Money makes prom go round

Prom expenses leave students broke


photo credit: Jill Hall

Girls night \\ Posing during their prom photos, a group of senior girls stand together in Adriatica Village May 8. Prom expenses are costly.

writer: Katie Borchetta, Staff Reporter

It’s getting to that point in the school year where the only thing on the upperclassman’s mind is prom, prom and more prom. 

Prom is the one night students can dress up in big poofy ball gowns and tuxedos and dance the stress of their school year away. 

While this dance is seen as an important peak in students’ high school experience, there is one major problem that students are facing that coincides with it… the cost. 

First, the ticket for the dance this year is $75. This is more expensive than the previous year’s prices of $60 and it does not come with the usual commodities that it comes with. Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, students are required to wear masks; therefore, there will be no food served at the dance. 

However, prom sponsor, Mrs. Angela Towers reveals the need for this pricing. 

I hate spending my paycheck, but I feel like I have to because it’s my senior prom.”

— Morgan Healey, senior

Prom ticket cost covers the venue rental, venue setup and take-down, required venue security, decorations vendor, DJ, restroom facilities, parking, beverages, and a goodie bag for each student to take home, which includes a tee-shirt and sweet treat,” Mrs. Towers said.

Despite the new things being covered in the tickets, some students are still upset with the price when the money is coming out of their own pockets. 

“I hate spending my paycheck, but I feel like I have to because it’s my senior prom,” senior Morgan Healey said. 

Besides the ticket price, students face other extravagant prom expenses. A dress, nails, new makeup, jewelry and shoes are just some items that are necessary for people to feel and look their best for one night. These prom necessities can add up. 

Some female students have also voiced that it can be more costly for them over their male counterparts. 

“I feel like women have to pay so much more money because you have to get your hair done, makeup done, nails done and have to accessorize everything to go with your dress, and not to mention the dress can be expensive itself,” senior Kayla Green said.

Prom is considered one of the most important days in a student’s high school career. Many students find value in spending a large sum of money to gather up all the essential prom materials. Especially, when this year’s senior class did not get to have their junior prom, like previous students of the school did due to the COVID-19 coronavirus shutting down schools.

“I hope prom is everything people hyped it up to be,” Healey said.