Only a month and a half left of the school year and then it’s time for summer break! For many teens across BC, this will be their last year of high school. A big part of celebrating the completion of years of hard work is the graduation ceremony where everyone gets all dressed up. Do you know a teenager who is graduating this year? Have them read this blog to prevent any snags on their big day.

Are you…

  • Buying a gown, shoes, or accessories?
  • Renting or buying a suit or tux?
  • Booking appointments to have your hair, nails, or makeup done?
  • Buying a gift, corsage, or boutonniere for your date?
  • Renting transportation such as a limo?

Remember that all retail stores set their own policies about returns and refunds. Read on to be more informed before your big day.

Tips to help make informed decisions

  • If you are required to put down a deposit for your gown or tux, be sure to ask whether or not it is refundable if you change your mind.
  • Try to get a statement in writing that clearly outlines what you are purchasing, what (if any) alterations are being made, when you can expect it to be ready for you, and how much this will cost in the end.
  • If renting a limo or a party bus, get the contract in writing, read the fine print before you sign anything, and ask about their cancellation policy.
  • Keep all your receipts.

By knowing your rights and responsibilities, you can help ensure that your celebrations will go off without a hitch! Congratulations to all the BC grads of 2011!


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