Prom Talk

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  1. Ms. I

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    Since prom's just around the corner, let us reminisce about our proms! Was it one of the best nights of your life? The worst? So-so? Spill! :D

    (Trying to mk this as short as possible)
    My parents were/are very strict & wouldn't let me date in HS, yet they allowed me to go to the (senior) prom. I had a chance to go in 10th gr, but my parents wouldn't let me. As a sr, I surely wanted to go! I had a crush on the pastor's son at my church for a few yrs, but we nev really talked, just said hello in passing on Sundays + he went to another HS. He's the only 1 I really wanted to go w/. (I could hv asked 2 others at my school).

    I had a school acquaintance (who kind of knew him) call his house & let him know that I'd like to go to the prom w/ him. Back then, I was too shy to come out & ask myself. He said YES, so my parents got a limo for me, etc.

    Prom night was my 1st date & not only that, but w/ a guy I barely knew, but always crushed on from a distance. I didn't act nervous though. It was one of the greatest nights of my life & also the only time him & I ever went out.

    Yrs later, we happened to both be working at Nordstom & we were going to set up a date, but he had to cancel, so we agreed to meet for lunch at the cafe in Nordstrom on our lunch break at work. Not romantic, but we had a nice chat!

    Nothing else ever came of the almost budding relationship. :( He's currently divorced w/ a young daughter & the last I knew was about to marry a girl from church.

    It's funny how things turn out! But, I'll always hv the prom picture to look back on.
     
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    Good thread...

    I went to both my Junior and Senior proms. Junior prom wasn't overly exciting, but my I went alone, and that was a big deal at my school. My friend's brother walked me through Grand March, which was also a huge deal at my school. We had this huge rotating circle that had a huge sun splitting it in half (the theme was something celestial) and the girl got on from the back and stood on there, and then it spun you around while they announced your name, and you were standing there all pretty by a chair and a tree. Then your date walked over and escorted you off.

    My senior year was more fun. I asked a friend from band and I think that was the way to go because there were no emotional attachments. (Although I found out much later he apparently had wanted to ask me out that night. I had no clue). Then we went to after prom at the bowling alley and I had forgotten to bring shoes, so I was bowling in 4 inch heels!
     
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    I went to the Junior Prom with a guy from my class. We were friends but nothing more. It was the mid '70's and I remember the band playing Chicago songs...

    I didn't go to my Senior Prom. I had qualified for the National Finals in Speech and Debate, something I had worked 4 years for. So instead of a prom at the St. Georges Hotel in NYC, I was in Detriot (with laryngitis-- at a speech contest. Not a good combo) competing at Nationals. I had a blast.
     
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    I only went to one prom and it was my senior prom. My date was awesome and we went with 2 other couples. The actual dance was lame. Not to mention that I (a 5'2 girl) about tackled and beat up a 6'2 dude. He was my best friend's date and boyfriend. He didn't want to dance and she did but she was the type to follow him. So i spoke up and was like just let her dance, you can go sit somewhere. Well he got very upset and said some nasty words to me. Well, it took all i could not to leap towards him and take some blows. Also my date and my friends dates were walking towards him about to beat him up. It definitely was an event but not a fun one.
     
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    I went to 4 proms, freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior - all with the same guy.

    Then I married him!
     
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    I didn't go to my prom...

    Does anyone remember the movie Pretty in Pink when Annie Potts' character is talking to Molly Ringwald's character about not going to the prom? I don't feel like that but it sure is an interesting theory!
     
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    Yes, I like that movie. Well, not everyone wants to go, so that's fine. :)
     
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    Awww, kc, that's sweet!

    I went to prom my sop, jr, and sr prom. All with different boys. My sop year I went with a guy that I had been friends with for awhile. Ends up he liked me and wanted to ask me out. My jr year I went with the guy I was seeing at the time, he didn't go to my school. My senior year I went with a friend that I had met at a summer camp. He ended up being an usher at my wedding. I had a great time at all of them, but jr prom was the best!
     
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    Me too! Well about the proms anyway. I dated the same guy all through high school, went to 4 proms with him, was 'engaged' until we split up my freshman year in college and I was married to someone else the summer after my sophomore year (a whirlwind romance). :blush:
     
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    I didn't go to prom...and to all my friends who told me I'd regret that decision one day...

