Prom Guide Planning Tips

Here are some Prom Guide planning tips for the main event: Prom Night. You’ll only have one senior prom and it should be everything you want — and then some. Prom Guide has been covering prom season for nearly 30 years, and we know that the best way to have a lousy time is to fail to plan. So plan early and plan well. Don’t leave important details until the last minute.


Start out with a budget. Decide how much you can afford to spend, and plan your night to fit your budget. In planning your budget, don’t just dream up a number, check with your parents and your date about what the appropriate amount of money is to spend. Remember to include everything in your budget, not just the prom dresses, tuxedos and the limo. Don’t forget the incidentals like the corsage, shoes, pocketbook, hair and nails and after-prom expenses. Otherwise, you’ll be caught off guard when the time comes to pay for them.

Party Bus

Consider booking a limo bus, which holds up to 29 passengers. We strongly recommend use of limos because they’re a safe and fun way to travel on prom night. The cost for a limo, generally speaking, can be calculated with the following formula – cost per hour, per person, plus 20% gratuity; exotic limousines will be slightly higher.


If you already have a date, your next step should be to determine how expenses will be divided. It’s only fair that you and your date split things. Couples, on average, spend between $400 and $1,000 on their prom. If you’re working with a limited budget, shop early. It pays because some companies will offer discounts for early booking.


  1. Prom night can really be expensive. Here in our city, it’s the gown, payment for the venue, and of course the hair and make up. But we don’t have like bus rentals and such. I think proms are really a bigger thing in the US than in our city.

  2. When I was in high school I was an onlooker to those planning prom. A lot of work and money definitely went into it. This is a good prom guide to follow to make sure prom is perfect. Our kids are still little, I’m sure one of them will be a part of planning a prom, I will keep this guide in mind for them.

  3. Prom can be so expensive, but it’s like a memroy that you’ll only have once in a blue moon, so I guess the hassle, a bit of stress, and a bit of budget for everything would suffice. That’s true, early bookings will give more savings when compared to late ones as the demand gets higher.

  4. Prom is such a fun time, and I wish that I could relive that night over and over again. It’s such a great experience.

  5. Having a budget for prom and special occasions is so important. I was completely oblivious to what it costed as a teenager because I was so focused on the event itself. This is great information!

  6. Great post!! Number 1 is really important. With all the activities and stuff to buy we can go broke lol So I usually try to plan my budget before hand and anticipate any kind of expense, so I can be prepared. Once everything is planned, just stick to it and have fun!


  7. I didn’t realize prom was actually that expensive – but it makes sense! Those dresses and tuxedos can be super pricey! My daughters are only 4 & 2 so I have a while before I start thinking about school dances. I still remember my prom!

  8. My kids are really young, but I remember my own prom and planning and budgeting is so important! My nieces are older and will be going to prom so this is something I need to send over to my sisters~

  9. A budget is so important in so many things, isn’t it!? It really keeps you on the straight and narrow I find. Thanks for sharing your other tips, also!


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