Prom season is upon us.  When talking about prom there is no middle ground, you are either SUPER excited to go or dreading the day.  Either way prom prep can be super stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some simple tips to help you prep for prom:

Getting a date: 

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If you already have a boyfriend or girlfriend, getting a date to prom is simple. If not, you might be tempted to skip the date ritual all together.  Well, don’t! Don’t be afraid to ask someone yourself or go as a group with your cheer squad. If not, you always have the option to invite that one friend who is a blast to hang out with but goes to a different school. Whatever you do, make sure you go! It will be a lot more fun than you think. Plus, going stag means you can dance with whomever you want!


Your carriage awaits: 

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Now that you have officially decided you are going to prom, you need to figure out how you are going to get there. A horse drawn carriage may be out of the budget, but renting a limo is the typical way to go.  Are you going in a large group?  Renting a limo for prom is a ton of fun.  Plus, it is not too expensive if you split the cost. If a limo isn't your style you can always drive yourself, carpool with friends, or borrow your parent’s car.  No matter what you decide, it is best to plan ahead.



Say yes to the dress: 

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Now is the fun part, dress shopping!!! Before you even think about buying a dress, make sure to look at your schools dress code. You don’t want to find your perfect dress and suddenly not be able to wear it. Ladies, have a blast with it! Try on a bunch of different dresses just for the fun of it, take tons of pictures, and enjoy the day. Be sure to jump around and move around in the dress before you buy it. You want to make sure your dress is dance-proof. You want to be able to be able to dance the night away, not be stuck and unable to move because your dress looks pretty, but isn’t practical.



SHOES: 

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If you are someone who never wears heels, prom is NOT the day to start. You won’t even make it through dinner, trust me. If you just can’t, and must wear those super cute stilettos, put some socks on and wear those heels every chance you get. You need to break in those shoes before the night of prom. No matter what you decide, keep a pair of comfortable shoes in your purse or the car, just in case. Your feet will thank you!



Hair and Makeup: 

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If you are going to get your hair and makeup professionally done, you need to plan ahead; those time slots fill up quick.  You might not think that makeup counters in the mall will be busy, but prom season always falls around wedding season, and it is BUSY at those makeup counters! Be sure to call and make an appointment ahead of time! You can always do your own hair and makeup with the easy-to-follow tutorials online, but be sure to test them out before the day of prom. Make sure to buy lots of hairspray and bobby pins, you're going to need them! 

Plan a fun girl’s day with your cheer squad and get ready together, it's always more fun that way. Plus, who needs to pay a professional hair and makeup artist when you are cheerleaders?  You already know how to do the perfect poof, plus: if you can make your hair and makeup look flawless through an entire competition, prom will be a cake walk.

Pre and Post Prom Plans:  

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There is a lot more to prom than you think. Pre-prom plans should include a meet up location, a place for your parents to embarrass you by taking millions of pictures, and of course: dinner! Again, be sure to make reservations for dinner! There is usually a party or fun activities. Things like bonfires at the beach, bowling, or going to an afterparty. Be sure to have a plan together, be safe, and most of all: don’t feel pressured to do anything you don’t want to do.



Don’t Forget:  

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HAVE FUN! Don’t forget to get your date a corsage or boutonniere. If you're a big dancer, work on some new epic dance moves, you'll figure something out. If nothing else, HAVE FUN! Prom is the best. Don’t let any sort of high school drama stop you from having an awesome night out with your best friends!