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Prom dos and don'ts

Don't go with just any date!
Don't go with just any date!
Faruk Ates

In a few short weeks, sequins, tuxedos and fake nails will make their appearance. Yes we're talking about the ultimate dance of all dances—prom! There’s so much preparation and planning behind this once in a lifetime event, that it's easily described as a prelude to your wedding day. So it’s not surprising that the average amount spent on prom night cost nearly $1,000, according to a survey released by Visa. But is the cost and stress of a pretty hairdo and finding a date worth all the trouble? The following list will guide you in how to spend your prom wisely to ensure you have the ultimate night.

Do get your hair done
Do get your hair done 02 Nation

Do get your hair done

Too many times girls have looked back on their prom night and said everything about their look was perfect-except for that hair! A beautifully crafted hairstyle can make even your sweatpants look good. Whether you have your hair done at a salon, or by a friend or relative, BE SURE to do a trial run to see if it's exactly what you want and to check if it will hold. Nothing's worse than seeing your perfectly pinned curls hanging down like tentacles along your neck!

Don't go overboard on the dress
Don't go overboard on the dress Mathilda Samuelsson

Don't go overboard on the dress

When you've found the right dress, you just know. When you see the price tag attached, you think again. Before you get on your hands and knees, and beg your parents to buy you that very expensive dress, think about this-you'll wear it for approximately 6 hours, the train is going to be black with dirt, stepped on, and sticky from spilled beverages, and it'll most likely never see the outside of your closet again. The choice is up to you.

Do wear comfortable shoes
Do wear comfortable shoes Salvation Army USA West

Do wear comfortable shoes

There's nothing worse than buying a pair of shoes that match perfectly with that dress of yours, only to take them off seconds after stepping in the door. You'll probably dance your butt off all night, so quit putting your feet through torture and wear something you know will make you the last woman standing.

Don't go with just anybody
Don't go with just anybody Faruk Ates

Don't go with just anybody

Don't feel like you need to say yes to the first person who asks you to the prom, especially if it's somebody you don't really want to go with. The idea of finding a date to prom has become such a monumental topic of conversation that it doesn't even cross some of these girls' minds that they might not have fun with their date. Being a good date implies being around them for 85% of the night. If you don't think you'll have a good time with them, jump ship before it's too late!

Do go with the single ladies
Do go with the single ladies Mike Alcoran

Do go with the single ladies

What was once a small breed, the single ladies are coming out to play in large numbers! So what's great about going to prom with a group of your girlfriends? No 'date-sitting', no expectations to live up to, and where there are single ladies- there are single men.

Don't get cheesy portraits
Don't get cheesy portraits Sheri-www.tressugar.com

Don't get cheesy portraits

It might be a fun past-time, but you can get equally good pictures in the backyard of your friend's house. So many prom-goers today are getting together for pre-prom pictures. Not only will you have a natural non-cheesy backdrop, but your parents can share in this milestone with you!

Do take a prom bus
Do take a prom bus Ritchie Diesterheft

Do take a prom bus

If you're at one of the lucky schools that provides this service for their students, then by all means take advantage of it! Sure the ideal situation is to fork over a lot of money for a limo, but the problem that often arises is that you're cramped, your dress is crumpled, it's difficult to socialize with everyone, and you might leave somebody behind because they're simply isn't enough room. A prom bus resolves all of these issues, plus it's safe for everyone.

Don't skip out on post prom
Don't skip out on post prom Wikimedia commons

Don't skip out on post prom

Highly underestimated, post prom might be one of the best parts about prom! With themes such as Casino Royale, Mardi Gras, a masquerade ball, or a tropical luau (just to name a few), you and your friends can race each other within inflatable obstacle courses, play a massive game of Twister, or be contestants in your high school version of 'Minute to Win it'.You have to give your prom committee props for making this ultimate party last into the early morning hours with such innovative and fun ideas!

Do go with your best friends
Do go with your best friends Sean McGrath

Do go with your best friends

You'll look back on this night and be happy you spent it with the people you love.

So whether you decide to go big or small, know this; the real cost of having the ultimate prom night--priceless!