Your Prom Planning Checklist: Prom Tips and Preparations

It’s just around the corner: the night of nights to remember for the rest of your life! It’s time to get excited! But before you do, there is a prom planning checklist that needs attention.

In order for you to have the greatest night of your life, you need to prepare. The last thing you want is to forget backup shoes or rushing group photos that ends up taking the night off the rails.

That is why Kingdom Car Service has you covered!

We created a Prom Planning Checklist to ensure that your night goes smoothly and can be nothing but happy memories of you with your friends, family, and classmates. In this blog we will go over what to do:

  • Weeks Before Prom
  • Week Of Prom
  • Day of Prom

Let’s get started so you can dance the night away!


Weeks Before Prom

This Prom Planning Checklist section is going to go over what you need to have done weeks (or even months) before Prom. These are going to be the most time-consuming or require prior planning.


Pick the Right Date

Part of the planning process is knowing who you’re going with on the night of prom. Whether it’s with your significant other or your group of friends, you should be aware of the people you will be with on the night of Prom.

If you are going with your significant other, make sure they know the rules of your prom. Some proms have very strict dress codes requiring tuxedos or suits. Unfortunately, wearing the tuxedo t-shirt will not get them in. 

Timeliness will be another factor. Prom waits for no one. Be sure to make it clear with your date that they know what time they need to be at any specific place for photos or for when your limo leaves.

Prom Tip: Tell people to be at each location 15 minutes before you really need them there.


First step on your prom planning checklist is getting a date


Get the Perfect Dress/Suit

The most important part of your prom planning checklist is the dress or suit. You want to look your best on this night so plan ahead.

If you’re wearing a dress, make sure to get it early if you plan on getting any type of hemming or tailoring done to it. This will give your seamstress time to perform the necessary alterations and make any further adjustments before the big night.

If you’re renting a suit, be sure to make a checklist of what you will be responsible for getting yourself. While many suit and tux rental stores supply the majority of the ensemble make sure you have the following:

  • Jacket
  • Shirt
  • Tie/Bowtie
  • Belt
  • Pants
  • Socks
  • Shoes

There also may be a few extras depending on the suit/tux:

  • Pocket Square
  • Cufflinks
  • Vests
  • Suspenders

Prom Tip:  If you plan on going with a date and want to match, be sure to also get a piece of fabric or exact color swatch so you can show your tailor what color you need exactly. 


Order Gorgeous Flowers

Purchasing a boutonniere and corsage for you and your date is a timeless tradition for dances. They add dimension to your outfit and can be saved as a reminder of your night together if taken care of after prom.

Match these flowers to the color palate you and your date decided on so the colors do not clash.

These should be ordered for pick-up on the day of the event and refrigerated until they are put on your lapel or around your wrist to ensure they are looking your best. 

Prom Tip: Use hairspray on the flower to make them stay looking perfect longer.


Getting a corsage should be on your prom planning checklist


Arrange Professional Transportation

Another tradition for prom is how you arrive at the party! Countless movies and television show characters are seen rolling up to prom in a stretch limousine with the best music blasting behind them.

Don’t get left out! Scheduling a limousine for prom allows you and your friends to have a party on your way to and from prom!

These services are limited based on dates and you want to lock down your ride well before the week of prom. If you wait, the prices may skyrocket or worse, all of the places could be booked!

Prom Tip: Book your limousine ride here!


Limo Driver is key on your prom planning checklist


Week of Prom

Less than a week out, but still so much to do! Time to look at your week of prom planning checklist.


Do a Test Run

While you may not be able to do a trial run for your hair appointment, you can trail everything else.

Knowing that your make-up will set the way you want, your dress or suit fits well, your shoes match (and are broken in); get everything you need done prior to the big day.

Prior preparation prevents poor planning. Anything you think you need to test run prior to the big day should be done, just to be safe.

Prom Tip: Always better to overestimate how much time something will take than underestimate.


Confirm All Appointments

Too often will a person make an appointment only to find out they missed a call to reschedule or they double booked their hair appointment with their manicure appointment. That’s why you always check ahead of time. 

The appointments you will want to confirm can be:

  • Pick-up for Dress/Tux
  • Mani/Pedi Appointment Time
  • Hair Appointment Time
  • Transportation Pick-up Time and Location
  • Spray Tan Appointments

You don’t want to miss your appointment or find out it was moved at the last minute.

Prom Tip: Keep a schedule and map out how long each appointment should take.


Woman confirming all of her appointments on her prom planning checklist


Purchase Emergency Products

No matter how much you plan, there will always be an event you did not anticipate. This could be for you or one of your friends. You want to be ready.

Depending on the size of your purse or bag, you could bring emergency items to be ready for any problem. Some items to think about:

  • Tide Pen: For stains
  • Band-Aids: For cuts and scrapes
  • Bobby Pins: For keeping your hair up
  • Mints: For better breath
  • Double Sided Tape/Fashion Tape: For quick dress fixes
  • Mini-Deodorant: For body odor emergencies

Prom Tip: Bring an extra pair of comfortable shoes for prom in your purse if you plan on wearing heels. Your feet will thank you!


Day of Prom

Today’s the Day! Prom is tonight and you have your whole day planned out from hair to pictures. But there are just a few more points on your prom planning checklist that need to be addressed.


Pack Your Purse/Bag

Make sure all of the items you need on hand for tonight are packed. Everything listed above regarding the emergency products, your lipstick, eye shadow, or even a spare water bottle can be helpful. 

You may feel like you have a lot in your bag, but you will be glad you have it should things go wrong.

Prom Tip: Split up emergency items between your friends so you have everything and know who has what if needed.


Packing your purse/bag should be high on your prom planning checklist


Go to Appointments

Time for pampering! Kick back and relax while your stylists work on your hair and nails for tonight.

Remember to call ahead if you are going to be late. This courtesy will likely allow you to keep your appointments if need be. 

Prom Tip: Find a local creators studio that offers suites for you to have your hair and nails done at the same location.


Don’t Forget to Eat

You have a lot going on today from your appointments to worry about your friends and family. Make sure you don’t forget about your regular nourishment.

Plan on stopping somewhere for lunch or having lunch packed on the day of Prom. Your body will thank you and you will be much happier throughout the day!

Prom Tip: Pack a protein bar and fruit in a cooler for emergency snacks between appointments.


Be Safe and Have Fun

This is supposed to be one of the best nights of your life. Make sure to enjoy it! Take lots of pictures with your friends, dance like nobody’s watching, and enjoy the evening. 


Girls having fun after checking off everything on their prom planning checklist


Prom Tip: Get to Prom in Style with an Orlando Black Car Service

Now that you’ve got everything you need checked off The Ultimate Prom Planning Checklist, if you are looking for your friends or child to get to their prom safely and on time, look no further than Kingdom Car Service

The convenience and comfort of Kingdom Car Service will transform each moment of your Prom Night into a regal, stress-free experience. This ensures every memory is as enchanting as the night of nights.

With a premium black car service, your journey to and from prom will start and end your night feeling like a movie star. We offer a wide range of limousines to accommodate any group size or transportation needs.