Prom is right around the corner and it’s known to be very expensive. From dresses to hair appointments, your wallet will be lighter than ever. It is easy to spend more than you have to for prom but here are some money saving tips during this prom season.
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Prom dresses can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars, but it can be easy to avoid spending that much money on a dress. There are many ways you can find a reasonably priced dress but still light up the room at prom.
Getting your dress early does not only guarantee you will find a dress you like but also one that may be less expensive. Waiting until the last minute could result in having fewer dresses to choose from and then getting stuck with dresses that are out of budget. Why not try shopping in the off-season for your prom dress when you can find better deals on beautiful dresses! Check out Faviana’s Best Time To Shop For A Prom Dress post for more information about why shopping early has it’s benefits.
Another way to avoid paying for an expensive dress is to get it altered. If you find a dress that may not fit as well as it did on the mannequin but is not too much money, you can get it altered at a local dry cleaner for less. This can help change the shape of the dress to fit better. They always say that clothing that fits your body right looks more expensive, so buy a cheaper dress, made out of a simple jersey fabric, and spending a couple of dollars on the alteration can actually make it look more expensive than the expensive dresses!
Buying a dress that can be worn again in the future is also great way to “get what you paid for”. If you have any events coming up in the future, you can find a dress that will work for both prom and any other formal event. This way you will not spend more money on a dress you would only wear once. For the full guide on what to do with your prom dress after prom, read through Faviana Brand Ambassador, Leanne Sikora’s helpful tips.
Another way prom can become very pricey is by scheduling hair, nail and makeup appointments at expensive salons and getting costly spray tans. There are plenty of ways to look like a hundred bucks without actually spending hundreds of dollars.
Instead of those salons, you get ready at home with friends. Not only will it be more enjoyable, but it will also cost you less. You can watch hair and makeup tutorials on YouTube and host a Prom-Prep Party a few nights before prom, where you can practice on with friends in order to get it perfect come prom night. An if you are with friends you can even do each other’s hair and makeup! You can also host a manicure/pedicure breakfast party the morning of your prom with your friends and do each other’s nails. Pro-tip: use nails stickers, for example, is an easy way to get a mess-free manicure.
If you’re looking to get a spray tan for prom, stay away from tanning salons as their prices may vary from $25-$100 depending on the treatment. Using a self-tanner is a simple alternative for getting that “sun-kissed” look. From self-tanning lotions to sprays, you can find what works best for you at any local drug-store. They work the same way as a spray-tan and give you equal results for half the price. Read through our DIY guide on how to self-tan and look like a Greek goddess.
After-prom activities are very popular but can also be very costly. Prom houses can cost hundreds of dollars depending on size and location. There are many other things you can do after prom with friends that are just as exciting as a prom house.
Having a post-prom bonfire at your home is a fun way to hang out with friends and it won’t cost you a thing! You can all even pitch in a few dollars for snacks and drinks.
If you want to get away from your home after prom you can plan a trip to a friend’s lake house or go camping or better yet, glamping! Just like a bonfire, it won’t cost much if everyone pitches in to help cover the essentials.
A few other pricey prom necessities include transportation, corsages and boutonnieres. All of these have great and inexpensive substitutes.
Driving to prom with friends in any car you already own instead of ordering a limo is the perfect way to save money. You get to prom either way, so why not take the cheaper way? Unless your prom is having a red carpet greet you as you get out of the car and a valet parking for you, how you arrive to prom will be completely irrelevant.
Skip the trip to a florist and instead go to a local grocery store to get your corsages and boutonnieres. A grocery store can create both for less and still make them look just as elegant as a florist would. Not to mention, your corsage and boutonniere will be demolished within the first couple of hours of the night, so my advice is to definitely not splurge on them.
There are a ton of different alternatives to all you prom essentials that can save you a lot of money. Although it may seem hard to spend less and still look amazing, it can be done and even leave you looking like a million bucks for a mere fraction of the average cost.