Students’ Budgeting for Prom Night

The cost of Prom can vary greatly – from $150 to $2,000! It often depends on where you live and how formal your school makes the occasion, but just remember: it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can have the night of your life and enjoy yourself on a budget. Make sure you take your time, plan ahead, think about your options, and don’t make hasty decisions. This will save you money in the long run! Below is a list of approximate Prom costs and a budget worksheet to help get you started.

Prom Costs:

Limo or Other Transportation: $200
Flowers: $30 (corsage & boutonniere)
Beauty Treatments: $50-100 (hair, makeup, nails)
Photographs: $40-$150
Prom Dress: $75-$350
Accessories: $150 (jewelry, purse, wrap)
Prom Tickets: $100-$200 per couple (dinner included)
Shoes: $50
Tux Rental: $100

Prom Worksheet:
Boutonniere                $__________________
Dress                                                            $__________________
Evening Bag                                                $__________________
Hair (cut/color/styling)                            $__________________
Jewelry                                                       $__________________
Makeup (purchase/application)              $__________________
Manicure/Pedicure                                   $__________________
Misc. expenses                                           $__________________
Photos                                                           $__________________
Pre-Prom Dinner                                        $__________________
Professional Waxing/Tweezing                  $__________________
Prom Tickets                                              $__________________
Shawl/Wrap                                                $__________________
Shoes                                                            $__________________
Undergarments/Pantyhose                      $__________________
Total I need to save:                                 $__________________
Divided by the number of weeks till the prom = $___________________per week

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