Prom checklist for girl and guys

It’s time to start counting down to the most dazzling night of high school: Prom Night! Nothing is more glitzy and glittery than a high school prom. In order for the night to go perfectly smooth, girls, guys, and their parents will need to give themselves plenty of time to prepare. It’s easy to get stressed out before a big event, but if you keep breathing and give yourself plenty of time, the experience can be really fun. Use this list as a guideline for planning your perfect prom.

The Prom Group

The first step in planning is deciding who is going to be attending together. You’ll want to get your date in order, as well as which of your friends you’ll be grouping up with. If you’re hiring a photographer and a limo, you’ll be able to ask friends to pitch in. You’ll need to work out where everyone is meeting and make sure everyone understands their time commitment.


If you’re attending prom as a group, everyone is going to have to pitch in for things like the limo, hotel stays, and food. Calculate your expenses and let your friends know what they’re responsible for beforehand. That way, if anyone can’t afford to pitch in, they will have the opportunity to attend separately and you can fill their spot with someone more able to pay.

What to Wear

For a girl, the most important part of prom is her gown. Give yourself ample time to choose a gown that you’ve completely fallen in love with. Decide on a color scheme with your date, so you both can match. Guys typically wear suits, while girls were gowns. Ladies, make sure to check out GoJane formal dresses for the perfect eye-catching prom gown.

Here’s a prom style checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything.


  • Gown
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Hair Accessories


  • Tuxedo
  • Cuff links
  • Shoes
  • Accessories (watch, sunglasses, etc.)
  • Matching boutonniere and a corsage to place on her wrist

Hair and Makeup

Beauty salons book quickly around prom time. You’ll want to call in advance to schedule your hair and makeup appointments. You may even want to stop in a couple weeks prior to have a consultation and discuss what the stylist can do for you. Before your consultation gather up some pictures of hair styles you like and bring them along. Your stylist will advise you on what looks will work for your hair type and style you accordingly. If you want to get your hair done with your group, you’ll need to let the salon know and schedule a time that works for everyone.

After Prom Plans

It’s important to know what your after-prom plans are, especially if you don’t want to be left out of a memorable social occasion. If you’re booking a hotel room, make sure you’ve coordinated with your friends and that your parents know. If you’re attending a party, make sure you have a sober ride home or are staying the night. After-prom parties are fun and an American tradition, but without proper planning there can be negative consequences.


With the right amount of prom planning your night will be perfect and perfectly safe. Phones should be charged at all times. Kids, keep your parents on speed-dial. Parents, be prepared to answer the call if your child has an emergency. It’s important to pay attention to warning signals and steer clear of negative situations. This is a night of beautiful fun, but that beauty can turn ugly when people start making bad decisions. The best way to ensure your prom night goes off without a hitch is to focus on safety.

This checklist for prom should constitute a night of near-perfection. What tips do you have for prom-goers?

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