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  • Getting Ready for the Big Day – Your Prom Timeline

    The sooner you start thinking about prom, the better – you want to feel prepared so that you aren't frazzled on the big day. Between finding a dress, a date, and a limo service, you've got a lot to figure out (not to mention you don't want to pay for all these things in the same week!).

    Planning is a lot easier when you lay out everything that you have to do and form a loose schedule. Here's how we would do it.

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    Three to Four Months in Advance

    These are the things you might have already started doing, or should definitely start doing soon. The big one is finding a date, if you choose to go with one! If you've got your eye on someone, and they haven't asked you yet, you could always do the asking yourself. If not, you could always go alone and have a great time dancing! Of course, you should start shopping for prom dresses during this timeframe too, because your date is going to want to color coordinate and might have to rent a tux.

     

    Two Months in Advance

    Book your limo or trolley, if you're taking one, two months in advance – remember, you might be competing with everyone else in your school or even local schools who have prom on the same night. You also want to figure out who else you'll be sharing the vehicle with so that you can round up some money. If you're not taking one, now's a good time to start making plans for getting to and from the venue. Finally, make a hair appointment if you're having someone do it professionally, because hair salons are busy this time of year and you can never book too far in advance.

     

    One Month in Advance

    If necessary, a month in advance is a good time to get your dress altered if it's too long, too big, et cetera. Then, start accessory shopping for jewelry, shoes, and a clutch to match your dress. Start browsing hairstyles and makeup looks, and practicing if you're doing them yourself.

     

    Two Weeks in Advance

    A few weeks before prom, start confirming appointments and reservations, like nail appointments and limo reservations. Decide where your group is going to meet for pictures and to be picked up by the limo, and make sure everyone is aware of the place and time. Find a local florist to order your date's boutonniere if you're taking someone.

     

    One to Two Days in Advance

    If you're not getting your hair and makeup done professionally, do a dry run to make sure that you can do it the way you want it. Pack your clutch with your prom survival kit: makeup touch-ups, makeup wipes, a travel-sized hairspray, a few extra bobby pins, a stain removal stick and some feminine products are always essential. Pick up the boutonniere if you ordered one, and do your nails or get them done.

    Day Of

    Get pretty and have fun!

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