High school prom costs soar up to $1,139 this year

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  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 29, 2013 4:25 p.m.

    Prom is an interesting concept. It's the one night when normally conservative helicopter parents encourage their daughters to dress wear next to nothing, go dance with a hormone-driven boy, and engage in a light night of partying, promiscuity, underage drinking, and other general debauchery. And they often pay for the whole thing.

    And if you're one of those parents reading this saying "my daughter would never do that", well I've got news for you: You're exactly the one whose daughter would do that.

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    Good heavens. What a waste of money. Even worse, what a poor message this sends to the young people who place such value on something so trivial. Shame on any parents out there enabling and paying for such extravagence.

    I loved going to prom in high school. Went to almost every one. Never rented a tux, never got a limo, never went to a very expensive restaurant. I think my date bought a dress specifically for prom on only one or two occasions and they were very modest (in style and in price). By the time I paid for flowers, the dance, some photos, and dinner, I was into it $70 or $80, which was getting expensive for my tastes. My parents never would have paid even those amounts, let alone $1,000!

  • Kellie Orem, UT
    April 29, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    We spent a total of $76 total for jewelry, shoes, and the dress which we found at JC Penneys as well as 16 hours making the difficult alterations. She looked stunning and was one of the very best dressed at the prom. It was a labor of love and fun. People who make under $30K who spend more than we did are seriously lacking good judgement.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2013 8:39 p.m.

    Proms perpetuate the high maintenance princess paradigm.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    April 28, 2013 3:38 p.m.

    My son went last week and spent about 10% of that. Unfortunately, what we really lack are adults who are willing to act like parents. Unless you are wealthy, spending that kind of money on a high school dance should a complete lack of common sense. And yes, my son could have afforded much more. However, the kids he went with kept it simple, had a good time, and now have plenty of money to do more fun things.

  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    April 27, 2013 11:16 p.m.

    My bought a great dress for $65 and altered it a little for modesty for $5. I don't think the boy spent much either.

    It's not a wedding. Geesh. And those are out of hand too.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    April 27, 2013 6:47 p.m.

    $1000 is a lot of money for a dress that hardly covers anything...

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    April 27, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    A local seemstress in town old me that she often has kids come to do their prom and wedding dresses fit simultaneously. Perhaps that's one way to economize.

  • Terrie Bittner Warminster, PA
    April 27, 2013 4:38 a.m.

    I was a junior at the time proms began to get out of hand. The student council decided to hold the prom an hour and a half away on the Queen Mary and charged 100 dollars a ticket. The student body responded by refusing to attend, for the most part.

    Responsibility for this goes to the adults. It's time we spend a little of our parenting and education time teaching young people to think, to set values and to figure out what will matter in the long run. A prom is nothing more than a dance. In the long run, that money is wasted. I didn't go my junior year and I graduated early so I didn't go the next year...and amazingly, I managed to have a perfectly good life in spite of it. My parents taught me to spend money on things of value. An over-priced date with someone you may not really even care about isn't one of them.

  • theOtter Lafayette, IN
    April 26, 2013 10:07 p.m.

    I never went to prom because my girlfriend lived 800 miles away, but I can say that that average is more than we paid for our wedding, two receptions, and honeymoon combined! What are people thinking?!

  • gamer PROVO, UT
    April 26, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    sad.. should only cost $100-200 dollars

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    April 26, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    And to think, I had a hard time paying up to $200 for prom.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 26, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    "Families that made less than $30,000 a year spent the most."

    And thus we see why so many people have a hard time embracing the idea of people taking tax dollars for being poor.

    It makes me sick to know I was forced to spend my day at work, so I could pay for some poor person to blow MY hard earned money on a $1000 prom dance.