The average family with a teenager will spend $1,078 on the prom, according to USA Today. That’s up $271 from last year.
I found those figures shocking. Could this possibly be the norm in Rochester? A friend texted me his daughter’s prom is costing $400 for the dress, $50 for shoes, $75 for hair and nails and $95 for the ticket. That’s far less than $1,078, but my eyes bugged out at the cost of the dress. Lord & Taylor is full of stunning dresses for less than $200.
My friend and his daughter are not alone. Here’s what people had to say on Twitter:
I now see why the Fairy Godmothers group is so important for underprivileged girls!
I don’t remember how much my prom cost in the 90s. I think it was probably around $250 for both me and my date. Spending $200 on a night out today would give me pause. To the left is me at the Marshall Junior-Senior Prom, held in the High Falls special event space. (The year before, our prom was at the Top of the Plaza at Midtown. Sigh.)