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Planning for the Prom

Category: Activities: Home | Age Group: 16+


Planning for an Event


Access to the Internet


Students are often under a lot of peer pressure to go to the prom and purchase or rent new clothing, do hair, flowers, limousine, dinner, and pre-prom parties. You will want to help your teenager feel connected to their group of friends but also to be responsible when it comes to the cost of the prom. If your child is not of prom age, you can use the following as a guide to have a talk about planning for another event that may be up-coming.

  • Talk with your teenager about what their plans are for prom. Ask if they are going with anyone, what events are being planned before and after, and what they are planning to wear. Go to one of the first three websites below and together look at the checklist of things you need to think about, plan and budget for prom.
  • Using the websites listed below, talk with your teen about preparing  for the prom and making a realistic budget. Use the checklist provided if access to the web is not possible. Discuss how the budget will get covered.
  • Prom can be a very stressful time for teens. Although the budget is important to stick to, be sure to listen to your teen to understand the stress and emotional needs during this time.
  • Go shopping together to check out options for what they need to buy or rent. Decide where you want to spend the money. Find ways to share some costs with friends if possible.


Prom Check List

1. Get a prom dress
2. Decide what shoes to wear, jewelry and other accessories
3. Schedule hair, nail and make appointments
4. Think about make-up.
5. Decide on pictures.
6. Plan who you will go with
7. Make dinner reservations
8. Reserve limo
9. Order corsage and boutoniere
10. Talk about after prom plans
11. Try on your look before the big day
12. Talk about a budget to pay for your plans