Pricy prom for students

Planning for prom is in full swing for seniors and it is time for everyone to be purchasing dresses, renting tuxedos, and making reservations for limos and dinner and the cost is adding up.

As the cost of prom rises and tickets costing between 60 and 65 dollars according to a newsletter to senior parents sent out by the school, many students are feeling the monetary pressure being placed on them.

While some girls pay for their dress entirely or partly by themselves, others rely on their parents to purchase their dresses for them.

“I feel sort of bad that my parents are buying my dress. I know it’s a lot of money but it’s something I’m only going to do once so it’s not too bad,” said senior Mary Reynolds. “They always knew I was going to prom and I never thought that I would have to buy my own dress so I don’t feel that bad about it, I just know it’s a lot of money anyways, especially with having to pay for college right after.”

Prom costs are a large concern to seniors in the spring months, especially for men as they are often expected to pay for their prom dates’ ticket, dinner, and transportation. While some do not pay for their dates as the evening’s cost rises, many view covering the cost as a standard practice. For girls, the primary concern during the prom season is paying for the dress.

“My date is taking care of a lot of it,” said senior Hannah Redifer. “I feel sort of bad but that’s the customary thing for prom. My dad will probably give him some money to help cover it though.”

Some people are finding unique ways to avoid the high costs of prom by renting gowns and tuxedos rather from buying them. There are websites on which a customer can rent a dress for less than they would buy it for in a store and then send it back when their event is over.

“I know one girl on the yearbook staff who is getting a dress from this site called Rent the Runway. It’s not cheap, but it’s better than spending hundreds of dollars on something you’ll wear once,” said senior Dakota Craig.