Proms mark a rite of passage as high school juniors and seniors participate in their first big solo, grown up event. As with many other rites of passage which children endure, proms are also expensive. In some cases, they can be extremely expensive. For parents on a budget, finding ways to cut those prom costs without diminishing the memories or the teenage self image can be a challenge. With a little common sense and planning, prom can be an affordable event that even your teen will find acceptable.
Prom Pictures. Not to be cynical, but the odds are good that in 10-15 years, your daughter will not want to visit Aunt Suzy with the husband and three kids in tow to see a picture of the cute high school prom date pose on the mantle. Prom is great-but, the photo package does not really need to be larger than one to accommodate the parents and the couple and maybe a couple of close friends.
Enjoy dancing to music with a DJ or to prerecorded tracks. Consider renting games from party planners like black light chess, Twister, and more. Have everyone wear white cotton tees if desired.
Also, coach carriers offer more pieces of comfort to their passengers after they may have alighted within the car. If you have reached your destination, you can have the corporation get you into a specific geographic area. The opposite may also do. They might pick you up in one local point to their coach terminals.
Third, is setting up the environment up for success. I cleared my desk except for the materials I needed. I practiced mantras before each focus. Played a productivity CD or meditated for a few minutes (using a timer so I didn’t get lost in time). Previously when I did this type of exercise, I felt I was wasting my time. Now, I realize it accomplishes the opposite.
Pulling into the resort with the surrounding woods and multiple lakes immediately melted stress away. It was beautiful and peaceful. Once we checked in we were thrilled to take a horse drawn carriage ride to our bungalow. I think that is a wonderful touch. Everyone receives a horse and carriage hire for weddings ride, or if it is snowing you are taken in a horse drawn sled to your bungalow.
Decorating the tree each year is always a trip down memory lane. To put up ornaments from your childhood, teenage years and the most beautiful ones you just bought last week, provides an tangible view of your own personal history. As you join your lives together as a couple, consider adding a new ornament to the tree each year. Avoid the typical brass ornaments with the year engraved and choose an ornament that reflects that year in your life. A great idea is to look for Christmas ornaments on vacation, so that every year you can be pleasantly reminded of the great times you have had together.
The best thing about a wedding theme is that it can give direction to your wedding planning. Choose one which expresses something about your style or your relationship, whether it is a traditional theme or something more out of the ordinary. In the end, the best theme for your wedding is the one that will make your guests exclaim, “that looks just like her!”.