In continuing with our Events Series, today we are sharing a couple of tips for those of you who are finishing high school and attending prom. We understand that prom can be stressful and overwhelming - there are so many affairs to take care of! When do you book your appointment for your hair? Where can you get a dress? Do you need to rent a limo? The list is endless. However, you do not need to worry anymore because we're here to help and we're going to guide you through the entire process. Since prom is quickly approaching, you can use this as a checklist to see if you've got everything done.
Keep reading to find out our guide to Prom!
1. Finding the Dress
We recommend to purchase your prom dress (or prom outfit) in advance- perhaps a few months prior. This all depends on where you purchase your outfit from and if there are any alterations that need to be done. It can take some time to finally receive the finished product, so to be safe, purchase it way in advance to give you optimum time.
There are many local specialty stores that carry occasion outfits and prom dresses like on St-Hubert street in Montreal. However, if you are looking for a more affordable option, you can definitely purchase your outfit online. No need to spend a fortune. And there are options for every style - from short and fun to long and glamorous.
We've provided some examples below but Asos has a wonderful selection of prom wear (here + here), as does Misguided (here + here).
Red Plunge Halterneck Fishtail Maxi Dress at Missguided : C$72 (here)
Ruched Mesh Bardot Maxi Dress at Asos: C$132.46 (here)
2. Booking Appointments
It's not easy prepping for Prom. We've been there, we know!
We recommend booking your hair appointment way in advance - like over a month. Salons get busy this time of year, due to the influx of appointments for proms and weddings. If you have a hairstylist you trust, make sure to book with them early on. However, if you're trying someone/somewhere new, book a trial appointment so you can see how they work and you can test out the style that you want. Scour the Internet to find inspiration for a hairstyle you might be interested in for your Prom.
The same can be said for makeup appointments. Search through looks on Pinterest or Instagram and figure out your color palette. Bring your desired look to a makeup artist you trust and discuss with them your ideas. Or, if you can't find anything you like, bring a photo of your dress and your artist will be able to give you a look based on your outfit.
An alternative could be to do your makeup at Sephora. You can get your makeup done there if you spend $50 or more and you can book an appointment with a makeup artist! Click here to find out more information!
Also, another option is to do your hair and makeup yourself. For those of you who are more comfortable with styling your own hair and prefer doing your own makeup, why not do it yourself! Look up hair and makeup tutorials on Youtube and try out some different looks a few times before prom night. Always remember to practice, practice practice! Practicing the style will make you feel less nervous on the big day. To gain some inspiration, check out our favorite beauty gurus on Youtube - Teni Panosian and Tati Westbrook.
3. The Drive to Prom
Many people enjoy showing up to prom in a fancy car or a limousine. However, it often becomes a complete disaster. You either have too many people who want to come with you or not enough. Then, you have to figure out who wants to be picked up first and then last.
The best option if you are choosing to rent a limousine for the night is to meet at one house and have the limo driver pick you all up together. That way you have more time to use the limousine after the prom party. If you are too many people for a limousine, try to rent a party bus! Or do something different; a yellow school bus or even public transit is always fun.
4. After Prom Festivities
You have finally finished high school and now you want to celebrate with all your friends! With a few hours left with the limousine or party bus, drive around downtown to Mont Royal or the Old Port. Take a few pictures with your friends and then maybe go for a McDonald's run in your Prom outfits!
Once the time is up and you need to go back home, we suggest driving to one house and having a huge sleepover! Stay up all night watching movies and playing Twister. It will be a night you will never forget!
Or if you prefer, rent a house away from town and spend a few days together. Do what you like and live in the moment!
5. Tips From Our Experiences!
Since we have both experienced prom, we'd like to offer up some advice.
Don't get too caught up in all the extravagance. It's an expensive evening, but it doesn't have to be just about that. Sometimes prom can cause rifts in relationships and friendships. Don't get too caught up in that either. Try to push all that aside to enjoy your evening. For some people, it's the last night they'll see their high school friends. That's not the case for everyone, but either way, make sure to be present in the moment and take in every bit of the experience. Remember to have fun and celebrate with your friends!
For a little fun, here's a throwback to our proms! We went to different high schools and didn't have prom together.
This is Casandra on her way to prom all the way back in 2013!
Her dress is a Tony Bowls and was purchased at Christina Formals in Laval, QC.
A photo of Kristin after her prom in 2013!
Her dress was purchased at Bella Boutique in Westmount, QC.
That's about it! We hope this helped ease the stress a little bit with planning your prom.
It goes by really quickly so try to embrace every moment.
All our love,
Casandra & Kristin