How to Create a Prom Budget

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 in Our Blog

Celebrating your high school prom is a fun and memorable night but when it comes to all the details it can certainly start to get expensive. It is easy to get wrapped up in the excitement and not realize how much money you have spent. Creating a prom budget is a great way to plan out how much money you can spend, and what you need to spend it on. A prom budget should consist of everything needed from clothing to transportation.

One of the largest parts of your prom budget will be going towards your prom dress. Prom dresses are available at a number of different price points. Along with the dress you will need dress accessories. These include any earrings, necklaces, any other jewelry and shoes. If you are planning on getting your hair professionally styled, or your nails manicured that should also be added to your budget as well.

Many proms will charge an admission fee, or will sell tickets to the event so be sure to inquire about the specific amount and add that to your prom budget. Some prom goers choose to take a limousine or other chauffeured transportation to the prom, which can be split between all of the riders. In addition to transportation, the cost of a dinner before or after prom should also be considered. If dinner is included at the prom then this is unnecessary.

The last detail to consider in your prom budget is that of the flowers. The boutonniere and corsage are necessary parts of the evening, and can be purchased at a florist or a grocery store. Finally, don’t forget about photography, it is much less expensive to have a family member or friend take photos. However there are professional photographers available to hire to take photographs as well. There are a number of ways that you can cut your prom budget down to a reasonable amount by making smart purchases and by shopping around.


PROM BUDGET WORKSHEET                                                                         Use this worksheet as a guide to stay within your budget.
Total amount you have to spend (including money from your parents, part-time job or other sources): $___.__
Prom bid/ticket $___.__
Dress/tuxedo $___.__
Shoes $___.__
Jewelry $___.__
Purse $___.__
Undergarments $___.__
Total $___.__
Hair $___.__
Makeup $___.__
Manicure/pedicure $___.__
Total $___.__
Transportation $___.__
Boutonniere/lei/bouquet/corsage $___.__
Portrait packages/memory book $___.__
Camera/film/processing $___.__
After-prom plans $___.__
Other $___.__
Total $___.__
Grand total $___.__
Source: Teen Prom magazine