It’s the single event that students scrimp and save for. Naturally, such an event would come at a cost.
But is that cost too high?
At most area high schools, prom tickets run from $50 to $100. Prom becomes even more expensive when you add in dresses/tuxedos, hair styling, transportation, corsages/boutonnieres and dinner. So what about the students whose parents can’t afford to fork over cash for such items that would be considered non-essential by their standards? Are they given discounted prom tickets?
At Marietta High School, prom tickets cost $50, and discounted tickets are offered through the contributions of various local organizations such as Marietta Housing Authority and Communities in Schools, school officials said. Marietta High had their prom last week at the Marietta Conference Center.
But Walton High School has a different way of doing prom. They have class dues, which cost $60 up front and cover both junior and senior proms. Walton does not offer discounted prom tickets, but assistant principal Marla Hutton said, “We help students in need.” The school will have its prom at the Hellenic Community Center.
“Most of the prom costs are student-driven: cost of dress, hair, nails, tuxedo rental, limo, dinner,” said Hutton. “All of these costs can be lowered if the student shops frugally.”
With prices so expensive, should schools try to cut some of the bells and whistles, perhaps go for a more modest location, in an effort to make prom more affordable?
“We are very conscientious with regard to the planning of our prom to keep our prices reasonable so that we can increase the participation of our students,” Colburn said.
Hutton said prom is affordable “if you don’t get caught up in keeping up with others.”