Getting ready for prom is not an easy feat for guys. In addition to arranging transportation and finding a date, they’re also typically responsible for making dinner plans and paying for tickets (as long as they ask the girl to prom, and not vice versa).
The more planning you do in advance, the more you’ll be able to relax and enjoy yourself when prom day arrives. Here is a straightforward guide to getting yourself confident and ready for the big day.
If you’re a parent reading this article, we hope this helps you guide your son to the best prom experience he could ever have! Please pass these tips on to him…
Ask a Date
Hopefully, you already have someone in mind to be your date, but if not, you should give it some serious thought at least a couple of months beforehand. It’s fun to come up with creative ways to invite your date to the prom, but you don’t have to go over-the-top. Just put some forethought into how you’ll ask her and try to make it a special moment.
Get Work Off in Advance
If you have a job or a gig after school, it’s important to get work off as soon as you know the date of your prom. That way you won’t need to worry about being turned down for time off because too many other employees asked for the same day off.
Most schools offer an early purchase discount on prom tickets, so buy early if you have the opportunity. Many schools only offer a limited number of tickets, so purchasing early also ensures that you’ll be able to get through the doors on your big night.
Find the Perfect Tuxedo… if That’s the Getup You Want
If you plan to rent a tuxedo (as most guys do), you’ll have a wider selection if you shop early. However, you should find out what dress color your date plans on wearing before you go shopping so you can choose a complementary tuxedo color. Have your tuxedo sized and fitted so you look as polished as possible on date night.
Make Dinner Reservations
Some prom tickets include dinner, but if yours doesn’t, make sure you make dinner arrangements at least a couple of weeks ahead of time. Be courteous and make reservations to a restaurant your date enjoys. If you’re going to dinner with a group, work out dinner arrangements with each couple in the group to make sure your dietary preferences and schedules all lined up.
Rent a Limousine or Arrange Other Transportation
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Buy a Corsage
Purchasing a corsage is one of those little details easily overlooked but it can be devastating to your date. Make sure you’re prepared by ordering the corsage a week or two before you need it. You don’t want it to actually be made that far in advance (unless you’re fond of drooping flowers), but since flower shops are often overwhelmed around prom, placing your order early improves your likelihood of getting the corsage in time. Make sure you order a corsage that matches your date’s attire.
Get Yourself Ready
Once you’ve planned everything else and the anticipated day draws closer, it’s time to get yourself ready. If your hair needs a trim, make the appointment at least a week or two before the big event or barbers and salons may be completely booked. Many girls love a fresh-shaven look, so take time to shower and shave the morning of your special date.
Take time to inspect your fingernails and make sure they’re clean and trimmed. If your hands are cringe-worthy, don’t be ashamed to get a manicure. Before you head out the door, don’t forget to put on some clear deodorant that won’t create stains on your tuxedo, and apply a dab or two of cologne.
When it’s time to pick up your date, don’t be late! It’s impolite to make her wait and can give her a bad impression. Arrive on time looking sharp and happy to see her and you’ll set the stage for a memorable date night. your