Prom Prep Checklist

Prom is just around the corner and that means, you’re probably in a panic. Prom can be very stressful, but it’s important not to lose sight of the joy and excitement that can come from it. This preparation checklist is here to save you when you feel like you’re missing something.

Ladies, first things first: Make sure your dress still fits! Try on your dress a few days before the dance to make sure you don’t need to make any last minute alterations. Next, make sure you and/or your stylist knows how you want your hair and makeup done. Choose a look that is going to make you feel confident and beautiful all night. It is also extremely important that you call your stylist and make sure your appointments are still scheduled for the correct times. If you haven’t already done so, buy a pair of shoes to match your dress. Usually, it’s easier (and cheaper) to buy a pair of shoes that are versatile so you can wear them to other events in the future. If you’re painting your own nails, it’s best to paint them the night before. Although, if you’re getting them done, make your appointment in advance. If you’re going with a date, make sure you have their boutonniere ready by the time they arrive. As for jewelry, don’t be afraid to glam it up! However, it’s best to stick to one base color: silver, gold, rose gold, etc. To keep all your essentials together for the night, carrying a clutch might be in your best interest. Keeping your lipstick, phone, money, and ID in your bag is smart so you don’t have to carry it all by hand.

Fellas, make sure you have transportation for you and your date. Also, make sure you wash your car and throw out any junk that may have been accumulating inside of it. If you’re going stag, figure out if you and your buddies are riding together to save gas, or if you’re meeting at the dance. If you’re lucky enough to have a date, have her corsage ready before you pick her up for the evening. Make sure the two of you discus where you’ll take pictures and where you’ll want to eat before the dance. Make an appointment for a haircut and then call a few days later to ensure that no scheduling mistakes were made.

In the end you’ll have a blast and you’ll take a lot of pictures. Don’t shy away from yourself and don’t be nervous. Just relax in knowing that you’re only going to get to experience your high school prom a couple of times.


  • Dress: Make any alterations if needed.
  • Shoes: Pick shoes that are re-wearable and will also compliment your dress.
  • Makeup and Hair: Choose a style in advance so you aren’t frantic the day of the dance.
  • Jewelry: Glam it up! Stick to one base color: Silver, gold, rose gold, etc.
  • Nails: Make appointments early or if you’re doing your own, paint them the night before.
  • Clutch: Carry a small but spacious bag that will fit all your essentials for the night.
  • Tickets: If you don’t have a date and are stuck with the bill, buy your tickets in advance!!
  • Groom yourself: Make sure all shaving and grooming is done the night before. This will reduce so much stress.
  • Extra clothes: You’ll want to be comfortable at the after-prom at Dave and Busters!
  • Misc: Bobby pins, lipstick, mascara, ID, house keys, and boutonniere.


  • Tux: Pick up tux from the store and make sure it fits!
  • Accessories: Coordinate your vest / tie to your date’s dress color.
  • Tickets: Buy your tickets in advance and discuss if you are buying your dates ticket as well.
  • Hair: If you’re in need of a haircut, make an appointment to get one.
  • Transportation: Organize your transportation for the evening! If you are driving, clean your car.
  • Groom yourself: Shave and for everyone’s sake, take a shower!
  • Extra money: It will be good to have extra money on hand for coat check and anywhere you might go after the dance.
  • Extra clothes: You’ll want to be comfortable at the after-prom at Dave and Busters.
  • Misc: House keys, ID, corsage, etc.

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