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Five steps to planning the perfect prom night

May 13, 2016
West Park Dundee have exclusive prom packages available

With the final year of school just around the corner, there are lots of things to plan for: final exams, summer festivals, but most importantly the end-of-year prom! Prom night is a time to celebrate and reminisce with friends in style, but where do you start? Here are our top five tips to help you plan the perfect prom night!

Set a budget

Everyone wants the best night possible, but remember, the more you want, the more it costs. Set a budget limit that’s affordable for everyone. Why not plan some fundraising activities to boost your prom funds? Bake sales, car washes, concerts or talent shows at school are always a good idea! Or approach local businesses who may agree to sponsor the tables as a way of promoting their products or services.

Choose a venue and pick a date

The biggest and most important decision to make is where to host your prom party and how you want the room to look. Choose a location that is easy to get to and a room which can accommodate your number of guests. Don’t forget to ask if there are any special prom packages available. Check the available dates with your chosen venue and get ready to send out the invites.


Just like venues, bands and DJs will be in high demand during prom time, so make sure you book early! Often venue staff will be able to recommend entertainers based on their previous events, so don’t be afraid to ask for their advice. A cheaper alternative to expensive entertainment could be the budding musicians at school, so check if they’re willing to offer their services.


Most venues have their own grounds, which make ideal settings for your prom photos. If your venue is supplying a red carpet, why not arrange for the photographer to create a paparazzi- style entrance? You’ll capture great shots of your guests walking the red carpet and smiling like the stars! For all the selfies that will no doubt be taken, create your own unique hashtag on Instagram or Twitter.

Prom rules

Make sure your prom rules are clear and upfront. You may want to set guidelines for things like dress code, refunds, ID requirement, and late entry. If there’s a bus organised make sure everyone knows where and when the pickup will be. Don’t forget to charge your phone and store it with taxi numbers before heading out.  And finally, relax and have fun!

If you’d like to find out more about West Park’s prom packages, just get in touch

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