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Prom tickets are HOW MUCH?????

OK, all of our girls are grown, we haven't done the prom thing in many years.  The youngest girl graduated in '03 and was living with her biomom at the time.  I've been away from this for awhile now.

DS is taking a good girl friend to his Senior Prom.  Yay!!!  He came home yesterday and told me when prom was.  Then I asked him how much the tickets are.  He told me 50 bucks.

FIFTY DOLLARS!!!!  No dinner and of course, no alcohol, and each kid is FIFTY DOLLARS!!!  DH and I can get a decent dinner and a drink for that.

So, you high school teachers out there, how much do prom tickets run in your area?

I asked him how big his prom budget was and his eyes got a bit big and he just said - not big enough yet.
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    No dinner?  What time does prom start?  When I was in high school (12 years ago) our prom started around 6pm and we got a full dinner (salad, pasta, main meal and dessert) and there were virgin drink stands set up for us.  Our prom was actually at a venue where many people have weddings.  In my school (and this is how it's still done today because I have friends that teach there) the ticket cost was dependent upon how much fundraising the class had done leading up to prom.  I remember them being really cheap for senior prom because our class busted our butts to fundraise all year, I want to say they were probably $40 per ticket.
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    Whaaat? My prom was six years ago and tickets were about that much but it included dinner at least. (Still thought it was a bit much) That's kinda crazy, poor kid.
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    I went to prom 6 years ago. Ours were $50, never included dinner. They did have a chocolate fountain though. That sounds about normal to me.
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    My senior prom was in 6 years ago.  I'm pretty sure it was $25 per person, and we got well fed.  :)
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    Ugh, I feel old. My prom was 10 years ago. I honestly don't remember the price because the guy I was hagging paid for me. We didn't eat anything at the prom because we went to the Melting Pot before it instead.

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    'My prom was 9 years ago and it was 40 but included a dinner buffet.
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    My prom was 8 years ago and tickets were $50, but we got dinner. It was in a fairly popular wedding venue in the area. 
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    My prom was 14 years ago and it cost us $150 per couple (only couples were allowed, no singles).  But we had a full sit down dinner and a DJ who was famous for being on the local radio station, so I'm sure he cost a little bit more.  It was also held at a fancy venue where wedding receptions are typically held.
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    My prom was 9 years ago and I think was around $50 a ticket.  But my prom was on Mackinac Island and the cost included the ferry ride to the island, horse drawn carriage ride to the hotel (also a popular wedding venue), and dinner. 
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    ...my prom was eight years ago (sad.) but I think, tickets were $99 each. I could be making that up in my old age. I think they had food, but everyone went out to dinner beforehand. (This was in Texas, not NYC)

    ETA - I think maybe I might also be including the price of the after-party lock-in that they "encouraged" everyone to go to, to avoid drunk driving and bad choices. There were tons of games and a moon jump and really fun stuff there...

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    My last DD had her senior prom a few years ago and the tickets were $50 for a couple.  No dinner included, but they did have drinks and a few snacks and choclate fountain.  A large group of them went in on a limo and had dinner before, by the time we got her dress and shoes and things I'd say I spent about $350.
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    My prom was 6 years ago; it was $65 a person or $120 a couple. We had a full dinner (salad and pasta served  to tables, buffet dinner, large dessert buffet) with a DJ in a popular wedding venue that seats 500 (and that still wasn't big enough to fit my senior class).
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    I'm struggling with the notion that people here graduated high school six years ago.  I graduated college eleven years ago so my senior prom was 15 years ago.

    Tickets were about $40 to $50 a piece, but included dinner.  The venue was a place where nice weddings take place.  Some of my friends considered it for their own wedding - to which I said, "Dude, prom was there.  NO."

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    I went to prom 5 years ago. Tickets were$75 a piece and included furit/cheese display, salad, dinner and dessert as well as unlimited soft drinks and a DJ. It was from like 6:30-12 at  really elegant wedding venue/CC. At BF's they were like $50 each with a full buffet.

