Prom Dress Shopping Survival Guide

Jennifer L By Jennifer L, 3rd Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A Step By Step Guide On Shopping For The Perfect Prom Dress With Your Teen

Prom Dress Shopping Survival Guide

The prom is a time honored tradition in the United States that unofficially marks the ending of the high school experience. It is the night that a girl's dream of becoming a princess comes true. There are flowers, fancy cars, and handsome young men in tuxedos to commemorate this special day. However, the piece de resistance of the evening is the prom dress. Your daughter will undoubtedly be excited and maybe even a little anxious about deciding on the perfect dress for the big to-do. Here are a few tips to keep both you and your princess happy (and sane!) during your shopping experience.

1)Have a game plan:Discuss with your daughter a budget you can afford prior to your shopping day. Also factor in the price of shoes, jewelry, and hair accessories. It is her special day, but it is just ONE day. Be firm on your budget and encourage your daughter to save some of her own money to contribute if her tastes exceed the bottom line. Also check out consignment shops or craigslist for beautiful "worn once" dresses

2) Start Early:You will want to start looking for dresses well before the prom date. If you wait too long, the dresses will be picked over, which will make for an unpleasant experience if your daughter can't find her perfect gown. Also, keep in mind that the dress may need to be altered, which will take some extra time.

3) This is not a red carpet event, it's a prom: This is your daughter's time to look and feel like a princess, not a Hollywood starlet. Many dresses are far too revealing for a teenager. Negotiate on a style of dress you both will appreciate.

4)Make the day special:Take your daughter for a sparkling manicure or pedicure to match her dress.You can go to your local cosmetology school for about half the price of a beauty salon-just be sure to make an appointment well in advance.

5)Remember the day:Take plenty of pictures and videos to enjoy for years to come. Be sure to post them on social media for all of your friends to share(with your daughter's blessings of course!)

Every mother wants her daughter's high school prom to be a very special event in her child's life. The twinkle you see in your daughter's eyes on prom night will be well worth all of the planning for her special day, and may even bring tears to yours.


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author avatar Jennifer L
I'm a 43 year old mother and stepmother to 6 daughters. I work as an RN in northeast Ohio.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Mar 2014 (#)

It is a delicate balancing act between what one can afford to spend for a special day and to celebrate the joy of the occasion. Nice share, Jennifer - siva

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