A successful prom need not be expensive

Sarah Watts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Prom is in two months, meaning now is the time for Mustangs to make their plans and get prepared. Prom costs add up quickly, as they include tickets, dinner and attire. Here are a few tips on how to save money on this expensive night.

The stress that prom season brings can be relieved through smart shopping and planning.

Beginning with boys, many find that it is easier and less expensive to rent a tuxedo as opposed to buying one. Several websites and local stores offer deals for renting or buying tuxedos.

One popular website that has tuxedos available to rent starting at $89.00 is Menguin. Men’s Wearhouse offers tuxedos for rent, and this store has locations in Sarasota and Tampa. Finally, The Black Tux is a website that allows customers to customize their tuxedo, and they guarantee that the tuxedo will come in at least 2 weeks before the customers’ prom.

Moreover, ladies have an especially difficult time budgeting for prom, as besides their dress, jewelry and shoes, ladies typically get their hair, makeup, and nails done.

To begin, ladies can find inexpensive jewelry at places like Charming Charlie, which has jewelry specifically made for prom or fancy events. The most inexpensive pair of heels can be found at Marshalls, ASOS, or Traffic.

As for hair, it is suggested to get your hair done for prom at your normal salon, as they may offer good deals to frequent customers. A good alternative to getting your hair professionally styled is getting your hair done by a family member or friend, as these people are willing to do hair for free.

University Town Center (UTC) has many options for getting one’s makeup done for prom. Sephora has the best reviews for doing prom makeup, while Mac and Ulta are also good options. Each specific store and makeup artist has different prices for doing makeup.

Finally, the most inexpensive nail salons in this area are L.A. Nails, Edin Nails, and Nails by Heather. Some Mustangs also suggest buying fake nails from Walgreens or CVS, as these nails are typically under $10 and will last through prom night.