A prom dress is possibly one of the most important investments in a young girl’s life. Many of us remember our proms years later, showing pictures to our husbands and daughters and reminiscing about prom night at our high school reunions. Prom night is sort of a snapshot encapsulation of a girl’s high school career, as well as one of the first major steps toward adulthood. Debutante balls and related parties are increasingly rare, and many of the traditions of those events have been moved to prom night. Consequently, the prom is often a girl’s only formal party prior to her wedding. Is it any wonder, then, that shopping for a prom dress is so important.
When helping your daughter select a prom dress, it is important to keep several things in mind. Your daughter is likely to be extremely excitable, even appearing overwrought at times. It is your responsibility to maintain a cool, clear head and guide her toward appropriate and reasonable choices. When the mother is caught up in the prom dress frenzy, it becomes difficult for the daughter to make reasonable decisions.
Beautiful prom dresses are available in every price range. Certainly, the prom dress market is highly lucrative and many well-known designers offer their own prom selections. If you can afford it, there is certainly nothing wrong with a designer prom dress. However, you should not feel obligated to purchase a prom dress that rivals a wedding gown in cost. Sit down with your budget well in advance and decide how much you are willing to spend on a prom dress.