EUGENE, Ore. — The dress, tuxedo, dinner and limo are all prom staples. And according to VISA, they all come with a price tag that makes the dance itself ring up at about $1,100 a student. On the West Coast, that number’s slightly slower, closer to a thousand.
Sheldon High junior Tristan Mehlhaff said, “In our region, prom isn’t as much of a show. It’s more get your ticket, get your tux, go to prom, but for other parts of the country it’s probably having a party, setting everything up before and after the prom.”
“I don’t know any kids personally that have spent that much. I mean my kids are pretty low key about it so that’s really surprising to me,” said parent Carrie Mertz.
When it comes to prom, the threads are the first thing that come to mind. In town, a tux can range from $50 to about $150. But while the tux can be a tad bit pricey, many agreed it doesn’t compare to the cost of its counterpart–the perfect dress.
Blush Bridal Boutique owner Teresa Parsons said, “The dress is a big deal. I mean the girls like the attire, but it also depends where they are in school. A senior, this is her last time, her last time to shine, so she might spend a little more.”
A little more for the dress and a little more for hair, makeup and nails brings the total to about $150. When it comes to dinner and transportation, a lot of local students choose to have dinner made at home with friends and then drive themselves. Most everyone seemed to agree that those priceless memories shouldn’t cost you a thing.
“You don’t need money and valuable things to make you happy. Everything you need is right in front of you,” said Sheldon High junior Victoria Rosenberger.