October 21, 2014

The prom production

Posted 5/3/12

It’s that time of year again, when the girls are running around frantically trying to find the perfect last-minute jewelry to go with their prom dresses…

And the guys? Well, they are washing their cars and making sure everything is perfect.

Who am I kidding?

Guys don’t really have to do anything to get ready for prom besides rent a tux and pay for dinner.

Now, kids rent buses and limos to take them to the big night.

So the question is: when did prom turn into such a production?

When I was in high school we would meet at one person’s house and take one of our parents’ minivans to the dance.

Never in a million years did we think about renting a bus to take us to the dance!

Or would our parents let us…

Sure there were people who would rent limos, but it was rare because nobody cared what you showed up to the dance in.

The only thing we cared about was spending time with our friends before we all went our separate ways after graduation.

It’s seriously ridiculous how much people spend on prom.

Last year I remember someone attending prom told me he was spending more than $500 on just one night.

What could they possibly spend that much money on?

A tux rental can’t be more than $150, dinner $50 and gas $50; that’s $250, still an outrageous number, but better than $500!

Oh, I forgot to add flowers, there’s another $30.

So the grand total: $280.

Where is the rest of the money being spent?

I can understand, a little, girls spending that much money because they have to buy a dress, shoes, accessories, get their hair done, makeup, boutonnières –– the list goes on and on.

But the notion of having to spend a ton of money on the perfect dress is silly; it’s not your wedding!

I have to give props to the Roostertail in Detroit that just came out with their dress code for prom, though.

And sure it may be a little strict, but it’s nice to see a place that still enforces dress codes, because we all know today kids can wear pretty much anything they want and not get in trouble for it.

If you have ever been a chaperone, you know what I am talking about. The girls who wear short dresses, bare midriffs, plunging necklines and slits halfway up their legs.

Which leads me to my next point, if you are going to start drama, the prom is not the place for you.

I can’t tell you how many times I attended a dance while in school and saw a couple arguing about trivial things, which ultimately leads to the girl crying and the boy storming out of the building.

Again, prom is a time for seniors to have fun with their friends before graduation, one last hurrah.

So remember as you are getting ready to head to prom –– keep your troubles to yourself and have fun.

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