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Prom on a Budget

How to have a great night without breaking the bank.

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Prom on a Budget

It's that special time of year again -- Prom Season! We have provided some ideas to help you prepare.

It's that special time of year again -- Prom Season! We have provided some ideas to help you prepare.

Photo by Delaney Reh

It's that special time of year again -- Prom Season! We have provided some ideas to help you prepare.

Photo by Delaney Reh

Photo by Delaney Reh

It's that special time of year again -- Prom Season! We have provided some ideas to help you prepare.

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Beware of teen girls with acrylics everywhere because it’s promzilla season. You know what that means, we are approaching prom time. With the Junior Prom on May 17th and Senior Prom on June 24th, every student is starting to prepare for the big night. So, The Red and Black is here to help give you some tips to survive this prom season on a budget. From promposals, to clothes, to hair and makeup!

Want a fun and sweet way to ask that special someone to the dance? Here are some inexpensive ideas that would make anyone smile.

  1. Buy a poster board at the Dollar Tree and write a message on it. Then, you can get fresh flowers or blow up balloons to bring along.
  2. Order a pizza to the person’s house and ask the restaurant to write “Prom?” with your name on the box.
  3. Make 5 cupcakes and write P, R, O, M, ? on each and give it to the person during school.
  4. If they play a sport, show up to their next game with a poster board that has a pun on it relevant to the sport.

If that special someone ends up saying yes, or if you just want one for yourself, you’re gonna need a corsage for the night. These can cost on average at least twenty-five dollars; however, you can avoid spending this by making one yourself. One can find DIYs for corsages online or follow a tutorial on youtube.

Everyone knows that buying a prom dress can break the bank. From dresses ranging from two hundred to eight hundred dollars, here are some tips to avoid that and find a cute dress for a cheap price.

  1. Rent the Runway-  this is an app and website for renting name brand clothing for a cheaper price. One can find a dress in their size they love, rent it for the night of prom and return it after.
  2. Go to Mrs. Meyers in the school store to rent one of the beautiful prom dresses the school has to offer or get coupons to Paradise Bridal.
  3. Prom dress Pop-Up shop- on Saturday May 18th, the Teen Center at the Patchogue-Medford Carnegie Library is having a wide selection of free prom dresses, suits, shoes, and accessories for high school students.
  4. Thrifting- you can go to local thrift shops and search for an unique prom dress, that no one else will have!

Paying to get hair and makeup done is overrated! If you are worried about hair and makeup, ask a friend or family member who is talented to do it for you. Find a picture of hair and a picture of makeup  on Pinterest that you love and ask the person to base the look around that.

Hope everyone enjoys this prom season! Remember it’s only one night and not that serious, try to have fun with it all.

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