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Prom Checklist for the Best Night Ever

by Ada Lalia 17 Apr 2024 0 Comments

Prom season is on the horizon and do you know what that mean? It means that the time is finally here to start planning for the most anticipated night of the high school life. That being said, planning for the perfect prom takes a lot of effort, and it is no easy task.

Prom is the time that you and your friends can reflect on the school year and make memories that will last a lifetime. From finding the perfect prom dress, making arrangements for transport, pre-prom plans, coordinating with friends and who you will be going to prom with may seem like an overwhelming process. In order to make your experience a smooth, seamless and unforgettable one, ahead is the ultimate prom checklist so that you will be prepared well ahead of time and get ready to party the night away.

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Bookmark this list now, and let the countdown to your unforgettable and memorable prom night begin.

What You Should Do A Few Months Before Prom

Planning for prom is best done a few months ahead. This is because you would want to give yourself enough time to find your dream dress. You would also want to make appointments for hair, nail and makeup before they are all booked up.

Create A Budget For Prom

Before you start looking for the perfect prom dress, the transport to prom and pre-prom plans, you would need to set a budget. Prom can easily be a huge expense, and once you have established your budget, you can narrow down your search for the prom dress and everything else that is within your budget. You may want to consider the potential expenses that include the prom dress, hair, makeup, nails, accessories, transportation, prom tickets, dinner and after prom activities. It is best to consider a contingency fun for unexpected expenses at the last minute.

Buy Prom Tickets

You would have to secure the entry to prom with prom tickets that is always in high demand. Therefore it is wise to purchase the tickets as soon as they become available.

Find Your Dream Dress

Once you have set a budget and bought the tickets, it is time to start shopping for the dress that you have been dreaming of. Need inspiration? Go to Pinterest or Instagram for more inspiration and find out what is the latest prom dress trend. Once you have a clear idea of what you want, it is time to start shopping. Ideally, the shopping for prom dress should be two to four months in advance. If you leave dress shopping to the last moment, the dress that you have been dreaming of may already be sold out. There are many prom dress options out there, and you will be able to find the dress that makes you feel like a prom queen.

Prom 2024 trend is all about long, slinky silhouettes, sequins, and feminine details like ruffles and tulle. Prom dresses in solid colors and delicate fabrics like lace and satin are trending hard. If you want a romantic touch to the prom night, ethereal flowy skirts are just perfect.

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Book Appointments

As the countdown starts, it is extremely important to make the necessary appointments or reservations. If you are planning to get the help of professionals to do your makeup, nails and hair then you would want to book appointments as early as possible. It is also important to make reservation for after dinner if your prom is not providing food.

Arrange Transportation

Nothing makes it night to remember than arriving in a limousine to your prom. There are a number of options available such as a classic car, party bus or limo so you can be sure to find the best form of transport for you and your friends.

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What to Do a Month Before Prom

The exciting day is getting closer and it is time to decide how to accessorize your look and where you are going after prom.

Pre-Prom Plans

Pre-prom plans are the ideal way to calm the nerves and capture some great photos with your friends and family before arriving at the school prom. Whether you are planning to host a pre-prom celebration, visit a friend’s house or are meeting at another location, it is important to consider where your friends will be travelling from so that the meeting location is convenient and easily accessible for the driver of your transport.

Post-Prom Plans

Some prom-goers would go over to someone's house or rent an apartment or Airbnb after prom for a big sleepover. You can discuss with your friends on what you all want to do after the dance.

Check Your Prom Dress and Make Sure It Fits

Ensure that your dream dress fits like a glove and if you need any alterations, make an appointment with the tailor to get the perfect fit.

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Break in your shoes

Prom may be your first time wearing heels or a new pair of shoes for extended period of time. Therefore, it is important to break the in. This is to avoid blisters and pain that cause discomfort and pain, and may put a damper on your special night. Try wearing them around the house. Your feet will thank you for this as you dance the night away.

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What to Do Two Weeks Before Prom

Make sure no details have gone unnoticed over the next couple of weeks.


While accessories may not be the top thing on your mind, but remember not to let it slip out of your mind either. Keep in mind the style and color of your dress when choosing accessories. Go for a cohesive look that reflect your personal style. If you are trying to think about what accessories you should buy, below are some accessorize ideas that you would probably need:-

  1. Shoes
  2. Jewelry like necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more.
  3. Clutch or bag
  4. Corsage
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Remember The Essentials

There are many things that you would need during prom for emergencies. Do make sure that you pack them with you. Here are some items that you may want to carry with you:-

  1. Safety pins
  2. Bobby pins
  3. Deodorant
  4. Some cash
  5. ID
  6. Breath mints
  7. Tampons/Panty liners
  8. Oil absorbent pads

If you are planning for a sleepover, you would need an overnight bag with the following items :-

  1. Pajamas
  2. Toothbrush
  3. Clothes for the next day
  4. Medications (if any)


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Have Fun and Relax

Now that you have everything ticked off from the prom checklist, you are all set for the big prom night. All that is left for you to do is to relax and enjoy your prom because after all, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, focus on having fun, enjoy yourself with friends, dance the night away and take all the photos you want so that you will have something to look back on after the night is over.

We hope this prom checklist helps. Still shopping for your dream dress? Head over to our Prom Dresses 2024 Shop.

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