It's prom season and for some parents that means digging deep into their pockets. According to a study by Visa, moms and dads are dishing out more than $1,100 to send their child to prom. Some people don't spend that much on their wedding.
If you are coming up short on cash and cost-saving ideas, I've got you covered.
Here are some tips to have a great prom at a great price:
Terry Ritchie on Facebook told me "Harwin street is the place to go for everything you need to get dolled up at a fraction of the cost". So I gave it a shot and found beautiful dresses as low as $50 on Harwin at a boutique called Miranda's. "You can find a dress here like half price from the department store and people expect to find something different," says Ruth Cavala who named her boutique after her daughter Miranda. So what's the hot color this prom season? "This kind of color like salmon, goldish, nude or bright colors like orange," Cavala explains.
I also met up with H Texas Magazine Editor-In-Chief Laurette Veres at the high end Ventura's Bridal for some great prom on a budget tips. "I think you should always have the word budget in mind and use it liberally. For example when you're making a phone call and you want to book something, start with 'I'm planning my prom and I'm on a budget'. When it comes to restaurants you can call ahead and ask 'Are you running a set prom dinner?'. If they are it's a good idea because you'll know exactly what you're going to spend there are no surprises. Laurette says if you're determined to go to the best restaurant in town for prom consider splitting an entree or appetizer. "You also don't have to go to the best restaurant in town. Might it be fun to be at a little pizza joint but you're all dressed up and you can in fact even bring your own linens and a candle? Have a good time with it but don't break the bank. Let's talk about hair and makeup. You've probably never had your hair and makeup done and you want it done now. One thing you can do is call a make up artist and have three or four of your girlfriends come to your house. She'll probably give you a discount because of that," Laurette explains.
Laurette says last season's dresses will also be much more cost effective and when a limousine rental costs about $400 she suggests you stuff in as many people as possible. That way everyone can split the bill or consider a party bus which could come out to about 30 dollars per person for about twenty people. She says borrowing a family member's nice car is an even better and more budget conscious idea.
Ruth at Miranda's Boutique on Harwin says you should also consider finding someone, an older sister or cousin, to give you a dress or buy one from a second hand store. She says with alterations she can make that a custom made, brand new, beautiful, one of a kind dress just for you for much less than what it would cost to buy a new dress.
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