If you're extra like me, prom will take you weeks to plan. I mean just the look is made up of so many little components that need to be handled. There's the dress, the corsages and boutonnieres (do you DIY or buy?), the hair and glam, and of course nails. And that's not to mention the decisions you have to make when it comes to the night itself. Yes, you go to the dance and you enjoy yourself, but how are you getting there? What are you doing after? And what do you need in your purse to guarantee a succesful night? I know, it can feel overwhelming, but don't worry, we've got you covered. Screenshot this checklist of things to do and you're all set for a fun-as-hell prom night you'll never forget.
A Few Months Before
Even though prom seems so far away, it's never too early to start planning.
1. Dress shopping
It's time to find the dress of your dreams. Get an idea of what you're looking for before heading to the store by checking out dresses online and on Instagram. Then, go out and try some things on. Check out some department stores that have a wide selection, as well as some cute boutiques in the area. If you opt to get a dress online, that's cool too, but then definitely get it on the early side so you have time to alter it or get another size if need be.
2. Book Appointments
Are you putting your prom glam in the hands of professionals? Then definitely book the appointments early on. There's a chance spots will fill up quickly, especially if other schools have prom the same day.
It's also important to book any other professionals you may need for the night. That means a photographer if you plan on getting one, a limo or party bus, and anyone else who you may need to reserve.
3. Get your tickets
You can't go to prom if you don't have tickets! Prom tix will go on sale at different times, depending on the school, but make sure to get them as soon as you can. Sometimes, the price of the tickets will go up as you get closer to prom, so you definitely want to make sure you're getting the best deal.
A Month Before
It's only a few weeks until prom. Start really solidifying your plans and make sure all aspects of your look are more or less good to go.
1. Make pre-prom plans
Are you heading to a friends house for apps and photos? Or maybe you're all meeting at a nearby park for maximum space. It's important to get your group together and figure out your pre-prom plans ASAP. That way, if you're getting a ride to prom, you can tell the party bus or limo where to pick you up.
2. Make post-prom plans
Some groups of friends head to the beach the weekend after prom, while others all head to a basement for a big sleepover. Discuss with your pals to figure out what you're going to do so you can get planning ASAP. May I suggest stopping by the school sponsored post prom for a quick hello? There's usually free food 😉.
3. Make sure your dress fits like a glove
Now is the time to make sure that if you need any alterations to your dress, you're making those appointments and getting it handled. Your dress should feel like it's made for you, so whether you decide you need a different size, or you opt to go to a seamstress, it's important to figure that our sooner rather than later.
4. Break in your shoes
For some of you, this may be your first time spending an extended period of time in heels, and let me tell you, it's not easy. Break in your shoes a little and get used to walking in them by wearing them around the house. Trust me, you'll be glad you're not slipping on brand new, never-been-touched heels as you get ready for a marathon of dancing the night of prom.
5. Pick out your jewelry
Your bling may be your last priority when it comes to your prom look, but don't let it slip to the wayside. Make sure you know what will be adorning your ears, and gracing your neck on prom night.
Two Weeks Before
Now is the time to really make sure everything is ready to go and you have any last-minute to-do list items handled.
1. Confirm appointments and reservations
I know, it's annoying, but just call and confirm that all of your appointments and reservations are for the right day and time. The worst thing in the world would be you heading to the hair salon the day of prom and finding out you accidentally made the appointment for a week later and they can't squeeze you in. Just play it safe, trust me, when you find an appointment you messed up, you'll be glad you did.
2. Do glam trial runs
Don't let a bad makeup job ruin your prom night, do a trial run beforehand. If you're getting your makeup professionally done at a makeup counter, have them try out some looks a week before (they will usually do it for free if you buy something), or if you're DIYing your look, do it as many times as you can before the big day. This way, when prom day arrives, you will know exactly what to expect from your glam.
3. Get a boutonniere or corsage
Head to your local florist to take care of any and all of your floral needs. Whether it's a boutonniere or corsage, order it ahead of time for day-off pick up, and consider matching the flowers to you and your date's outfits.
4. Make sure you have all the random necessities
There are a lot of random things you may need the day of prom. Make a list and make sure you get everything before the big day. I'm thinking tights, a special bra depending on what kind of dress you're wearing, heel pads so you can dance all night, and underwear that won't create a panty line.
5. Starting getting some rest
Get to sleep! You'll want to be fully rested for a night of fun and dancing, and chances are you've had a busy few weeks with finals and other end of year activities. Make sure to prioritize sleep even a few weeks before the big night. Trust me, you'll feel the difference.
Day of prom
It's finally here! You probably have a ton of stuff to do before prom night, so make sure you don't forget anything important (imagine showing up to pics without your date's boutonniere!).
1. Pick up flowers
This is so so important! You won't want to disappoint your date by forgetting to get their boutonniere or corsage from the florist. Grab it on the way home from your hair appointment to save a trip.
2. Go to appointments
This seems obvious, but you may be so busy the day of prom that you forget to leave for your hair appointment and you show up an hour late. The salons are probably super busy so make sure you show up on time for everything so you can get in and out as quickly as possible.
3. Pack your purse
Make sure your purse is filled with all of your prom night necessities. I recommend gum or mints, extra bobby pins in case your 'do falls out from all the dancing, and some blotting paper (it's going to get hot on the dance floor), along with anything else you may need throughout the night. Throw it all in a cute purse and you'll feel like Mary Poppins, giving out tampons and spritzes of perfume to your friends.
4. Pack a bag
If you're spending the night at a friend's house or the weekend by the beach, make sure your overnight bag is ready to go. Even if you are stopping home after prom, you won't have time to throw things together and you will probably forget something in the rush. While you have a minute make sure to gather up some things you will need (like toothpaste, PJs, and clothes for the next day), as well as a few little fun additional items (maybe a board game).
Night of prom
1. Stay safe and have fun!
The only thing you need to do while at prom is have fun! Enjoy yourself, make memories and take some pictures that you can look back on for years to come. Also, just remember to stay safe. Don't get in the car with someone who has been drinking and if someone's pressuring you to have sex, don't give in just because it's prom night. The evening might be a special one, but all the same rules still apply.
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