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Trying to decide upon the perfect prom theme? If your prom decorations committee has already given a thumbs-down vote to every suggestion on the planet, don’t despair. You’re not choosing a life-time partner. It’s a high school prom, not a marriage. Any of many prom themes can work once you decide what makes a good theme for your school.

Budget Dictates.

The first rule of prom planning is to stay within your school’s prom budget. Sure – dance floors that light up beneath dancing feet and flames of fire and fireworks as guest arrive are spectacular, but how much these ideas cost? If a local business or nearby college has given your school acres of tissue paper flowers and miles of cloud-imprinted draping, a pretty prom theme and decorations may be what is called for.


A good prom theme contains enough flexibility in itself to allow for smaller theme ideas to fit into the larger context. Think of a large prom theme as an umbrella. Underneath the main theme lies room for other concepts decoration committee members want to include in the prom. These smaller groups of students, or an individual student, can decide to tackle a small area that ties in with the larger area and focus on his little part of the universe. All of these parts that contribute to the larger effect help produce a prom to do your school proud.

Touch of Romance

A good prom theme has to embody a bit of romance within its title as well its execution. Part of a prom’s allure is the dreaming, the anticipation and final fruition it entails. What better way to achieve these exciting aspects than through romance?

Trendy or Timeless

Trendy prom themes grow out of pop culture. A hit movie like “The Titanic” stirs creative juices when it first comes out, especially the production includes a hit song. Other trendy themes result from popular movies, television series or events in pop culture. Nevertheless, a theme need not be trendy to be a good prom theme. Certain themes, even with a modern twist, continue to delight succeeding generations. One of the most popular prom themes of all time, “A Stairway to Heaven,” continues to pop up on voting lists.


What’s prom night without a special song? Some school classes go with a song chosen as their class song. Still others latch onto a hit of the year that has relevance to their students and designate their prom theme because of the song itself.

Familiar Chord

A good prom theme strikes a familiar chord in people. When committees stray too far from concepts their students cannot identify with, the theme never catches on, never resonates with or touches the emotions. On the other hand, individual groups of students find oft-seen, overused themes boring and unappealing. Unless a theme has some type of familiarity with students, students might enjoy their prom, but they might not love it as well.

High schools looking to find a good prom theme for this student body this particular year should examine prom catalogs, lists of high school prom theme ideas and other prom planning sources in their search for the one. There is a wealth of information out there to help them make their final choice.


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