School dances are thought to be some of the most exciting nights of high school, with elaborate askings, corsages, and romantic slow dances. However, what is not so exciting is the reality of boys spending large sums of money just for one night.
Adding onto the pressure to create a perfect asking, a boy is expected to pay for his date’s ticket, corsage, and often dinner. When these costs are added to the price of his own tuxedo and ticket, the grand total can hundreds of dollars. Such a large sum of money is bound to be a strain on high school students’ wallets. The best solution to ease the pressure on boys is for couples to divide costs.
One Whitney High School couple, seniors Amy Kim and Isaac Kim, split all costs at last month’s Winter Formal.
Before the dance, Isaac Kim explained to JSR, “I don’t think it makes sense for guys to pay for everything, but a lot of guys do because they feel obligated.”
Alexandre Sanchez, a Whitney High School sophomore who planned not to attend the dance, said, “I don’t want to go and pay so much for one night because I can do so many other things with that amount of money.”
Though Sanchez isn’t alone, there are still plentiful askings by boys who accept the duty of paying hefty amounts of money. Whitney senior Charlie Shin, for example, paid for his and his date’s tickets, a tuxedo, and a corsage.
He said, “I think it is fair that guys have to pay for a lot of things. If a girl asked a guy to a dance, like Sadie [Hawkins, a dance to which girls ask boys], the same or at least the ticket is expected to come from the girl.”
For Amy Kim and Isaac Kim, however, splitting the cost the cost was the right choice.
After the dance, Amy Kim commented, “It made me feel more relaxed knowing that I was able to contribute for the payments. It would be a lot to pay by yourself.”
Boys, as well, should be able to fully enjoy the night without stressing about their empty wallets. Splitting dance costs can make it easier for couples to truly create memorable nights without regrets.