Wells hopes the company develops to a point that she can make unique dresses for girls and still sell them inexpensively. She's also on the verge of supplying tuxedos.
Not only has Wells helped local girls, but From Pauper to Princess donates a portion of its proceeds to various backpack programs in West Virginia schools. These are organizations set up in the schools to supply kids with food, clothing, toiletries and school supplies they might not be able to afford.
When asked what her favorite part of doing all this is, she said, "I love being able to help girls with their dreams and also donating the money to the backpack program. More than every girl should feel beautiful for a night, every child, every adult, every person should be fed."
Wells intends to continue the company after she graduates and to expand it through heavy advertising. She also plans to visit local schools to promote her business.
The best part of this whole experience, she said, has been "knowing I'm trying to help my community and that differences can be made whether they are large or small."
Wells' advice on a low budget prom is to think cheap:
"Don't spend $400 on a dress you'll only wear once," she said. "The same with shoes and jewelry."
She recommends buying cheap shoes because they'll probably end up under the table by the end of the night anyway and costume jewelry because no one is going to inspect the detail of your diamonds.
Also, guys don't rent a car. No one cares how you get to prom; it's a dance, not a drive.
Coupons are okay to use for dinner, too. Tickets and tuxedos already cost enough. Wells said she had Taco Bell on her prom night and had just as much fun as she would have had anywhere else.
So don't give up your night of fancy solely because of the price.