Prom is something I have looked forward to for years now. I just can’t wait to get all dressed up and dance with all my friends all night. However, I have recently realized just how much prom could cost me and decided I needed to do some planning ahead to save on prom.
In order to prevent prom from totally wiping out my savings account, I looked for some bargains and came up with some ideas in advance.
The dress is arguably the most important part of getting ready for prom, and they can get expensive. But I found a great deal on a dress on Black Friday. So what if the dress is last year’s style? It still looks amazing and it saved me $100!
You can ask to borrow a dress from older siblings or family members who’ve gone to prom or other formal events before. Checking stores after a holiday is a great idea too. There may be some nicer dresses on sale after events like Christmas parties are over.
The key was not to wait until prom season was upon us, because prices for dresses would skyrocket as the demand did. So instead, go shopping for a dress between prom seasons in order to avoid spending tons.
Another important factor in prom are the shoes as accessories. I got my shoes at a great price at a thrift shop, and they look stunning. So your prom outfit doesn’t have to be entirely new, saving however you can on shoes you are going to take off anyways is a good idea.
I also got my jewelry really cheap. I found it at a local boutique. It looks stunning and it only cost me $20 for the whole set because I was willing to look around. You don’t have to go to the high end jewelry stores in order to get nice looking accessories, you just have to be willing to look.
Another way to save on this part would be to check with your parents or grandparents to see if they have any jewelry they would let you borrow. Or you could ask your friend to borrow or buy some of their old accessories.
Hair and Makeup
Now to my favorite part: hair and makeup. These things are not easy, but the key is not to wait until the last minute if you want to save by doing it yourself. Create a makeup look and perfect it weeks in advance. Try new looks, experiment, go bold or go with a natural glow. Try it all before hand. Then you can pick a look and practice.
Hair is very similar, I am going to style my hair in an easy updo at home, which I would also recommend practicing. However I think that if you want to get it cut and colored, book it in advance and go with the person who normally does your hair. This will eliminate the worry of it getting messed up.
I also think that doing your nails is an at home project you can practice or get a friend to help. You can even get one of those DIY gel nails to make it look amazing! No need to spend tons getting it done professionally on prom week, when they are bound to be busy.
However, if you don’t feel comfortable doing these things on your own, you can find ways to get them done without spending tons of money. For the makeup, I would recommend Sephora because they do free 15 minute makeovers. So you can do the basics and have them do and eye look for you.
Hair can also be tricky, so I suggest going to your normal salon to get it done if you are truly uncomfortable doing it. It’s just not worth the stress. But if you’re doing color or cutting, do that the week before. It gives you time to get used to something new and experiment with styles for prom. Also, if you wait till the week of prom it may cost more and be harder to book an appointment.
Most of all though, just have fun. Dress how you want and work it. If you feel amazing you will look amazing, so work it girl!