    I had saved for months for all of it. Luckily my mom, dad and gp's pitched in for my dress and mom bought my accessories, but I bought shoes, boutenniers (for 2 proms), and dress cleaning between the two. We took BF's truck to his and his TransAm to mine (I was NOT paying $200 for him and I to ride in a limo with people that I didn't want to sit that close to).
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    My prom was 19 years ago ( I WIN oldest person!!!).  Seniors were free, as the prom was a "gift from the underclass".  We didn't have a full dinner, but there were heavy hors d'oeuvres and a different selection of drinks. 

    I can't imagine what prom will cost in 5 years when my oldest is to go!!!
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    10 years ago, included dinner, 120 a person
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    12 years ago I think we paid about 80 per couple. We had a full sit down steak dinner though.
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    13 years ago, included dinner, I think $30 or $40.

    $120 a person is outrageous.
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    7 years ago it was $75 a person.  It included dinner at a really nice location where they often have weddings.
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    My HS is so small they allow everyone to go to prom. I went only 3 years and for singles it was 15 and couples were 25. This covered drinks at prom and food and drinks and bowling at post prom. Our prom was in the gym and post prom at the local bowling alley. Some years it could have been cheaper if the junior class earned enough in fundraising. My class had over the top decor and we hired a DJ from a radio station instead of offsetting the cost per person/couple.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_prom-tickets-are-how-much?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:9Discussion:5a980df2-fbe3-42f8-b401-4363c42e79e8Post:47c54881-e6d7-4b5c-be2d-af9167099f33">Re: Prom tickets are HOW MUCH?????</a>:
    [QUOTE]My prom was 19 years ago ( I WIN oldest person!!!).  Seniors were free, as the prom was a "gift from the underclass".  We didn't have a full dinner, but there were heavy hors d'oeuvres and a different selection of drinks.  I can't imagine what prom will cost in 5 years when my oldest is to go!!!
    Posted by antibride2013[/QUOTE]

    I've got you beat :)

    We didn't have a senior prom, only junior and mine was 22 (whoops can't do math) years ago.

    I have absolutely no recollection of what tickets were - I think probably $25-30/pp.  I'm pretty sure that included dinner.

    ETA:  Y'all are making me feel really old!  <img src="http://cdn.cl9.vanillaforums.com/downloaded/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-laughing.gif" border="0" alt="Laughing" title="Laughing" />

     

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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_prom-tickets-are-how-much?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:9Discussion:5a980df2-fbe3-42f8-b401-4363c42e79e8Post:55e9f6e7-9e1a-4180-b232-7c34b4a5dde6">Re: Prom tickets are HOW MUCH?????</a>:
    [QUOTE]My prom was 14 years ago and it cost us $150 per couple (<strong>only couples were allowed, no singles</strong>).  But we had a full sit down dinner and a DJ who was famous for being on the local radio station, so I'm sure he cost a little bit more.  It was also held at a fancy venue where wedding receptions are typically held.
    Posted by OliveOilsMom[/QUOTE]

    Really??? That is awful! So there were people that were part of the graduating class that weren't allowed to go because they didn't have a date? That is the most asinine thing I have ever heard!

    To OP- My prom was 11 years ago and I'm pretty sure it was $40/person but this included: dinner and a souvenier cup.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_prom-tickets-are-how-much?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:9Discussion:5a980df2-fbe3-42f8-b401-4363c42e79e8Post:70389fd2-9f82-490d-bcb6-efadc786c5f6">Re: Prom tickets are HOW MUCH?????</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Prom tickets are HOW MUCH????? : Really??? That is awful! So there were people that were part of the graduating class that weren't allowed to go because they didn't have a date? That is the most asinine thing I have ever heard! To OP- My prom was 11 years ago and I'm pretty sure it was $40/person but this included: dinner and a souvenier cup.
    Posted by Jessalyn2013[/QUOTE]

