Its soon here! The night you've been waiting for…
Let the sequins, jewels and dancing shoes come out! Its your PROM NIGHT… and it'll be gone in less than 10 hours.
Now I'll be honest, I didn't need a special occasion like Prom Night, or some extravagant ball to go broke over an outfit. I use to ball out on any given weekend just for a concert, party, or date night! Shoots… and don't let it be my BIRTHDAY! I'm taking all the cash out of them ATM machine (call the Armor Truck)!
But now I'm a lot wiser and I've found ways to save my money, by spending without splurging. So for all the Prom Queens and Prom Princesses of 2013, here's 5 tips for You!
1.Purchase a Ready Made Dress
Save yourself time, and money buy going into a formal wear boutique, trying on a dress, and making a one time purchase.I always welcome creativity, so if you wish to have your dress custom made by a designer or seamstress, that’s fine. But I've heard to many horror stories of dress makers not finishing dresses on time, or them not fitting right, or the dress doesn't look like the design you wanted. Also too, since you probably won't have you driver's license by then, you'll need someone to take you back and forth to dress fittings and fabric stores etc. So cut all that and just purchase a dress, have it altered in the store to your exact fit, and move on to what's next on the agenda!
2. Chose wisely on your ShoesOnce you've decided on your dress, now its time to pick out a shoe. Your dress length is a good indicator of what shoe to buy. If your dress is short or midi length and your shoe will be seen, then I'd say purchase a shoe that will compliment your dress and make a statement! However, if your dress is long, ground sweeping and flowy then purchase a shoe that is simple. Usually formal shoes with intricate designs and embellishments are more expensive than a simple satin sandal. With that in mind… why would you spend a lot of money on shoes that will not be seen?
#sidetip: Make sure your Prom Shoes are comfortable….so you can dance all night!!
3. Rummage through your ClosetNow that you've picked up your dress and purchase your shoes, its time to look for accessories! Accessories are that little finishing detail that can cost you a BIG price. So why not cut cost by wearing accessories that you already have? More than likely EVERYONE'S focus will be on your dress, so don't splurge on accessories! Dig through your closet, your sisters closet, your mother's closet and whoever you know should have some nice pieces to compliment your dress! If you're unable to thrift any accessories from your collection or your relatives… then you can shop for accessories!
4. D.I.Y or ask a Friend!Remember, looking good at your Prom is only 1 cost to consider. You will also want a Limo or Town Car, Photography and all that jazz! So don't spend all your money on your look. Save by doing somethings YOURSELF. For instance polish your own nails, style your own hair, or apply your own make-up!
Of course If you can't do any of the above, then ask a friend or pay for it. But if You can…. Then why not?!
5. Invest!Prom night is just the beginning of the PARTY season after graduation. You'll most likely be attending other graduation dinners and parties straight through the summer! So when purchasing items for Prom, make sure these items can be worn or used again for graduation and/or other events. That's what I call shopping investment. If you can't afford splurging the first time... make sure you don't have to splurge again!
I hope you'll remember these 5 tips when shopping for Prom this year, and save yourself some Pretty pennies!
Congrats Beautiful, and ENJOY! :)