Is prom worth it?

By Kim Navarre from Brooklyn, NY (Aleks’ beautiful corsage Uploaded by France3470) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Kai Kuruhara, Editorial

Prom, the biggest night of your high school career, but is it really? Between buying the perfect dress and getting your hair and makeup done, the cost can really add up, and we often wonder, is prom worth it?

If you’ve ever seen a teenage movie set in high school, there was probably a prom somewhere in the plot, and ever since then, prom has been something you fantasized about. Descending down the staircase in slow motion as your date waits at the door with this mouth wide open in complete awe.

Well, prom isn’t that cliche, but it is one of the most memorable nights you’ll participate in during high school. Being in an atmosphere with all your classmates, where you can let loose and have fun is a really important bonding experience, and seeing everyone looking totally snatched is definitely worth it.

For girls, the hype before the main event is equally, if not, more exciting. Getting asked in the most extra way possible — or not — the quest for the dress, getting your hair/nails/makeup done, and the overall feeling of heightened anticipation for the “best night ever.”

When the day finally arrives you roll up to prom with your squad, date, or even alone to find that it’s more than just dancing in a school gym. There are cute photo setups, a wide selection of all-you-can-eat food, fun favors, games, and the crowning of the most popular couple in your year (most likely). Each prom varies, but it’s more than just dancing in a crowded room with sweaty people.

The biggest downside that keeps people from attending prom is the price tag. Bids can be expensive, formal wear is not cheap, and extras such as hair, makeup, and transportation can burn a hole in your bank account. According to Visa Inc.’s ‘ annual prom survey, the average family will spend around $919 on prom this year. That’s a lot of money for a few hours.

Luckily, there is a solution and it won’t break the bank. Going to prom doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are many alternatives you could try and still look like a million bucks! Instead of buying a new $200-500 dress, rent, borrow, make, or buy used. Do your hair and makeup yourself or even have a friend or family member do it for you. The possibilities are endless, you just have to be smart about it.

Prom is a once in a lifetime event and it can be one of the most exciting times of your adolescence. If you’re feeling skeptical about it, just go, because it’s better to have gone than to regret years later.