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How to Keep School Ball Costs Down

by Lisa Lyford
How to Keep School Ball Costs Down

My friends asked if I would be the photographer at their daughter’s Year 13 Pre-Ball gathering, hosted at their house. Yikes, no pressure, I’m not a photograher!


What an amazing couple of hours I had and I was blown away by how gorgeous all the young women were. Sorry guys, you were very handsome but the winners on the night were definitely your partners!


Beautiful young women - they’d had their hair, makeup and nails done and wore stunning evening dresses and shoes. It was full-on glamour. So different from my day when we did each other’s hair and makeup (based on tips from our mothers), and our garments were either home sewn or borrowed, not that there was anything wrong with that. It's all relative I guess.


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Thanks to all the young beautifuls from Mt Albert Grammar who agreed to share their pre-ball Year 13 photos with us. Thank you x


I’m a mother of boys so I won’t get to experience the full-on excitement and glamour of having a daughter attend school ball, but I also avoid the expense too! Some schools have a ball each of the last three years, and then there’s the other school balls you’re invited to. It’s expensive business. But then, as one girl said, she purchased her dress straight off the internet, brand new, absolutely stunning, for $50!!



Keeping Costs Down


Here are a few tips for helping to keep the costs down.


  • Look for pre-loved - the chances are a ball gown has only been used once or twice and will still be in 'as new' condition. Look online, through the likes of Trade Me or at pre-loved boutiques.

  • Shop online - I'm all for supporting local brands, and brands like Pagani have some fabulous evening wear at really reasonable prices, but sometimes to gain the ultimate bargain, you might be best to look further afield. As mentioned, one of the young girls bought a fab dress online for $50.

  • Sell your gown and shoes from a previous ball/year

  • Borrow or swap a gown and/or shoes from a friend/s

  • Do your own makeup, hair and nails - grab inspiration from the many, many helpful video tutorials online

  • Use accessories to change the look of an outfit - say a dramatic necklace or earrings.


Now good luck convincing your daughter! ;)


Lisa x


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