Here’s an interesting article on the cost of prom for kids these days. The article quotes a Visa survey that finds the average family with a high schooler spends $807 on the whole Prom kit and kaboodle. They say 1/4 of students don’t go because the cost is too high. One thing I don’t understand is why some couples think the limo etc. part is so necessary that they eschew the entire prom experience if they can’t get the car and all the other accessories. The ticket prices they quote in the article are $65-$150, which is not cheap, but a lot smaller than $807.
IIRC, prom was $85/ticket when we were in high school. So I’m not really seeing prices going up all that awful much for the tickets.
I didn’t go. I couldn’t afford it (though several years later my parents paid for my sister to go to a cotillion, complete with wedding dress and misogyny, but I digress). My partner’s family probably had money for it and no doubt would have paid for my ticket (and I did have a dress I could have worn). But to be honest, the money issue was only tiny. One of my anxieties that I haven’t gotten treatment for is ocholophobia which manifests itself for me in feelings of extreme claustrophobia in situations in which I am in the middle of a large crowd of closely packed people who are standing. I assume I was trampled to death in a previous life. I’m fine in opera houses and at plays where folks are seated and orderly. Can’t do rock concerts, definitely cannot do dances. It hasn’t bothered me since high school, as in most of life one is not being forced to go to crowded dances or concerts.
So instead my boyfriend and I had a lovely weekend together doing low key things like hitting up the ice cream parlor. I think I may have had a rasmetazberry fudge sundae. I miss that ice cream shop! Why don’t they have turtle sundaes outside the midwest? I know I could make them, but it’s a pain to salt and toast pecans… and if we had the ingredients on hand I would gain lots of weight.
Back when I was a freshman taking Algebra II, I learned a lot about what goes on at the pre-parties and after-parties. Very interesting. If I were a parent of one of those kids, I would be worried.
#2, who I am sure will correct me if I misremember, went to prom twice, and had a magical evening both times. Though the first time she went with a jerk (the first in a series of, shall we say, imperfect guys), the second time she went with the perfect guy (for her, which is what matters), who I totally approve(d) of. I’m also vaguely remembering a gorgeous madrigal dress, but that may be something separate.
Did you go to prom? How much did it cost? How did you pay for it? Was it everything you dreamed of? If you didn’t go, then what did you do instead?