Debs Ireland – Girls Some Planning Tips for that perfect Debs Ball
If dinner is not served at Debs then the tickets usually cost between 30-500 per couple. If dinner is included in the ticket price then it could cost between 90- 150 per couple. If this is the case, you may want to offer to split the cost of the ticket with your date.
The style of dresses varies from year to year. Looking in magazines can give you an idea of what is popular. You can go to a dressmaker to have one custom made, but that can get very expensive. Shopping around in local stores and bridal shops will give you a chance to check out the latest fashions in your area. Shopping on line has become a very popular way to see a variety of debs dresses in one place. Many on line retailers offer detailed instructions on sizing and selection to insure proper fit. Most girls spend between 200-550.
Stay away from big earrings. Try on stockings beforehand to make sure the color looks right. Carry a small purse that is just big enough to hold lipstick, money, an extra pair of hose, and possibly a camera.
There will be a photographer at the Debs. These picture packages can be rather expensive. Get the price list at school before the night of the Debs so that you can plan accordingly. Most photographers take checks with the proper ID or credit cards. That would be safer than carrying cash. You could spend between 50 – 150 on pictures. Check with your schools photographer for packages and payment options.
Debs Hair/Nails/ Debs Make-up
Usually girls have these done professionally for their Debs night. Some salons will do all three for you, or you could schedule appointments at different places. Look at Debs Zone to get ideas or check with friends to see what they like. If you do your own hair and want to try a new style or temporary perm be sure to experiment before Debs.
You should try different styles up to six weeks before to work at a look you like best. If you use a professional, make sure the stylist knows what you want, otherwise you may dislike the results. Take in a picture from a magazine that show’s the look you’re going for. The cost for a manicure can vary from 40-80. You can have extensions put on or just a manicure with your own nails. You can also get a pedicure, but have this done 2-3 days beforehand. Most make-up artists charge 50-100.
4 Months Before your Ball
1. Make a checklist.
2. Find out how much money your parents will contribute.
3. Start saving your money
4. Pick out that special debs dress
3 Months Before your Debs…
1. Begin to maintain your hair and nails.
2. Pick out your accessories to coordinate with your dress.
6 Weeks Before the Ball
1. Purchase your Debs tickets.
2. Make an appointment to have your hair, nails, and make-up done.
3. If you are doing your own hair, start trying out different styles.
4. If you have not been asked for a date yet, check to see if the one you would like to go with has asked anyone, or ask a close friend before it’s too late. You can also go with a group of friends and have just as much fun and sometimes more.
5. Discuss your plans for Debs with your parents.
4 Weeks Before the Ball
1. Start wearing your Debs shoes around the house to break them in.
2. Pick up your Debs dress.
3. If you haven’t already done so, introduce your Debs date to your parents so there are no surprises on Debs Night!
2 Weeks Before Debs
1. Confirm all reservations and appointments you have made for the day and night of Debs.
2. Take care of last minute details: pantyhose, film, etc.
1. Pick up your date’s boutonniere.
2. Go to your hair, nails, and makeup appointment(s).
3. Put some extra cash in your purse.
History of the Debutante Ball or Debs Ball
The debutante ball is European in origin. In fact, the word “debutante” is derived from the French word “debuter,” which means, “to lead off.” In the English court of St. James,
the parents of young and affluent girls were looking to join the girls in marriage to men of comparable social standing and pedigree.
During the court’s season of April through July, many parties were held among the upper-class royals.
the emerging, yet extremely wealthy, middle class soon sought sponsors to present their daughters to this group of entitled bachelors and their families. The first party of the season involved the presentation of these women to the Queen.
The bow to the Queen is now referred to as the St. James bow, and is the highlight of the debutante balls of today. According to Wikipedia, Queen Elizabeth II abolished the formal presentation of debutantes to the court in 1958.
The original purpose of a public debut was to announce a young girl’s eligibility for marriage. Debutante balls are also known as “coming-out-parties,” cotillions and debuts. The debutantes wear white formal ball gowns and pearls.
Modern debutante balls or debs balls in ireland signify the end of secondary school and teenage years and transition to adulthood as most debutantes are in the age category of 17-18 years old. In Ireland Debs Balls are held during the months of July to November