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Prom Then and Now

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With the end of the school year getting closer, comes prom season. Girls buy crazy expensive dresses along with guys who rent a limo for just one night. It makes a person wonder, when did this Prom craziness start? Who decided that prom had to be so expensive? Prom began in the late 1800’s( Minnesota.cbslocal.com), but was not put into yearbooks until the 1930’s.

According to Minnesota.cbslocal.com, historians believe that prom started off as a college event to celebrate the senior year. It has been told that prom, once it grew stronger in the 1940’s, was moved down to high schools. It was no longer being held in school gyms, but rather in fancy ballrooms, to spice up the occasion. Back in the early 1900’s, girls could just make their own dress and be satisfied, but as the country moved into a next generation, girls began to want to buy the best of the best, no matter the price.

Parents are spending up to $1,000 for one night (theguardian.com). So what has changed now from past years?

Let’s take a trip into the past to see the major differences from early 1900’s prom to nowadays. Instead of going to the dance in a nice normal car, like back in the day, teenagers now rent expensive party buses, or limos, and even go as far as helicopter rides to get to prom. “I understand when people rent party buses their senior year, because it’s their last prom, and they want to make it memorable,” senior student Sarah Nennemann said. But wait, before they can get into their limo, party bus, or helicopter, they have to share their promposal story on social media. Unlike the 80’s, teenagers make sure they post their promposal on Instagram and any other social media outlets for the world to see. Instead of just asking their date to prom with “words”, they usually think of a full blown over-the-top idea to ask their dates, whether it is with a cheesy punny poster or with another extreme promposal

Another drastic change is apparel. In the past, girls used to get their dresses made by their mothers or would buy them at stores. They would most likely not spend more than $100. Now girls spend up to $500 on a dress that they will only wear for one night. Prom itself has changed as well. Instead of slow dancing to Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is”, students are now slow dancing to “Worth It” by The Weeknd. Even though many aspects of prom have changed, the meaning behind prom hasn’t. Prom is a rite of passage into the real world and a memorable last time you will ever be with your whole class.

Even though many aspects of prom have changed, the meaning behind prom hasn’t. Prom is a rite of passage into the real world and a memorable last time a student will ever be with their whole class.

 

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Prom Then and Now