Prom Guide: 10 Major Myths About The Big Night You Shouldn’t Stress Over

Freaking out out about finding a prom date? Worried about how much your limo is going to cost?

Between all of the movies and TV shows about the big night, it’s easy for silly stereotypes and super high expectations to suck the fun out of what’s supposed to be an awesome celebration of your senior year of high school.

But you don’t have to fall into that trap. Here are 10 of the biggest prom misconceptions — and all the reasons why you should not, under any circumstances, lose sleep over them this year.

1. You Need To Have A Date
This simply isn’t true, no matter how much pressure you feel from your parents or your classmates about it. Admit it: having a date doesn’t always make the night more fun — and having fun should be exactly what prom is about. So stop stressing if you’d rather spend the night hanging out with a bunch of your best friends than worrying about an awkward date situation. You’ll still be making awesome memories.

2. Professional Photos Are The Only Way To Go
The best kind of photographs aren’t ones that are staged with cheesy photographers and cost an arm and a leg — they’re the ones you take of yourselves, laughing with friends and sharing in impromptu memories. Thanks to apps like Instagram, you can even take pictures on your cell phone and make them look professional and beautiful with a few simple clicks.

3. Limos Are The Only Means Of Transportation
There are a number of other ways to get to and from the prom without spending your entire allowance (and then some). Think outside of the box and don’t rule out other transportation ideas like old-fashioned cars, school buses, and even hitching a ride with friends or your parents.

4. Promposals Are Required Of All Good Dates
Promposals can be an adorable way to show someone you care about that you really, really want to take them to prom, but they’re not the only way to show your date how psyched you are to go with them. And if your potential date requires you to plan something so insanely over-the-top when you also have college applications and finals to worry about… well, they’re probably not worthy of being your date in the first place. Sorry.

5. Everything Needs To Be Traditional
Prom does not need to be one big, traditional experience based on annoying stereotypes and expectations from your parents. For example, instead of going with matching outfits and corsages, you and your date can explore other DIY options, and instead of going to a fancy dinner, you can head to a local diner with your whole gang.

6. Fancy Prom Attire Is A Must
Dressing up to the nines and rocking tiaras, gowns and expensive tuxes isn’t necessary when planning your prom attire. The more comfortable you feel in the outfit you pick, the more fun you will have. Trust us.

7. You Need To Spend A Lot Of Money 
In order to have a good prom experience, it’s not necessary to spend a ton of money on, well, anything. Sometimes working with what you have — and being creative about it — can end up making the night more memorable. (See: sneaker photo above.)

8. You Need To Fulfill Your Date’s Romantic Expectations 
Whether it’s pressure from your date or it’s pressure you’re putting on yourself, you may feel like there are romantic (or sexual) expectations at the after-prom party that you have to fulfill. This is where prom-related movies and TV shows have it 100% wrong: whether you go to the prom with someone you have feelings for, or someone you don’t, it isn’t a reason to do anything you don’t feel comfortable or ready to do. Prom night is NOT the end-all-and-be-all of relationships. You have plenty of time to figure things out and prom will be way less stressful if you take all of that other stuff off the table completely. If your date is cool, they’ll understand.

9. Your Entire Grade Will Come Together And Be Besties
Usually at the end of a teen movie like “Mean Girls,” there will be a prom scene that shows everyone in the entire school coming together and getting along for just one night. While all know it in the back of our minds, it’s worth reminding ourselves: that’s just not reality. And you know what? It’s cool. Sometimes prom isn’t about having some big revelation about high school and life — it’s just about dancing ridiculously with your friends. Whatever.

10. You NEED To Go
One of the biggest misconceptions of all is that you absolutely must go or you will be missing out on some life-changing event. Here’s the truth: If you don’t want to go, you shouldn’t feel like you have to. In fact, skipping prom isn’t going to mean anything in the grand scheme of your life. It’s really not a “rite of passage” and if you know your life will feel less stressful staying home on prom night — do it. You know what makes you happy (and doesn’t) better than anyone else, so don’t listen to anyone who tries to tell you that you need to participate.

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How to Select the Perfect Tuxedo for Prom

Prom’s coming and the ladies have probably already picked out their dresses! For a guy, choosing the right prom tuxedo is the likely the most difficult decision he’ll have to make – and it isn’t hard!  Be sure to order your tuxedo at least one month in advance. By ordering early you ensure you have the widest range of choices possible. Starting early also lets you spread the cost over a longer period of time.

If you have a date, determine how much coordination between dress and tuxedo is needed. Let her give you information about her dress and go for matching vest or tie with a complimentary tuxedo color. You want to look coordinated, but too much matching looks juvenile. Have some fun with this by considering sock color, pocket handkerchief, cufflinks or a lapel pin as possible matching items.

If you are going stag or with friends, you can let your imagination run wild! With the amount of variety in styles, colors, and cost, you will have no trouble finding something exactly right.

If you are looking for something that says “I’m too cool for conventional”, consider wearing a pair of the latest sneakers that match your accent color, or a skinny tie instead of the traditional bowtie. Looking for something entirely different? Try a patterned shirt with no vest and a solid, skinny tie to stand out.

Above all, make sure your tuxedo matches who you are – there will be lots of photo opportunities and you want to show off the true you. A light suit with a dark shirt can stand out in the crowd, just don’t go for the powder-blue 1970’s look. That has been overdone!

Take time to enjoy the process. Take friends along, or your date, and have fun!