- 4 Months Before Prom
- Start using Prom Planning checklist.
- Think date: start asking. Know who you're going with yet? Don't wait till the last minute to know, or the hot ones may be gone. Either ask him, or get him to ask you, but do it soon.
- Budget: Ask how much your parents are willing to contribute. Or figure out how much money you have, how much you can get, and on what items you are going to spend it.
- Start saving money.
- Start prom dress shopping. You need to find a dress that you are comfortable in. If you have any doubts or are not sure about it,don't get it. You don't want to have any worries by the time prom rolls around. Many dress shops can take up to 8 weeks(sometimes enen longer) to deliver their dresses. So hurry up!
- 3 Months Before Prom
- Pick out accessories that will coordinate with your dress.
- Get healthy. Time to start a fitness program that includes exercise & healthy eating.
- Start taking care of your hair and nails, especially if you have short and bitten nails. If you are growing your hair, trim it every 3 weeks to avoid split ends.
- Learn the basics of etiquette. Know how to handle silverware? Know how to behave in a formal environment? Consider taking a class on etiquette. Or get a book and practice with that. (Or look at our small section on etiquette, which gives you the basics)
- Hairdo. You have selected your dress. Start trying different hair styles, even if you are DIY. Start now because some updos can take a couple of months to grow into.
- 2 Months Before Prom
- Order your dress. What?!! You haven't ordered your dress yet? Hurry. Or stores & manufacturers may no longer have the one you want!
- Purchase Prom tickets & Get Adult to sign Permission Slip.
- Prom Plans. Start making your pre-prom and your post-prom plans.
- Make appointments. Most girls have their hair done professionally for prom. It's time to make the appointment! You can also consider having a manicure and a pedicure. Make appointments for these. Having your makeup done professionally? Then make an appointment for this, too.
- Start building your ensemble. Assume you bought your dress, and that you pretty much know your hairdo. It's time to get your accessories-- high heels, jewellery, clutch (are the main ones). Start building your ensemble by seeing what works with your dress and planned hairdo.
- Help select the tux. Help your date select his tuxedo, especially if you want him to wear a vest that matches your dress.
- Discuss plans. Discuss your pre- and post-prom plans with your parents. Hire Limo if Necessary. Believe me, they'll want to know!
- Review your budget. You bought the dress, at least some of the accessories, and have made your appointments. Are you still within budget?
- Stick with it. Remember to stick with your health and dieting plan.
- 30 days Before Prom
- Pick up your dress. If you haven't picked it up alread
- Alterations. Have your dress professionally altered if you need alterations.
- Break in prom shoes by wearing them several times a day so that they get used to you.
- Order boutonniere from Florist. Don't forget you need to get your date a boutonniere, which is a little flower that goes in his lapel. Order this from your nearest flowershop, do so at least two weeks ahead of time.
- Corsage. Remind your date that he needs to order this.
- Make your hair, makeup and nails appointments. Avoid the last minute rush by locating other salons not near your town. Call at least a week in advance to confirm the appointments for hair and nails (or others) that you made last month.
- Tell date a few things. Mostly, what to expect when he meets your parents. You don't want him to be too uptight-- you know how parents can get.
- Discuss with friends. Discuss date issues, partying issues, driving issues, drinking issues, and any other potentially sticky issues with friends.
- Call & confirm Limo Rentals you have made for Prom day.
- Setup an Emergency Kit: camera, clear nail polish, extra pantyhose, cellphone, cash for tips, student ID, tickets, limo number.
- Start getting plenty of rest. You don't want to look wiped out on the big night.
- Step up your exercises. You've been keeping healthy with workouts and good eating, right? Well step them up.
- 2 days Before Prom
- Purse kit. Build your purse kit, including extra hose, extra money, mini-makeup kit, etc.
- Appointments. Go to your hair, nails and makeup appointments.
- Pick up boutonniere from Florist. Don't forget you Camera and Prom Tickets!
- Corsage. Remind your date to pick his up.
- Tux. Yeah, I know. But just in case, remind him to pick it up the day before.
- Get dressed. Get set. Get going.
- HAVE FUN & Remember don't Drink & Drive or Get in a Vehicle with anyone under the Influence!