Prom night is one of the most anticipated nights on the teen calendar. Filled with great expectations and grand designs prom very often ends up being more of a let down than a high point. How can you keep your prom night memories from becoming nightmares? We have some important prom saving tips for teens.
Go it alone, in a group or on a date?
The most common reason people have bad prom experiences is due to the company they choose to keep on prom night. While the romance of prom may make it seem like a night for couples, this is not always the best scenario, nor does going as part of a group guarantee a good time. Be smart about who you go with. Volatile relationships, quasi-friendships and dying romances have no place at prom.
Stick to a budget.
Proms are expensive. By the time you have paid for tickets, bought an outfit and arranged transportation you are easily at the hundred dollar mark. Want to pull off a painless and money saving prom night? Try borrowing an outfit from an older friend or parent, going in on a limo with a group and going dutch treat on the tickets. Prom doesn't have to be an investment in order to be fun!
Play it straight.
Peer pressure and pop culture have many teens believing that prom night and alcohol go hand-in-hand. This is not reality. Most proms are in fact "dry" proms and the best memories are made while sober. Afterall, who wants to spend prom night hanging over a toilet or slepping it off in a corner? Want to guarantee the best prom memories possible? Play it smart and stay straight.
Don't lose it in the romance.
It is very easy for both girls and guys to get caught up in the romantic whirlwind of prom and think that sex would be an amazing addition to the evening. This is just not realistic. The pressure to have sex on prom night is great but nothing will ruin your prom memories faster than a hasty sexual encounter. Prom night romance and sex are not a package deal - prom is more than a three letter word.
Don't dream the night away.
While prom is exciting it is really just a big party with fancy clothes. It won't be much different than any other party you attend throughout the year. You will likely hang with the same crew, talk about the same things and tell the same lame jokes. Don't expect prom to be a new dawn in your social life or the beginning of a grand love affair - great expectations always end up deflated.