6 Steps to Plan the Perfect Prom

With prom season fast approaching, it pays to plan ahead. While many teenagers dream about the perfect prom night, they may not think about the details in the planning process. If you wait too late to arrange dinner or limo reservations, your night could go from fantasy to fiasco.

Start planning your prom night now to make sure that you and your parents end up being happy with your prom experience.

1. Determine Your Budget

Before you get started, you ought to determine a realistic budget for your prom night. You may discover that you what you envision may cost more than you can afford. Make a list of the items you’ll have to pay for, including:

  • Boutonniere for your date
  • Dinner reservations
  • Dress
  • Hair appointment
  • Jewelry
  • Limo
  • Makeup
  • Nails
  • Prom tickets
  • Shoes

This is a good time to decide which items are most important to you. Maybe you want to have a professional do your hair in a salon, but you can do your nails yourself.

2. Start Shopping For Your Dress Early

Department stores usually put dresses on sale right after New Year’s Eve, even full-length formal gowns. You can usually find a deal if you start shopping early and wait patiently to find a dress that flatters your figure and fits in your budget. You can also shop at consignment stores for used dresses that have only been worn once.

3. Choose the Right Shoes

You want your shoes to match your dress, but they don’t have to be exactly the same color. You can have white shoes dyed to match your dress color, or you can choose neutral colors. Nude, black, or metallic heels go well with any dress color.

Be sure to break in your shoes before the big night. Wear them around the house so they don’t cause blisters or slip off when you’re dancing. You can also bring backup flats just in case you don’t think your heels will last the whole night.

4. Book Your Limo a Few Months in Advance

This is especially important if you live in a small town. High schools tend to schedule dances within a few weekends of each other, so that means limo services can run out of available cars if you don’t plan ahead. And, if you think ahead of the others, you may even be able to get a better deal. If you wait until the last minute, you risk not getting a limo for your big night.

5. Form a Group

Whether you go to prom with friends or you bring a date, it’s always more fun to go as a group. You’ll be able to split the cost of a limo and reserve a table at a restaurant more easily. Since you should book your limo early, you should also start talking to your friends about their prom plans about that time. You can form a Facebook group to coordinate schedules. Six to ten people generally fill a limo and work well with dinner reservations.

6. Discuss Your Plans with Your Parents

Once you’ve gotten a firm “yes” from your friends about your prom plans, you should make sure your parents are on board. Go over details with them so they feel comfortable with everything. It’s best to ask permission a few weeks before prom so you can make any adjustments.

If your parents aren’t happy with your plans, include them in the process. Ask them to take pictures before you leave or ask for their recommendation of restaurants. And make sure that they meet your date and other members of your group before you head out for the night.

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Are you ready for the perfect prom? Start planning today to have the night of your life.