IT'S a once in a lifetime experience for some, but Lucy Haks gets three shots at formals this year.
The 17-year-old Rockhampton Grammar senior has managed to score an invite to not just her own formal today, but also to Nudgee College's formal in July and has already attended St Brendan's College's celebrations in May.
Lucy said she was lucky enough to attend all three formals with old childhood friends.
"They were all good friends growing up... all of my closest guy friends asked me so I was pretty lucky," she said.
"To be able to be there for my good friends and celebrate their graduation with them is very exciting."
Three formals is three times the work, three times the cost, and has left Lucy planning for more than a year.
To save on what would be a massive expense, Lucy decided to get creative with her dress choices.
"I thought, goodness, this is a lot of work," she said
"So for the St Brendan's formal I bought one black dress, and a different dress for my own formal that I will wear with the feathers... so I will probably wear my own again to the Nudgee formal without the added feathers to make it different," she said.
"My favourite is the dress for my own formal, it's just very different."
Lucy said she really enjoyed her time at Yeppoon's St Brendan's College formal and was really looking forward to living the experience twice more.
Despite having one formal already under her belt, Lucy said she was still very nervous for her own formal today.
"I am one of the three formal committee chairs at my school... it kind of means a bit more special because we've had a say," she said.
"Formal is the big event of senior year that brings everybody together... it's a beautiful way to celebrate Year 12."