How to Get the Most Out of Your Prom Budget

Creating a budget for Prom and sticking to it can be challenge for a lot of high schools. Between decorations, invitations, and favors, there are lots of little things your Prom budget needs to cover. We’ve put together a quick list of ways you can stretch your Prom dollars and still give your students an elegant and exciting Prom night.

Andersons Prom High School Location Decor
Decorate your school gym or cafeteria to save on Prom costs.

Choose Your Location Wisely

Renting space in a larger outside venue can take a substantial portion of your Prom budget. If you have the space, and/or smaller guest list, consider transforming your own school gymnasium, cafeteria, or even your auditorium to save money.


Shop for Clearance Items

Stock up on Prom decorations, favors, and more in the off-season. Ideally, Prom planning should be happening all year. So, once you have your committee, you can start searching for must-have favors in our Clearance section.

Andersons Prom Theme Ideas
Choose a theme early and stock up coordinating decorations.


Determine Your Theme Early

One of the first decisions your Prom planning committee should make is choosing the Prom theme. This will help guide your decisions on purchasing decorations, favors, and invites. You can watch for the best deals on complete Prom themes, so you get the perfect decorations for Prom night.


Solicit Help from Creative and Crafty Parents and Teachers

Another way to help your Prom budget is to recruit creative parents and teachers for your committee. These creative folks can help design and hand-make invitations to help save on costs, or assemble DIY table decorations.


Shop for Inexpensive Products That You Can Embellish Yourself

This buget-saving tip goes hand-in-hand with tip #4, and can be done all year during your Prom planning. Look for inexpensive products that just need a little DIY love. Examples are simple invitations that you can add some bling to, or adding ribbon to plain-looking favors.

Andersons Prom Bulk Candy

Buy Large Amounts of Mints or Candy

It may sound counter-intuitive, but we recommend buying edible favors (mints or hard candy) in bulk quantities. Purchasing these items in a larger amount tends to have a lower cost per candy, hence stretching your Prom dollars.

Andersons Prom Favor Sets for Your Budget

Order Favor Sets

Favor sets include two functional favors in one convenient set, so you get two favors for a good price. From glassware sets to drinkware and sunglasses, we offer a variety of favor sets to fit any Prom theme.


Andersons Prom Pre-Printed 2015 FavorsPre-Printed Ready-to-Ship Prom Favors

You can cut down on the cost of favors by purchasing items that already come with a pre-printed “Prom 2015” design. Not only do functional favors likes these (T-shirts, buckets, electronics) come with a stock imprint, they also ship the same day if you order by 1:00 pm EST


Andersons Prom Swag Bag

Swag Bags 

These “goodie” bags give each student several favors in ONE bag, which will save you money in the long run. You can choose swag bags that fit your Prom theme (Paris, glow, etc.), bags for him and her, or one bag that everyone will love. Some of the goodies included in these functional favor bags are sunglasses, beads, key chains, and frames.


Use one or all of these budget-friendly ideas for your Prom planning.

Do you have any other ways to stretch your budget?

Let us know!