With prom season rapidly approaching, you may be stressing about sticking to your prom budget. After all, when you when you factor in a gown, heels, makeup, manicure and hairstyle, into your budget, your expenses may shoot through the roof. However, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend and arm and a leg, to dazzle your friends or your date.

Going to a prom on a budget:

1. Consider shopping for your dream dress, online

A variety of websites such as ASOS stock an extensive range of suitable dresses, from recognizable brands that you know and love. Many of which are heavily discounted. Better yet most online stores such as ASOS offer a variety of dresses from floor length gowns to cocktail dresses.

If you you’re hesitant to purchase a dress online, most websites such as ASOS offer next day delivery and free returns.

By the way, you may even be able to purchase the perfect purse or clutch online as they are an item that you may find difficult to find in store.

Alternatively, why not browse for prom dresses in-store and then search for your favorite dress online, to see if you can find it for a fraction of the price?


2. Don’t be afraid to explore your local charity store or second hand store

If your prom has a theme that is associated with a bygone era such as old Hollywood or “the Great Gatsby”, you may want to shop for your dream dress and accessories at a local second hand store.

If nothing catches your eye, why not ask your friendly sales assistant if they can give you a call, if anything which matches your prom theme, in brought into the store?


3. Forgo booking appointments at your local beauty salon

Whilst you may be tempted to spend lots of money on a prom worthy hairstyle and a professional makeup artist, doing so will blow your prom budget through the roof.

So if you want to look like a million dollars on a student’s budget, why not see if a local beauty school has any students who are interested in giving you a prom makeover?

Most fledgling makeup artists and hair stylists welcome such offers as they need models for their portfolios. If you have a group of friends who are also interested in getting their hair and make up done, you may even be able to score a group deal.

Also, many salons have regular offers if you are happy to have your hair done by an apprentice.


4. Give yourself a manicure

To give your manicure a professional shine, invest in a bottle of gel nail polish which will keep your manicure chip free for over a week.


5. Forgo hiring an expensive limo

Instead of hiring an expensive limo, why not ask around to see if any of your family members or family friends own a luxury car or a classic car, which they can drive you to prom in?

After all many people will be driven to prom in a limo, so if you want to stand out, it pays to think outside the box.

6. Pre-pay for your professional photos

As specialist prom photographers we aren’t going to suggest that you forgo a professional photo(or three) at your prom!

What you could ask your prom committee to do is to pre-purchase prom photos and roll up the cost of them into the price of the ticket.

Operating in this way will ensure that a discount applies to your photos and typically there will also be a discount on the evening should you wish to buy extra prints.

So there you go, if you want to attend prom, without delving into your savings, you’ll still be able to look and feel a million dollars.