Matric dance stress, cost

2016-04-14 06:00

PARENTS sometimes encounter steep clothing costs when it comes to matric dances and “if you have a daughter, the costs double, sometimes even triple”.

Hair-dos, make-up, manicures and now even photoshoots … it all adds up.

“I felt as if my daughter was getting married. That’s how stressed out I was. It’s not only the financial cost, but running around from appointment to appointment and sorting out last minute­ details,” said Vash Singh.

Singh said her son matriculated a few years ago and preparations for his farewell were far less stressful and costly.

“Boys are less complicated. All they need is a good haircut, shoes and a suit,” she said.

“The dress alone cost thousands. I don’t want to mention an amount, but it was three times more than for my son.”

Another parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said she is glad the matric dance is over.

“It’s stressful for a parent as my daughter was a bit demanding. As a parent you give in and console yourself by saying it’s a once-off thing,” said the mother.

“Roughly I have spent over R5 000 on clothing, hair, make-up, nails and all the other little things.”

On the other hand, there are pupils who will not get to experience the event.

A Gamalakhe school matric pupil said most of her friends did not want to attend their dance as it was unaffordable and it was to take place in June, only weeks before their mid-year exams commence.

“We have to contribute R200 each towards the event and still have money for our clothing and travel, etc. Not every one can afford this. June should be dedicated to studying, not preparing for a dance,” said the pupil.

Costs to consider:

• A dress or suit – the largest portion of your budget and a wide price range, but it could cost up to R5 000, even more.

• Accessories – shoes, a clutch bag, jewellery could all add up to around R1 250

• Beauty – expect to pay around
R1 000 for hair, nails and make-up.

• Photography – if you want professional photos, expect to pay around R1 000

• Transportation – a shared limo for or your own car, budget R500 for this.

• Tickets – prices start at R250.

• After-party – set around R500 aside for cover charge.

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