Tips For Gals

Prom Dresses

Prom Dress Tips for Gals

1. Less is always more. When in doubt, go for the simpler style choice. Whether it is your hair, jewelry, dress, make-up, or shoes, go simple. Check
out these party
for some simple yet elegant options. That way your overall look
will be the focus of attention, not some single item that overpowers your

2. Monochromatic color choices are slimming. Choose dresses that are all one color. It is slenderizing and not too busy. And you will look your best.

3. Hairstyles today are much more casual than before. The days of hairspray and loads of bobby pins are thankfully over. The chignons that were worn on the red carpet were low at the base of the head with small strands allowed free to waft in any slight breeze. The result was soft and flattering.

4. Keep jewelry to a minimum. If you want to wear a single knockout piece of jewelry—earrings that dangle was the choice of most of the stars at the Oscars.

5. Black always looks great. It is chic, slenderizing, and formal, no matter what the style choice. It is hard to go wrong in black, as Jennifer Aniston showed us again this year.

As always, Emmys & Oscar Nights are a fun nights for star watching and seeing what the new trends are for this year’s prom season. Use the stars choices as suggestions, and then go out and try lots of dresses, hairstyles, and jewelry, and choose what looks best on you!

How Much Will the Eveing Cost? /
Ticket /
Evening Gown
Boutonniere /
Photographs /
Limousine /
Hair / Nails / Make-Up

 Your Prom Night is one of the evenings you will remember for the rest of your life.
There are many things you can do that will make the evening an especially enjoyable
one. Of course everyone’s idea of fun is different, so each of you will have
slightly different needs, but there are some concerns and ideas that are
relatively universal. These are three areas that we have found are asked
about most often: How much will the evening cost? What are some ideas to
make the evening more fun? and What should I do to prepare for unplanned
occurrences? Remember, if you start planning three to four months in
advance, you will best be able maximize your time and money.

H O W   M U C H
  W I L L   T H E   E V E N I N G   C O S T ?

The cost of Prom Night can vary greatly from around $150 to as much as $1500.
But you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a good time if you plan ahead and
make intelligent choices. Just be sure that when you decide to spend money on a
particular item the money spent is worth it to you. It is your money and your
night; choose wisely. The following is a list of items that will probably be
part of your

evening’s expenses:


This will vary from school to school. Some schools still have their
proms in their school gymnasiums, and in these cases, the cost of the
ticket could be as low as $20 per couple. But most high schools have
their Junior-Senior Prom off-campus at a hotel, country club, or other
ballroom facility. In a few of these cases, the ticket will cost $40-$50 per
couple, but most prom tickets now cost between $100-$175 per couple. In these
cases diner is included in the dance price and your entire evening can be spent
with your friends at the prom itself. If your prom’s ticket is in the $100-$175
range, you and your date may want to consider splitting the cost of the ticket.
Most students do. It is just too expensive for one person to pay for the whole

E V E N I N G   G O W N
The style of evening gowns or Prom Dresses varies
tremendously from year to year, and from school to school. Some years
everyone will wear cocktail-length dresses, and other years
long dresses will be the rage. For
many years black was the best color, while lately pastels
have made a comeback. If you aren’t sure what you want, look in magazines
and in stores starting in about February. Give yourself a lot of
time to decide what type of dress you want.

Your first option for
getting your Prom Dress would be going to a dressmaker. You would need to
describe what you want, and the two of you can plan the timing, fabric, and
fitting schedule for making your prom gown. Be warned however, that a dressmaker
can be very expensive, and the dress you have imagined may not be what you end up

The safer way to get a dress for
the evening would be by shopping around. There are many stores that sell
evening gowns. Some even specialize in them.
Try on every dress that you think might work for you. Dresses usually look very
different on you than they do on the hanger. If you don’t try it on, you may
eliminate a dress on the rack that looks great on you–so take your time.

The amount of money you
spend will be up to you. If you start early, you will probably be able to find a dress on sale or at an -outlet store. Be a smart shopper. Maybe even one of your
friends will let you borrow a dress! If that works, you will have saved a lot of
money you could spend on something else for your evening. But if you do buy a dress,
and most girls do, it will probably be about $75-$250.

Customarily girls buy a boutonniere for their dates. Usually it is a pin-on carnation or rose
with baby’s breath to be worn traditionally on the right lapel. You may want to order this at
the same time your date orders your corsage. Some florists will make a slightly cheaper
package deal if you order the two items together. A

boutonniere will cost $5-$15.


There will
be a photographer at the prom ready to take posed couple and group
shots. These picture packages can often run you a lot of money, so
get a price list from your Activities Office at school before that
evening so that you will know how much money you will need to have for
this. Most photographers will take checks with proper ID or credit
cards; so if you have either of these options available to you, it
would be safer for you than carrying a lot of cash. You could spend
anywhere from $50-$175 on pictures. Your parents and relatives may
want copies, so calculate those needs into your picture order. These
photographs will probably be a keepsake for years to come.

You may also consider taking informal shots of yourself and friends
throughout the evening with your own camera. These photos

may turn out to be your favorite remembrances from your prom night.


A limousine is a very expensive optional extra for your prom night. It can
be fun for three or four couples to go together to the prom in a limousine,
and some do. Just be sure that you want to do this and budget accordingly.
The standard cost for a limo for the evening starts around $400. If you split
the cost between eight of you, it might be something you would like to do.
But be sure to check to see that the limousine service is licensed by the
state. Otherwise, there have been many horror stories about limo drivers
leaving kids, asking for more money the evening of the prom, or not showing
up at all if they get a better fare. Research the references of the service
meticulously. Don’t be sorry the evening of the Prom.


If your dance does not provide dinner, or if you just want to go somewhere
to eat before you go to the prom anyway, there are many choices as to where
you can eat. It is often fun if you go in groups of two to four couples.
If your group is bigger than that, you may have difficulty finding seating
in the restaurant of your choice. Be sure that you make a reservation at
the restaurant ahead of time. You may want to tell the restaurant at the
time you are making your reservations that you are going to your prom after
eating, and will need to be served in a timely fashion. Restaurants are
usually cooperative if you tell them your needs. In fact, many will try
to help you make it a special night. Expense here can also vary dramatically.
Often each person pays for his or her own dinner, but again that will depend on
your situation. Just remember that Prom Night is expensive, and most students
try to split the costs as evenly as possible. Dinner could run anywhere from
$10-$25 per person.

H A I R / N A I L S / M A K E – U P
Often girls have one or all three of these items done professionally for
Prom Night. It is strictly a matter of personal taste, and up to you as
to which, if any of these, you would like to have done for you. There are Beauty
Salons that will do all three, or you could schedule appointments at
different places for each service. Again, look in magazines and on
television to get an idea as to what is in style and what you like.
Talk to your friends to see what they are doing, and then decide that
you want to do.

NAILS-If you want your fingernails to look especially nice, you can have
extensions put on, get a french manicure, or just have a professional
manicure done. Again, depending upon where you live and what you
have done to your nails, the cost will probably be $10-$50.

MAKE-UP- Some girls like to have a professional do their make-up for
the prom. You can go to a Salon that offers this service. Get an
appointment and be sure that you communicate what you want to look
like. Don’t be afraid to tell them to do it again if they mess up
some part of your look. You are paying them and you should be happy
with the result. Most make-up artists charge $20-$50. You could also
go to a make-up counter in a department store. If you make arrangements
in advance, they will often apply your make up free of charge if you buy
some of their products. It may not be cheaper, but you will have make up
to take home with you to use for the next six months.