BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- It's almost May, and that means prom season is upon us. Stores are lining their windows with dresses and tuxes, and the money families are spending on the event are higher than ever.
A new study done by Visa asked one thousand families how much they expected to spend on prom this year. The results were that on average, each family expected to spend more than eleven hundred dollars. For those on a budget, that number can seem very high for a one day event, but there are ways to have a special prom for less.
One way is to start with a simple dress, inexpensive dress and accessorize.
"Belts are extremely popular this year," says Molly Henry-Lincoln, a consultant at The Henry's Bridal Boutique in Bangor. "Earrings, bracelets, anything like that. Flowers are very big. Feathers are very big, so adding those to your hair, adding them to the dress, just great ways to help you save a little bit of money, but still walk out in pizzazz."
Another option is to shop at less conventional locations, like second hand stores or Goodwill.
"Go look at the regular retailers, see what their prices are, see what they have to offer," says Shirley Hall, manager of the Bangor Goodwill. "Get an idea of what you want, then come in here and see if we actually have something that matches what you would like to have."
If you don't want to budge on the dress price, there are other ways to save on prom spending:
1. Borrow accessories and jewelry from your friends. The accessories will be new to you, and you won't have to spend a dime.
2. Throw a pre-prom hair and nails party. Get ready together with your friends instead of spending big bucks at a salon.
3. Make dinner a potluck. You'll get to fill up on whatever you want and skip the big restaurant tab.
4. Grow your own flowers. Boutonnieres and corsages get expensive, but if you can make your own then you will have a beautiful accessories for the cost of a few seeds.