How to Throw a Prom Fit for Royalty

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In May, England’s Prince Harry will marry American actress Meghan Markle in what promises to be yet another fairytale royal wedding. The power couple has been on the minds of both pro and amateur event planners all year long. There is just something magical about royal events and incorporating elements of the Queen’s court into all kinds of celebrations, including proms. The fit is natural: think “prom court,” “prom king,” “prom queen.” This is the year to embrace tradition and plan a Royal Themed prom.


Encourage prom goers to think royal when choosing their attire. Ladies can wear sleeveless ball gown style prom dresses with full skirts, corseted bodices and sweetheart necklines. The guys might choose to sport tails, either black tie for an ultra formal look or a grey morning suit version just to look dapper and play the part of prince.


Turn your venue into a palace. Whether you are starting with a cold school gym or a generic hotel ballroom, you have to add your own personal touches to achieve a royal look. Drape fabric in swags over the dance floor to draw guests’ eyes to the center of all of the fun. Or, start with your tables. Create DIY centerpieces made of PVC pipe painted silver or gold, shaped like a candelabra, and dripping with crystals.

Or, scour your local thrift stores for mix-matched old-fashioned china pieces that you can use as vases. Make each place setting elegant by including a rented charger, a folded napkin and many flickering votives (with either real or LED battery-operated candles).

Velvet is a highly popular fabric this year, and is perfect for royally-inspired events. Use it as tablecloths or runners and top with a scatter of faux crystals.


Instead of a standard emcee, you could have a town crier make all of the prom court announcements. Recruit students who know how to juggle and do slight-of-hand tricks to work the crowd when prom-goers first arrive at the venue. Or, have them dress as court jesters and perform during dinner. Ask your DJ to play at least one set of songs that all have a royal theme: an “All Songs by Prince” set, for example.

Photo Booth

Fill your photo booth or background with royal props – tiaras, crowns, scepters, red velvet capes lined with white faux fur, exaggerated pretend jewelry for example. Make a castle backdrop and encourage students to take fun candid photos together.


Change the names of boring catering food items to dashing royal titles. For example, the standard grilled chicken and vegetables plated dinner might be “Palace Favorite Grilled Chicken with Medallions of Squash and Royal Potatoes”. You can make just about anything sound worthy of a prince or princess by giving it a classy-sounding name inspired by the Queen herself.

This is the year to take advantage of the fury around the royal wedding and create your palace prom. How will you incorporate royal design, décor, entertainment and other elements into your event? Do you think many schools will plan and host their own royal proms?

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