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    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 8th Jun 11, 7:48 AM
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    luxor4t
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    • 8th Jun 11, 7:48 AM
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    Shop around for Prom dresses.
    I saw DD's first dress from TKMaxx and haggled 4 discount as a tassle was missing from the shawl and another was loose. total cost, 35.99.
    then I discovered that the school ran a prom each year in the 6th form, so we started watching the 'reduced rails' and bought dresses in late January. The best bargain was a 250 dress for just 29.99 (it had been reduced 3 times).
    It is even more MSE to swop dresses with friends!
    Last edited by Former MSE Lee; 09-06-2011 at 11:59 AM.
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  • shumicat
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    • 8th Jun 11, 8:48 AM
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    My 6'2" son arrived at his prom last year on the Kettler gokart he had for his 3rd birthday. Ok, so it was carried to the event, but from 200yds he clambered on and all his friends pushed him in. It raised a huge laugh and offered a great photo opportunity that the school has used since.
    His dinner suit I bought online in the M&S half price sale the year before and have just sold on for a similar price.
    The biggest expensive was 32 for a wrist corsage for his partner - big mistake. The florist couldn't give him a price before he ordered it. He was so upset, I paid for it. Would suggest to others to look in Monsoon or Claires in the sale in advance.
    Have a 12yr old daughter so will be reading this thread for future girl MSE tips!
    Last edited by Former MSE Lee; 09-06-2011 at 12:00 PM.
    • PStaveley
    • By PStaveley 8th Jun 11, 11:24 AM
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    • 8th Jun 11, 11:24 AM
    Prom Transport
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    • 8th Jun 11, 11:24 AM
    I am involved in prom transport where we provide vintage buses and coaches and open top buses to proms.

    We normally see limos and other vehicles being hired for transport. If a passenger vehicle is carrying more than 8 people then the operator must have a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) Operators Licence. There are a couple of limo designs where more than 8 people can legally be carried by, in general, limos cannot carry more than 8 people.

    You can check whether the operator has a valid PSV Licence at the VOSA website.

    You should also note that if all the passengers are under 18 then the activity could fall within the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the operator is required to ensure that the driver has a CRB.
    • hart44
    • By hart44 8th Jun 11, 11:52 AM
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    • 8th Jun 11, 11:52 AM
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    I brought my DD's dress from the Goddiva website for 22 and I made her a matching bag for 2
    She has brought her own shoes from New Look in the sale also her friend who is a hair dresser will do her hair
    I am lucky the venue is on a very long narrow lane so they have all been told limo's will not be able to get up it so they should not order one as it is a 4 mile walk from the bottom
    DD is happy to get me and her step-dad to trasport her and a friend there and back

    This time last year I was worried about the expense of a prom but if you look around early it is not a problem

    I have 6 years before DS has his
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    • akbrooker
    • By akbrooker 8th Jun 11, 12:55 PM
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    • 8th Jun 11, 12:55 PM
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    • 8th Jun 11, 12:55 PM
    What on earth is an 'up-do' tutorial?
    • lisawood78
    • By lisawood78 8th Jun 11, 1:04 PM
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    • 8th Jun 11, 1:04 PM
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    • 8th Jun 11, 1:04 PM
    A tutorial showing girls how to do an up do with their hair, when its all pinned up and 'twirly'

    My husband drives in http://www.timeattack.co.uk/2011/index.php and is picking my 11 year old niece up from her prom in his race car.
    He took a friends son to his secondary school prom in it a couple of years back.

    It is getting to be a huge thing
    2 angels in heaven
  • Valerie1991
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    • 8th Jun 11, 9:04 PM
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    I had two May Balls, one in Year 12 and one in Year 13. For the first one, we went all out - expensive dress, new bag, new underwear, new shoes, hair done and dyed professionally, new jewellery etc. Upshot being that I hated how my hair looked, the new shoes were killing me and the dress got wine poured down the back of it.

    Year two - bought a ball gown from eBay for 15, professionally altered to fit me, 5. I had a pair of shoes I loved which matched PERFECTLY and didn't hurt my feet. I home dyed my hair, Mum did my hair and make up and I wore the beautiful jewellery I got for my 18th. It was so much nicer because it was really laid back, no rushing to appointments and I got to spend a girlie pampering day with my mum - including face masks (99p from Boots) and "champagne". Not being bothered about a limo, I got a lift with my parents - meaning they got to see me walking up the red carpet. If your DD / DS is willing to do something similar, they'll find it is actually a lot nicer, less stressful, and they're happier. I still have my dress from year 2 and still love it - plus, being black, it doesn't show the inevitable wine stains!
  • Frittered Away
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    • 9th Jun 11, 4:01 AM
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    • 9th Jun 11, 4:01 AM
    You could be extra MSE and just not go! I can't say I would've missed much if I'd missed either of mine. In year 13 on our last day of lessons we all finished at lunchtime and went to a leisure club where we had a bouncy castle and BBQ - I enjoyed that far more. Of course, at the time I was never going to not go, but looking back it wasn't that exciting.
    Last edited by Former MSE Lee; 09-06-2011 at 11:58 AM.
    • HelenPetersBeads
    • By HelenPetersBeads 9th Jun 11, 1:19 PM
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    I've suggested to my daughter (in year 8 now) that as she intends to do textiles for GCSE why doesn't she make her prom dress as part of the course? And maybe get her friends to do so as well. Alternately I'll make it if she'll let me! My MIL made my niece's dress so if you've anyone in the family who's good with a sewing machine ask them.

