So summer has begun. School is over. And for just over 6 glorious weeks, we all get the freedom of time away from school. Thank god. I know I've been waiting for this.
So I want to talk to you all about an event I got to experience this year, before I finished school, which was prom.
Prom was literally, an experience I will never forget and I am so glad I attended, despite all the stress of getting a dress before hand. And although, it might be a little late, I figure my experience is something that can be transferred to other formal events other than prom, so here is my run down to what was truly, a night to remember.
I'm going to say this now, especially for girls, start looking for your dress a few months in advance. It helps to know, also what sort of colour scheme you're looking for, but you can always try around and find something completely different to what you set out to find. In my case, I opted for a darker colour scheme, particularly the colour Navy. I must have tried on 50 dresses, before I found "the one," which I know sounds cliché, but it was true. The minute I tried on my prom dress, I was in love. All the months, all the anxiety, led me to finding one amazing dress, which is literally, the best thing I now own.
One other thing I would suggest, before setting out to find your dress, is to have a set budget of how much you are not willing to go over. For some, it was no more than £50, others, up to £500, whichever the case you choose your own budget and don't let anyone sway you otherwise.
However, it's ok to not find your dress right away, or it's ok if you do. I spent two months searching for my perfect dress, including shopping days out and orders in from online. Eventually I find mine from the shop Coast, and very luckily, in the sale, saving me quite a bit.
Next, accessories. Now, I kept it plain and simple. I got a new pair of shoes and a purse, then wore my best necklace and earrings that matched my accessories colour, which was silver. Following my budget I kept both the shoes and purse under £20 each, and thanks to discounts and sales, I managed just that. Now in anyone else's case, feel free to go all out, or go as simple as possible. It's completely your choice. It's whatever expresses you best and whatever you feel the most comfortable with. Personally, I recommend going for the smaller heel size, so your feet don't hurt as you dance the night away.
Finally, although this sounds high and mighty, but I sincerely suggest monitoring your weight. In the last two weeks before my prom, I dieted like crazy, because I carelessly, didn't monitor my weight and accidently gained six pounds, meaning I couldn't fit into my dress. Luckily, I managed to lose the weight, in a crazy diet and exercise plan, but I can't help but feel that if I stayed on top of my weight before my prom, I wouldn't have this problem. Of course, I realise, this doesn't apply to everyone but I still think it helps to just watch, so you don't end up in a similar situation.
I chose to arrive at prom in my dad's car, but remember you always have the option to hire a car or arrive with your friends.
But the most important thing about prom, is to just have fun on the night. At the end of the day, it's not about the money spent and the amazing arrivals, it's about having a good time with your friend. Like any party, expect their to be drama, but know that it's the people you're with, not the stories that unfold. And best of all, it's a chance to say goodbye to the school that helped you start to find who you are. It's a chance to say goodbye to people you may never see again. It's a chance to remember where you've come from, and where you're going next.