Patch Poll: Are Proms Too Expensive?

With the average prom costing $1,000 and up these days, have things gotten out of control?


With my youngest child’s senior prom now behind her I’m relieved to say I’m done with high school proms. No more nail biting over whether we’ll find the right dress. No more arguing over how much is an appropriate amount to spend on shoes, hair styling and accessories.

Berlin's Junior Prom is done with Senior Ball to come.

And no more fretting over whether the gown she picks out will make her look like a princess or a porn star.

When my husband found out last year how much her dress for the junior prom was going to cost (nearly $450, with alterations), he was apoplectic.  He was speechless when I pointed out that the entire tab, including hair, prom tickets, shoes, earrings and other sundries (including an $80 underwire, strapless bra) would push that price tag to nearly $800.

I had to explain, patiently, that for girls, prom these days is really a dress rehearsal for a wedding.

This year we did better, but still didn’t get out completely unscathed. All told, prom this year was about $600.

According to a report on Fox 61, we got off pretty cheap. The average price of a prom is more than $1,000.

I’ve gotten used to these costs, but I still think it’s crazy.

How much do you think is too much to spend on prom?

Donna Brown May 09, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Proms have always been expensive but you can shop wisely. I remember and still have my Junior Prom gown. It was from Lucille Baltz in Hartford...pricey for a gal from Cadyville New York....but I still love it as much as the day I bought it! Perfect pale aqua dress. My own daughter went to several BHS functions and all her dresses were special...I think my favorite is the purple sequin with the white feathers. We got it in California...and it was a steal...same dress was selling locally for triple the price. She got to wear it to her Junior Prom and again for Homecoming. Yes but the memories are a lifetime...all the dresses are still up in her closet! Enjoy it...they grow up fast!
Cynthia Kobus May 09, 2012 at 09:48 PM
It is a choice how much you spend.. period... do kids always like that choice? no.. but should we really make our choices based on what their reaction will be or on what is reasonable... we could teach kids a lot by making them pay for it themselves...
Cynthia Kobus May 09, 2012 at 09:49 PM
And to answer the "are they too expensive?" question... it's only as expensive as you make it... no one forces anyone to shell out a thousand dollars... The ticket is the only set cost...
ksav May 10, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Gee, ya think?!...can you say PEER PRESSURE!!


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