BBB Offers Tips for Prom Season Spending

April 17, 2017

With prom season around the corner, prom goers and their parents are going to start looking for attire, corsages, transportation and more. Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina (BBB) offers advice to eliminate stress and save money.  

"Between the products and services needed for prom night, Teenagers and their families can end up spending a lot of money," says Alyssa Gutierrez, Director of Communications for the BBB serving Eastern NC. "It is important for consumers to do the research ahead of time, plan accordingly and use trustworthy businesses.”

To ensure a memorable evening, BBB offers the following prom tips for parents and students:

Prom Attire. The average price for a prom dress or a tuxedo can range from $100 to $400, but designer dresses can easily cost up to $1000. If your daughter wants to wear a designer gown, buy it from a reputable retailer. What seems like a great deal may be a knock-off dress.

Beauty Services. The prom is a time to look glamorous, but beauty is expensive. The cost for tanning, nail salons, professional hair and makeup could range from $175 to $500. When scheduling appointments on prom day, be sure to leave extra time in case the hairdresser or nail salon is overbooked.

Transportation. The average cost of a limousine on prom night can range from $200 to $500, depending on the type of vehicle and the number of hours needed. Parents should make sure that they have a written contract that includes the hours of service, required fees including gratuities and maximum capacity allowed.

Flowers. Flowers for the prom can range from $20 for a simple corsage or boutonniere to $75 for a bouquet of roses. If you are ordering flowers, make sure you use a reliable local florist and have a written order that details delivery times and specific types of flowers.

Photography. You have to have special photos of such a special night. Depending on whether you use the official prom photographer or hire a professional photographer, the cost can range from $30 to $250. If you’re hiring a professional photographer, make sure you have a written contract so that you understand what is included.

Consumers can find trustworthy businesses online by searching the BBB Accredited Business Directory