ideas for prom
Is prom the best, the greatest, and the most significant event you will ever attend in your whole entire life? Um, obviously. (Or at least, it’s the best, greatest, and most significant event for which you will ever be allowed to skip school to get your hair done… which is, y’know, almost the same thing.)
But even though prom is a big deal and a great time, there’s no need to blow your life savings in order to have fun – and you’ll appreciate a less-expensive prom that much more when you realize how much money you have left over for other things. Like, y’know, pizza. And college. And ordering pizza at college.
The good news: for the promgoer on a budget, there are plenty of ways to save cash while still having fun – and don’t worry, none of them involve making your own dress using dental floss and squirrel pelts.
Are you ready to have a lavish prom for less? Here’s how!
Rent your dress!
Sites like Rent the Runway offer you the chance to get a seriously glam gown for a fraction of the retail cost – meaning that you can look like a million bucks in some designer duds, but only spend under $100.
Consignment shops, antiques boutiques, Goodwill, the Salvation Army and your local thrift stores are a great resource for formalwear and accessories on the cheap – and if you want to really stand out, these shops are your best bet for scoring one-of-a-kind vintage gowns or sparkly deco jewelry.