As prom approaches, Neirad took the liberty of putting together some guidelines - the DO’s and DON’Ts of prom. Prom brings along all kinds of uncomfortable situations: getting a date, the before pictures, the prom drama, and meeting your date’s parents for the first time come May 18th. For example, there are typical manners that are to be followed when meeting the parents of your date like shaking their hands, saying “please and thank you”, and the strict conversation about curfew. The prom drama, or “prama”, and the stress that comes along with it take over the hallways at Darien High School come April. What are creative ways to ask your date to prom? How can you choose a dress that no one else has? Neirad collaborated a list of things to keep in mind while getting ready for prom.
DO ask your parents to drive you and your date to prom. It’s good for the environment and you save a lot of money.
When preparing for prom students have to consider the dress, the tux, two tickets, the limo, corsage and other expenses that add up very quickly. However, if carpooling is considered with either parents involved (or not), then it would make the expense for prom significantly less than hiring a limo and professional driver.
DO bring a bagged dinner for you and your date since the catered food is never good.
Every year the food is catered, when in reality, a home-cooked meal would be so much better! Bring a bagged dinner - made by your mom - to prom to avoid the awful food.
'If you’re bringing a younger friend bring something to keep them entertained” senior Mac Bartram said.
For those not taking a boyfriend, girlfriend or a friend, but a younger sibling’s friend, to prom, make sure to get them a good gift to keep them amused during the event. “If you’re bringing a sophomore, (s)he might need to go home early for curfew,” senior Emma Davis joked.
DO ask your date via a text… it’s personal and straightforward.
At DHS, the gentlemen plan elaborate ways to ask their dream girls to go to prom with them. But the asking could be embarrassing and not always go as planned. By employing a simple text message (hey. u + me, prom? <3), the guy can be more comfortable asking and the girl more comfortable answering.
DO ask your date the day before, it keeps them on their toes.
The best way to keep your date surprised is to ask her the day before the paperwork is due.
“Always save the best for last,”senior Erin Hannon said. This way your date will constantly be ‘on her toes’ throughout the prom planning process and avoid the prama.
When realizing you have the same dress as your best friend DON’T tell her. It can be uncomfortable to find out that you have the same dress as your best friend especially if both of you are going to the same pre-prom photos. By embracing the unintentional cloning, you can then prepare to play ‘Who Wore It Best.’
DO make sure to get the most difficult boutonniere to put on your date’s tuxedo. It’s always fun to see your own dad put on your date’s boutonniere with pins and a glue gun because it was too complicated to put on yourself. Plus, it makes for a great photo.
If you’re having issues finding a prom dress, DO wear jeans and a t-shirt.
As the night progresses the dresses get uncomfortable, and shoes become unbearable anyway. It’s hard to find a dress and matching shoes that won’t turn into a disaster. So, if you can’t find a great dress, opt to go casual. Plus, it’s easier to dance in jeans and sneakers than heels and a dress.
Take a look at last year’s Top 7 Prom couples: http://darienps.org/neirad/1005top7prom.php,