The big dance is just around the corner and this is one of those memorable events for your teenager. How can you help your teen score a gorgeous gown for the occasion – without making a huge hole in your family finances?
It’s that time of the year again where you need to prepare for renting limos, snazzy dinners, make-up, flowers – and let’s not forget the most important preparation needed yet – the dress. Buying an elegant yet unforgettable gown doesn’t have to be a wallet-shattering affair as there are plenty of ways to offset the cost of prom night fashion without sacrificing your style.
Read on for dress-shopping tips that can help you save money!
- Think classic outfits. If you are trying to be frugal, you have to practice being versatile. This means that the more you can wear something, the better value you will receive when you purchase it. Look for basic gowns in classic colors like gray, black or navy that can be worn to other occasions. You can tailor it to prom night with statement jewelry and killer heels.
- Swap at school or raid your best friend’s closet if you’re both the same size. Most high schools now organize functions that help students cut costs for their formal attires. This is a great opportunity for finding a slightly used dress for a fraction of a cost of a new one.
- Go bargain hunting online! You can find awesome deals on beautiful party dresses. Check out choosing elegant and classy gowns within your price range and styles that you want.
- Rent designer formal gowns. If the reality of purchasing a designer dress is too expensive for your budget, consider renting. You can also look out for shops that specializes in renting gowns or check your local bridal shops if they offer rentals.
- Plan everything well in advance. If you wait until the last minute, chances are you’re more likely purchase something too expensive. When you go window shopping in advance, you’ll get the chance to compare prices and see which one suits your budget the most.
- Get creative. If you want to make a good statement at prom, you can choose your own fabric and design and make your dress from scratch. You can enlist the help of a friend or an affordable seamstress if you’re not that handy on a sewing machine.
- Go and check out your local bridal shops. Ever attended a wedding and been a bridesmaid? You can reuse that outfit again for your prom. If not, you can go to bridal shops since they also carry a variety of colorful bridesmaid dresses that are perfect for prom.
An average prom night costs over $1,000 or £660. You don’t have to spend this much anymore for an event that will last a few hours into the night. Recently it has dropped since those going to the prom are spending less each year for a single night out since most families can’t afford to spend as lavishly as they used to. Be smart, follow these tips and save as much as you can for prom expenses without sacrificing style and class.
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