    There's also hiring dresses. It's not only the boy's tuxes that can be hired.

    And I took up a friend's daughter's dress after the event, it was the right sort of style, so although it was quite pricy she got to wear it on more than the one occasion.
  • mico62
    DD found her dress on the sale rail in a bridal shop reduced from 250 to 29, her shoes were reduced from 99 to 9 sometimes being 5' and having size 3 feet has its benefits, the dress was a size 6 but her textiles teacher showed her how to alter it and its now a perfect size 2 (thankfully she did most of the work including rebeading the bodice or I could be looking for a replacement)

    and unlike her friends' mums I know there's no chance of her going clubbing afterwards cos she barely looks 14
    • whizzing
    • By whizzing 15th Jun 11, 1:18 PM
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    If wearing a long dress don't worry about shoes as they won't be seen.
  • Izzi J
    My daughter and three friends were really happy to save the cost of a limo when her dad got a new company mercedes and agreed to dress up as chauffeur for the night. Unfortunately, he got held up so had to improvise at the eleventh hour. Girls all had a great laugh driving to the prom in my old banger bedecked with pink ribbons and balloons. Must admit, felt a bit of a prat driving home alone tho!!
  • craftoholic
    I bought my dress off the sale rack at one of those factory stores, last seasons stock but it was perfect, 100.
    I then wore ballet shoes, with the ribbons, because my dress was short and I really didnt wear heels much at the time and wanted something a bit different. Its worth asking around for things like make up - my friends mom did the majority of our group of girls for nothing and shes a beautician (sp? :/) I think my hair was the biggest waste of money, could have easily done a job on the same level myself. Limo was only about 12 as we all put in for it to bring the price down. Friends mom and dad held a pre prom thing in their garden, with everyones parents and champagne ect. It was red hot on our prom though, and most girls wished they didnt get those big poooofy dresses!

    Btw, if anyone is struggling for a dress, pm me - im looking to sell mine, really want someone else to get some enjoyment out of it as it only got worn for about 5 hours!
  • craftoholic
    What on earth is an 'up-do' tutorial?
    Originally posted by girlrunny

    I think someone answered above - but it's like a video on youtube or instructions on how to do your hair all fancy and 'up'!
  • RosieP5
    My prom is a week today ( :O ) and I've got the shoes, sorted my hairstyle, got the dress, got the heels, got the clutch bag - WAIT! I haven't got the clutch bag yet, I can't find one for a reasonable price anywhere! Tried looking round the charity shops, but it seems like everyone's had the same idea because there's nothing!
    Can anyone offer any advice as to where I might find one?
    Thanks
  • rufusdog52
    My prom is a week today ( :O ) and I've got the shoes, sorted my hairstyle, got the dress, got the heels, got the clutch bag - WAIT! I haven't got the clutch bag yet, I can't find one for a reasonable price anywhere! Tried looking round the charity shops, but it seems like everyone's had the same idea because there's nothing!
    Can anyone offer any advice as to where I might find one?
    Thanks
    Originally posted by RosieP5
    Have you had a look on Ebay? Check the postage and delivery to make sure they are sending 1st class. Or are there any boot fairs this weekend (weather permitting) or may be Freegle (used to be Freecycle)


    • kymie
    • By kymie 18th Jun 11, 4:39 PM
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    kymie
    My prom is a week today ( :O ) and I've got the shoes, sorted my hairstyle, got the dress, got the heels, got the clutch bag - WAIT! I haven't got the clutch bag yet, I can't find one for a reasonable price anywhere! Tried looking round the charity shops, but it seems like everyone's had the same idea because there's nothing!
    Can anyone offer any advice as to where I might find one?
    Thanks
    Originally posted by RosieP5
    Have you thought about trying to make a simple drawstring bag out of a fabric to match your dress, found some easy patterns here http://thedomesticdiva.wordpress.com/2007/11/28/sew-easy-drawstring-gift-bags/ or an easy youtube tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHeI8T6mKGs which with the right fabric and some ribbon would look lovely!
  • mico62
    My prom is a week today ( :O ) and I've got the shoes, sorted my hairstyle, got the dress, got the heels, got the clutch bag - WAIT! I haven't got the clutch bag yet, I can't find one for a reasonable price anywhere! Tried looking round the charity shops, but it seems like everyone's had the same idea because there's nothing!
    Can anyone offer any advice as to where I might find one?
    Thanks
    Originally posted by RosieP5
    I'm a shoe and bagaholic and DD is always pinching my bags but tells friends they're vintage, I'm so glad she's only got size 3 feet
  • RosieP5
    Have you thought about trying to make a simple drawstring bag out of a fabric to match your dress, found some easy patterns here http://thedomesticdiva.wordpress.com/2007/11/28/sew-easy-drawstring-gift-bags/ or an easy youtube tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHeI8T6mKGs which with the right fabric and some ribbon would look lovely!
    Originally posted by kymie
    I've got a textiles exam on Wednesday so I'll have a go at it
    Looks really nice, and a small piece of fabric like that I'll prob be able to find around the house! Will put a pic up of the result tomorrow x
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