For any child, prom can almost seem like the most important day of their life. After all, they have probably spent a good chunk of their school life talking about their prom day. It is also likely to be their first opportunity to wear such a glamorous ball gown. Oh, and there is the date to worry about too! As a parent, you will want to make sure that your child’s prom is everything she dreamed about and more, which is why a bit of advanced planning can go a very long way. With that in mind, let’s take a look at putting together a prom checklist in further detail.
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Three months before the prom
You should start thinking about the prom and preparations at least three months in advance. The first thing you need to do is determine a budget. Figure out how much you are going to be able to contribute to your daughter’s prom. It is important to let her know as soon as possible, as your daughter may want to save her own money as well. Now is also a good time to start shopping for prom dresses with your daughter. Plus, make a list of all of the other things you are going to be spending on, from the prom tickets themselves to hair and make-up appointments.
Two months before the prom
Spend some time looking at different hair and make-up looks with your daughter. Find out whether she intends to do anything before or after the prom so that you can plan accordingly. Some examples of things that may need to be arranged in this regard include before prom pictures, after-parties, limo rides, and dinner plans. These are all the sorts of things that need to be discussed together, as you will need to establish boundaries.
One month before the prom
If your daughter needs any alterations to her prom dress, for example, if it needs to be shortened or lengthened, now is the time to do it. It is also a good idea to suggest that she walks around the house in her prom shoes so that she can break them in.
Two weeks before the prom
The big date is getting close now, and so there are a few final things that need to be done, for example, finalizing and verifying any reservations and appointments. If your daughter is taking a date to her prom, it would be a good time to meet him if you have not already. You can also help your child make a list of everything she is going to take with her, from cash and the tickets to a compact mirror and some lip gloss.
So there you have it: everything that you and your daughter need to do in the run-up to her prom. If you follow the checklist that has been presented above, not only will you ensure that nothing is forgotten about, but you will create a beautiful build-up to the important day, making certain it is one to remember for all of the right reasons.
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