    NO, I DON'T! :)
     
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    I never went to prom, either. I'm sure my life would have turned out differently if I had... but I'm very happy with how it has turned out, so I'm fine with it.
     
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    I loved my prom. It was amazing. My date and I met at a cancer center, he was a cancer survivor and my mom was at the center getting treatment. We didn't go to the same school, I went to a Catholic school. It was wonderful. We moved later on and we didn't date at all, never intended to. We are still friends on facebook :)
     
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    Just out of friendly curiosity, how do you feel one dance would have changed your life? I'm just asking out of friendly curiosity (I'm not asking in a sarcastic or condescending way). :)
     
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    Oh, it was a boy situation. I could have married that one instead of my husband.
     
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    I went to prom my Freshman, Junior and Senior year. Freshman and Junior years were with different guys but ones that I had been dating for a while, they were just ok. The most fun was my Senior year--I went with a guy I worked with that was a Junior, prom was our first date, we had the limo and went with 2 other couples. After the prom, the limo dropped me (just me) off at a hotel where I met some of my girlfriends, we hung out the rest of the night and went to the beach the following day. The guy and I dated for a few weeks after that, but nothing serious.
    Senior prom was the best!
     
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    Sophomore year: I was the new girl in school of 200 students, and attracted quite the attention from guys who had been dating the same girls for the last 10 years. I was asked by a super hot senior who was the captain of the track team (dreamy). I was super in shape because of track, had a killer up-do and danced for the first time in my life. Unfortunately, he apparently had a girlfriend from another school who was unable to go that night (hence the invite), and I made the mistake of 'freaking' (how was I suppose to know that was dirty dancing??), and received plenty of cat-calls in the hall for the rest of the spring. All in all, though, it was a BLAST.

    Junior year: I was on the committee, and everything was perfect. I went with a sophomore who I was close to, but just friends. My parents chaperoned, as I was in charge of getting chaperons... It was awesome to see my mom all dressed up (in a borrowed homecoming dress!) and my dad give her corsage, etc. The night was PERFECT. I didn't hang out with my date at the dance at all, which was fine, but he was a total compulsive lier and told me at the end of the night the reason he didn't dance with me more was because he had a brain tumor and to please not tell anyone, not even his sister. Too funny.

    Senior year: I hardly remember it at all. I went with my boyfriend at the time (we actually got engaged in college but I broke it off), and I got really, really sick. I hadn't eaten all day as I got ready, and then I ate the dinner and got a massive stomach ache. We danced one dance and went home. I think he watched Alladin while I slept.

    Fact: I wore the same dress to all three dances. It was a dark midnight blue Grecian-like dress. Prom always fell during track season, and I had killer hips. I took full advantage of that. All other dances got very full, poofy dresses. ;)
     
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    Guy's perspective:

    I only went to prom my senior year. My first high school didn't allow freshmen and sophomores to go to the prom. When I transferred to my new high school in February of my junior year, most people were already well into prom-planning. Since math geeks get ALL the girls in high school, of course, ;) I decided to spare the female student body much heartbreak by simply not going. Specifically, it was the head cheerleader's threat to shave her own head if I went with any girl other than her that sealed the deal. :thumb: (and if you believe that story...)

    I actually did have a girlfriend my senior year. We went to homecoming and turnabout together, but we began to split as the prom approached. We went anyway. Big mistake. She actually gave me the "I think we should start seeing other people line" while we were at the dinner table with 4 other couples. Each of us were home at our respective houses--NOT together--by 9:30 pm that night. What a waste of my time and money, I thought. I felt humiliated and really ticked off. I hardly even spoke with her the rest of the year.

    Not to stereotype female behavior here, but if I were a girl, and my male prom date had done that to me, I probably would broken his nose and then went home and cried for the rest of the weekend.

    MathManTim
     
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    Oh, Tim, I'm sorry that your date dropped that line at prom! That's not the place to do it.
     
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    Does anyone else's school have dinner at the school? We have a dinner catered by the Junior class parents, right in the gym, then move the tables and have prom. It's because there is no where to go to eat. We also never get limos. There's no point really-once you enter the school, you can't leave, same with the after-party. It's at the community building, and when the dance is over, everyone just walks down there, and you can't leave (or at least come back in if you do, and if you leave, they call your parents-drinking is big here).
     
