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Junior and Senior Prom Tips and Links


Traditionally, in the United States most schools hold a Junior Prom for those finishing 11th grade and a Senior Prom for those graduating.  The Junior Prom is usually held at the school, which has been decorated by the PTO and parents based on a theme, and the Senior prom is normally at an outside location like a private club, hotel or catering hall. 

What to Wear...

These events, in the past have been semi-formal where the girls traditionally wear formal gowns or dresses and the boys usually dress in tuxedos) but lately, some of the Junior Proms are a little less dressy and a suit or sport coat will suffice.   Beat the crowd and go early to purchase the dress or rent the Tuxedo to find the best selection. 

Prom Activities

Prom activities usually include dinner, dancing, socializing and in some instances the crowning of the prom King and Queen.  Guys and girls usually coordinate their outfits with the guys bow tie and cummerbund matching the girl's dress.

Who Buys the Prom Tickets

Prom tickets are sold at school and the price varies based on the venue.   Tickets are usually purchased by boys for the couple, but it is not unusual for people attending prom as friends to purchase their own tickets.

Do I Need to Buy Flowers?


It is customary for the boy to buy flowers for his date. It is important to get flowers to match the girl's dress.   Flowers  can range from the traditional pin-on corsage or one she can wear around her wrist to a small bouquet of flowers or roses. Girl's customarily buy a matching boutonniere for their date.  It is a pin-on carnation or rose garnished with baby's breath that is worn on the right lapel.  Florist often offer a package deal if you order the two flowers together.

Flowers all have a meaning so when purchasing them for the prom why not select something that represents your relationship.

Flower Meaning Picture
Carnation constancy, joy

Chrysanthemum optimism, hope, happiness

Orchid love, beauty

Iris faith, wisdom, promise

Gladiola remembrance

Lily devotion

Red Rose true love, desire

White Rose true love, purity 

Yellow Rose friendship

Pink Rose sweetness

Tulip love at first sight

Other Prom Links...

Prom King & Queen Crowns

Prom Manners & Etiquette

Prom Information for Parents

Tips for Pinning a Corsage or Boutonniere

Keep Organized - Prom Schedule:

Approximately 3-4 months before the prom you should:

Start to think about your dress and what you would like to wear.  Try on as many as you can so that you really know what looks best on you.  Many dress companies can take up to 8 weeks to deliver if you special order your dress. So be sure to place your order 3 months prior to the prom.

Consider your budget and how much you will have to spend on your outfit.

Do you have a date?  You may want to ask someone or get a friend to have him ask you.

Talk to your hairdresser about your hair.  Plan your hair around your dress. If you want to do an updo style you may need to let your hair grow.

Start to maintain your nails so that they will be perfect for the prom.

Two months before the prom you should:

Decide how you are getting to the prom.  Are you renting a limo or driving?

Make your pre-prom and post-prom plans with friends and discuss them with your parents.  Does your school have a post-prom party that you will attend?

Make your hair and nail appointments now so that you are sure you will get the time that you need.

Need a tan?  Now is the time to start the process if you are going to a tanning salon.

Purchase your accessories: shoes, jewelry, purse.

Make sure your date orders their tuxedo.

One month to go before the big event.

Pick up your dress and get it altered if necessary.

Select flowers with your date and place orders.

Confirm all your appointments.

Practice walking in your long skirt and high heels.  Break in the shoes.

Try out hairstyles and make up to make sure you like it.

The time has arrived...

Get plenty of sleep the night before or take a nap the day of to be sure you are well rested.

Get to all appointments on time.

Pick up flowers

Prepare purse

Get dressed early so that  your parent's have plenty of time for pictures. 

Purse Checklist...

  • Small Makeup Mirror
  • Makeup
  • Comb and small hair spray
  • Extra pair of pantyhose
  • Money and driver's license
  • Breath mints
  • Band-aids
  • Nail File
  • Tylenol
  • Instant stain remover pen or wipe
  • Safety pins:
  • Extra Bobby pins
  • Camera


Most importantly be safe and have fun!