Area girls get ‘All Dressed Up’ for prom

Area girls get ‘All Dressed Up’ for prom
Courtesy: Junior League of Madison

The Junior League’s project All Dressed Up is one of my favorite events of the year.

Do you realize what a rite of passage prom has become for teenagers? The more I looked into it, the more I realized how important it is to help families afford prom. First of all, the average family spends around $1000 on prom every year. In the last few years, more teens have started seeing it as a big life event because many don’t plan on getting married until much later in life. (*I researched that, I’m not making it up!)

So, the Junior League helps make prom more affordable to ALL young women – there are no income guidelines to get a free dress. The event is a one-stop shop where the girls can opt to get their hair and makep done or see a fashion show. And they all take home free accessories and a swag bag.

I love how families from all walks of life come to the event. Some families drive for more than an hour to be there. Others start lining up at 6:45 a.m. to be the first in line– though everyone schedules a time, some still want to arrive early to get the widest selection. I don’t care who you are, no one wants to spend an extra grand or so on prom and frankly, some people just can’t. So, this is a great event anyone can enjoy.

This year I met two great girls, Kayla and Bailey. I had such an awesome time helping them shop. I hope they share their prom pics with me!

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