How Much Does it Cost to Go to Prom in Twin Falls?
I was looking at this post about how the average cost of prom in 2015 is going to be about $919, give or take. Since costs in Twin Falls, Idaho tend to be a little bit more affordable, I did some research to see if going to prom in Twin Falls area was anywhere near the national average of $919.
- The tux is just about as good a place as any to start. According to Emily at Tuxedos Now in Twin Falls, the average tux will can run about $126. This includes shoes and a full back vest.
- Moving on to the gown. This is a hard one to zero in on because prices can really vary. I spoke to Christa's Dress Shop in Twin and they tell me that locally, you're spending somewhere in the $299 - $499 range. For the sake of using a hard number for the math, I'll make it an average of $399.
- For dinner, I checked prices from more of the popular places to eat on a "nice" occasion in Twin, like Rock Creek, Elevation or Canyon Crest. If you figure in $15 for a couple appetizers and drinks for two, plus $50 for two entrees, you're looking at about $65 for dinner... $74.75 if you include %15 tip. Since I hate counting change, I'll throw in a quarter to make it $75.
- Tickets to prom can vary from school to school but are usually around $25 per student or $40 for a couple. I know there are exceptions but I'm working on the assumption that most kids are going as a couple. So let's call it an even $40
- The cost of pictures at prom can also vary depending on the package you want to buy. I talked to Addison Photography and they said prom package photos range between $15 - $80... the most popular package is $40.
- For the limo service, I spoke to the staff at Canyon Crest. They run limo service for a reasonable, flat $50/hour rate. They said that most kids rent the limo to pick them up for dinner and take them to prom after. That takes about 2 hours, so limo costs come in at $120, assuming you tip your driver.
- Rosebud's Florist, in Twin Falls tells me the average corsage/wristlet combo is selling at $62.
So what's the grand total for prom in Twin Falls? Let's see... Flowers: $62, Limo: $120, Pics: $40, Tickets: $40, Dinner: $75, Dress: $399 and Tux: $126 for a grand total of...
$862. Twin Falls comes in $57 cheaper than the national average.
Side note: The 'Promposal." This is the factor that pushes us over the top on our budget. Kids today are just as into making a spectacle of the promposal as the event itself. They're doing everything from a dinner out to something that looks dang near close to an wedding proposal, complete with flowers and a ring! According to a study by Visa, the promposal can cost an average of $324. Since the range is so wide and varies depending on the activity and gift, I'm going with the national average on this figure.
If you include the cost of a promposal, the cost exceeds the national average by $267 for a total of $1,186