We interviewed a prom rep. to find out what you might be forgetting to do before your prom.
It’s getting close to that time of year, folks. It’s time to start thinking seriously about prom. I interviewed a current high school prom rep. to find out what you’re most likely to forget about, or to procrastinate, in preparation for the biggest night of high school.
1. Join the Facebook group
Most schools in Ontario have two things in common: the prom isn’t school sanctioned and the students who are planning it usually make a Facebook group for all attendees. Make sure you find out what this group is called and how to get into it. Chances are, most of the important information about ticket sales, arrival times, and any changes to the plan will be posted there and only there.
2. Book your hair and makeup appointments 1-2 months in advance.
For some reason, students seem to forget that almost every grade 12 student in the city is trying to get hair and makeup appointments during the same 1 week period. It doesn’t take a mathematician to realize that math doesn’t add up. Hundreds (and likely thousands) of students are fighting for the limited spaces at salons and parlours.
Book your appointments at least 1-2 months in advance. Search through your friend group and find out if any of your friends or acquaintances are makeup artists or hair stylists. Check out their work or recommendations from other friends and try to book them first.
3. If you haven’t already: buy your outfit!!
A lot of students think they can wait until the last minute to find the perfect outfit. Don’t do this. This goes for you too, gentlemen! Finding a suit is definitely easier than a dress, but the tie, shoes, and pocket-square are a whole other thing.
“At our school, a lot of girls actually buy their dress in Gr. 11 when they all go on sale in July. You definitely’ don’t want to wait until the last minute.” – Emily Bennett
4. Have you booked your travel arrangements?
This is the same concept as hair and makeup. Hundreds (thousands) of students looking to book limos with only a limited supply of limos in the area. If you want some kind of unordinary type of transportation (AKA, not your parents or your bike), book it now.
Make sure you know the pick-up and drop-off times and locations in advance, and please be nice to your driver.
5. After-prom needs just as much planning
You’ve made it through the actual prom event, and now it’s time to party. At the same time, remember that you want to plan out a few things in advance. Here’s a few questions to ask yourself about after-prom plans:
How am I getting there from the actual prom?
Where am I sleeping? If it’s in a hotel, is it at the after-prom location?
Have I told my parents where I’m going and what time to expect me home?
Do I know what I’m going to bring if I’m staying overnight? Make a checklist!
Try to assign a “buddy” to agree to check in on your every once in a while at the after-prom, and who you will check in on as well. Better to be safe than sorry!
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