Prom Do’s and Don’ts


Suzanna Keese

Prom—a night where the upperclassmen (with some stray sophomores) can wear long ballgowns, colorful suits, crazy jewelry and stilettos while enjoying an amazing and memorable night with all their best friends. For most seniors, this is a night to remember. Senior prom is a tradition and a legacy. It’s sort of the last hurrah before graduation. This night is special. To keep it special, you must remember these ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of how prom should go.

First, let’s start off with the young men. If you haven’t asked her already, GO ASK HER! Time is of the essence. Prompose—or if she doesn’t like that sort of attention, ask her with a cute card. Now, fashion is all up to your discretion—tuxedo, polo shirt, or jeans—you should feel comfortable in your outfit. Do make sure you feel comfortable, but don’t be messy. Comb your hair, put on some cologne, and dress to impress. You should try and match your date’s attire with things like a color-coordinated tie or a perfectly selected pocket square (without splurging extra cash, of course), and you must remember your boutonniere. Please, do bring your date a corsage, if intended – don’t leave it in your car (or your mom’s). Have a smile on your face, a good attitude, and stick with your date. Remember, chivalry is NOT outdated. Compliment her! Tell her she looks beautiful in her dress. Don’t ditch her for your guy friends, and most importantly, DO have fun!

Now for the young women. When he does ask, be respectful. It probably took him a lot of courage to ask (or not if you are already a pair). You also have the responsibility to stick with your date for the night – don’t ditch him for your friends. Feel beautiful in your dress, and make sure he feels beautiful too. Sometimes, guys don’t get as many compliments, so make sure he knows he looks good. Respect his bank account—don’t get the most expensive item on the dinner menu, but don’t feel bad if it’s not the least expensive either. And of course, don’t forget to have fun.

But ladies and gentlemen, most importantly, please make this a night to remember in fondness, not in stress. This is your night, so make it your night, with these do’s and don’ts. No matter what, always remember to love yourself, be confident, and have fun!