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Ultimate Prom Planning: How to Create a Stress-Free, Affordable and Unforgettable Prom Night

On this #transitiontuesday, we're discussing the moment every high schooler has been waiting for (at least most upperclassmen). That's right, prom season has arrived, and although some of you have been carefully preparing every detail for months, others may be scrambling for last-minute outfits and after-party ideas. Whether you're a junior, senior, procrastinator, or simply can't afford the dress you've been eyeing, this blog has got you covered! Here are some ways to make the most of your big night:

Stay Calm: Okay, I totally understand that prom is a "big deal," but truthfully, it's only as big as you make it. Yes, it's a WONDERFUL benchmark for closing out your high school experience, whether heading to senior year or the graduation stage. Prom represents a few things: springtime, a sense of independence, and a night of dapper, swagged-out, fabulous fun. Despite all this, it's still a night that can be as magical as you make it, even with your second dress option, little to no money, or a videography team capturing your dream car. Honey, an Uber ride or Lyft drop-off is also sufficient. Prom is mainly about enjoying a laugh, dancing, and taking photos with friends. It's about feeling good about where you are and what you've accomplished, AND creating experiences that will make you feel even better 20 years from now. In short, it will be whatever you make it.

Stay Fly: Prom is definitely about styling and profiling, but on YOUR level, whatever and wherever you and your family are. Don't allow social media to make you think what you wear isn't fly or good enough. Only immature people and families get into debt by splurging on proms they cannot afford. Your fly is yours!

Furthermore, have you heard the phrase "clothes don't make the person?" It's us being in the clothes that actually makes the clothing look good. I know you've seen two people wearing the same thing, and one looks fire in it while the other just looks blah. My point exactly!

You'll make whatever you pull together to look good. Trust me! And if you haven't found the ideal dress or suit yet, don't worry. Consider visiting local boutiques or department stores to see what is available off the rack. For the ladies, check out WindsorDavids Bridal, and, for faster shipping, Amazon You might be surprised by what you find, and remember, it's not about the price tag but how you rock and style it!

Speaking of styling, think about adding accessories to upgrade your look. A stunning diamond neckpiece, hair clip, pocket square, or bracelet can elevate any basic look to red carpet-ready. Make sure your shoes are not only stylish but also comfortable. Ladies, you don't want to be in too much pain trying to look cute. So shop for comfort as well. Get your toes and nails done, too. If you can't afford nails or want to spend your money elsewhere, consider press-ons (which are really NICE and affordable these days). Whatever you do, give yourself enough time to experiment with your outfit before the big night! Try on your look 1-2 weeks in advance. This way, you can adjust or make last-minute purchases if needed. Remember, if you're going to prom, so are other schools and districts. So, don't get caught waiting until the last minute to shop, as everyone else is, which leads me to my next point.

Stay Organized. Stay Ready: proper planning is essential for a memorable prom. Otherwise, you'll be riding around looking cute with nowhere to go. If you're attending prom with a date, make sure to communicate with them and plan your outfits so that you complement each other. Organize and discuss the evening's plans, including transportation and any pre- or post-prom activities, to ensure everyone is on the same page.

If you're driving yourself, plan your route and parking beforehand, and bring cash in case you need it. Are you and your friends going out to eat? If so, have you made reservations in advance and confirmed that those locations don't have age restrictions? The more organized you are, the less likely you will experience last-minute issues. Pack extra lip gloss, bobby or safety pins, a phone charger, deodorant, gum, flats, hygiene supplies, and anything else you might need. You don't have to carry these things around, but having them in the car is helpful.

Stay Present: In today's world and social media culture, it's super easy to be so busy capturing the moment that you forget to be in it. That being said, take photos, but put your phone away for the night to enjoy your friends' company, laughter, and presence, including people you may have never spoken to in school. Remember that prom is about celebrating with friends, celebrating life overall, and making lasting memories. So, set aside stress, drama, or anxiety and focus on living in the moment. Get on the dance floor, have fun, don't try to be too cool (standing on the wall), laugh until you can't breathe, be free, and savor every bit of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion. If this is your junior prom, treat it as if it were your last, anyway! Tomorrow is not promised.

Stay Camera-ready: Before heading to the prom, ensure you have a designated photographer or family member to capture you getting ready, your attire, and your exit. When you get to prom, remember that cameras will be rolling; even if it isn't your camera, someone else's will be, so be careful of how you present yourself. Don't want to be caught doing something crazy on camera? Don't do anything crazy, on or off camera. And remember to smile, pose, and have fun! Charge your phone or camera and shoot plenty of photos while out.

Stay Safe. Stay True: Last but not least, prioritize your own safety on prom night. Pay attention to your surroundings when you park and walk into and out of places. Stay in a group as much as possible. Say no to drugs (of all kinds) and even alcohol. You never know how your body will react; one incident or curious attempt might destroy your entire night and life. It can also kill you. Ladies, don't leave your drinks unattended, either! This sounds harsh, but it's facts! I've seen it happen. If you're among friends who decide to drink, don't ride with them; don't let them drive either; and if things get out of hand, please be responsible and call an adult. Make sure you have a designated driver or safe transportation home at the end of the night. If you were issued a curfew, please follow it. You don't need any drama at home, especially not right before graduation, especially if you want to keep your parents' trust intact. Most importantly, always trust your instincts - if something doesn't feel right, don't participate, don't get in the car, and don't be afraid to seek help or leave right away.

Black Girl College Prep: Prom prep

With all of this in mind, I am certain that you will be well-prepared to make the most of prom night. So put on your dancing shoes, strike a pose, and get ready for a night to remember! If you found this blog helpful, please share it with someone who needs it!


Coach Rahk


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