Are You Ready For Prom?

Planning for Prom

Prom is just around the corner! A night hoped for by many young ladies (and perhaps a few gentleman too!), prom is a time when couples, friends and groups dress up and experience an elegant and fun event.

The perfect night takes a bit of time and effort to plan, but is worth it in the end – especially when you look back on all of the memories made. As you prepare for prom, there are a few essential items to keep in mind. We have included a check list below for this special event! We hope this guideline helps you plan and make prom a success!

Outfit
If you plan to go to prom, the first thing that you should think of is the outfit you would like to wear. An outfit can be related to the prom theme or be a dress and jewelry that make you feel beautiful – either way, it’s important to start looking for your outfit right away. What you may need:

Nails
For an occasion like prom, it can be fun to go with friends to get a manicure or a pedicure. Start the morning off by heading over to the nail salon, or get together with friends (and save a little money) and paint nails together. What you may need:

  • Nail Polish (compliment your outfit with the color(s) you choose!)
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Cotton Balls/Cotton Pads
  • Nail Brush
  • Nail Scissors
  • Emery Board
  • Fingernail Clippers
  • Orange Stick
  • Cuticle Oil
  • Hand Lotion
  • Strengthening Nail Polish Base
  • Clear Nail Polish Overcoat
  • Sink or Bowl
  • Towel

Check out our nail polish tutorial!

Hair
Some days we love it, some days we hate it: hair. But on prom day, you’re going to love it!
Wear it up, down, or somewhere in between! Schedule an appointment at the salon or plan on making time to do your hair yourself. What you may need:

  • Pictures of how you would like your hair to look
  • If you are planning on getting your hair done at a salon, schedule an appointment
  • Curling Iron
  • Hair straightener
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Hair spray
  • Headband or Tiara

Makeup
Makeup is not necessary, but it is a great way to add pizazz and fun to any outfit!  If you decide to wear makeup to the event, try and find makeup that compliments your skin tone, hair color, and dress. Either make an appointment and a beauty salon or do your make up yourself! What you may need:

  • Find pictures for inspiration
  • Schedule an appointment at the salon (if you are going to have it done there)
  • Primer
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Blush
  • Eye Shadow
  • Eye Liner
  • Mascara
  • Bronzer
  • Lipstick or Lipgloss

Party
It’s fun to be with friends, a significant other, or a big group at prom. Personally, we think the more the merrier! Some school clubs will go to prom in a big group. If the club you’re involved in isn’t going as a group, why not take initiative and help organize something? It’s also great getting together a bunch of friends and head to prom together (you can even arrive in style by arriving in a limo if everyone pitches in to help pay for costs). If you have a significant other, it is always nice having a quiet getaway or going with another couple. What you may need to remember:

  • Figure out who will be driving – carpooling is a great way to save on costs
  • Remember to invite everyone you need to
  • Plan a time to meet

Pictures
Taking pictures helps create memories and history… and it’s always fun making faces at the camera and showing off outfits! Try and meet before the prom to take pictures in a park, someone’s backyard or at the school. This will make for some great natural pictures and give everyone time to chat and possibly get to know each other. Remember to order professional pictures too! What you may need:

  • Bring a small camera or use your phone to take pictures at the dance or beforehand
  • It’s always better to take too many pictures than not enough
  • Try and get a picture of everyone in your party.

Dinner
Sometimes dinner will take place at prom, but other times it’s up to you to figure out what your party will eat. In a large party, it can be difficult deciding on one place to go for dinner. Because of this, it’s important to decide before prom night where everyone would like to go and eat. Make a list of restaurants that are in the area and let everyone in your group vote on where they’d like to go. Or, if you’d like to try something different, have someone in your party host prom dinner and eat at their house. What you may need to remember:

  • Everyone should help pay for dinner costs
  • Decide on a place to eat before the day of prom
  • If you are eating out, reserve a table for your party at least two weeks before prom
  • Give yourself and party adequate time to eat dinner

Miscellaneous
Here are a few extra items you may need to remember:

  • If you are going as a couple, make sure to buy a corsage for the lady and a boutonnière for the gentleman
  • The gentleman should try and match his shirt to the color of the lady’s dress
  • In a large group, consider appointing someone to coordinate and make the plans (like reserving a table at a restaurant and figuring out when to meet)
  • Bring extra bobby pins and makeup for touch-ups

We hope this guideline helps you as you plan your prom night!

Have fun at prom; stay safe and make memories!

– SparkleOn Team

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