Are you planning or helping to plan your high school prom? This is one of the most important nights of any teen’s life, so it is important that all goes well. Part of making sure that your prom is perfect is making sure that you go with a great decorating plan. Almost all proms nowadays have a theme, and an awesome central idea is essential for bringing everything together. Once you come up with your theme, there are other things to consider – space, budget, and lots of other important logistics. Here’s what you need to know when planning your prom.

Choose Your Theme

The first step to planning your school’s prom is to make sure that you have an incredible theme. Discuss within your committee and come up with some ideas of what you envision when it comes to prom. Do you picture a sea of fluffy gowns and fairytale-esque décor? If so, then you may want to go with a “Dreams Do Come True” type theme. Alternatively, are you thinking about doing something a little more out of the box and sophisticated? “The Great Gatsby” is a great theme if you want something different than the traditional prom. The list of themes is truly endless, and it all depends on your overall vision.

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Select a Space

In some areas, prom has to be held on school property, so location is not an issue. However, in most cases, another venue must be selected. Rental costs may very well be your biggest expense when it comes to the prom budget, so make sure that you choose wisely for your theme, your expected number of attendees, and your finances. Things to look for include atmosphere, dance space, restrooms, and available extras like catering and tables and chairs.

Decide on Supplies

When choosing what to buy, there are a few key items that can instantly transform a space. These are backdrops, balloons, and flowers. You need to make sure that you have an attractive setup for photos, as well. Fabrics, LED lights, and even textured paper all help to add personality to your prom space. You also should poll your member to see if anyone has any connections that can help get you what you need at low cost or for free. Enlist handy dads to build backdrops, if needed – most are more than delighted to come to their kids’ aid for something like prom. Another valuable resource is the drama club, which is often filled with members who are very good at creating backdrops and decorations.

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Create a Budget

In years past, prom was a $20 or $30 per person event. Not so anymore. Current prices average around $60 per person, but they can also run considerably higher depending on your budget. Get an idea of what people plan to pay, and consult carefully with your adult advisers. Worst case scenario is that you make tickets so expensive that people are turned off and decide to skip it all together. Prom costs vary from school to school, and in some wealthier areas, you may be able to get away with considerable charges. Look at your wish list for supplies, favors, catering, and rentals, and make cuts to your list as necessary to meet your budget.

Plan the Setup

Depending on your venue, you may be able to start setting up a few days in advance, or you may have to decorate the day of the prom. This can be difficult if you are not organized. Select sub-committees to complete different tasks, and make sure they know exactly what is expected of them to get everything done in plenty of time. You should also plan to start selling tickets as early as possible to make sure that you get enough money to meet your budget.

Once the big night arrives, you should be able to breathe a sigh of relief, relax, and enjoy your big night – provided you and your committee have put the work in to make things run smoothly. A little planning goes a long way when it comes to prom. If you plan carefully, prom should be the night of your life.