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    We always had prom at local country clubs. So dinner was served at the country club, and then the tables were moved-much like a wedding. But prices were low. Although now that I think about it, they were always on a Saturday night, so I would think we were paying wedding prices. Hmm...
     
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    One of the local churches as a very large banquet hall that they rent out for weddings. I think they've hosted our high school's prom for most of the past 20 years.

    MathManTim
     
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    Back in Iowa - when I was in high school (a LLLOOONNNGGG time ago), we always had the banquet in the high school gym. Sophomores were voted in to serve the catered meal. Then the tables and chairs were cleared away. And, that's where the prom dance was held. I don't know if they still do it that way now, or not.
     
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    I went to an all girls school. SO we didn't prom king and queen. You could only go if you had a "date." Well my senior year two of my friends didnt have boyfriends or a date so they asked permission from the adminstration if they could go together. The nuns were nervous b/c they thought they were a couple. But no they were just friends who didnt want to miss out on prom
     
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    I went to 3 proms in HS. We always had our proms in the gym. The jr class got to pick the prom theme and was in charge of decorating. Prom themes were Cracker Box Palace when I went as a freshman, Come Sail Away my jr year and We May Never Pass This Way Again, for Sr year.

    I went to the jr and sr proms with my steady guy, thought we would get married some day but no.

    Every dance I went to in HS featured the same band called Smokey Jam.

    I didn't plan it but all my prom dresses ended up being either white or off white. Gunny Sax label dresses were all the rage back then.

    We always closed the prom, never went anywhere fancy to eat afterward or before. I just wanted prom nights to last forever and that fancy restaurant in the big city would be there the next week!
     
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    ditto!
     
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    My dress was awesome, so were my shoes (of course!!)...My date was a 'college boy' so I felt very sophisticated arriving at the prom in his Camaro...
    As a true NJ girl, headed to the 'shore' the next day!! Good times!!
     
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    OK, so someone mentioned themes. What were yours?

    Freshman: Welcome to the Jungle (my favorite-awesome decorations!)
    Sophomore: Puttin' on the Ritz (stupid-that class had no money, so they had some balloons on the floor and a big fountain in the middle, plus we sophomore servers had to wear stupid top hats spray painted with glitter-on PROM HAIR! ACK!)
    Junior: A Walk in the Park (my class's year to decorate-eh. The boys would outvote anything cool just to piss off the girls)
    Senior: An Evening in Paris (Kind of nice decorations, but it was all white so it was very bright in there-not good for a prom when you want to cuddle your sweetie! :wub:)
     
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    Still with him?



    Went to prom Soph, Jr, and Sr year. Thrift store dresses everytime, yet beautiful, timeless, and classic.

    Had ok times, had better time at the after-parties.

    First prom I went to I got driven there in a beautiful car from the 30's that was a convertible and a buttercream yellow. Turned lots of heads that day.
     
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    My school doesn't have proms they call it "school dance" and I never attended simply because I didn't have the money to purchase the dress, the ticket, the hairdo, transportation, and all the extra stuff. Furthermore, you needed a date (since I went to an all girls school you had to get your male date outside of the school forum), and my date could not attend. So my whole disposition was down trodden. I ended up missing it. In some ways I wish I had attended though. Just to know I had gone to my high school dance.

    Now, they are having a 10 year reunion and I am so not interested in going.
     
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    I didn't go to either of my proms.
     
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    My senior year prom date was my boyfriend at the time. We broke up shortly after but have remained great friends!

    I didnt care for my junior prom, senior prom was great. The next day we headed "down the shore," for the weekend!
     
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    Junior year I dated a guy in the Marine Corps so I took a non-threatening freshman as my date ... he showed up in a cowboy tuxedo with a cactus embroidered shirt. I knew the cowboy tux was coming ... I hadn't counted on the cacti! As soon as we got to the dance, he took off his boots and put on his white sneakers. Such a strange boy.

    Senior year I went with a group of my girl friends (some of us had boys, some of us didn't ... but we just went as a group of girls). We rented Jeep Wranglers and afterward got a giant suite at a lake ... we had a blast!
     
