Hurricane Florence Impacts Homecoming Season

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Our hearts go out to the millions of people impacted by the potentially disastrous beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. Most notably, the millions of residents of North and South Carolina, as well as portions of Georgia and Florida, who are sitting directly in the path of a hurricane that has been a consistent Category 4 for the last few days and has approached Category 5 status. The whole southeastern and mid-Atlantic seaboard have been at heightened alert this September 2018 week. This is traditionally the time of year when high schools and colleges are celebrating their homecoming seasons, welcoming back alumni, hosting high-profile football games and holding their first semi-formal dances of the year. Now, young men and women who had been focused on finding the perfect semiformal homecoming dress or the ideal suit are worried about far more serious and unnerving issues as they await landfall and the ultimate path of what promises to be only the first of numerous powerful and destructive hurricanes this season. It’s hard to underestimate the emotional and practical toll that this takes on our youth as well as our educational institutions. Forbes acknowledged the latter in its article about the financial impact […]

Avoiding Prom Extremes

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One of the best pieces of advice we’ve heard for teens considering going to their proms is to avoid prom extremes. While it could be one of the best nights of your high school life, the truth is that prom is just one night. Finding a balance between excitement and anticipation, and over-the-top obsessions is key to avoiding what could amount to a huge, expensive letdown. Some examples of avoiding prom extremes include: Asking vs. Promposing Instagram may have you convinced that in order to be valid, a simple, “Will you go to prom with me?” could never suffice. In fact, however, most people don’t order custom, “Will you?” pizzas, hire skywriters, plan balloon rides (He can’t say no suspended 500 feet above the ground, right? Wrong.), choreograph stage productions, hire a flash mob or do most of the things you see online. Most people simply as a friend face-to-face if they will go to prom with them – and a whole lot of people say yes. It’s silly to break the bank, and downright ridiculous to risk breaking a bone over a dance. And just because he or she doesn’t plan an epic promposal, doesn’t mean he or she […]

Flower Meanings and Homecoming Dances

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A formal event tradition, the giving of corsages and boutonnieres never goes out of style. Homecoming dances may be semi-formal, as compared to their more formal cousin, prom, but many dates still give the gift of a personal flower to be worn on the wrist, or attached with a pin either at the shoulder of a homecoming dress or to the lapel of a suit or tux. As with all flower gifts, the blooms in a boutonniere or corsage have traditional meanings. While fewer people are familiar with the language of flowers these days, it would still be nice to have an idea of what you might be saying to your date, right? Historic Context of Corsages and Boutonnieres (‘Cause you know you’re curious) According to FTD, one of the world’s largest providers of personal flowers, in the Victorian era men and women wore flowers attached to their formalwear to ward evil spirits way. Blooms also helped mask the odors that could be associated with dancing folks in stuffy costumes who didn’t yet make bathing a regular activity! Trust that no corsage or boutonniere will adequately mask body odor these days, so great personal hygiene is a most for homecoming […]

Homeschool Proms

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It’s a common misconception that homeschooled kids miss out on all of the best social experiences common to a school-based education experience. In fact, the face of modern homeschooling has changed significantly. There are a variety of reasons a family might choose to homeschool. Some prefer maintaining control over a curriculum for religious or idealistic purposes. Some feel that the quality of education in a homeschool setting is higher than what is available at private or public schools. Others have behavioral, emotional or social concerns, live too remotely to make school easily accessible or travel so often that it doesn’t make sense to enroll and withdraw students constantly. Rather than tackle an entire curriculum, there are many families these days who join homeschool groups, organizations or academies that work together flexibly to help extend the opportunities for students to share learning experiences and social gatherings. Some of these groups even host annual homeschool proms! What does a homeschool prom look like? While many homeschool groups are more socially conservative than the average public school and may have stricter modesty guidelines, there are others that are welcoming to all students from the local homeschool community and their dates. You’ll find tuxedoes, […]

LoveProm Shares Best Cosmetic and Self-Care Tips for Prom

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Over time we have put together quite a bit of great information to help you get ready for prom. From skin care suggestions to makeup tips, to advice about choosing the right hairstyle to complement your perfect prom dress, we have all of the details you need to look and feel your best on prom night. We wanted to ping the following articles which represent some of our best and most popular topics in case you missed any of them the first time around! Find our best tips on how to make your makeup last longer, here. We shared some basic prom makeup tips here and focused specifically on lashes, here. Learn all the ins and outs of prom manicures, here. Get the real scoop on whether or not teeth whitening is for you, here. Explore your hairstyle options here and here. You can even find out our top recommendations for getting the softest hands for prom, here. Of course, there is much, much more here. This list will get you started. Look for more soon!

