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The Ultimate Prom Checklist To Keep You Organized

By Therealsupermum @TheRealSupermum

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Prom night is one of the most important events in a high school student’s life. Chances are, you’re going to be talking about your romantic prom night for the rest of your life and pass the stories along to your own kids one day. Prepping for prom night is no small feat, though – it’s akin to getting ready for a wedding! Make sure that you have everything in order well ahead of time.

Six Weeks Before Prom

Find your dress early. That way, if you need alterations, you’ll have plenty of time to have them done. Also, getting your dress six weeks in advance means you can take your time looking for the perfect shoes, bag and jewelry to go with your ensemble.

This is also the time when you should decide which hair style you’re going to wear on prom night. Wait until you have your dress to figure out your hairdo, since the neckline will have a lot to do with how you wear your hair. If you’re going to have your hair cut or colored for prom, do it now! That way, if the cut or color is a bit off, you’ll have time to grow your hair out a bit or have the problem fixed.

Four Weeks Before Prom

Aside from the day of your prom, four weeks prior to your prom night is going to be the busiest time. Cross these items off your checklist as soon as you can:

  • Plan the evening with your friends. If you’re going somewhere before or after prom, make reservations. Restaurants get extremely crowded around prom time.
  • Book the limo. The same rule applies for limousine companies as it does for restaurants – pickings are going to be slim, so you have to make the reservation early.
  • You may have picked out your prom dress, but have you actually picked it up? Whether you have to purchase it from the store or get it back after alterations are compete, try to have it ready to go around this time.
  • Make beauty appointments for your hair, makeup and nails.
  • Walk around the house in your prom shoes to break them in and get used to walking in heels. Remember to walk on slick surfaces to get used to it.

Two Weeks Before Prom

There’s not much to do a couple of weeks before your prom. Just make sure that you and your friends are still on the same page regarding who’s going with who, where you’ll be partying before and after, and who’s sharing the limo. Also, this is the time to order your date’s boutonniere.

The Night Before the Prom

You probably have butterflies so close to prom, but you still have to knock off another two items from your checklist. First, pack a “Prom Emergency Kit,” including:

  • Clear nail polish (not actually for your nails, but for a run in tights or pantyhose)
  • Lip gloss
  • Cash
  • Deodorant
  • Breath fresheners

Also, make sure to get some shut eye, even if you’re super excited for prom. You’ll want to be well rested so you can enjoy your night. Plus, getting enough sleep means your eyes won’t be puffy and your skin will be luminous.

The Day of the Prom

Get started early so you can fit everything in and still make yourself look drop dead gorgeous.

  • If you haven’t done it already, pick up the boutonniere for your date.
  • Double check when your hair, makeup and nail appointments are and make sure to get there on time. If possible, get there early – they may be able to take you ahead of schedule.
  • Even if you’re taking a super slim purse, make sure it can fit your camera.
  • When the limo arrives, stash your emergency kit in a holder in the door.
  • Most importantly? Have a ball!

Jenny Houston is a professional blogger that writes for, a leading designer of prom and evening gowns.

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