    Yes, only couples.  Usually what happens for the "single" guests is that they tell the Prom Committee and they match you with your "date" for the evening.  So anyone who wants to go does, they just get paired up with someone.  To the best of my knowledge, everyone who wanted to go to prom did and no one was ever prevented from attending because they couldn't find a date.  They did this for both the Junior and Senior proms.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_prom-tickets-are-how-much?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:9Discussion:5a980df2-fbe3-42f8-b401-4363c42e79e8Post:5ea52be3-0539-4cd3-b73b-3c9d0c6d9872">Re: Prom tickets are HOW MUCH?????</a>:
    [QUOTE]I think in our whole group there was only one couple and everyone else just paired up with a friend.
    Posted by Liatris2010[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, this. We went as a group of six, all of us with either speech and debate and/or choir affiliation. None of us were even dating anyone, nor did we date at all in high school.

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    I think our prom was around $75/person I think, but that included a plated dinner!
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    My senior prom was 7 years ago, and it was only $15 per person. No dinner involved, just some punch was available.

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    <div align="left">In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_prom-tickets-are-how-much?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:9Discussion:5a980df2-fbe3-42f8-b401-4363c42e79e8Post:e101aae3-b9d9-4d33-8fe8-4870c4a5d015">Re: Prom tickets are HOW MUCH?????</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Prom tickets are HOW MUCH????? : I've got you beat :) We didn't have a senior prom, only junior and mine was 22 (whoops can't do math) years ago. I have absolutely no recollection of what tickets were - I think probably $25-30/pp.  I'm pretty sure that included dinner. ETA:  Y'all are making me feel really old! 
    Posted by kjhowd[/QUOTE]

    Yeah I am feeling pretty ancient as well.....<img src="http://cdn.cl9.vanillaforums.com/downloaded/ver1.0/content/scripts/tinymce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-embarassed.gif" border="0" alt="Embarassed" title="Embarassed" /></div>
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    My prom was 11 years ago, and I remember it being kinda pricey (maybe $40-$50?) per person and that did not include dinner at all! Before any dance,  you would go out to dinner with your group of friends all dressed up and then go to the dance. 

    I think ours cost so much because it wasn't held at the school, it was held at a really nice venue that would be used for weddings. I'm thinking it was a cake and punch thing. I wish I could remember more! 
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_prom-tickets-are-how-much?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:9Discussion:5a980df2-fbe3-42f8-b401-4363c42e79e8Post:c4bc4f45-71d6-426a-826f-972171ab4f2b">Re: Prom tickets are HOW MUCH?????</a>:
    [QUOTE]What was good for us was that our APE (After Prom Extravaganza) was a bigger deal than the prom itself.  The school cafeteria & gyms were converted into an all night casino and other games.  Every year has a theme (ours was Wizard of Oz). I remember there being human bowling and stuff like that.  It lasted from midnight to 6 am, and it was quite common to skip the actual Prom hoopla and go to APE.  I'm finding with my youth group kids that going to prom without a date is much more acceptable than it was when I was in high school (class of '97). 
    Posted by TXKristan[/QUOTE]

    We did something similar for graduation night.  The school did an all nighter for us on grad night.  It was to give us all something to do in a safe environment.  It was a lot of fun and most people went.

     

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    When I was in high school (my last prom was 5 years ago) they were $60 - it included drinks and snacks and was held at a fancy-shmancy hotel in the city. I went to A LOT of proms in high school and the most expensive was a friend's prom. It was $80, at an even fancier hotel and included dinner. Then our after prom party for my school was something like $20 and was held at a huge gym that had a swimming pool, climbing wall, a space for movies, etc.

    I've never heard of prom tickets only being sold in sets. That's so odd - most people went to prom without a date in my school. What I remember being ridiculous were the gown prices - a lot of girls bought gowns more expensive than my wedding dress! I got mine at goodwill - my most expensive gown was $16 :-D The ticket prices never phased me, but the gown prices did (and still do).
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