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    My church has a prom for adults with special needs every year, and so I went to prom in September! I had more fun then than at my actually proms, and my b/f at the time commented..."this is just like high school, you're at prom and I'm stuck here at work." So I'm guessing he didn't go to prom in high school either! ;) I never really got into the whole prom/homecoming thing. I only went because my friends really enjoyed it!
     
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    Oh, prom.

    I decided to go even though I didn't have a date. We were going to go as a group of friends, we got tickets, dresses, etc, and suddenly everyone got dates except for me and another girl, who didn't even want to go in the first place. So it was just me and her and kind of boring. It was at the Science Center and they had the Titanic exhibit so we walked around and looked at everything. We hung out with a couple other girls (who were ditched by the same friends) and I'm really good friends with one of them today! Also, another friend got ditched by her date in the middle of the Titanic exhibit, so she joined us too. We went to get ice cream at Friday's afterward and we had more fun there than we did at the prom!! The best part of prom though was getting ready with my mom. Everything else sucked!
     
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    I went to senior prom with my then serious boyfriend. We had lots of fun going to a nice dinner then the dance, where we just hung out. I was a new senior to the school and didn't have any girlfriends, so that was kind of a bummer.
    I was shocked at the difference in attire from Arizona and Southern California. In Arizona, most girls wore timeless, elegant gowns. (Usually black). In SoCal, girls wore big, glitzy,rented Miss America type gowns. They looked horrible-big shoulders and tacky beading. And this was 1997! I was surprised at the differences!
    I wore a black,spaghetti strapped satin dress with crystals underneath the bust. (A-line) It was very pretty and one strap promptly broke within 15 minutes of our arrival. Fixed it with boyfriends pin from his flower lapel and then the night was fine.
    Went to his Grandma's house (who was out of town) after. Think within 30 minutes I just wanted to go home and go to sleep. Boyfriend did NOT! I won out, of course!
     
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    My prom was at a hotel in Irvine, CA. We had finger foods that tasted horribly. If I had known that, which I had no idea how the food would taste, I would have liked to go to a restaurant.

    BTW, I had a long, spaghetti-strapped, silver sequined gown w/ wht gloves & clear heels.

    When the pictures were ready back at school, we all traded them like baseball cards. As many as I had, you would have thought I was one of the most popular girls in school. I had many pictures of people who were just acquaintances in my classes who I didn't even hang out w/. I guess we were just wrapped up in the excitement.

    One of the few good friends I had wasn't at the prom. She moved away earlier in the school year, otherwise, I would have gone to grad night too, which was held at Disneyland. I didn't go to the senior breakfast either.
     
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    Who's kids are going to the prom this year? :)
     
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    We just had a senior prom. It was the only dance I went to in high school. I went with a guy who was my best friend growing up. We had about 4-5 couples in our group, so we went in together to get a limo. Ours was held in a really nice building in downtown Kansas City.
     
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    We had a junior prom and a senior prom. I went to jr prom with a guy I'd had a crush on for several years, and it went ok...I got my real first kiss that night, but in the end, he started dating someone else within weeks. Good thing for me because I later found out he spent a great deal of time in rehab and still lives with his parents (he's 40). My one great memory is my friend Missy, who was a very good friend, even though we traveled in different circles, and I had the same dress. It wasn't even a huge deal. We even got our pictures taken together (not professional pics, just snapshots) and got lots of positive attention. I remember the dress was pink and shiny and had a huge butt bow. This was the 80's, mind you.

    My senior prom, I accepted an invitation from a boy I knew liked me A LOT, and I didn't like him, and I've always felt like I led him to believe that prom was the start of something between us - without trying to, of course. I still feel bad about that. I had started to date my current husband at that point, but, of course, prom plans are finalized months ahead, so I couldn't take him. Oh, and I had my hair done for the first time professionally - and HATED it!
     
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    My son is going this year. He's a junior, so this is his first prom. We went for his tux earlier this week (prom is 4/22, during spring break). None of the kids in his group of friends are getting limos. His girlfriend's parents are letting them take their Escalade.

    Where we live, it is tradition for parents to go to the prom site and take pictures as the kids arrive and 'march' in. I grew up in a different state, and that was definitely not the tradition there. Is this just a MA thing, or do other areas do this as well?
     

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