Sunday, April 25, 2010

My First Prom with a Daughter

Saturday was my 1st prom experience with a daughter.
My oldest daughter didn't get into the High School social scene and even though she had a boyfriend, they decided they did not want to waste the money on a pointless evening.
That was ok with me, saved me lots of $'s
My Youngest is very much into the High School scene. She was going to her Junior prom with or without a date!
Her big sister's fashion project at fashion design school was a draping class. We decided to have her design the youngest dress for her project. How cool to have a custom designed dress made by your fashion student sister.
Great Idea! youngest is, lets just say, a bit "picky". I began to worry that if my oldest came home on break 2 days before prom and THE dress wasn't what she had hoped, Well, it just would not have been pretty.
On our way, to just go look at styles that we could tell her sister to copy. I began to think about this potential problem.
I decided to put some cash in my pocket and if she found a dress that was perfect and with in the budget, we would get it. I did not tell her this. I just wanted to have fun trying on all kinds of dresses.
We started at a local bridal shop and she found 2 crazy red carpet type dresses.
She said "I just want to see what I look like in these."
I need to interject here
my girls have listened to me for years say, "I WILL NOT spend a lot of money on a wedding gown that you will only wear for one day. I work this industry and it is all hype. I know what is reasonable and I have a budget and we are sticking to it!"
So, back to the dress shop, and the 1 dress dress that fits of the 2 size 0's.
She walks out
My heart stops
I gasp, OMG!
the sales lady tells her to step up on the podium
that was it, I was undone!
She is B E A U T I F U L
Did I mention we have no intention of purchasing these dresses. They are just for fun. They are 100.00 over what I had in my pocket (just in case).
We agreed it was way cool but we needed to look for other ideas for her sister.
We went on to the mall.
She tried on other typical prom dresses and then she finds another one to try "just for fun" and she loves it. She stands there looking at herself for 10 minutes in this dress with matching jewelry. She loves it, I love it
But this whole ensemble totals $500.00.
We leave the pretty dress behind and with ideas for big sis, we leave the mall.
In the car the fears come back. I tell younger daughter, "If you still like dress #1 we will go back try it on again and if she wants I will just buy it.
She is excited! She tries it on again...She is so Beautiful!

I can't believe I caved in and spent more than I wanted.
I can't believe I did the mom thing,
Oh You are so beautiful, It's only money and it's your special night.
What will I do when it's a wedding dress?
I better start saving now!
The couple
She had a great evening,
everything went well and
she came home this morning at 7am safe and sound!
This was so much fun!
The End


  1. She indeed looked stunning. I really missed not having any of my girls going to a prom this year. For 4 yrs straight I had one going. We started looking for dresses right after Christmas and as luck would have it we always found one w/in our budget for both proms and homecoming - for 2 yrs I had both girls needing homecoming dresses, luckily since they were 2 yrs apart neither went to the prom at the same time. Our son who is 2 yrs older than the oldest girl chose not to go to the prom other wise it would've been 6 yrs in a row! thanks for posting pictures I sure missed seeing all the kids dressed up this yr!

  2. Oh, Sherry -- she's beautiful! I can see why you caved. (It's easier with boys! There's only so far you can go with tux rental!) Maybe there will be a good formal occasion this summer? I hope so!

  3. Oh, my. Your daughter is so gorgeous! Just lovely!! And that last image is pure magic.