Okay, I will be honest here, I never went to prom nor was I even wanting to in the first place. I did not like school (yep!) and I did not really like anyone at my high school. I would rather have been doing other things…
I did, however, go to the ‘snow ball‘ with a guy that I had known forever. It was nice enough, but when the picture came back, he was blinking in it, so we never bought it. So ya, no picture memories of that night, what-so-ever anyways, so all I can say about that was BORING!!!
There are a few things though, that I never knew about Prom. Like I cared back then, but now I find a bit interesting. I do have two sons and a daughter who will probably go to a Prom or two in their lives, so might as well learn a thing or two about this whole prom thing, right?
5 Things I Never Knew About The Prom
1. On average a person will spend $1,000 or over on their prom… (Wow.)
2. The percentage of girls losing their virginity on prom night is around 5% (Ugh.. any number is too high for this mama bear!)
3. Lots of kids drink on prom night. Okay, I KNEW this, duh, but I did not know that SO many kids DO drink on prom night, sigh.. with driving and all that, it is super scary to think about 🙁
4. The average girl spends around $100 or more on her prom dress (that is reasonable. You can find some really pretty ones at JenJenHouse.)
5. Car accidents occur and so do fatalities (drinking and driving, texting and driving, etc..). I just never knew how MANY fatalities occur on prom night until I Googled it… SO SAD and again, scary…
Word of advice? If you want expensive Prom dresses or if you want to spend a pretty penny on your Prom, please get a job and help your parents fund it. Don’t be lazy and expect your parents to pay for everything.
Don’t drink and drive, EVER. Don’t even drink, you are WAY too young to do it. You will have PLENTY of time when you are older, to drink as many drinks as you want, when you are of age. Believe me, when I say, it eventually does get old…
I hope my article of 5 Things I Never Knew About The Prom opened your eyes a little! I know it did mine! Do you have anything to add?
Lily Kwan says
I never went to prom.
Donna K says
Very important post! Amazing statistics! My daughter was just lloking at prom dresses today.
Carl White says
5% lose their virginity on prom night, the other 95% have already lost it.
I went to the prom and had a great time.
April C. says
My son is a senior and has no interest in going
Amanda Sakovitz says
Wow, I never knew it was that expensive! I never went to my prom so I had no idea.
Kolt Kelough says
I went to my Junior Prom but missed out Senior Year due to some family issues my girlfriend at the time was dealing with. As a father of a young daughter, I dread her prom night, but I know she’ll make me so proud. 🙂
Holly E says
$1,000 for prom, holy cow! I never knew that either. That’s just crazy.
Anita L says
I never went to prom either and I also never liked school one bit! I had no idea that girls spend so much on their outfits. I certainly would never have been able to. As pretty as the dresses are, back then, I could never have pictured myself wearing one. I was always a jeans and t-shirts kinda girl.
Barbara Stenby says
my son has his senior prom this year & his school does something different no limos, cars etc. They bus them to the venue and bus them back to school where a parent must pick them up.
RICHARD HICKS says
The factoids are very interesting. I didn’t go to my prom and still don’t regret it.
Linda Meyers-Gabbard says
Yes I went to THE PROM. My Junior year I went with a group of friends since I didn’t have a date. My mom made my dress which saved tons of money.
My Senior year I went to two proms. I was dating a guy from a neighboring town. He went to mine I went to his. I still have the pictures. We are talking 1978 and yes my mom made my dresses. Well it was a long skirt and two different tops which gave the illusion that i had two different dresses. Looking back now it was not the best looking thing in the world.
I never went to a prom myself in high school. However, I go to enjoy my three daughters dressing up and going to the prom.
April V. says
I went to my prom and it was a waste of time and money. My dress was cheap thanks to my bargain shopper mom so I didn’t have to spend loads for the experience but it was boring and frustrating (my best friend was having a drama moment) and I went home early.
Sarah L says
My mother made my dress (1965) and it was lovely. No need to spend much to have a fun night.
Penelope (NYC Blogger) says
I’m glad it’s only 5%, but I’m thinking that’s because many aren’t virgins already who have sex that night, lol…and I agree, ANY is too much, they are babies!
I didn’t know some of this stuff. But $1000 is ridiculous.
Heather Swarthout says
Prom is seriously overrated. I’ve heard many horror stories and no good ones. I never went to prom since I was homeschooled but seriously..
I too had no desire to go to prom. I liked school and all, but a number of friends and I just hung out and did something less commercial.
These statistics are crazy. Prom can either be really good or really sad.
June S. says
I remember a few things back when my daughter went to prom, it was always cost too much money. Those dresses can be outrages in price.
Dorothy Teel says
I went to my prom, was fun, my mom made the dress of course that was in the 60’s and things don’t happen like that now. I would of not been able to go if mom had to buy a dress. Now days, we want our kids to grow up too fast and have the best of everything and spend a lot of money on fancy clothes and the like. I hate the statistic about how many people die on prom night, no wonder a lot of the schools are having all night parties after the prom to keep people off the road and the like. Thank you for sharing this information with us
Vickie Couturier says
yes,I went to prom an so did my girls,,they wanted expensive dresses too,but didn’t get them,they got what we could afford
Briann Neeley says
It’s ridiculous the expectations of prom, my mother in law made my sister in laws dresses and they were gorgeous
Karen Glatt says
There is no need to spend so much money on the Prom. My niece went to the prom, and she did not spend 1.000 dollars! My sister could not afford it. But she got a pretty dress, I wish I would have known about JenJen House. It sounds like a great place to get a good price on a Prom dress.
Didn’t go. I had no desire to.
Amy B says
The price tag on prom is ridiculous! Like you, I had no desire to go to prom. I actually gave up my whole senior year to go to the community college instead – so it’ll be a new experience when the kids are going!