A Guide To Your Perfect Prom

158816551501_aa180_sclzzzzzzz_.jpgCheck out these great tips on how to make your prom night fun and less stressful. This is a great article from Courier Journal and it’s an interview with Joanna Saltz, executive style editor of Seventeen magazine. She is quite an expert since you can say she literally “wrote the book”. That book is “Seventeen’s Guide to Your Perfect Prom — A Planner & Scrapbook”. Check it out!

There’s no denying it, the prom is an enormous extravaganza for a high school student.

That’s why Joanna Saltz, executive style editor of Seventeen magazine, decided to write a book about one of the biggest nights of a teen’s life. It’s called “Seventeen’s Guide to Your Perfect Prom — A Planner & Scrapbook” (Hearst Communications, 2007, $14.95).

“Prom is a major milestone in a teenager’s life. … It is such a huge thing for a lot of our readers,” Saltz said. “Part of the mission with this book is to make sure that our readers understand that there is a lot of planning that goes into it, but it doesn’t have to be stressful.”

The guide dishes about dresses, dates, hair, skin, budgets and everything in between to plan a memorable night. It’s also a planner and scrapbook for girls to jot down notes and store photos.

We recently caught up with Saltz by phone from her New York City office to chat about the prom guide, which hit the shelves in January.

Q: What are a few of your top tips for planning the perfect prom?

A: No. 3 is to be yourself and look yourself. It’s OK to be a prettier, fancier version of your everyday self, but you want to stay true to your own personal style. There are so many dresses out there that suit anybody’s style, taste, aesthetics, etc.

No. 2 is to have a budget. We hear all these crazy stories about girls spending aridiculous amount of money, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Have a clear idea of how much money you have to spend and try to stay within those guidelines. There are plenty of good deals to be had out there, and there are a lot of great ways to save money.

No. 1 is to just have fun. Don’t stress about the little things. If you can just let go of the little things, you will have the best night of your life.

How far in advance should girls start planning for prom?

Generally I say you don’t have to start planning for your prom more than three months beforehand. But having said that, my big trick of the trade is that when you’re shopping for a prom dress, don’t necessarily wait for prom season. You can get fantastic deals right after the holidays.

What are some top trends you’re seeing this year in prom dresses?

Pretty much … anything goes. We are seeing voluminous ball gowns. We’re seeing really, really slinky dresses. We’re seeing vintage-inspired looks. Lots of bright colors; lots of metallics. I think a lot of our readers are getting inspiration from the red carpet.

What’s hot for hair and makeup?

For makeup and hair, it’s natural, pretty, with just a little bit of glamour. Whether it’s a little bit of sparkle or a bright lip. Hair accessories are really big.

What are a couple of easy ways to save money when planning?

When dress shopping, look for sales. There are great deals to be had at dress shops and major department stores. I think planning early helps you save money because you have the time to shop around. I always say a great way to save money is on accessories. Your mother’s pearls could be a fabulous accessory or your grandmother’s vintage handbag.

What beauty items should a girl carry in her handbag on prom night?

One of the most important things I think to have is important phone numbers. (Other items include:) Blotting papers; breath mints; money; clear nail polish (is always fantastic because it cures a lot of ills); a cell phone; lip gloss (makeup for touch-ups); mascara; emery boards. I also love double-stick tape because it can do a lot of things. It can keep a strap from falling off your shoulder or it can fix a hem.

What is one detail not to overlook when it comes to having the perfect prom?

Don’t forget to take just a billion pictures of you and your friends having fun.

And, last, but not least, once the big day has arrived, what are some ways to stay calm before heading off to the big event?

Get out and do some exercise — just because that’s the most therapeutic way to clear your head. Make sure to take a nap in the afternoon. Make sure you eat. I think that’s really important because a lot of girls get caught up in the day and just have a thousand things to do … just have a good time and relax.

— Christa Ritchie, from Courier Journal

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