Tips to Get Ready for Prom on a budget
Going to your prom can be expensive when you add up all of the small details. Being well prepared for your big day will involve everything from styling your outfit and hair to planning your group so it’s important to create a realistic prom budget.
Here are things to consider when planning your big day:
Your Prom Outfit
This is usually considered the most important item so this will probably take up most of your budget. Tell the sales associate to only show you dresses that are within your budget. Make sure that you include taxes and alterations in your calculation.
This is where it’s easy to blow your budget. Remember to budget for shoes and accessories, such as a purse and jewellery, as well as your outfit. Consider borrowing shoes or accessories from your friends. Of course you will want your own prom dress but do you really need brand new shoes that you will maybe never wear again? Swapping with your friends can really offset the costs of items you might only use once.
Hair & Make Up for your Prom Night
If you’re getting your hair done professionally it’s important to check the costs ahead of time. Check out salons in your area to see if there are any specials or groups specials to help you save on costs.
Are you going to get a manicure/pedicure done or professional makeup done? Make sure that you take the cost of makeup and nails into consideration when creating your prom budget. Consider getting your makeup or nails done at student salons to get a glamourous look at a fraction of the price.
A lot of school offer prom tickets at a discount if you buy them early. Getting tickets early will be cheaper and you will be checking another thing off of your “to do list”.
These can be very cost effective if you are going to the prom as a group. Renting a limosine can be cost effective if you split the cost with your friends.
When doing your budget for your prom make sure you include the cost of getting a professional photo done which can be expensive. Instead of getting professional snapshots done, consider getting a friend or family member to take photos before you go out if you are trying to stick to a low budget.
Whatever your budget … try to stick with it to ensure you have a stress prom! Remember it doesn’t matter how little you spend on your night. The important thing is how you feel and the memories that you make!