Prom, a girls dreaded word when the event is lurking around the corner! My prom is in June, 2 days after my birthday actually, which if anything piles on the pressure even more. This post isn’t to just inform you about the appointments which I need to or have booked for prom, but a checklist for those who proms are creeping closer this year, or even if you’re prepared and want to not have to stress like many are doing right now. I’m not saying that boys don’t stress for prom but typically if a boy wears a suit that is pretty much all he has to do.
- First of all then, remembering this isn’t in any particular order, this just happens to be the order which I seem to be sorting things out. So firstly I bought the dress, now it wasn’t peer pressure, like my mom claims, that made me get my dress so early, October 2017, but more fear that I won’t get the perfect dress, because they’ll all be gone. The local shop to me has a policy, like I’m sure many others do. When you buy or put a deposit down for a dress, they write down what school you go to and take your details, so that if anyone else wants to buy that dress from that shop, they can’t. Unfortunately this obviously doesn’t account for every other prom dress, so there is the possibility that someone might have the same dress as you, but everyone else has to take that risk unless they make their own dress.
- I almost forgot this very important point. When you buy your dress, make an appointment with their seamstress, but if they don’t have one ask for one which they recommend. If they don’t inform you, then make sure that you have your desired shoes by the time it’s your seamstress appointment, so they can adjust the length perfectly.
- Next is a matching handbag, or a clutch and it doesn’t necessarily have to match lets say your dress has silver diamonds, or a colored pattern, then you could get a bag in that color to make it more of a statement color. In the shop where I got my dress from, my dress was actually on display on a mannequin and next to it was the matching bag on display, so while it was still available I bought it.
- That is all I currently have purchased, actually typing that compared to what else I’m about to type stresses me out a little bit about how unorganized I, unusually, am. However, next is shoes, you can go for flat, trainers (if you prefer comfort to style), stilettos, or open toed heels. Usually I would go straight for stilettos, although, my dress is a red wine sort of color, and has silver diamonds around the neck on decorated on the hips, so I feel getting silver heels would look best; it is actually quite difficult to find a pleasant silver stiletto, so I resulting to open toed shoes. When I think about it though, the train on my dress has occasional mesh, so you can see my shoes and I had this image of open toed silver shoes, and I quite liked the look. So I’ve started looking but I haven’t started looking religiously yet, just browsing when I have spare time.
- Next is hair, you will need to make two appointments for this; this may sound odd at first but you need to have a practice run just so the hair dresser knows what they’ll be doing and also so you have time to plan and everyone has time for error. To give you a rough idea, my thought process for how I want my hair, is that I definitely want it up in some way, I need to start browsing actually, as well as school work! Anyway I want it up, because I have an open backed dress, but it’s quite high and as I have long hair, if I have it down, you wont be able to see it. The final appointment is obviously the prom day itself. It’s important that you find out what time your prom is starting so you can plan what time you need to make your appointment for.
- Following is nails, whether you want them painted by a professional or want acrylics/extensions as well, it’s obviously up to you. I will personally want acrylics/extensions, and either have a color to match my dress with a silver or diamond statement nail, or have nude, or silver but I feel silver might be a bit too ambitious. This appointment, thankfully, wont have to be made on the day of the prom, you can if you don’t trust yourself to mess them up between your appointment and prom, but I intend to book my appointment the day before, or even the day before that, but preferably the day before prom. I will either have the natural shape, or the coffin shaped ones which are my favorites.
- Next would be makeup, I think that I will personally be doing my own makeup, however if you want to have a makeup artist do it then you would also need to book an appointment for that. The main reason is because, I don’t mind the way I do makeup, clearly, and every time I have had my makeup done by a ‘professional’ I’ve come out looking like a clown, or just never been overly pleased with my look. So I would definitely make a practice appointment; or keep practicing if you’re doing it yourself, like me.
- I think that is everything to do with the look, the final thing to mention is transport. I think me and two friends want to go in a vintage car but unfortunately where ever we look there never seems to be any cars that stand out to us. I considered a horse and cart but I was worried it might look tacky. However no one knows anything better than, mom, so I’m going to talk to her about it soon and see what she says. I don’t want a limo because I feel they were popular a few years ago, but not as much anymore, and either everyone has one, or no one does. I’m worried I’ve left it too late, as most places say book 6 months in advance so I’m just bordering being too late!
I hope this hasn’t stressed anyone out too much and that you find this useful. If you can’t decide on something, always get a second opinion, at least. If you can, get more than one.