The Ultimate Checklist of How to Plan a Prom


Planning a prom takes a lot of time and preparation, you can’t simply expect everything to happen if you want to have a dream night filled with fun and laughter. There is so much to consider, from the outfit you’re going to rock on the night to the themes and invitations that will be sent out to your whole senior year. Prom is a time to bring together everyone and create a beautiful night no one will forget for a long time.

At JJ’s House, we understand how difficult it can be to make sure everything in the prom planning process goes smoothly. So, we have put together the ultimate checklist of how to plan a prom – we hope it goes well for you and the night is all you’ve ever dreamed of.

The Prom

Before we get into the ‘you’ section of prom, we must speak about the checklist for those who are planning the event. It’s a huge task and doesn’t happen overnight so you must ensure you have enough time to do everything before the prom happens.

Create a community of prom planners

Since you want everything to go smoothly, taking the pressure off yourself and having a community of prom planners around you will ensure you’re always on track with everything. Get together a group of 8 to 10 people and assign a task to everyone separately, that way you’ll get things done quicker and more efficiently.

Discuss ideas of themes

Having weekly meet-ups with your community of prom planners will keep everything in line even when they may start falling apart. Together, think of an idea of a theme – this is the best way to ensure everything comes dressed looking the part. From 1920’s theme to an underwater one. The world is your oyster, and you can do anything you want.

Hire the perfect venue

Search around for a venue that would properly suit your theme and be sure that the capacity suits the amount who could come to prom. Also, consider the price as some venues can be more expensive than others and this will essentially change the people who come to prom if you have to pay an amount to go.

Create your invitations and posters

Using your theme, design some invitations and posters to make everyone aware of the prom event that’s happening. Having someone in your community who can design or work with photoshop is always a good idea as they can shine their light during this task.

Design some decorations

Designing your decorations is a lot more affordable than buying premade ones from a boutique or even a discount retailer. Put all your imagination and creativity into thinking of the best decorations that match your theme, and you’re sure to make the night even better.


After all the organizing, you have to start considering your part and what you want to wear. If you’re planning the ultimate prom, you have to be able to turn up looking super fly.

Buy the dress and accessories

Prom dress is the highlight of any prom night when you’re on the hunt take a look at some of the trends if you have no idea what you want to go for. If you’re having a prom next year, then the keywords ‘prom dresses 2019’ in Google will give you a good look at the trends and what’s popular. Accessories are also very important, but they can only be bought after the dress as everything has to match!

Choose a talented beautician and hairstylist

Choosing a beautician and hairstylist might seem like an easy job, right? It is! But you have to make sure you book early as so many of them get booked up around prom season. When you know the date, and it is confirmed with the venue, start looking around. The earlier you can get someone who is highly skilled, the better!

Last modified: November 12, 2018