My prom was fun… But it wasn’t exactly the “night of magic” that people make it out to be. I think that was made up by companies so you’ll buy $200 dresses and rent expensive limousines for one night. :P
Anyway. I bought my dress at a thrift store for $35. I personally don’t think you should pay a ton of money for something you’re going to wear once, but I’m not judging people who go all out with it! Unfortunately…. a week before the prom, my dog got into my closet and tore my dress up. I was panicking quite a bit, but about three days beforehand, one of my mom’s friends told me she was trying to get rid of her daughter’s old formal dresses. So I got two prom dresses in my size, for free. Sweet. My dress was pretty too – the only thing I regret is that it was long and made of velvet, so it got pretty hot when I was dancing.
On the day of the prom, I got my hair and nails done around noon. Then… joy of joys! Around 3:00, there was a big tornado! It knocked our power out and damaged a lot of houses. Needless to say, that was pretty stressful. But once I stepped outside and saw the damage, I felt pretty guilty that I was worried about my prom. Finally, my mom made me go in the end. A friend and I went to this Italian restaurant before hand, before showing up at the hotel it was at – we were the first ones there.
The actual prom was fun, but I’d say it wasn’t that much different from a regular dance with people dressed up really fancy, and a lot of punch and little snacks, plus someone following you around with a camera. A lot of mingling, a lot of sweaty dancing, a lot of grind trains. The expected people were prom queen/king and prince/princess, and fortunately there was no drama.
For those who haven’t gone to their prom yet, I’d suggest this – don’t set your expectations super high, but just go and relax and have a good time! If it doesn’t go perfectly, who cares? Just make the most of it, and have fun.