Anyone have any prom dress drive tips?

posted 3 years ago in Chicago
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Miss Clover:  My friend does this in the Detroit area, it’s called Hope Closet if you would like to look them up on Facebook.

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Miss Clover:  There are other similar projects. Learn from them. Check their websites.

The Cinderella Project locally only accepts referrals from social workers, youth workers, counselors, school administrators or teachers. I think this is a bit bureaucratic as I honestly don’t see girls who can afford to buy their own dress taking advantage of getting a dress free.

I would put contact information on your website or poster, let the girls self-refer and have the actual event/trying on of dresses away from the school.

Post # 4
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

could you have people nominated to ‘win’ a prom dress – teachers, students, whoever could nominate students to go and try on dresses and pick the one they want?

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Miss Clover:  I would just open it up and let the girls come on their own. Yes, there is always going to be somebody who could afford their own dress who may take advanatge, but the good feeling you will get from helping the girls who couldn’t afford a dress, will definitely outweigh any feeling of being taken advantage of.

Don’t forget to also ask for donations of jewelry, clutches, shoes and wraps. Have you thought about the guys at all?

Post # 7
Hostess
9892 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Miss Clover:  I would hope that girls who can afford dresses won’t take advatage but you never know.  The nominations would sort of help you to limit that a bit.

Wondering – have you thought about the guys.  I remember being in high school and having a couple of guy friends who didn’t want to go to the formals because they had no nice clothes and couldn’t afford them, it’s easier for guys, but they’re also forgotten a lot.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Miss Clover:  I have been apart of this type of program before locally.  It is through a social service agency and not the school itself, though.  They did it by circulating flyers to all the schools and agencies in our county with info of where to donate (and what to donate), as well as a flyer with info for those who would like to be one of the recepients of the dresses.  There was a phone number as well as e-mail information where the student (male, or female) could call/e-mail to book a confidential appointment.  They would receive a day/time when they would come to the gym which was set up with racks etc. that they could browse through and try on.  They were also welcome to bring as many as 2 people with them (friend, family – whoever they wanted).  They had 30 min and we had it set up so that there was a private “Waiting area” and a seperate exit, so it was completely confidential – taking away the risk of stigma. 

It makes me happy to hear of so many other places doing this – it was such a great project to be apart of! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Miss Clover:  there were definitely less donations of male clothing but we did get some! There were also less boys who signed up to come in so it worked out. Another thing we did was contact local businesses to see if they had anything they would donate. Sometimes it would be actually dresses/suits/accessories and sometimes it would be gift certificates or discount coupons. We also contaxes local spas and hair salons for donations or discounts on services to hand out which they girls got really excited about. Oh. And also flower shops to doNate coursages and boutenierres. 

 

sorry for any typos – I’m not used to doing this on my phone haha 

Post # 11
Hostess
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Miss Clover:  Maybe old ties – I know my FH has so many that he doesn’t wear.  The guys don’t need suits per-se, but even a nice shirt and tie can set you back $100.

Check with local hair schools – see if they have people who would be willing to do hair for the prom, it’s usually REALLY cheap, they might even do it for free if you ask really nicely 🙂

Same for makeup, check at a local aesthetics school or a makeup counter, see if they can help out.

Bri1o:  I like this idea of setting up appointments so it’s all secret if they want it to be.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The local program gets donations of mens suits, vests, pants , shirts and ties from businesses and the public. They also approach tuxedo rental places for donations and/or free rentals.

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