Prom is almost here and this will be your first social engagement as an
adult. Learning good prom etiquette will serve you well in your professional
and social life. Learning good event etiquette will mean that you have
the skills to navigate cocktail parties, weddings, business dinners and
other events of social import.
Traditionally, men would be responsible for the costs of expensive events,
but as society progresses, costs are usually shared by both people attending
the event. To avoid awkward moments, decide beforehand how the costs will
be split and who will be paying for what. That way you’re not both
reaching for your wallets or waiting for the other to pay.
Choosing your date
This is the most crucial part of the evening and there are many things
to consider. Do not go to important events with strangers. You don’t
want to wait until you are with your friends and family to find out that
the person you are with dresses like your grandmother, or sounds like
a hyena when they laugh. If you are considering asking someone who is
new to your circle of friends, take them on a date first to make sure
you are a good match.
Choose someone who is compatible with you and that you enjoy having a
good conversation with. Remember, you have to spend the whole evening
with your date so make sure that they are entertaining. If you like dancing,
make sure that your date likes dancing too.
Ask your date well in advance of the event so that they have enough time
to get a tuxedo or the perfect prom dress. Co-ordinate outfits so that
you don’t clash when together and girls should wear shoes that help
to establish a good height ratio between the couple for pictures and dancing.
Corsages and boutonnieres should be ordered a week prior to the dance.
Make sure that the colors match your date’s outfit and that they
are not allergic to the flowers in the posy. Ask you date if she wants
a wrist corsage or a pin-on. Pick up the flowers in the afternoon before
prom and keep them in the fridge. Slip wrist corsages onto the girls left
wrist (right if she is left handed) or hand her the pin-on so she can
do it herself. Girls can pin boutonnieres to the lapel of their dates.
Pick up the lapel and secure the pin to the back of the lapel. Buying
your date’s mom a little posy of flowers will definitely get you
in the good books!
The big night
If you are picking up your date, make sure your car is clean. Don’t
honk outside the house, park the car and ring the doorbell. Don’t
be late. If you rent a limo, the girl gets in first. When you arrive at
the destination, the boy gets out first and helps the girl. Remember to
tip the driver.
Have fun! This is a night you will always remember so be yourself and enjoy.