It’s the night every girl dreams about, plans for, and anticipates in her youth, other than her wedding day of course.
Senior prom is the last hoorah of high school and the highlight of springtime for most teens.
“I definitely do plan on attending because it is my final year of high school and I want to enjoy all the events,” said Sheetala Balasubramanian of Orange, a senior at Amity High School of Woodbridge.
For juniors and seniors alike, prom is an opportunity to make final school memories with friends before they leave the high school chapter of their lives behind.
But between the cost of tickets, limos, dresses, tuxes, and other accessories, the event’s expense adds up almost too quickly.
“Prom tickets are extremely overpriced, but as far as hair and dresses go, I think part of prom is being extravagant. I know money is an issue for a lot of people, but prom is one of the few nights you can really go all out,” said Maggie DeCapua, a sophomore at Stratford High School.
Many teens feel that the fashion and fun of prom is still well worth the cash, but others look for more budget-friendly ways to tackle the cost.
“Prom tickets are terribly overpriced. There is absolutely no reason for our prom to be so far away from our town, or as expensive as it is,” said Jordan Kovacs, a junior at Shelton High School. “Since it’s only my junior year, I’m not going all out; I’m trying to find a dress under seventy five dollars and I’m letting my mom do my hair and I’m handling my makeup and nails.”
If attending prom, girls often question the appropriate time to start searching for their dresses.
“Most girls are getting their prom dresses about five months before prom, but I’ll probably wait until the last minute to get mine,” said Caroline Grew, a senior at Trumbull High School.
In fact, early April seems to be the busiest time for prom dress hunting, since most girls are still on the search for the perfect one.
“I thought about borrowing a dress but I think I wouldn’t like anything my sister has so I’m trying to find an inexpensive dress that I can be comfortable dancing in. I want a cheaper dress because I’m only going to be wearing it to prom and I’m probably going to get it dirty so I don’t want to waste money on one,” said Kovacs.
Of course, as with any event, impressions are a concern. Girls can only hope that their dress is both orginal and impressive.
“I think that with girls, the only pressure is to not have the same dress as someone else. A lot of girls are going all out on dresses, and everyone is going to look pretty in their own right. Everyone is going to be judging each other of course, but for the most part, I think it’s more about having fun with your friends and enjoying the night than trying to one up everyone else who is there,” said Kovacs.
To prevent duplicates, most students have taken the initiative to use social networking as an advantage.
According to many teens, groups have started popping up all over Facebook, as an opportunity for girls to post pictures of their dresses and share their thoughts.
“My school does have a Facebook page for girls to post their prom dress. This serves to show people dresses so that people do not buy the same one,” said Balasubramanian. “I wouldn’t compare mine to any posted, other than to make sure I’m not buying something someone has, because I have a clear idea of what I like.”
Other girls, however, would rather wait until the actual event to show off their gowns.
“If there is a Facebook page for girls with prom dresses, I have not found it yet. Besides, I want my dress to be a surprise for my boyfriend,” said Kovacs.
No matter how teens go about their prom night planning though, the consensus seems to prove the same. Prom is a date not to be missed.
Written by Alexis Christy, a senior at Jonathan Law High School of Milford.