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.
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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.