Your Turn, NH -- Roy Alonzo: Why do proms cost so much these days?
I recall that my date lived across town from my neighborhood, so she rode a bus with her girlfriends to a transfer point downtown, where some of my male friends and I met them, and we all mounted the transfer bus to our school. After the prom, groups of students went in various directions to ice cream parlors or coffee shops, where they could reminisce and discuss their plans for the future, until it was time to catch the last bus home. For days after, we’d swap our candid camera photos and sign each others’ yearbooks, all the while savoring the good time we had at the prom.
Pre-prom dinners, if not included in the ticket price, may run from $25 to $250 per person, depending on where you dine and what you choose to eat.
Prom gowns and dresses can run from $100 to $400 if you decide not to visit a department store or thrift shop.
Formal photography prices typically range from $30 to $125. Most prom committees arrange to have a photographer to take pictures of couples at the event, in which case price lists are usually available beforehand.
To be sure, if you can sew or are a thrifty shopper, do your own hair, nails and make-up, have a camera, can borrow the family car, and go to a reasonable restaurant, you can cut the cost way down. In the end, it comes down to how much a family can afford or is inclined to spend.
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