How to Plan for the Perfect Prom Night

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A timeline of pre-prom planning, going from a few months to one day before.

Prom night can be one of the most magical nights of your life – but as with many things in life, planning can be everything!  To make sure your night is a special one and not one full of unforeseen headaches, the smart thing to do is start your planning at least a few months in advance – though starting even earlier can’t hurt, especially if you are trying to track down a one-of-a-kind prom dress.

Here are some tips to make sure that on the big night, all you need to think about is having fun.

Four months or more in advance

It’s time for you to start thinking about prom – and if you worry that your perfect dress might be a squeeze to get into, it’s time to get serious about a prom workout program so you’re in great shape for the night.

Now is also the time to start thinking seriously about dresses – looking at fashion magazines, in stores, and online for the best designer prom dresses or perhaps thinking about coming up with some inspired ideas for a creation of your own.

Three months in advance

If you’ve done your homework, looking into the latest styles and fashions and picking the length and fabric that will be ideal for you, you should be just about ready to order your prom dress and to start thinking about prom hairdos.  And don’t forget about buying prom tickets!

Two months in advance

At prom time, hair and make-up booking can fill up fast so it’s time to start making appointments – and to start shopping for your shoes, handbag, and other accessories, and choosing the jewelry that will polish off your outfit.  And whether you are going as part of a couple or with friends, it’s about time to have your limo or other transport booked.

One month in advance

By now you should have your dress – and it should fit!  If not, or if you’ve decided there are some changes you just have to have, it is time to get some alterations made, remembering that these can sometimes take a couple of weeks to finish.  It’s time to pick the lip and nail colors that will be right for your outfit.

Ideally, you will have your shoes chosen by now as well – and if you’re not used to wearing heels, make sure to spend some time getting used to them and breaking them in around the house, not forgetting to try going up and down stairs in them!  You and your friends should also be thinking about your pre and post-prom plans as well to make sure the night goes smoothly.

One or two weeks in advance

Any dress alterations should be completed by now and all your appointments for hair, make-up, and nails should be confirmed – and it’s time for your outfit’s trial run!  Make sure your dress and shoes fit perfectly and are comfortable to walk around in so you don’t have to worry about being uncomfortable on the big night – and you may want to have your friends snap some photos of you in your outfit so you can make sure the look works perfectly for you.

Any arrangements with the florist should be taken care of by now – and if you’re having before-prom pictures taken with your friends, don’t forget to confirm the location.

One day in advance

Time for a final check on all your details so everything goes smoothly.  Make sure your purse is packed with everything you’re going to need, including make-up for final touch-ups and don’t forget to charge your phone and camera.  And finally, don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep beforehand so you’re feeling great and relaxed on the big night!

Disclosure: This article is contributed by Media Buzzer.

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