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Top Prom Planning Tips

As this year’s graduating class approaches their big day, all anyone can think about is prom. They have gotten into colleges, made their last impression on the school, and are excited for the last hoorah as a whole class before departing to different schools in the fall.

I like to consider myself a professional prom goer - I have been to 7 proms at this point and am now planing my own senior prom. If you're organizing your own prom, here are some helpful hints to consider when planning:

1.No one likes taking the quintessential prom picture by the time prom actually rolls around; most people have already spent 3 hours taking pictures by this point. Get rid of the photographer with the backdrop and rent a photo booth. This provides everyone with something fun, cute, and a picture that will last forever, without having to wait online to plaster that smile back on.

2. A good DJ is KEY. There is nothing worse than a DJ that is full of themselves and thinks they are too good to take on the spot requests. You want to make sure that the DJ you book lets the music speak for itself, and will play the songs that people want to hear that night.

3. Although we won't admit it, we are ready to grow up. Seniors are over the sweet sixteen atmospheres, and are ready for something more mature. Do not serve chicken fingers of any sort! French fries are acceptable if they come in a cute little container and are paired with a slider. Think sophisticated, crowd pleasing bites.

4.Themes are cute - for bat mitzvahs. Pick a color scheme and stick to that. You want prom to be simple, tasteful, and elegant. One prom theme that's becoming popular this spring is to bring the outside, in. The centerpieces are looking more organic, and branches with teal lights are a huge hit.

Like I said, I have been to my fair share of proms. The south beach feel is fun and all but when you are wearing tuxedos and gowns, AND your teachers are in the room will it really be the best bet? No. You need to keep in mind what you are celebrating. You are about to graduate, not turning 21.

The best proms I have seen are the ones that keep is simple. Simple doesn’t mean boring or ugly; it means that you don’t use all the filler stuff that racks up the bill.

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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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