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Prom in 2012 costs more than ever

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The cuff of a man's tux is seen during a Greenville banquet. (April 13, 2012/FOX Carolina) The cuff of a man's tux is seen during a Greenville banquet. (April 13, 2012/FOX Carolina)

Teenagers in the region are getting their dresses and jewelry ready for this weekend's proms.

This season is getting more expensive than ever. The dresses, hair, dinners, limousines and flowers all add up.

Surveys done by Seventeen and Teen Prom magazines said the average prom goer will spend more than $1,000 this year. That's up from last year's average of about $800.

Lacy Robertson, a Bob Jones Academy student, got her hair done for $55 at Christopher Ashley Salon in downtown Greenville before the junior-senior banquet. She said she hopes to get more use out of her $400 specially ordered gown.

"The cost," Robertson said, "I was a little bit hesitant at first because it was like, that's kind of a lot of money for a dress that I might wear only one time." But she said it's worth it.

Chris Maddox, owner of Christopher Ashley, said their prom styles average about $75, depending on the intricacy. He said for teens, "It is kind of a once or twice experience. I think it's, I think what you pay for nowadays that you remember is an experience. That's what's important."

Megan McKnight said she spent $130 for her hair, but saved with a $60 dress. She said she knows high schoolers will spend for their special night "because they want to look the biggest and the best, and honestly, my mom always said, 'The higher the hair, the closer you are to God!'"

The guys have fewer expenses but are still expected to shell out some dollars.

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