Many teens dream of the perfect prom, but their anxieties about how to make that dream come true can ruin the experience. Here are some common prom anxieties as well as some possible solutions.
Sticking To A Budget
Many teens and their parents experience conflict and anxiety when it comes to establishing a budget for prom. Television and movies make it seem like everyone spends thousands of dollars on the ultimate prom, complete with limos, designer dresses, and fine dining. This is the Hollywood fantasy of prom, not the reality. Creativity can help you find a way to have fun within a budget. For example, you might wear a vintage dress, visit a favorite fast food restaurant, and ride to prom in a relative’s classic car. This would certainly make for a memorable prom night, and the cost would be quite affordable.
Finding A Date
One source of prom anxiety is the worry that you might not be able to find a date. If you haven’t been asked out yet, plan on going with friends instead. You will have more fun hanging out and dancing with friends instead of dealing with the awkwardness of teen dating anyway. You and your friends will make memories that will last a lifetime.
Having A Great Smile For Pictures
Many young women are bummed out when they think of taking prom pictures with braces because of how it looks but it’s possible to talk to your orthodontist to get some sort of clear aligner tray to get those straight teeth without bulky braces. There are more orthodontic options than ever before, so talk to a dental professional to help assuage your fears about not having a great smile for your prom photos. Didn’t think ahead or can’t afford braces? No problem. Talk to your photographer about doing a little Photoshop magic on your teeth.
Knowing How To Deal With Peer Pressure
Some teens worry about what they will do on prom night if someone tries to pressure them into activities that they are not interested in. Talk to a trusted adult about these fears, and develop a plan for what to do if you attend a party where drugs or alcohol are available. Having a person to call if you need to get away quickly can give anyone the strength they need in order to avoid succumbing to peer pressure.
Although many aspects of prom planning can be stress-inducing, there are ways to relax and make sure you have a great time. Follow these tips, and your prom night will be an evening you’ll remember forever.