How to Prepare for Prom Day

By Sarah Lam

High school is filled with lots of good times. From field trips, to football games, to college tours, there's always something to look forward to. One of the most important things that high school students look forward to is, you guessed it, PROM! Prom is a huge milestone in a high schooler’s life. You’ve been waiting your whole life to experience prom and all of its glories. You get two years to attend prom then it’s over forever (unless you get invited back by a high school student). You want to make the most of your prom, and there is a lot of preparing you must do. Here’s a guide to help you prepare for the big day.

The Dress:

Picking out the perfect prom dress can be one of the most stressful things ever. There are so many colors, styles, and designers. This can have you feeling really overwhelmed. Start your prom dress shopping 2 to 3 months in advance. This will give you time to make the appropriate alterations and shop for accessories such as shoes and jewelry. When picking out the dress, find a style that is the right fit for you. Don’t pick something because that’s what “everyone else is wearing.” Be yourself and find something that lets you express yourself. Most importantly, make sure to shop around before making your final decision. Don’t pick the first dress you try on. Make sure you explore your options.

The Hair:

Something most people struggle with is deciding how they want to wear their hair to prom. You should start thinking about this after you buy your dress. Start a Pinterest board and search for potential hairstyles you might want to use. Pin all of your favorites to the board for easy access. Before you even decide on a hairstyle, MAKE SURE YOU BOOK A HAIRSTYLIST MONTHS IN ADVANCE! Prom is the busiest season for them, and their availability will go fast. Make sure you secure a spot so you aren’t rushing at the last second searching for someone who has an appointment open.

The Makeup:

Makeup on prom day is another important thing. You can get it professionally done, or just do it yourself. If you decide to get it professionally done, you will also want to book months in advance. This was you have a spot secured. If you are doing your makeup yourself, practice different looks a few weeks before. This will give you time to experiment with which eyeshadow, lipstick, and eyeliner you want to use. This way you won’t do something you don’t like on prom day and have to take it all off and restart. Pinterest will also be your best friend when it comes to makeup. There are millions ideas to match your preferred look. Lastly, make sure you wear setting spray! This will keep all the makeup from smudging and coming off while you are busting moves on the dance floor.

The Pictures:

Pictures have to be one of the best parts about prom. There’s nothing like being able to get all dressed up with your friends or date. EVeryone wants to get that perfect Instagram picture to post on their feed. A few weeks before, you want to decide where you are going to take pictures. You want to make sure there is good lighting and scenery. Having a nice background makes for beautiful prom pictures. Taking pictures closer to sunset, also known as the golden hour, is best. This way you will get that golden look and there won’t be a bright sun on your face in all the pictures. Be sure to plan with your friends to meet up in the same place, that way you can all get a group picture together.

The Dinner:

So you have made it through pictures. The next stop is going to eat that pre-prom dinner. Make reservations at the restaurant you choose a few days before. This will ensure you get a seat and you don’t have to sit and wait. Nobody wants to wait for their food and possibly be late to prom. When choosing what to eat, don’t pick something that’s going to be messy. The last thing you want is barbeque sauce all over your expensive white dress. Stick with something that you can eat with no problem. For extra precautions, gets lots of napkins and keep some on your lap just in case anything were to happen. Lastly, if you have a good waitress, don’t forget to leave them a tip.

The most important word of advice you can get from this article is to have fun. Don’t let the night waste away. Make sure you dance your butt off, take pics, and go to after prom. Make the most of every moment you get. It will be a night you’ll never forget.