Prom: What NOT to do!

Prom is the place where high school students dress up in formal attire and dance the night away with their dates and friends. Well, at least I think so, because I’ve never been. My name is Brianna I know absolutely nothing about prom besides the fact that I am going this year and I am not prepared at all. So me, freaking out because I need to plan everything months in advance, I researched everything a girl needs to know about getting ready for prom. So, of course, I’m here to help anyone on their confusions with prom.

If you take a look at BuzzFeed or Seventeen magazine, you can see that I’m not the only one who is completely clueless. The amount of articles with advice of what not to do before prom is absolutely crazy. Between having to spend money on makeup and buying dresses slightly bigger than your actual size, there is so much to getting ready for prom.

Prom Preparation:

What I have seen on pretty much every website I’ve looked at said DON’T wait until last minute to make your appointments. Everything in your area will probably be booked. This does make complete sense because literally every girl is going to try the same place to get their nails done or to get their dresses altered, so it is important to have made these appointments at least two months in advance. The last thing you would want is to get your nails done the day of prom and have them look terrible but it’s too late because that was the only appointment available. Trusty old Buzzfeed gave us this picture to show us when we should start preparing and how long in advance we should be doing that:

Buying Your Prom Dress:

One of the most popular things that I learned about getting your prom dress was to never focus on the trends and how high the prices are. You don’t want to go into a very public event and not feel comfortable in your own dress because you won't have fun. Also, when buying a dress, you should always buy your dress months in advance. Seventeen Magazine had mentioned, “I bought my dress in February, even though my prom wasn't until May. It was the best decision ever because no one had the same dress as me, and I wasn't freaking out about my dress in the weeks leading up to prom” (Seventeen Magazine). Also, another tip is to get a dress slightly bigger than your actual size because dresses can always be made smaller, but not always bigger. This is a huge thing because girls already know that you’re not going to be the most comfortable in your shoes and that’ll be painful enough, but wearing a dress way too small is just going to make it worse.


When buying all the jewelry, be a minimalist. You don’t need a crazy huge necklace and big earrings if you really don’t want them. If you’re focus is on your dress, you don’t need too much jewelry and vise versa if you are focusing on the necklaces and bracelets. You should just pick one! With shoes, you do not need to buy huge uncomfortable heels that you’re going to take off 30 seconds into the dance. In the words of Seventeen Magazine; “You may be reaching for the five inch stilettos, but trust me your feet will thank you if you go with something a little more comfortable” (Seventeen Magazine). As much as shoes are a statement piece, you don’t need to spend tons of money on them especially if they are just going to really hurt your feet.

Makeup & Hair:

Don’t think that getting your makeup and hair professionally done is the only option. So many people ask their friends or family members to do their hair or makeup and there is nothing wrong with that. You don’t want to end up going to get it professionally done the day of, hating it, and not being able to do anything about it. This can add stress which you won’t have if you let someone you trust do it.

Who to go with:

One of the main issues that high schoolers always go through is if they are going with a date or not. Don’t feel pressured to have to take or go with a stranger just because everyone else had a date. You will have just as much, or even more fun if you are with your friends and people you are comfortable with. You shouldn’t have to find someone who you will probably just ditch by the end of the night to dance with your friends anyway. Save the hassle and go with people you care about.

Prom itself is going to be one night. That’s it. So all the little things that I was stressing over slowly faded as I read more and more of these tips. It’s all about being comfortable; that’s either in your dress, your makeup, and even your date. It’s going to be a fun night no matter what, so don’t let the little things get in the way of ruining that. I’ll see you at prom!