have them done at the cosmetics counter in the mall. Those folks do makeup all day long and have got some skills, so take advantage! Also, check out local cosmetology schools for a great deal. You might not realize it, but you can most likely tap your personal network to find a talented stylist.  Someone must have a magnificent mom, awesome aunt, stylish sister, or even a daring dad who is adept at hair and makeup.


The Dress

Shop around – both online and in stores — to try to find a great deal. Consignment shops, vintage clothing stores and online sites such as Ebay are worth checking out. Also, if you have time, right after prom season is a great time to get a phenomenal deal on a dress for next year. Consider swapping dresses with friends. These dresses are usually only worn once and are in pretty good shape. There are also great resources for buying used or donated dresses. Check this site out.This is a third party link. Please review the third party content guidelines by clicking here for more details.  Feel free to pay it forward by donating your old dresses, too.


Do you have any other ways to save on prom that you would like to share?