It is Prom time all over the nation. Some of you are ready to go and some of you don’t have a clue where to begin. Parents, that is where your child may need you to step in.
Like all major events in life, preplanning often makes the event go more smoothly. So parents, if you haven’t heard your child discussing prom events yet then now is the time to jump on it. In general, the more time you give yourself to get things done the better.
1. Know where and when the Prom will be held.
2. Pay your prom fees. ASAP
3. Get a date. Give your date 1-2 months heads-up. Even last minute is okay even if it is a little tacky.
4. Get a date ticket or make sure your date pays his/her prom fee. (Figure out who is paying for what) Date tickets can be paid up to the last week.
5. Price out and secure a limo or a method of transportation. Earlier is better 1-2 months is best but even with 2 weeks notice, you may be able to secure a limo. The Best Deal may be an extended Limo that you share with a large group. Parents, make sure all parents agree on the price and details of the limo so that no one is stuck with a large portion of the bill. Remember to include a tip for the driver in your budget.
6. Order your tuxedo, shop for and purchase your dress and shoes. Give yourself one month; girls give your guys your colors as soon as possible.
7. Order corsages and boutonnieres. 2 weeks before.
8. Plan where you are going to eat and activities for after prom. BEFORE the day of Prom!
9. Guys get a hair cut and ladies make sure you have an appointment for your hair and nails set. Give yourself ample time to get ready. Girls, you may to make an appointment with your stylist 6 weeks to a month prior to the date.
10. Make sure your clothes are ironed and ready to go.
11. Be on Time. Guys pick up your date, remember the corsage, and have fun.
12. Take extra money in case you choose to get pictures at the Prom or eat out after, or for the unexpected expense.
13. Parents, your job is to make sure that these things get done in a timely manner. Yes, it is their Prom but like most big events, part of the fun is the planning; so help them plan it so that things run well and their big day is memorable.
1. Don’t drink. While tempting and probably accessible. Drinking can cause you to make faulty decisions…
2. Don’t be late and don’t cancel on your date at the last minute. That is just wrong!
3. Parents, don’t forget to speak to your kids about expected behavior…, and curfews… Make sure you are available in case they need to call you. Give them your love and take lots of pictures!