Prepping for Homecoming & Prom in Huntsville When You’re On a Tight Budget

  • Money-saving tips for homecoming below!
  • Where to shop for formal events in Huntsville.

Yes, you can do prom or homecoming on a budget and still have the formal event of your dreams! Homecoming in Huntsville can get expensive pretty fast, but we’ve got some great ideas on how to save money without compromising your teen’s special night.

Money-Saving Prom & Homecoming Tips

Shop for dresses in the off-season and get a better deal.
A great time of year to do that is right after prom season, in June or July. The same dress that was hundreds of dollars in April will be on clearance in the summertime!

Start a dress swap with friends from other schools.
Why not start your own formalwear clothing swap? Be sure to include people from other schools to better avoid dress duplication.

Hit up the local beauty school for hair & makeup.
Make an appointment to get your glowup from an aspiring professional in Huntsville. You can also ask practicing stylists if they need more professional development hours – many makeup brands require so many hours of experience to maintain their aesthetician license.

Have a potluck instead of going to an expensive restaurant.
Hosting a backyard pre-prom barbecue in someone’s backyard is a great way to save money and take some lovely photos, especially if that have a nice garden.

Shop Etsy for keepsake wrist corsages.
You’ll need to do this plenty of time in advance, but you can find absolutely lovely and unique corsages on Etsy. Many of them are very affordable and they won’t wilt and die if you want to save them as a prom memento.

Shop New-to-You Prom Dresses in Huntsville

Today’s teens are much more environmentally conscious, and most actually prefer second-hand prom attire over a new frock. Popular websites like Poshmark, RentTheRunway, and ThredUp are also great places to shop online if you have the time. My teens have even been known to take a day trip to Nashville to do some vintage formalwear shopping! Below are some of our favorite places to find gorgeous formalwear dresses in the Huntsville area that are on consignment or are second-hand.

Off The Rack Consignment Boutique

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I can always find something at Off the Rack. They carry all kind of formal wear for both prom and homecoming, and you can often find shoes and a bag to go with your look. Dressing rooms make it easy to try on items and store staff are always helpful.

St. Vincent de Paul Consignment Shop (Formerly Act II)

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Another great place to find something unique – this is where I found my prom dress in the nineties!

Pageant and Prom Dresses for Sale in North Alabama

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This online Group is a great year-round place to find cute styles for sale, as well as accessories.

Blackpine Boutique & Consignment

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If you love fantastic retro beading and plus-size formalwear, this local vintage seller is your jam.

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Fashion Exchange Alabama

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This locally owned consignment shop in Florence and Athens gets cute things in all the time and has some great homecoming dresses in the Fall!

More Formal Dress Shops in Huntsville

There’s no shortage of places to look for formalwear in the Rocket City, and these are places you can buy something new. Sometimes a hidden gem is just waiting for you on the clearance rack!

Belk at Parkway Place and Bridge Street
Bella Divine Formal Wear
David’s Bridal & Formal Wear
Dillard’s at Bridge Street
Kathleen’s Bridal
Kathy Rose Fashions & Tuxedo
La Mariee’ Bridal & Formal
Michael Mason’s Bridal & Formalwear in Decatur
Modern Brides
The Something Blue Shoppe/Something Blue Too in Hartselle

Tuxedo Shops in Huntsville

Belk at Parkway Place and Bridge Street
Dillard’s at Bridge Street
Jos.A.Bank Tuxedo Rental
Kathy Rose Fashions & Tuxedo
David’s Bridal & Formal Wear
Men’s Warehouse Tuxedo Rental
Modern Brides & Tux
Thrasher Clothing & Formal Haberdashery

Do you have a money-saving prom tip to share with other Huntsville parents? Leave us a comment below!

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