As high school upperclassmen begin to look towards the end of the year, one of the events on the forefront of their minds is prom. With elegant dresses and sharp tuxedoes, prom becomes a memorable way to say goodbye to the past year. But in the time leading up to prom, class committees will have their hands full preparing for it. In order to reduce the stress and maximize the fun, prom committees should make sure they pay attention to a few key tips to planning prom.
As with many things in life, the early bird gets the worm; unfortunately, high schoolers value sleep more than worms. The single most important step in planning an unforgettable prom is to start preparations early. Start a committee, make a list of venues, visit the venues, and then make a decision on which one will host the event. The best places get taken quickly, so finding a venue is critical. After that, the committee can focus on the other details.
Although this usually is not too much of a problem, an effective distribution of the many different tasks significantly reduces the stress of planning prom. If no one has a clear duty to perform, then people end up drifting around and not getting anything done, and too much of the planning is left up to a handful of people. Besides, everyone’s opinion should be taken into account to create a beautiful evening.
Schedule Regular Meetings
To make sure everything is going as planned, regular meetings are a key part of planning a prom. It allows all the different aspects of the event to be discussed by everyone. Additionally, the meetings help reign in certain committee members who may be pursuing their own vision over the group’s vision. These meetings also provide the chair with a method of checking progress on the planning in an organized manner.
With internet businesses more than common nowadays, the ease of shopping sometimes veils the hidden pitfalls. When purchasing items in bulk for the prom, make sure the ordering is done well in advance. Too often do prom committees wait until the last minute to order the frames and glasses meant as party favors, and the packages arrive late to everyone’s displeasure.
Fundraise, Fundraise, Fundraise
This tip should probably be considered before “Start Early.” Nowadays, proms cost A LOT of money. Because money doesn’t grow on trees, the class that is hosting prom should begin heavy fundraising as soon as possible. Bake sales, book sales, concession stands, car washes: hard work pays off….in cash to be put towards a great prom.
There are plenty of worn-out prom themes that for some reason are picked over and over again every year. Think outside of the box and outside of the list of prom themes and songs printed off from some website. Prom guests will appreciate the originality of the theme and its reflection in the decorations; it’s really what makes it a night to remember, to use an overused saying.