Post # 1
So bees, are there any similarities between the gown once you picked out for you high school prom and the gown you picked out for your wedding? (Pics welcome!) Did you love your prom dress? Or do you cringe at it now?
For non-U.S. bees: Prom, or “junior promenade,” is a school-wide formal dance that is derived from Debutant Balls, which were used by prominent well-to-do families to “introduce” their daughters of nearly marriageable age to “proper” society. Now, proms are prominent among students of all socio-economic statuses at both public and private high schools, usually during Spring of the third year of secondary study (junior year) at age 16 or 17. It can be an expensive affair, with the junior class renting out venues often used for weddings, or may be held in a school gymnasium. Some small town schools still “present” the couples to the general public at Grand March events held before the dance. The couples are announced on stage before a gathering of friends and family before proceeding to the night’s festivities (dinner and dancing). Some students choose or are forced to opt out of prom because of economics, alternate lifestyles, or a distaste for the excessive enforcement of normative values.
Post # 2
We actually did a Throwback Thursday of our prom/wedding photos. No they are nothing alike, still love both dresses, but I went with a straight dress for prom. Nearby schools did more hoop dresses but ours was more straight dresses.
Post # 3
I was going to say not at all, but actually the silouhettes are similar. Both strapless A-lines. But everything else – the material, color, the waist line – is different. My prom and my wedding were 13 years apart so I would hope they would be different, as styles change a lot in a decade.
Post # 4
Alyx19: No thank God, but I was a size 14 for my prom and a size 4 on my wedding day so finding a prom dress that fit, much less looked good, was very difficult. I think I picked the first dress I could zip up. I really hope things are different now, us bigger girls deserve to have a fun dress-shopping experience too!
Post # 5
Mine are totally different. My prom dress was such the trend that year. Where as my wedding dress isnt a typical wedding dress, a lot simpler! More my style, now. …you can probable guess which is which! Haha
Ohh, and my prom dress actually cost double my wedding dress!
Post # 6
No. My junior prom dress was a long sheath style, which I would not be able to pull off now without a LOT of spanx. The biggest difference between my wedding dress and prom dress is length. Prom dresses were long, and wedding dress is going to be shorter.
Post # 7
The only real similarity is that I have a light green sash for both (completely by accident.) I wasn’t a big dress wearer in high school so I wanted something very simple and basic.
Post # 8
I didn’t even think about it, but they are pretty similar. Both slim a-lines. My wedding gown wont be strapless when it’s finished though.
Post # 9
my prom dress was actually white lol, but it was like very poofy and had beading. nothing like my wedding dress which was ivory or light gold lace.
Post # 10
My prom dresses were simpler-no beading or lace. But they and my wedding gown were all tea length (Right below the ankle on me) and had pretty much the same shape. Just a flattering look for my figure. No pictures, sorry!
Post # 11
I made all three of them (two prom dresses and one wedding dress), but that’s the only similarity. I didn’t take prom very seriously – one year I literally wore a gypsy costume, and the other year I went for a “native american princess” vibe, lol. My wedding dress was a champagne sheath with wide, drapy arms.