March 26, 2019

A Guide to Prom

In the United States, a promenade dance, most commonly called a prom, is a semi-formal (black tie) dance or gathering of high school students. This event is typically held near the end of the senior year (the last year of high school). Proms figure greatly in popular culture and are major events among high school students. High school juniors attending the prom may call it “junior prom” while high-school seniors may call it “senior prom”. In practice, this event may be a combined junior/senior dance. Today, we would like to offer some advice on how to prepare for prom and make prom special.

Before the Prom

  • Start saving money months before the prom. Tuxedo rentals, transportation, dining, prom tickets, flowers, pictures, and other necessities can add up quickly, and a well-prepared person will have a decent budget to work with.
  • Buy prom tickets early. Many schools limit the number of tickets sold and tickets may not be available at the last minute.
  • Ask your date to accompany you to the prom at least a month in advance. This will allow both parties to organize their wardrobes accordingly. 
  • Take your dress or tuxedo in for early alterations. Waiting last minute can end up costing more and might not fit the day of. Save plenty of time for this.
  • Make reservations for dinner ahead of time. Try to organize with friends to make this moment memorable for everyone. If the group meets more then 5 people for the reservation, you may have to pay additional gratuity. Bring cash to the restaurant.
  • If you will be renting transportation such as a limousine, consider pooling your resources with other couples to make it more affordable, and shop early for a reservation.
  • Consider booking a hair or makeup consultation before the day, so you can talk with the stylist to get your desired look. This can also be done with a friend! Bring plenty of photos for the image you are trying to capture. 
  • If you’re nervous about dancing at the prom, arrange for beginner’s dance lessons a few weeks before the event. These can also be a fun date with your prom partner and will let both of you polish your moves to shine on the dance floor.
  • Wear your prom shoes around the house to break them in. No one wants to dance in painful heels. 
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On That Special Night

On the day of the prom, remember to look your best.

  • If you aren’t renting a car or limo, be sure the car you will use is clean and gassed up before picking up your date. If you are being picked up, bring cash to offer for gas money.
  • Attend to your personal hygiene carefully, including a shower, close shave, trimmed and cleaned fingernails, and other details to be well groomed for the evening. 
  • Be prepared to answer questions about your plans for the evening, and be sure to ask about the evening’s curfew so you can have your home on time.
  • If you attend prom with a group of friends, it’s fine to dance with them, however be sure to pay the most attention to your date and don’t spend the evening hanging out with other guys instead.
  • Always thank your date or friends for the lovely evening.

After the Prom

  • Return all rented items promptly to avoid late fees.
  • Submit prom pictures to the yearbook if requested.

Other ways to make this night special? A few small investments can turn a night around.

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Hire a photographer to take before photos. As much as we love our parents, they often don’t know how to take a good photo.
  • Start a group chat with your party to keep track of where everyone is.
  • Back up battery phone charger.
  • Be polite to servers and hosts. Having good manners always reflects well on a young adult.
  • Consider bringing another pair of shoes to dance in.

We at White Way, hope you have a magical time at your prom. Remember, we take prom dress donations and make alterations on attire. Contact us today to schedule your appointment for any of your prom needs. 

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