THE PRICE OF A PROM*

30/06/2015

Prom is becoming a very big thing for all teen school leavers in the UK. Each year, the amount that people spend on prom in the UK is increasing significantly. You would be surprised to hear the price of prom for many young teens. As I am in year 11 and have finished my GCSEs, I have just had prom too. I have to admit that it was a lot more 'fancy' and extravagant than I had actually anticipated it being. Ours took place in a very posh hotel with a buffet which consisted of very delicate food. The tables were also decorated very elegantly with wine glasses, a white table cloth and tiny little stars scattered all over the table. It was more jazzy than anything I have ever been to. I felt like a princess for a few hours. We stood out on the balcony with the sun shining down on us all. It was truly beautiful.

I wore a quite plain outfit, not the typical prom dress, but I still felt prom-worthy. I chose not to wear a dress due to the fact that a dress isn't what I wanted. I wanted something pretty but not a dress. On that basis, I decided to get a jumpsuit. Obviously, it is not the traditional thing to do, but I did receive many complements with people saying that they loved it! I definitely felt much more confident in it then I would have in a dress. I guess it is all personal opinion. All that mattered to me was that I was comfortable and content with how I looked.

Prom took up a lot of time before the 'big day', although I didn't faff around with all of the spray tanning and getting my makeup done. On the Wednesday before prom I had my nails done. I had a pink neutral gel nail on my fingers and a similar normal colour on my toes. On Thursday afternoon I had my hair done. I had a little bow with some curls and it was very pretty; small but elegant. My outfit was from Quiz and only cost about £37, which is very cheap for a prom dress. My shoes were from New Look and were about £35, which is also not a bad price. In total I spent about £143 on prom, including the prom ticket. That does seem like an extortionate amount, but I know for a fact now that it is actually quite a small sum compared to others.
Although we all think of the US as the 'big prom leaders', I think that the UK are beginning to catch up. Prom prices are increasing fast and dresses are becoming more glitz and glam. I don't really know if there is a difference between the US and UK proms anymore. Some research from MyVoucherCodes that I came across shows that in the UK, the average price spent on a prom is between £50 and £100. Compared to the US, which is between $75 and $150, this shows that the UK are catching up with them in terms with how much we spend on prom outfits. Along with those statistics it shows that 15% of people in the UK and US spend over £300 and $300 on outfits.

It is just crazy to think how much people will fork out for a prom that lasts a night. This research also found out what prom dresses people planned to buy - 26% wanted designer, 18% wanted a custom outfit and 10% were looking for hand made dresses. I would guess that this is probably why so many girls spend such a large amount of money on prom outfits. Typically, girls tend to spend more on prom than boys. Fake tan, nails, hair and makeup claims half of the money for the girls, while the boys tend to just get a suit and sometimes get their hair done. If you want to read more about this topic, here is the article I used - click here

Although prom can be very expensive, it is definitely one of the most enjoyable and memorable moments to look back on! It is a time that you will never forget. How much would you spend on a prom? What do you think your budget would be?

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18 comments

  1. By his is such an interesting post- the statistics really did hit me, I never knew how much money people spent on prom! I think I'd like to spend less than £180 next year in prom as I really don't need to get my hair or fake tan done
    Dalal xx monochromedaisies.blogspot.com

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    1. It is crazy how much people spend but I didn't spend much on a dress either. For one night, I don't think it is worth it! Thank you Dalal xx

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  2. You look amazing. If we had proms here, I would have spent less too. It's crazy how people spend so much for just one night.

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    1. Thank you Nidhi! Ah, I am sure you would have looked so beautiful! It's a shame you don't have them:( xx

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  3. This is such a different way to do a prom post, I love it! The statistics surprised me as well, so interesting to see how we're catching up! I also LOVE your jumpsuit - it's gorgeous and you looked absolutely stunning!

    Bx
    beccaemilyx.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Becca! I agree, it is shocking! xx

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  4. I had my prom 2 years ago and i refused to pay the shocking prices for typical prom dresses so I bought mine off ASOS for £50 and I loved it!

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    1. Ah I loved the ASOS dressed but I was looking for something different as you can see! It is mad how much people spend on dresses! xxx

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  5. You look amazing Chloe, I didn't spend a lot on my prom, I did my own hair, makeup and nails, and my dress was only £40,because i figured it's only one night and I could spend my money on other things. This was such an interesting post to read xx

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    1. Thank you so much Katie! I agree with you, there isn't much point in spending a lot, just for one night. I am glad you enjoyed it xx

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  6. Great post gurl!! And by the way,you look BEAUTIFUL!! That jumpsuit is amazinggg,and you looked seriously beautyful xoxo

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  7. The jumpsuit looks sooo fab girlie! I want to my hair and makeup at a shop as I literally do not trust my self haha but the statics are amazing and I do love how prom is taken more seriously now in the Uk x

    Ambra // www.fridaysarefab.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Ambra! Ah, that may be your best bet if you aren't confident doing it yourself :) I love it too!!! xx

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  8. I'm in America - and to be honest I didn't realize that you guys didn't do prom until now. When I went to prom tickets from my school were $75 if you bought them on time. Last minute tickets were $150. My dress was around $75 and my shoes were ones I had from the homecoming dance earlier that year. (around $50 - but I've worn them multiple times now) But at the time - that was getting off cheap. I know a few girls who spent wayyy more money than I did for prom.

    You looked very pretty tho - I love the jumpsuit idea and the color matches your skintone and hair wonderfully.

    xo Jenn
    www.HelloWench.com

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  9. Oh wow! You look amazing! I love that you wore a jumpsuit, very different from the typical prom dress!
    I think I spent £50 on my dress, which was nothing compared to what some of the girls in my year had spent. It's crazy the amount people spend on their prom dress but each to their own.

    Aim | www.thetracesofmythoughts.blogspot.co.uk x x

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    1. Thank you lovely! Definitely totally different from the normal outfit :) It is absolutely crazy but yes, at the ed of the day it is up to how much they want to spend xx

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