Every young lady attending her prom wants the most magical dress she can find for that special night. Procuring that magical prom dress doesn’t have to mean a budget busting expense for parents, if you utilize some of these alternative prom dress ideas for getting a perfect prom dress.
Organize a Prom Dress Swap
Organize a prom dress swap for your daughter and her girl friends. A formal dress worn by one girl to a junior prom might be perfect for another girl to wear to a senior prom. Invite the girl friend’s older sisters, friends of friend and to make it really interesting, invite girls from other schools. The more girls who attend bearing gently used prom dresses, the more likely satisfying dress swaps can be made. Make the prom dress swap fun by serving refreshments and playing their favorite music.
Have each girl bring at least one formal dress that has been worn to a prom or wedding (think bride’s maids gown) and the dresses can be swapped one for one among the girls or if matches can’t be found, dresses can be sold at an agreed upon (discounted) price.
Consignment Shops and Charity Boutiques
Consignment shops are another venue to look at when searching for an affordable prom dress. Some consignment shops specialize in formal wear and may just have the desired magical prom dress. Call consignment shops before visiting to see if they have formal wear.
Look to charitable organizations for procuring the perfect prom dress. The Salvation Army store, Goodwill store or other local ministry store may have a gently worn prom dress in just the right size and price. Some charitable organizations, such as the Cinderella Project, have shops that are full of gently worn prom dresses and other prom accessories for the perfect price; Free. Teenage girlsin financial need who are planning for their prom can stock up on prom essentials, all for free.
DIY Prom Dress
Do you sew? Know anyone who does sew? A beautiful, one-of-a-king prom dress can be sewn at home for a very affordable price. A prom dress pattern will include step by step sewing instructions for a DIY prom dress. Making your own prom dress is a rather big sewing project and not an easy task for a first time sewing attempt, get the assistance of an experienced seamstress for creating a prom dress.
A magical prom dress does not have to break the family budget. Organize a prom dress swap, search out consignment and charity shops or create your own prom dress. Think outside the formal dress box and find a less expensive solution to a prom dress budget dilemma.