It’s the person inside the dress who makes prom night dazzle
If most of your after school and weekend plans for the spring months revolve around PROM, you’re rightfully planning with enthusiasm.
During the months leading up to prom, it’s as easy to get lost in the details—the perfect dress, the flawless hairdo and the hottest date—as it is to get tangled in the layers of your taffeta gown. When planning for a big event, it can become easy to lose sight of the important things and people in your life. At this year’s prom, will you display just that beautiful dress or use this opportunity to show everyone the girl you really are?
Focus on Others
As prom draws near, take a day to focus on others; doing so gives you great insight into yourself. You can give a little or give a lot and still make a major difference in someone’s life. Invite that date-drama troubled friend out for shoe shopping, and use the time to listen to her problems. Or when you buy your date’s boutonnière, get a few flowers to give out at a retirement home. For every evening you spend hunting for the dress that matches your unique personality, donate one hour of your time. You could read to children at the hospital, feed the homeless or help clean up a run-down park. Watch how caring puts a glow on your face like no self-tanning lotion could.
Share the Magic
Be careful not to hog all the fun of prom season, share the excitement with the people you love! The weekend before prom, plan a picnic in the park or a game night with your closest friends, your sister or your parents. Bring little thank you cards with a few lines praising each person’s characteristics or a small present that relates to inside jokes you share with those you love. A lot of people have helped you become the person you are now; they’ll want to be a part of your happiness.
Let Your Personality Dictate the Evening
Prom is about presenting the identity you’ve discovered over the years by spending time with those who mean the most to you. Make the pre-prom meal reflect the personality of you and your friends. If you’re on the dance team, bring your pom-poms to dinner. Throw a fiesta and wear sombreros if you all love Mexican food.
It isn’t Prince Charming that Makes the Evening Charming
One important thing to remember on prom night is that the guy you walk in with will not determine the quality of your night. Don’t let your total focus be on him and his interests. This is your evening too, and your memories will last longer than your date. That philosophy might sound crazy, but consider this: I spent my junior prom crying all night over my boyfriend. The next year, I took my dear friend Kyle to my senior prom and had a blast. I haven’t talked to that boyfriend in six years, but it’s only been a few hours since I’ve talked to Kyle. (Get the drift?) Your date does not make the memories, you do.
Strike a Pose
Don’t forget to snap tons of pictures. Get them with your best friends and your date. But also get one with your favorite chaperoning teachers, with your parents before the limo drives off and with the friend you were close with in third grade. Let your prom night be about the person you’ve become, not the person you are for one night.
Capture the Moment
After Mom zips up your prom dress and you add the final touch of lipstick take a moment to look in the mirror and admire your true beauty. You’re a sensible girl who didn’t get caught up in the trivial details and you know that it isn’t just you who makes up your life.