Help Your Teen Demystify the Prom Planning Process + Timeline
It is approaching the end of the school year, which means it is also time for prom planning. Prom is one of the special and most unforgettable moments of high school, and it can also get expensive. To help offset the cost of the dress, hair, makeup, shoes, flowers, limo and dinner, have your teen save part of their paycheck or monthly allowance. So now that your teen have selected their prom date and purchased their prom tickets, help your teen ensure it is a prom to remember. Use the timeline below to demystify and plan ahead without stressing from now until prom. For some, prom is earlier than others, but if you start prom planning with your teen a couple of months in advance, the process will be a breeze.
Prom Planning Timeline
The Dress: The dress is the first most important item, so start shopping well ahead of time. Help your teen choose one that works with her signature style, body type and most importantly make her feel great. Check online shops like eDressMe, search consignment shops, or rent designer dresses for less from Rent the Runway. Another great way to insure your teen get a dress the love and another girl is not wearing, is to go custom mad (my teen and I just went this route).
The Tux: Now is also the time for your son to purchase or reserve his tux.
Hair and makeup: It is also the wedding season so if your teen wants to hire a makeup and hair professional, now is the time to book one. If you are doing hair and makeup yourself then start practicing various looks to see what works.
Limo and transportation: Again, if a limo is your choice of transportation, you will want to book this early to ensure you have one, as most proms fall on the same day. If a limo is not in the budget, make sure your teens mode of transportation is secured.
Photographer: If your teen their date will be taking formal pictures to capture their special day, then now is the time to book the photographer.
Dinner reservation: If your teen and their friends are planning to celebrate before or after prom with a special dinner, then they will want to schedule their reservation now.
The Shoes: The shoes which is the second most important item, should be comfortable and compliment the dress.
Accessories: Now that you have decided on the dress and shoes, it is time to select your accessories to glam up the look.
This is also the time to have the final dress fitting done.
Decide where the prom pictures will be taken.
Beauty grooming: To ensure you all redness and break outs brought on due to a beauty grooming is gone before prom day, your teen will want to get their facial, brows maintenance and legs shaved now.
Confirm all appointments to ensure your appointments and details are correct.
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Manicures: Getting your manicures done then now is the time to do it. If you are a DIYer, then opt for Sally Hansen nail strips.
Flowers: Pick up boutonnieres and corsages, store them in the refrigerator to keep fresh for prom day.
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