Prom may be a few months away, but as any good planner knows, it’s always best to prepare ahead of time to avoid last-minute stress. Making a checklist and budget now will allow you to finish all of your little tasks in plenty of time, make the best decisions for your wallet AND have more fun the day of the big dance!
To help you prepare, we’ve created a prom checklist to act as your guide. Since many of you will have your proms at different times this semester, you can take this to-do list and customize it to fit your needs. You can copy/paste ours into a Word document and rearrange it however you like!
5 weeks before prom:
Buy your dress! Start searching in department stores, discount shops (like Marshalls or T.J. Maxx), thrift shops, online stores or wherever you think you’ll have the most luck finding a dress you love within your budget. This also gives you enough time to save up some money if the dress of your dreams is a little out of your reach at the moment.
4 weeks before:
Make your day-of appointments. Are you planning to get your hair, nails or makeup professionally done? So are a lot of other girls in your town, so be sure to secure your favorite spot early! Nails can be done a few days early, if need be, but hair and makeup will need to happen the day of prom.
3 weeks before:
Make sure you’ve got your transportation locked down. Renting a limo? Driving with a group of friends? Grabbing a ride with your mom? Secure your plans to get to the dance, and who will be going with you.
This is also a good time to confirm who you’ll be going to prom with. If you have a boyfriend, that aspect will probably be obvious, though if he goes to another school you’ll want to make sure he has the correct date cleared on his calendar. If you’re wanting to ask someone or go with friends, confirm with them that you’re all on board.
2-3 weeks before:
Secure all of your accessories. You’ll obviously need shoes, but you might also want a necklace, earrings, bracelet or corsage for your date. Bring a good photo of your dress with you to help you style your full look!
2 weeks before:
If you’re planning to be cost-effective and do your own makeup, nails and hair, you’ll want to start doing research on products you’ll need and styles you like. This way, you have time to buy everything you need (search online for price comparisons!) and do some experimenting leading up to the dance. Just because a hair tutorial features a gorgeous photo and seemingly easy-to-follow steps, for example, doesn’t mean you’ll be able to recreate it to positive results day-of. If you’ve test driven everything and allowed for trial and error, your time spent getting ready on prom day will be smooth sailing!
1 week before:
Check that you have everything you need in order: dress, shoes, accessories, makeup, nail polish, etc.
Make sure you’ve test driven everything–tried on your dress with your shoes and accessories and played around with your hair and makeup.
You’ll also want to make sure you’ve chosen undergarments that don’t show through your dress or cause any discomfort. May sound crazy, but trust us, it’s important and the last thing you want to be worried about at prom is a visible bra strap!
All good? Now you just need to confirm any appointments you may have, steam your dress if necessary and be sure to wash your face twice a day to prevent any unwanted breakouts.
Day of prom:
Relax, you got this, girl! Because you took the time to plan ahead, your prom day should be smooth sailing and fun.
Give yourself a couple of hours to get ready so that you don’t have to rush and can enjoy it. If you’re alone, put on your favorite music and take a relaxing bath before getting into your dress. Getting ready with friends? Pack up a bag and double check it a few times before leaving home.
Girls, are you planning on going to your prom? Will a checklist like this be helpful to you? What would you add? Tell us in the comments!