Prom-a Kings and Queens

Avoiding the stress mess


Maddie Gomez

Prom is supposed to be the biggest dance of the year, with gorgeous girls and handsome guys, but, as May 6 grows closer, the anxiety levels start to rise. Unfortunately, it’s become less about the actual event and more about the drama, otherwise known as “Prom-a.”


1. Don’t try to control every minute of the event.

Unexpected problems will occur no matter how much you carefully plan. Be flexible and don’t let a small snag ruin the evening or the weekend.


2. Don’t trust the gossip

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the latest information about couples, plans, and parties,  but remember that most gossip probably doesn’t include the full story. If it’s a problem, go to the person who you need to talk to and keep it between as few people as possible to avoid confusion.

3. Speak up!

If there’s a serious problem that is bothering you, or something came up and you need to tell someone, don’t just ignore it and hope it’ll go away. Chances are, you’ll bring up the problem in a way that you didn’t intend to which will only cause more prom-a.




4. Offer to help the person who’s organizing everything, even if they probably don’t need your help.

Even just offering to help give someone a ride, weighing in on plan ideas, or listening to little vent sessions can really ease the pressure of prom. Don’t be the person to complain about plans if you didn’t help organize them.


5. Prom isn’t hosted just for you.

Believe it or not, there will be many other people who have the same problems you may have. Try not to make everything about you. It’s important to have fun, but don’t let small issues ruin the event for you and for your friends.


6. Treat your date right.

Regardless of who your date is, just be nice to him or her. No one wants a date who is unappreciative. A positive, easygoing date makes the night much more fun.

7. Start clipping coupons.

Maybe you don’t actually need to grab your scissors, but you should be on the lookout for deals that could get you a few dollars off that mascara or a special prom sale in a fancy store. Many salons also do a “prom package” for hair and makeup, and some tux rental stores have referral programs that could save you a lot on renting.


8. For girls: try to borrow a dress if you want to save some money!

Borrowing a dress can save hundreds on how much you’ll have to spend. If you have more expensive tastes, Rent the Runway is a great option if you want to wear designer dresses.


9. Say “Thank you!”

Whether it’s your mom for bringing you an hour away to try on dresses, or your date for paying for your ticket, or your best friend for planning pictures, remember to say thanks.


10. Realize it’s just a high school dance.

Yeah, it’s THE high school dance but in ten years, you’re only going to laugh about how weird you looked anyway.