Prom is undoubtedly one of the most exciting events of a young person’s life. The glamour, fun, and friends all combine to make it one of the best parties anyone could hope for. But prom is also one of the most expensive events you will take part in, and it is not unusual for people to spend upwards of one thousand dollars for it. What are some ways you can save money when you want to have fun, and not empty out your bank account for one night’s festivities?
The Little Things
Although some of the smaller expenses seem to pale in comparison to the large ones, things like nails, hair, and makeup can really add up. A great money-saving idea is to do the things at home that you are able to. Rather than going to get your nails done professionally, host a party for your friends where you can spend an evening getting ready for the big event, while chatting and having fun together.
Instead of having your hair done professionally, find a friend who has the skill to do yours, and offer them some kind of trade. Having a group of friends get ready together for the evening can also be a help as you can offer each other advice while you give each other the beauty treatment.
Your dress can be one of the most money-draining expenses for prom. Instead of buying brand new, consider a thrift shop to save a good amount of money. If you are handy with the sewing machine, or know anyone who is, you can also take it a step further and create your own dress. Many young women have designed beautiful, unique masterpieces this way. It’s also a great way to ensure that you won’t end up wearing the same dress as anyone else.
Saving on the Suit
For the guys, buying or renting a suit is a main expense. Both options can be pricey. If you are not opposed to the idea, consider borrowing one from a relative or friend who wears the same size as you.
How to Get There
Limo rentals are a huge money drain. Although they can be great fun, there are less expensive ways to get you where you are going. Brainstorm together and figure out which of you has the coolest car, or whose parents might have a unique one, and pull up to the party in style, while also saving a huge amount of money.
Although it is common to meet with a group of friends for a pre-prom dinner, this can really add to the expenses of an already expensive evening. Hosting a pre-prom potluck for all your friends can be a big money saver, not to mention really creative and a lot of fun. If you don’t care to be the host, find out if any of your friends’ parents would be willing to let the group use their home.
Saving Money in a Snap
Although it can be nice to spend the money for a professional photographer on your big night, it is not a necessity. Having your friends take turns getting photos of each other is one way to save memories, not to mention a large amount of cash.
Prom may very well be one of the best nights of your life, but you needn’t go broke because of it. Find your artsy streak and take your prom from cliché to creative, and watch everyone drool about your unique ideas, and your still-full wallet.