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  • A month or more before Prom:
    • Decide if you are going with a date, as part of a group or ;some combination of the two How large your group is will affect transportation.
    • Start looking around for prom attire Browse online to get ideas. Does your prom have a theme? This may impact your choice of dress.
    • Figure out what type of hairstyle you want For girls, this may be influenced by what type of dress you choose, as well as any hair accessories and jewelry.
    • Check out limo or bus rentals, if you are going as a group, and compare rates Check out carpool options with other parties.
    • Think about where you want to prepare for the event. Will you be getting ready with friends at someone’s house, or prepping solo at home?
    • If you plan on dinner before the prom, start checking out ;restaurants If you are part of a group, get a consensus of ;everyone’s ;budget and meal ;preferences. Shop around for deals – some restaurants offer group discounts, or deals on special occasion parties.
  • A few weeks before Prom:
    • Buy or register for your Prom tickets.
    • Shop around and find your dress or suit You’ll want at least a few weeks for this, since you may change your mind or need alterations.
    • Find and buy shoes, or decide which you will be wearing. Make sure they are comfortable enough to be able to walk in for at least a few hours!
    • Decide on hairstyle and make an appointment for the day of the event Bring pictures so your hair stylist knows what you want.
    • Make other necessary appointments, such as manicure/pedicure or spa treatments These can be done a day or two before the event to save time.
    • Make reservations at the ;restaurant ;or figure out other meal options Getting take-out food and eating it before you prep is an alternative (and cheaper) dinner plan.
    • Book the limo/bus or devise a driving plan If hiring a driver, arrange all pickup/drop-off details and hours of service beforehand.
    • Order any corsages/boutonnières.
    • Arrange picture options with friends and family If you are going in a group, plan to meet at a location where everyone can take photographs.
    • Make an after-Prom agenda Make sure you know where you’ll be staying, whether at a hotel, your home, or a friend’s house.
  • The Day of Prom
    • Go to all necessary appointments If you are getting a manicure/pedicure, get nails done first, then hair, ending with makeup.
    • Get dressed Prep at your planned location, and finish off with any accessories.
    • Take pictures with the group. Smile!
    • Collect money (if you haven’t already done so) for the limo driver, or confirm transportation with family or friends.
    • Go to the restaurant Make sure to bring enough money for the bill and tip.
    • Head to the venue Make sure you have your prom tickets and ID ready.
    • Dance, dance dance! Have fun, and act responsibly.

Dazzle in your dress, but don’t forget the tickets! Prom season is finally here, but you need a plan to make sure things go smoothly. Make your prom night fuss-free and fun with our Prom checklist.


  • If your shoes are too uncomfortable for dancing, bring a pair of fancy flats you can change into.
  • Bring a small bag or purse with any makeup, hairspray or hair accessories you may need.
  • Bring a spare set of casual attire and footwear in case you want to change later on. (Midnight breakfast, anyone?)
  • If you’re going somewhere else for the night, bring a bag with a change of clothes and any toiletries you may need.
  • If you are not renting a limo or party bus, ensure that you are making safe transportation arrangements. Always have a designated driver.
  • In addition to your cell phone, carry contact numbers of close family members or neighbors. If you want or need to leave your group, you should always have a safe alternative for getting home. Bring extra cash for cab or bus fare just in case.
Prom Checklist
  Lauren Meir

on May 8, 2012

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