Hello Geauga – let’s get into the weekend! On Saturday, you can meet former NFL Cleveland Browns Head Coach Sam Rutigliano at the Lakeland Community College commencement ceremony. Stick around for Mayhem Music Festival that night! Shop Macy’s at Mentor Mall now until May 22nd and a portion of proceeds goes to the Lake County West End YMCA. Prom season is here, and we’ve got tips for you to save money and enjoy prom on a budget. Check out all this, and more, in this week’s edition of The Geauga News Weekly Roundup!
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Prom on a Budget (Part One)
The proms of today are not the same as previous generations. It used be like school dances where the focus is on the actual dance. Now, prom is orchestrated like a wedding. Going on a date to prom today means lots of planning and spending plenty of money. And with today’s teens attending two or more proms, expenses can get out of control.
We want to help high schoolers enjoy this rite of passage without stressing themselves out or breaking the bank. Check out these tips for how to have a prom on a budget:
Pass on Promposals
You’re not asking someone to marry you, so you don’t need an extravagant way to ask your date to the prom. Most people are thrilled just to be asked, and spending hundreds of dollars on an elaborate “promposal” won’t guarantee you a yes.
We heard of one young man who hoped to impress his date by hiring a live band to play after his baseball game. A sweet gesture, but too elaborate for prom. A simple mix tape of playlist is a sweeter invitation
You could send flowers, candy or stuffed animals to court your potential prom date, but you stand the same chance by simply asking in person. We don’t recommend you ask via text or Snapchat. A sincere, personal gesture is a great way to ask out your prom date.
Opt for Affordable Attire
Although there are dresses available that cost hundreds of dollars, we think you can spare this expense and still look like a million bucks. Try shopping at consignment stores or buy-sell-trade sites on social media. You can also swap gowns with a friend from a different school. Borrow shoes, jewelry and other accessories from your sister or friend’s closet. All of these items can be re-used from your homecoming dance or winter formal.
Say Yes To HER Dress, just down the road from the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor, Ohio, carries pre-owned dresses that were worn for just a few hours. Some still have the tags attached. This is also a great place to re-sell your dress after prom and recoup some of the cost of your prom dress.
No one says that guys have to rent a tuxedo. A sharp suit can cost the same or less. Buy a nice suit and you’re all set for future job interviews and internships.
Get the rest of our prom on a budget tips after Wednesday’s events!
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Prom on a Budget (Part Two)
Skip the Salon
An updo with a beautician can cost over $50. Scroll through Pinterest to find cute styles that you and your friends can do on each other. Check out Seventeen magazine online for 29 prom hairstyles. You can have a lot of fun hanging out with your BFFs before the dance to practice makeup and give each other manis and pedis. If you truly feel you lack the skill to style your hair, schedule an appointment at a cosmetology school, such as Brown Aveda Institute in Mentor, OH. You can get a professional look from a student stylist, but at half the cost of a full service salon.
Leave the Limo Behind
Most students have their own set of wheels, so there’s no need to pay someone else to drive you in stretch limousine or party bus. Since you only spend a few minutes in the vehicle before and after prom, this is a frivolous expense. Put some elbow grease into washing your car, shining the tires and finishing with a fresh coat of wax. If you don’t have a car, ask your parents, or carpool.
Ditch the Gourmet Dinner
If your school doesn’t include a meal with your prom ticket, there’s no reason you have to shell out the big bucks for a 5-star restaurant. Most teens prefer Italian or American fare over a fancy French bistro or overpriced steak. Stick to family-friendly restaurants where you can be yourself and feel comfortable with a large group. Save even more money by hosting a friend dinner party where everyone can chip in.
Just Have Fun at Prom
Spending your entire paycheck or putting a financial strain on your parents only leads to a big let-down after the special night. According to a survey by Visa, the national average cost of attending prom is $919, with the Midwest being the least expensive at approximately $611. See if you can cut that number in half with all of our budget prom tips.
Remember, prom is a time to make memories with friends. Focus on fun and enjoy yourself on the dancefloor!
Do you or your teen have an Ohio high school prom coming up? Use our money saving prom tips and let us know how it goes! Write to [email protected] and share your story!
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We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s edition of The Geauga News Weekly Round Up! Be sure to check in next week for more local news and events in your area. Have a great weekend!
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