You don’t need me to tell you prom is expensive. If you’re in the middle of getting ready for prom, you’re likely wondering what happened to your money. And if you haven’t been to prom, you better start saving now because things add up fast. And there are a lot of things that you don’t consider when budgeting.
There are certain costs that you don’t have much control over, like the cost of your ticket, but there are ways that you can save money. I bet that your parents have suggested some ways to save money and you’ve probably cringed at how silly they are. Before you groan, hopefully you’ll see these suggestions save you a couple of bucks without compromising your *on point style* or having good time. Here are nine easy ways to save money while getting ready for prom.
Consider Getting A Couple's TicketLet me explain before you say that you're flying solo and don't want to go with some random person. A lot of schools have prices for single tickets and a slightly cheaper ticket if you buy a couple's ticket. Who cares if you're not going with a SO? Stop thinking of couple's just like that. Get your group of friends and buddy up so you can all save a few dollars on the ticket price. Image source: Instagram/chloexhalle
Raid Your Jewelry Box For AccessoriesYou probably have a lot of everyday accessories. Some of them could actually work into your prom look like a pretty pair of studs or hoops. What's more, I bet there are more glitzy pieces you bought for a fancy occasion that are sitting in your jewelry box unused. How about you bring them out again for prom? You can also ask your mom, sister, or aunt if she has any jewelry. Chances are someone has some more formal pieces that are just collecting dust from a wedding or fancy occasion. And I'm sure they'd be happy for someone to wear them. Image source: Instagram/theclarissab
...And Look In Your Closet For ShoesI bet there's a least one pair of fancy shoes in your closet that are like brand new because you only wore them to your aunt's party. Save some money and get use of what you already have by working them into your prom outfit. Another thing about wearing an older pair of shoes is that they're broken in so they should be more comfortable. If you're wearing a maxi skirt, you can pretty much wear any footwear under your dress and no one is really going to see it. Image source: Instagram/deblossomshoes
Look For Hair And Makeup PackagesI get if you don't feel confident enough to do your own hair or makeup or entrust your mom or you sister to do it. If you want to go to the pro for both treatments, look for places that offer prom beauty packages so you can a little when getting hair, makeup, and maybe even nails done. Also check out places with referral or group rates. You can get your friends involved, have fun, and save more dough. Image source: Instagram/rougebeauty_bethlehem
Skip The Professional PhotographerFirst of all, you're going to be busy getting ready for prom. Getting professional prom photos taken will end up feeling more like an inconvenience than something that's enjoyable. What's more, there will likely be countless people taking photos throughout your prom day, especially your parents. Ask them — or a friend who's a budding photographer — to take some specific posed photos of you. And don't forget your camera and/or phone at prom. It's likely the shots you take yourself will be the ones you end up loving the most. Image source: Instagram/amandaa.lucas
Forget About The FlowersYou might think that you have to get a corsage and/or boutonniere, especially if you're going with a date. Not so. Flowers are expensive, fiddly, and they can be a pain in the butt to keep fastened. If you're going with a date, talk about whether you really want to spend money on something that will likely fall off halfway through the night. If you still like the idea of wearing flowers, consider DIYing your own corsage. It's actually pretty easy to do and there are tons of tutorials out there. Plus, you can use fake flowers and choose something that matches your dress exactly. Image source: Instagram/larabela2
Shop Prom Dresses During Off SeasonThis is something to remember for next year. Spring is when everybody starts looking for prom dresses and when the prices will be high so start early. Try shopping just after New Year's when all of the fancy dresses from the holidays will be marked down. If you're very proactive, you can shop for your dress for next year after this prom season. There is a chance you might find something you like more next year, but you won't be able to beat the prices. Image source: Instagram/hanzi_21
Don't Neglect Vintage Or Consignment ShopsYour parents might have suggested it and you probably scoffed at them. Don't knock it until you try it. You can find some gorgeous dresses for a fraction of the price of new ones. And second hand dresses often look like brand new because they've only been worn for a few hours. What's more, if you get a vintage dress, you won't have to worry about anyone having the same dress as you. Image source: Instagram/inacvitaa
Ride With All Your FriendsIf you want to rent a limo, there's no need to get one with you and bae. Having a car to yourselves is a bit of a waste, plus, it's a lot more fun when you're with a group of people. Get your group of friends together and you'll see the price is a lot more reasonable. Image source: Instagram/devolkswagenbus.nl
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