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    I spent £300 on my dress for prom, but it was honestly the most beautiful item of clothing I've ever owned and I don't regret it for a second
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    The tickets for mine were too expensive. I didn't go. :sad:
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    I didn't, partially coz I don't buy into that materialistic rubbish, and partially because I went to a boys school for 6th form so no-one really took our prom seriously...it was just a massive piss up XD

    I got a lift there from his mum and spent about £30 on a dress. Sorted. And tbh although a couple of people got limos no-one at all had fancy, expensive dresses.
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    I never bothered with my year 11 one. I wasn't prepared to pay £40 for a ticket as well as then having to buy an outfit and everything, especially as I was staying on for 6th form anyway, as were most of my friends.

    I'm going to the year 13 one but I've spent £15 on my dress and £10 on shoes and I can use them for other things.
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    One-up-manship, out-doing the Jones's, showing off. Whatever you call it, it's like the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding for suburbians.
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    I won a limo through a school maths competition haha. I would have walked if I didn't win it tbh, didn't bother me.
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    people spend crazy money on prom because of their image and status, everyone tries to 1-up everyone else to become prom queen or whatever it is

    it's almost like a rite of passage into adulthood I suppose, but personally I think british people try too hard to copy america
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    I'm going to my prom with one of my friends, the others don't see the point. Anyway, its what you make it. I've brought my dress off the oxfam vintage website and its a 1950's vintage, maybe a tad too formal but I like it. Think it was about £40 and then I had to pay a bit more as I had to get it adjusted. Prom ticket was £15. And I'm not sure how we're getting there really we've yet to organise that but probably not a limo. But ours has a stupid theme this year which has put loads of people off. Don't know how thats going to go down.

    Year 11 prom was at school, brought my dress in the sales and my Mum and Dad drove me up and I walked up the back entrance. As I said its what you make of it. Some people will spend loads of money, others not. But in the end up you are still going to have the same time once you get there.
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    (Original post by Catiexx)
    Hey, well my year 11 prom is coming up in a few months and my friends are taking it all so seriously and I don't understand why?

    They have booked a limo and it's costing me £35 for an hour drive, it's stupid but I can't really say so now and I need to tell my mum soon.

    And the dress, one girl at my school has spent £200+ and other bought their dress before christmas; it makes me laugh until I remember I haven't even started looking and I have no idea where to look and I don't really want to spend £150 on a dress I've not seen or tried on.

    It is absurd to me why it is so popular and I just think it's too American; I'd rather save my money and spend it on something more useful.

    What do you think of it all? And also could you give me any ideas on where to look for reasonably priced dresses?

    Thanks

    Spending so much on the prom is saving 2grand for it, 200 quid is nothing for a prom...35quid for a limo pp1hour, pretty good.
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    It's still a bit of a traditional English thing, our school rightly called it the 'Ball'. It's not a prom.

    It's meant to be once-in-a-lifetime thing. In many respects it's a rite of passage. That is why people put so much effort in to it.
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    My high school prom dress was £27 (<3 debenhams) and sales!

    I bought a lovely dress for £10 from Zara a couple of months back, probably be my year 13 ball dress. I just keep an eye out for things now.

    Tip is, even if you might have to spend a bit more, get a nice dress you can wear again. So many people got giant fluffy princess dresses that they will cringe at the thought of ever wearing again.

    I think it's all a bit OTT as well but it's one of those things people will remember so even if it's for the sake of making your friends happy. The night doesn't have to be terrible ;p
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    Proms are American. Just saying.
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    i have my year 11 prom in a few months too. i'm definitely going all out as i will only have one prom. it literally will be a once in a life time thing for many, so it's probably why they spend so much. also, getting a limo is all part of the experience. personally,i can't wait for prom
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    I read "Why do people spend so much money on porn".

    I shall leave now.
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    Yeah, I did the same in year 11, spent loads of money (about 400 pounds) etc. because I was materialistic and vain. Had spray tans and the latter, looking back on photos I look like a orange tarted up ****. :rolleyes:

    I have grown up now, I could really care less about the year 13 prom... I understand now why people were asking why I was spending so much on one not so important occasion.
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    Prom was ****. I went into the building like once. I spent the rest of time smoking blunts somewhere in the hotel grounds.

    After party however was awesome, our whole year in one big field.
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    Me and a few other head pupils (well me and 2 of my friends anyway) are planning our prom. Our price was £50, but then it got lowered to £30 and now it's been increased to £35. We've already booked the hotel and they provide the catering (a 3 course meal, with snacks at the entrance as well as drinks), the fee pays not only for that, but also the coach trip and the photographs which are going to be taken by a professional photograph company. I am in the process of negotiating a deal with a well established Year Book company, the DJ is already sorted and he plays anything you request so I'm looking forward to that!

    Our theme is Hollywood Masquerade and everyone is going to be given a standard mask, well the girls are going to get the better one with sequins but of course you're allowed to buy your own mask. We are of course, going to have a red carpet and we'd have to walk down with a boy (ugh considering the kind of boys in my year).

    I haven't even chosen the dress yet, for me, it's a matter of going there and seeing what I like rather than planning it. I've decided to buy the dress on a date nearer to the prom (July 8th) just in case I change my mind about the dress, then I can return it and get a refund. I'm mainly looking forward to buying the shoes. I'm thinking of having make-up like this: .

    I don't want to spend too much money on the prom because I am leaving 2 days after to Kenya and Tanzania for 2 months and I'd rather spend more money there on more valuable and unique things so that when I start 6th form I can have really interesting things to wear lol.
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    Our ticket is £40
    Then a floor length dress
    Hair, make up and nails.

    Tbh I just want to get wasted, and the amount that I would spend on prom could buy me an insane amount of vodka so I'm not going.
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    I got my dress from ebay and my shoes from a charity shop, Looked just as good as everyone else and other people were rather tacky. Spent £25 all together on my outfit, plus 30 to get in and a free limo
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    My prom dress was £40 online. It looked nicer than all the over priced dresses I saw.
 
 
 
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