Saturday, September 20, 2014

Prom on a Budget: Dresses, Corsages and More

Like many young prom-goers, I always had to find ways to cut back on expenses. I always managed to feel like a princess on about half of what my friends (and their rich parents). First things first: the dress. People sell their old prom dresses, many still new with the tags attached on sites like ebay and craigslist. 
This is a great way to get a gorgeous dress at a garage sale price, and often you will have a one-of-a-kind prom dress nobody else is wearing. To address the corsage situation, go anywhere that sells flower bouquets and pick one up that has what you want in your corsage.
You can also research online if you want to make the corsages fancy. For my wedding, we bought a small bouquet of carnations for under five dollars, took some plain masking tape and wrapped it around to make a bouquet. I wrapped some ribbon over the tape and it looked great! Or go to a craft store and ask for help in the floral department. Most craft stores are quite knowledgeable in making bouquets and corsages, and may even offer to do it for you. They have everything you need to make a silk corsage, and the best part is that they won't wilt halfway through the night! Now as far as makeup and nails go, I have always done my own nails and makeup for every prom.

If you're not comfortable doing your own nails or makeup, have a friend do it! Jewelry can often be found in your own jewelry box. Accessories and jewelry often rack up prom expenses more than the cost of the dress itself. If you don't have your own, check with your friends and female relatives. Many people spend a fortune for their prom, but if you plan it right, the expenses can be much lower than you might expect. Be creative and make your own corsages, buy a used dress, dig out some old costume jewelry! Make your prom your own and save some money while doing it, that says Jolene Johnson !

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