I'm in the Marine Corps and I am planning on bringing my best friend to the Marine Corps birthday ball. Now, I am paying for everything, she's a college student, there's no way I would expect her to buy a dress and shoes and whatever else you girls need to a formal party type thing. I am also, however, planning my budget around things I want to do with her over winter, like skydiving and stuff.
Is there any type of range for a nice ball type dress and accessories that I can be expecting?
But what I am wondering is, would I buy her a corsage for a ball? I won't be able to wear a boutonniere because I'll be in uniform.
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I think it's incredibly sweet that you want to pay for everything for her by the way.
It all kind of depends on the girl. The formal events I've gone to I've found a dress for under $80 and I usually don't buy new shoes unless I come across the perfect pair (has only happened once) that complement the dress really well. As for jewelry, I don't wear much so I might use a nice necklace I already have or borrow one from my mom (she usually gets sentimental when I dress up and wants to contribue because she's cute like that). Other than that, there's the hair, make-up and (possibly) undergarments that work with the dress. Again, with makeup it really depends, she could be simple like me and do her own or want it done, same with the hair. The undergarments, well, I'd definitely let her take care of those herself. All told, I'd say a formal event usually runs around $100-150 for me, and that's high-balling it, but as I said I'm a simple kind of girl. Other girls will have different budgets, depending on what they consider necessary and the amount of money they usually have to work with. I tend to pay for everything myself and raised in a money-conscious working-class household. If your girl is from the same kind of background, she'll probably fall within my budget range, perhaps a little higher ($200ish), but if she grew up in a house with more resources, then it would be higher.
Now, as I said, it's really sweet of you to want to pay for things, but I honestly think it would be enough if you covered her dress- the rest I would think she can afford to take care of, even as a college student, provided you give her some time to work it into her budget. I say this from my own experience, having paid my own tuition through college I know money can be tight, but if you plan and are smart, you can still spring for the things you want.0