May 3, 2013
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Prom advice from a teen

The prom pro

for The Brooklyn Paper
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Hey, guys! Getting ready for your first prom? Well, I have some great news for you! I’m what some people would call a prom pro — I’ve been to three so far, and I’m going to my fourth this year. I want to help make prom an unforgettable experience for you, so here are some helpful tips!

Don’t panic!

Whether it’s finding a date, buying a dress, or picking a fabulous hairstyle, there’s nothing to worry about. Everything will come together in the end. Don’t stress — it’s only prom!

Ask your date in a cute way

It doesn’t matter if you’re a guy or girl — be creative. Show your date that you care. Your date deserves a nice invitation, whether it’s giving her flowers with a note or asking him in front of your math class. Get more great ideas on page 22!

Book appointments in advance

The day of prom is hectic. Hair salons get booked quickly, so make sure you get a definite spot for the big day. I’d advise you to make an appointment … now!

Make sure your dress fits

It might sound like common sense, but make sure your dress is comfortable and fits you perfectly before you buy it. Don’t go for something that’s a little uncomfortable just because you like the way it looks. You’ll have more fun and enjoy your night if you’re comfortable. Prom is about your experience, not what others think of you.

Communicate with your date

Prom should be fun for both of you, so it’s important to stay on the same page. Let your date know what you want, ask him the same, and if there are any issues, come to a compromise. Make sure to keep your date in the loop at all times. Inform him of any plans — big or small — from cost of limo and after party, to what color dress you’ll be wearing. Speaking of clothes, make sure your outfits coordinate. You don’t want to clash…in any kind of way!

The earlier, the better!

Get ready early! Plan your appointments for the late morning or early afternoon. Make sure you you’re ready an hour before you have to leave the house, this way you won’t rush and you can avoid last-minute panicking.

Plan a pre-prom

Give yourself and your friends a couple of hours to take pictures before the prom starts. This way, you, your family, and your friends have an opportunity to capture some memories with the camera before the fun begins!

Be prepared!

Bring a little purse or a clutch with you. Make sure you have lip-gloss, your phone, a camera, a mirror, mints, and any other little things you think you might need — even a Band-Aid for blisters if you’re not used to wearing heels.

Be appropriate

Even though it seems like a huge party with all of your friends, the prom is still a school function. Be respectful towards the school staff, dance appropriately, and leave a good impression!

Enjoy yourself!

Never lose sight that it’s only the prom! It’s nothing to stress over. Most of the fun is in the preparation, anyway! Just enjoy your date, your friends, and make the best of it!

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