Okay, parents, this may seem pretty basic but let’s face facts: some guys need a guide to prom night. The steps and planning just don’t come naturally to them — like getting an outfit far enough in advance.
The more planning you help them do in advance, the more you’ll be able to relax and they’ll be able to enjoy themselves. So pull your boy up to the computer, tell them to read this, and quietly step out of the room. This straightforward guide to prom is written for them.
Ask a Date
Dude! Hopefully, you already have someone in mind, but if not, get on it. Don’t feel like someone is out of your league because you don’t know what they’re feeling inside. Seventeen Magazine has some fun ideas for inviting a girl to prom (link at the bottom), and since the mag is primarily written for girls it’s a fairly good bet these will work. Either way, 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 — awesome. You can pay for stuff. But it’s important to get the night off from work as soon as you know the date. Don’t try to fit a shift in before the big night. No one wants a date that smells like French fry grease. Take the day off and make your day easier.
Most schools offer an early purchase discount on prom tickets, so buy early and save money. 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 if your date wants you to wear something that matches her dress color; if so, find out what that is. Have your tuxedo sized and fitted so you look as polished as possible on date night.
Our suggestion? If tuxes aren’t your (or your date’s) thing, get together another formal look. Proms don’t have to be stuffy — but you DO have to enjoy yourself.
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.
Also, check the bill. If you’re in a group, the restaurant will likely put the tip on the bill in advance. Don’t double tip. You need that money for future dates. (We’re optimistic here.)
Rent a Limousine or Arrange Other Transportation
If you’re driving your date to the
IMPORTANT! Make your transportation arrangements at least a few weeks in advance to make sure you get the vehicle you want.
Buy a Corsage
Yes, it seems old fashioned, but 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 before the big event or barbers and salons may be completely booked. Don’t do it on the day of the prom in case something happens and the shop can’t get you in.
Oh, and take a shower. And inspect your fingernails to make sure they’re clean and trimmed.
SECRET TIP: Before you head out the door, put on some clear deodorant so you don’t stain your shirt or tux. You can wear cologne if you want, but don’t bathe in it.
Be on Time!
When it’s time to pick up your date, don’t be late! It’s impolite to make her wait and can give her (and her parents) a bad impression. Arrive on time looking sharp and happy to see her and you’ll set the stage for a memorable date night.