The Ultimate Guide to Prom Night Perfection

Tips for How to Make Your Prom Night Perfect

Prom season is upon us!  Yay!!  No matter what part of the world you live in, Prom is usually a big deal. Prom is one of those nights that you typically never forget, so you want to make sure that you plan it perfectly.  You'll be dressed up, you'll probably go out to eat at a fancy restaurant (don't forget to use your best table etiquette), and you'll be having fun with your closest friends.  

Want to be make your prom night the best.night.ever? Read this article for a collection of tips. You'll learn how to score the perfect dress, how to find the perfect date, and to where to take your friends after the dance.  


Teenage couple (15-17) in evening dress with friends, smiling
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We've all heard about those totally over-the-top ways to ask someone to prom - hiring a skywriter, having your principal announce it over the loudspeaker and that sort of thing. Those make for cute stories, but they're not very realistic. And besides, they might cause your crush more embarrassment than anything else. When asking your date to prom try to make it something meaningful, not just for show.  Also, don't worry about making it fancy and spending a lot of money.  Here are 10 creative ways to ask someone to prom that might actually work. More »

Everyone wants to look like an A-list celebrity on prom night - so how do you do it without a celeb-sized budget? Some people rent their prom dresses off of a popular website called Rent the Runway.  Or, you can try borrowing a prom dress from someone - most people only wear their dress once.  Also, check your local newspaper to see if there are organizations who are donating free prom dresses to teens.  Here are 8 more ways to score an inexpensive (or even a free) prom dress without sacrificing an ounce of style. More »

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10 Money-Saving Tips for Your Prom

You don't need to spend a fortune to have the prom night of your dreams. Your prom night can be totally romantic and memorable by not spending very much at all. Want proof? Here's how to save on everything - from your clothes to your transportation to your post-prom weekend plans - without cutting back on any of the fun & romance.

Prom is supposed to be the most memorable night of high school...so when the dance is all over, what should you do to make sure the night never ends? Should you host an after prom party of your own, and if you do should there be a theme?  Should you rent a cabin or lake house and invite your friends over for a night in the woods?  Or, should you just go home after prom? Here's a list of a couple of fun things to do after prom, from the silly to the exciting to the unforgettable. More »

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Prom Night & Sexual Pressure

Many teens feel a ton of pressure to lose their virginity on their prom night.  They wonder "should prom night be the night"? However, when some teens get caught up in the romance of the moment, they make bad choices that they later regret. Don't be one of them!  Know where you stand before prom night.  How far are you willing to go with your date?  What are your boundaries?  Are you going to allow alone time with your date after the dance, and if you do, will you be able to stick to the limits that you initially wanted to stick to? 

Finally, need some prom inspiration from Hollywood?  Host a fun movie night by having some friends over to watch a couple of these ultimate prom scenes.  Sure, your prom might not be quite as dramatic, but maybe you'll get some ideas about what to expect.  (Note: if you see Sissy Spacek at your prom, run away.)

Article Updated by Keisha Howard, Teen Advice Expert.  More »