What to Do If … You’re Wearing the Same Prom Dress

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What’s one of the “worst” things you can imagine happening at prom? Spilling red sports drink on your white tux? Breaking a heel? Finding out that you had broccoli in your teeth the whole time during pictures? A Tale of Two (or Three, or Four, or … ) Dresses Warning: If you live in the kind of town that only has one or two sources for prom dresses, do not buy your dress there unless it is a boutique that will warn you if it has knowingly sold your dress to another prom-goer. This isn’t random advice. Back in the day, one happy prom guest spent hours at the only mall within an hour of her home and gleamingly left with a flattering full-length black velvet sheath with white lace embellishment at the top. It looked great, felt great and was just expensive enough to stretch the budget and feel luxurious, but not so expensive that it would break the bank. It was the perfect prom dress. And she wasn’t the only one who thought so … as evidenced by the EIGHT other girls wearing the Exact. Same. Dress. No joke. A minimum of nine (that the writer can remember, […]

10 Things You Should Never Do at Prom

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Continuing with our sage advice, we present to you, 10 things you should never do at prom (you’re welcome). Never… Take wild photos that you will regret. The internet does not forget anything, and your future employers know this. “Losing that 6-figure salary because I thought that photo at prom would be funny is awesome,” said no one, ever. Embarrass Your Friends or Your Date. Requires no explanation, but here’s a reminder anyway: Karma will get you. Worry if someone else is wearing the same prom dress. Once upon a time, a certain blog writer attended a certain prom wearing a certain dress – the exact same dress as at least seven other girls wore. No kidding. There is still video. The thing is, she looked amazing in the dress, and her date could not have cared less. So, now it’s referred to as the “Year of the black velvet dress with the white lace collar,” and we have a good laugh. The only people for whom it was permanently scarring are the people who would not allow themselves to get over it that night. Take a picture with your dress twins and MOVE on. Sit or stand on the […]

10 Things You Should Never Do Before Prom

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We took an informal poll recently and asked those who had been to prom for their top ten lists. We started with the top ten things you should never do before prom, and here is what they had to say: Get sunburned or tan. Not only is it just unhealthy, but unsightly tan lines can absolutely ruin the impression you could have made with your gorgeous prom dress, and peeling while wearing a tux is just a no. Now is not the time to try tanning in a salon or getting a spray tan, either. Anything you do differently with your skin can have unexpected, and often not attractive consequences. Get a new haircut right before prom. The day on which you will take some of your most enduring photos of your youth is not the one you want to remember because the stylist misheard “just take a little off the ends,” as “cut it all, this may be the end!” If you can afford to do a run-through, give yourself a few weeks, at least, and more if you’re experimenting with something more drastic. Or, save the totally new ‘do for after prom. Eat a big or exotic meal. Maybe […]

Homecoming Season Is Near

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High school homecoming season is quickly approaching. Most schools host a homecoming football game in the fall, inviting alumni to join the current student body, faculty, and staff in a celebration of school tradition. Often there is a student dance associated with homecoming – the iconic Homecoming Dance. You might be thinking, “It’s summer break still! I don’t have to think about fall.” Back-to-school time is just around the corner. Whether you’ve already gone back to school or still have weeks left before you return, it’s not too early to start thinking about what you’ll wear to homecoming. If you plan to order your dress online, you’ll want some extra time built in for shipping and for any adjustments you might need to make. To start the Homecoming season, we’ve pulled some dresses that would be perfect for Homecoming, an event that is usually less formal than prom. While there are sometimes Homecoming kings and queens, overall the event is a smaller production than most proms. A short prom dress with cute heels is a perfectly acceptable combination, like this grey racerback A-line two-piece dress with lace accents on the bodice and a bold floral print skirt. Two-piece dresses continue to […]

Pre- and Post-Prom Party Apps

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Apps are the perfect complement to pre- and post-prom party planning! There are so many out there designed to help you make the hard stuff easier. You will go through enough choosing your prom dress, getting your hair and makeup done, and keeping all the necessary details straight at prom. Why not make your associated partiers easier and more fun? Here are just a few of the thousands of apps available that could help you plan your pre-prom and after-party fun. Evite Create and send e-invites to your pre- and post-prom parties with apps like Evite. Online invitations are less expensive than printed versions, easier to manage in terms of sending and RSVP tracking, and are environmentally responsible. OpenTable If your prom is not a dinner event, use OpenTable to find someplace really cool to take your date before the big event. Alternatively, parents, use OpenTable to make a reservation at a restaurant where you can all kick back and relax knowing that most of your prom drama is over! Speaking of food, why not use an app to help with catering your pre-prom party or after party? Many restaurants have apps that fuel the catering side of their businesses, […]