With a daughter in high school planning for her first prom I thought it would be helpful to share this fun and exciting time and what I've learned along the way. Girls preparing to attend prom have a lot to think about. Here's a list of five things she and her parents will need to take care of before she steps out for her big night.
Finding the Perfect Dress
You may start to receive catalogs in the mail from various formal wear companies a few months before prom. Your daughter will flip through the pages with stars in her eyes searching for that perfect dress. Chances are you won't be able to find the exact dress she falls in love with but you can use that catalog as a guide to start trying on similar styles that are available locally. She may find that dresses she loved on the models in the catalog do not appeal to her once she actually tries them on. This can be disappointing at first. She needs to keep trying on dresses and it's quite possible that she will fall in love with something totally different than what she originally had in mind.
Finding the Perfect Shoes and Handbag
After she's found her dream dress it's time to find a coordinating pair of shoes and handbag. The shoes will not only have to look gorgeous but they will need to be comfortable enough to be worn for several hours. If they are already hurting in the store she won't be very happy with them on prom night. Dancing in uncomfortable shoes is not fun! The handbag doesn't need to match the shoes exactly but it should be similar in color and formality. She should also be sure that her evening bag of choice is large enough to hold her cell phone, camera, makeup and any other must have items she plans on bringing to prom.
Cinderella needs a way to get to the ball. Mom's minivan is simply out of the question on this big night. Prom going teens expect to arrive in style and will search out who's parents have the nicest car they can borrow. If your daughter is going to prom with a large group of kids it might make sense for everyone to chip in and split the cost of a limo. Parents won't need to worry about their cars or kids safety if they have a professional adult driver behind the wheel.
Nails Done Hair Done
Every girl wants to look extra special and standout gorgeous on prom night. If hairstyling and manicures are not something she feels comforable doing at home then call her favorite salon at least a week or two in advance and schedule her appointments. The salons will be jammed with other teens getting primped and polished that day so don't wait until the last minute to arrange the appointments. I recommend getting the nails done the day before prom and the hair done a few hours before picture taking begins.
Ordering Her Dates Boutonnière
Don't forget to order the boutonniere for the lucky guy who accompanies the prom princess. Stop by the florist at least a week or two before to place the order. They will need to know the color of the dress so they can add an accent wire or tint the flower to match. Arrange to pick up the boutinneire the day before and store it in your refrigerator overnight to cut down on running errands the day of prom.
Now that she's got everything she needs you both can just relax and enjoy the day and take lots of pictures!