Four Months Before Your Prom Night:
- Set Budget – Prom dresses, prom hairstyles, and prom formal all cost money - sometimes a lot! Find out how much money your parents are willing to contribute to your prom. Start to earn and save money to cover the difference.
- Magazines – Buy a few Prom magazines and look through them to find retailers of dresses and accessories.
- Dress – Start to get ideas of what type of dress you would like to buy. Cut out pictures from magazines and start a scrap book.
- Hairstyles – Clip potential hairstyles from books and websites.
- Skin Care - Time to get your skin looking its best. Drink a lot of water, eat fruit, exercise, and wash your face nightly before going to bed. Make sure that you keep up this regiment up until the Prom.
- Exercise - Work out to slowly and safely lose any excess pounds.
- Schedule Dental Appointment – Make an appointment for two weeks prior to your prom. This way your smile can be it’s brightest.
- Get the Guy – Pick out your perfect dream date and make sure that he decides that you are his perfect date as well.
Three Months Before Prom:
- Order your dress – With your ideas already in a scrap book, and your magazines listing local retailers you should be ready to find the perfect dress.
- Alterations – Don’t put this off. Get your alterations done early. It does not cost a lot and having a perfect fit is worth it!
- Accessories – You’ve got the dress, but don’t stop there. You have to have a knock out pair of earrings, necklace and shoes to complete the look. Make sure that you buy a small handbag to match your dress. You will need something to carry cash, ID, and a phone for emergencies.
- To Limo or not to Limo? – If you are planning to rent a limo then it is time to make reservations. You may be required to make a deposit. Be make sure to get a receipt and note the person that took your reservation. If the cost seems to be out of your budget, go together with several other people to minimize the cost. If not, decide with friends who will be driving and who's riding with whom.
- Restaurant reservations – Decide where you will be dining and make your reservations early.
One Month Before Prom:
- Prom Tickets – Purchase your tickets or make sure that your date has purchased them.
- Hair and Nails – Make appointment to have your hair and nails done. Find an experienced beautician to do your hair. Ask to see photos of other formal prom hairstyles that he/she has done. If they can’t show you photos find someone else.
- Make Final Plans – Make plans with your date or friends for before and after Prom activities. Don’t assume that you will be cruising around with your friends. Make a definite plan so there are no surprises when your friends make alternate plans.
- Tux – Has your date ordered his tux? Make sure that he does.
- Inform Parents of Plans – Give your parents the details of your evening plans. Give them places, times and phone numbers for emergencies.
- Inform Your Date of Your Expectations – Time to have “that” talk with your date. Let him know your expectations so that he will not expect any more.
- Break in your shoes – You don’t want your shoes to ruin your night. Start wearing your prom shoes around the house to break them in. The more comfortable they are, the less you feet will hurt by the end of the evening.
Two Weeks Before The Prom:
- Corsages and Boutonniere – Order matching corsages and boutonnieres.
- Confirm all appointments – You don’t need any surprise cancellations to ruin your evening.
- Dental - Have your teeth cleaned.
- Rest - Start getting rest, you'll want to be well rested up for the big night!
Prom Day! It is Finally Here!:
- Boutonniere – Pick up your dates boutonniere.
- Hair – Go to the beauty shop to have your hair done in a formal hairstyle.
- Nails – Get a manicure.
- Eyebrows – Pluck your eyebrows.
- Makeup - Do your own makeup or have a friend do it.
- Purse - Pack your bag to be prepared for any surprises. Recommended: mirrored compact, bobby pins, band-aids, breath mints, nail file, stain wipes (if dinner ends up in your lap), kleenex, concealer stick (for any zits that suddenly appear), lip gloss, cotton swaps (to fix any makeup), advil, extra cash, camera, and cell phone.
- Be ready! - Put on your prom dress and be ready and waiting by the door for your date. Cut off all hanger straps that may be on your prom dress. Proper prom etiquette states that you should be the first person your date encounters after he rings the doorbell.
- Pictures!! – Don’t forget to have your parents take lots of pictures!
- Bathroom Checks - Take a couple bathroom checks to refresh powder, lipstick, or fix any bobby pins.
Have a Blast!!