BBB Tips for Graduation

May 11, 2015

BBB: Tips for Teens and Parents When it comes to Graduation Celebrations

Vancouver, B.C. – For thousands of B.C. high school students, one of the most important days of their lives is almost here. Leaving high school to chase their dreams is a moment in everyone’s life they won’t forget. It is also a time when parents and students alike have put some money aside to make graduation as special and unique as possible.

“We all want this day to go without a hitch,” says Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor for Better Business Bureau serving Mainland BC. “We just ask that students and their families plan for the event and do their homework when it comes to hiring services. It’s a little like planning a wedding in some respects so there can be a lot of things to take into consideration before you start spending money. You want to make sure that things like flowers are ready and limos arrive on time.”

BBB serving Mainland BC offers these Graduation tips:

  • Prom tickets – purchase directly from the school and not some third party.
  • Prom dresses – Buy from a reputable dealer and be wary of online purchases claiming to high end brands.
  • Beauty appointments – schedule these far in advance as many places will be very busy this time of year.
  • Limousines – do your research and get a signed contract.
    • Know how many people are allowed.
    • Know the number of hours you are paying for and the cost per hour.
    • Determine if gratuity is included in the price.
  • Flowers – These can be a simple corsage or boutonniere or a full bouquet.
    • Use a reliable florist with order spelling out when it will be available and what types of flowers will be used.
  • Photography – Hiring a professional photographer to capture the moments is important to many.
    • Get a written contract so you know exactly what is include in the service.
    • Does the price include photo retouching?
  • Check with BBB – You can check out business and customer reviews at



 Media Contacts:

 Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor BBB Serving Mainland BC                                                                                                              604-488-8702                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        404-788 Beatty Street                                                                                                                                                                                            Vancouver, BC                                                                                                                                                                                                                V6B 2M1

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