Prom night is the long dreamed of pinnacle of the high school social calendar and for most high school seniors it is time to start planning for the event. With an ever increasing amount of anticipation, teens and parents alike are looking to create the perfect prom night that will be remembered for a lifetime. If you or your teenager is attending prom this year, then there are a number of things that will need to be taken care of to make sure that the night goes to plan.
But, before the planning begins (or officially begins), there must be a “promposal” – a grand gesture proposal to ask if someone will attend prom with you. Having been made popular on reality television (ie, Laguna Beach) and with the influence of social media, promposals are now almost as important as prom night itself. Promposals often take place in public and it’s not uncommon for them to be recorded and end up on social media. This can put a lot of pressure on teens when trying to come up with a promposal idea. Thankfully, there are now a number of websites dedicated to providing ideas for special promposals (for example, check out http://promposals.tumblr.com, Pinterest (search “promposal”) and http://mashable.com/2014/03/21/instagram-promposals/).
Once the promposal has taken place and the couple have agreed to go together, then the prom planning begins in earnest. There’s the tickets, hair, make up, dress and tuxedo (usually with a tie or shirt matching the partners dress), shoes, jewelry, manicure, pedicure, corsage and boutonnière, photographer and the all important transportation.
But with so many things to organize, where do you even start? Nashville offers so many choices for all things prom related, but we have done the research for you and created a list of some of the best prom related service providers that Nashville has to offer.
Prom outfits for the couple usually include a matching element (for example, the tie or shirt will often match the colour of the dress). But before any coordinating can take place, the all important dress, the defining piece of the couples look, must be picked. Nashville is home to many suppliers of prom dresses, but if it’s glitz and glam that you are looking for in your prom dress, then you cannot go past Glitz Nashville (www.glitzbridal.com). And not only does Glitz offer a range of dress options and accessories, but they also have a large range of tuxedos available to rent. Once you have the dress, then you need to find the matching shoes. There are so many options from designer (check out the Designer Shoe Warehouse at Nashville West Shopping Center) to department stores (like Macy’s and Nordstroms at The Mall at Green Hills).
On the day, girls will be wanting to get their hair, makeup and manicures and pedicures done. For hair and make up there is the option to have a stylist come to you, or you can opt for a trip to the beauty salon. For the all in one salon experience (hair, makeup,manicure and pedicure) why not visit the highly recommended team at the Loft Salon (www.theloftsalonofnashville.com) whose stylists can provide the full range of beauty treatments for the big day.
And now for the flowers. There are many excellent florists in the Nashville area who can supply beautiful corsages and boutonnieres. Bloom Flowers (www.nashvillebloom.com) offer a huge selection of prom flowers, and if you can’t find what you are looking for, then you can order a custom creation. Another highly rated florist offering prom flowers in Nashville is Bellevue Florist (http://www.thebellevueflorist.com/prom-corsages-136730c.asp).
Now that everyone is dressed and made up, it is time for the photographs. And because these photos will have such sentimental value, you want to make sure you are getting the best, for whatever price you can afford to pay. If you are not sure where to start then some highly recommended photographers who have experience taking prom photos in the Nashville area include Mandy Johnson (http://www.mandyjohnsonphotography.com/); and Morgan G Photography (http://morgangphoto.com).
Then once the photos are done, and Prom is almost here, it’s time to eat. And where better than Nashville to find a range of restaurants to suit any taste. The reviews are in and for celebrations there is no better place that Sambuca (http://www.nashville.sambucarestaurant.com/home) offering fine dining American cuisine with a side of live music, what a perfect way to get Prom night off to a good start. For sushi or seafood try Ru San’s Sushi and Seafood (http://www.ru-sans.com/Default.aspx) which, as the name suggest, provides a delicious range of Japanese based seafood and sushi dishes. Or if it’s Italian you are after then you cannot go past Maggiano’s Little Italy (http://www.maggianos.com), serving up Classic Italian dishes in a polished setting.
The final element of pulling off the perfect prom night, is to have the perfect transportation. Before booking transportation the couple will need to decide whether they are travelling with each other, or as part of a group, to prom. Once the numbers are confirmed, it is time to book the transportation. On the top of every prom-goers list for transport is a limo. But for those with larger groups travelling together, then a limo party bus offers a little bit more fun, while maintaining the class of a limo. And when it’s time to book your prom transport, then the leading limo company in Nashville has to be Nashville Executive Transportation (www.nashvilleexectitivelimo.com). Nashville Executive Transport offers a world class fleet and highly trained drivers. Their special limo party bus can transport groups of 18-24 people and offers television, a state of the art sound system and incredible lighting. When you book your prom transport with Nashville Executive Transport, they guarantee to deliver you or your teen to prom safely and on time.
So, that’s it. A comprehensive list to help you make sure that your or your teens prom dreams become a reality. But be sure to get in early for reservations and picking out attire, otherwise you may lose out on your preferred service providers and have to settle for second best. And no one wants that.