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Prom prices on the rise, study says

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Prom season is in full swing. It's always a special night for the kids -- and a pricy one for parents.

A new study may cause some sticker shock for parents. Visa surveyed 3,000 families from across the country. They found American families will spend an average of $1,139 on prom night this year, up five percent from 2012.

FOX 13 called several different shops, salons, and schools in search of a local average price...only to find the Bay area total isn't much better.

Here are our local averages:

Ticket to Prom:

Plant High School $40

Freedom High School $60

Steinbrenner High School $60

Prom dress:

David's Bridal (nationally) $100-150

Georgette's Fashions (141 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa) $300 average

CC's Boutique (770 4th Avenue N, St. Petersburg) $375-400 average


Sacino's Formalwear (4213 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa) $50-150

Bib 'N Tux (1821 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa) $75-125

Men's Wearhouse (1101 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa) $60-200

Hair Updo:

Salon at the Walk (18059 Highwoods Preserve Pkwy, Tampa) $60 average

Tribeca Color Salon (920 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa) $80 average

Salon Athena South (2307 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa) $55 average


Fancy Nails (4038 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa) $38

Happy Nails (17002 Palm Pointe Drive, Tampa) $30

K Nails & Spa (3401 W. Bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa) $30


Advantage Limo $90-160 per hour (minimum five hours)

VIP Valet & Limo $385 (minimum five hours)

A1 Tampa Limo $750-1,200 (minimum five hours)


Publix (1313 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa) $25 average

Jennie's Flowers (2730 W. Columbus Dr, Tampa) $22 average

Island Flowers (1520 E. 7th Ave, Tampa) $23 average

There are some alternatives for parents who want to scale back on prom budgets.

Several online brands, like and now offer discount rentals for new and gently-used gowns. Tampa's Salvation Army also just launched a new program this year, offering brand new and gently-used boutique prom dresses for a fraction of their retail price.

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