My Prom Story | It’s Not Like the Movies

Hi Everyone!

It’s almost prom season! Most ladies will probably be looking for their prom dresses or have already found one. It’s been a number of years since my prom, but I’d like to share my experience at prom. I wish I could say that I had a great time and danced all night, but it’s not like the movies or tv shows you watch. Especially since Canadian proms are different from American ones- we don’t have a prom court where we vote for Prom King and Queen (maybe other schools in Canada do, but ours didn’t).

Prom is a rite of passage for finishing high school, so even if I don’t sound like I enjoyed it, I had fun with my friends and got to dress up for a night. It may not seem like it, but prom is expensive. You spend hundreds of dollars for one night. Now, I know what you’re thinking…a wedding is the same, you spend thousands of dollars for one night too, but at least at your wedding, you’re the centre of attention. At prom, you just get mixed in with the rest of your classmates. For my prom, I think I spent about $500-700 (or rather, my parents spent $500-700). I’m sure other people spent a lot more- some people spend that much on just their dress. The following is a list of costs that I racked up for my prom:

  • the dress (from BCBG)- around $300-$400
  • shoes- I had a hard time finding shoes, I probably would’ve spent more if I had found a brand name pair that I liked, but mine cost $30
  • earrings- I already owned
  • hair and makeup I did on my own (I’m sure a lot of girls spent almost $100 for their hair and makeup)
  • mani/pedi- $15 for mani, $20 for pedi
  • prom ticket-$100
  • limo- $45 (split 10-12 ways with a group of friends)
  • after party on a boat (held by the school)- I didn’t go, and I can’t remember how much it cost (at least $20…possibly $50?)
  • boutonniere (my date chose not to wear a jacket, so I didn’t need to get one, but he bought a corsage for me)- $12-15

The Prom Dress

The search for the prom dress took a while, I dragged my mom to multiple stores for two months. Originally I got a black tulle strapless dress from Mendocino, but it was a bit loose and I was afraid it would fall down. Also, it didn’t seem like my style, so I ended up returning it.

We even went to a bridal store and considered getting a custom one, but by the time I started looking, there wouldn’t have been enough time to have one ordered. So we went everywhere else. I first saw the one at BCBG and I liked it, but wasn’t absolutely in love with it, so we kept looking. After a few weeks, we couldn’t find anything and it was cutting closer to prom, so we went back to BCBG and I bought the dress.

In the past few years, it’s become more popular for girls to choose long dresses. When I had prom, short and long dresses were in style. I used to think I was too short for long dresses and they’d make me look shorter somehow, but now I love maxi dresses. Especially after wearing a long bridesmaid dress for my sister’s wedding (check it out here!). You just need to know how to accessorize and flatter your shape.

I wish I accessorized with a necklace. Since my dress was strapless, my shoulders and neck were pretty bare. The selfie below is from when I recreated the makeup look earlier this year. Surprisingly, I didn’t take any full-length shots of myself at prom and the selfie is a better quality than cropping a pic with my friends.

I recreated my prom makeup look and also did an updated look on what I would do today. Check out the post!


Prom Date

Back when I was in high school, promposals weren’t a huge thing like they are today. Originally I was going to just go with my group of friends, but it seemed like most of them were getting prom dates. Plus, I thought it’d be nice to have a prom date anyways, so I asked a fellow classmate. I asked him on MSN- I’ve always been more outgoing when communicating with people online. I tend to open up more to people because I’m more of a writer than a talker. Plus, I was shy and didn’t know if I would get rejected or not. I remember I was talking to KN and asked if I should ask him or not…she said to go for it, so I did. Either way, I would’ve been going with my friends, so it didn’t really matter if he said no. My classmates and I were chatting about prom and I found out that my prospective date wasn’t planning to go to prom. Later that day, I asked him if he would go to prom with me. I told him that I understand if he didn’t want to go- after all, he’d be shelling out $100 for a ticket and other expenses. To my surprise, he said yes! My closest friends knew I invited him and when we got to prom, I think some people were kind of surprised that we went together. We weren’t in the same friend group, but we were in multiple classes together and we would chat on MSN- I would say wewere acquaintances since we didn’t know a lot about each other, but would chat about our classes.

The Day

On prom day, my friends and I went to get manicures and pedicures. I’m very ticklish, so I just got a manicure. I’ve always had the fear that I would get a pedicure and kick the lady in the face from being too ticklish.

Everyone came to my house to get ready together and take pictures. I don’t have a pool like most prom pictures include, but we took pictures on my front lawn and porch which was good enough for us. Since we were a group of 9, we got together with another group of friends to share a limo. They came over to my house and we took more pics together.

Our prom was at the Design Exchange– it was really nice and the food was okay (chicken, potatoes and veggies). I think I was the only one to finish my plate- I was hungry after the hair and makeup prep. We didn’t really dance that much at our prom, but we mingled with other friends and took lots of pictures. We got the professional prom date picture that everyone takes.

After Party

The school rented a boat for our after party. A lot of people went to the after party, but two of my friends and I decided not to attend and have a sleepover instead. We watched some movies and played games. I think we had more fun than we would’ve if we had gone to the after party. From what I heard, it was a bunch of drunk classmates…I didn’t want to be stuck in the middle of the water with that.

It wasn’t like proms you see in movies like She’s All That and Never Been Kissed, but I still enjoyed myself because I was with my friends. So if you’re on the fence about going, I think it’s something that everyone should experience, even if it’s not what you expect.

Did you go to your prom? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!