It’s officially prom season. A fraught but exciting time for teens all across America that will slowly embrace the opportunity to dress up, walk around, act awkwardly, drive around in fancy cars (or your parent’s beat-up old station wagon), and pretentiously act like adults for one special evening. Prom night is a rite of passage for many young teenagers. They have spent countless summer nights lying around playing video games or gossiping with their friends, drinking in their rooms, or going to sleep in their beds, just dreaming of this very night.
So what should you wear? The first thing to remember is that it IS prom night, so you’ll want to go all out. Prom gowns and tuxedos are out; elegant dinner jackets and ballroom gowns are in. You’re going to want to look as good as possible, literally. You may even want to spend a little extra to have your picture taken with a celebrity during the night and have that picture printed on your prom invitations. This is one of those times when not giving enough is more important than getting enough.
So, let’s talk about music. Since you’re the star of the show, you may have to pick music that fits your image. If you’re outgoing and carefree, you may want to steer clear of slow numbers and country music. A popular choice might be something along the lines of “Take Me Away” by The Chainsmokers. If you’re shy and introverted, consider something romantic like “Sorry” by Avril Lavigne.
Once you’ve chosen your music, you need a DJ or music organizer to set the mood. Depending on your age and interests, this decision might be made by yourself or with the help of another adult. The important thing is that the DJ is well versed in the music you chose. Be sure to choose someone who has experience playing the type of music you are planning to play at the event.
Another important decision is whether you want to just chill out and listen to music, or perform some moves. Some people do their best to break old habits at proms, but sometimes the new habits don’t last. For instance, it probably wouldn’t work for someone to try to jump up and down the dance floor at their prom with their hair up in braids. It would probably be better to put your hair down and do a few hand movements to get the desired effect.
Finally, there’s the food. Prom night food can vary from simple finger foods to a full sit down meal with drinks and dessert. Depending on how formal or casual your prom is, you may decide to go all out. The important thing is that you are happy with your selection of music and your level of danceability.
When choosing your prom songs to dance the night away to, don’t feel pressured into choosing something you don’t really love. You can pick any song you like, as long as it fits into your plans for the evening. Make sure you are getting what you want, and not just what someone else wants. If you don’t think you can dance the night away, there are plenty of other options for a fun night that both you and your date will thoroughly enjoy. Just make sure your chosen music is one of those choices first!
Have fun with it. Prom night music is supposed to be fun, and the more you enjoy it, the more successful you will be at your prom. Just remember that you aren’t the only one with a great song to choose from. If you don’t have special music in mind, there are plenty of other options out there that are perfect for this special night as well. Just be sure you are clear on what you want, and then go from there. There are plenty of ways to choose the perfect prom music, so don’t feel like you have to stick with what everyone else is choosing.