When your students think of Prom night, they think about getting dressed up, asking a date, organizing a group of friends for the limo, and dancing all night long. Of course, there is much more to Prom than just dancing. From the Grand March to the After-Party, there are many ways to prepare for all of the “side events” of Prom. Make these events as magical for your students as Prom itself.

Prom Grand March

A Grand March is an opportunity for students to make a grand entrance and show off their gorgeous gowns and tuxedos. Have one or two emcees announce names as each couple makes their entrance and strikes a pose for the audience (composed of parents, family, and community members). It’s a simple Prom idea, but it can be as quaint or elegant as you want to make it. 

It’s best to hold Grand March in a space that is easy for parents and community members to get to, like your school auditorium or gymnasium. The quintessential decoration for a Grand March is an arch. Whether it has a classic or funky design, the arch and other decorations for Grand March may fit any theme; however, most schools will decorate the venue to match their overall Prom theme. For example, if you’re having a Hollywood Prom theme, roll out a red carpet for Grand March. Once you have a pathway for students, line it with mini lights or other lighting for a fun effect.

Grand March idea for Prom night

Prom Coronation

If your school crowns a Prom King, Queen, and Court, a coronation ceremony for Prom night is a must. You can have a lot of fun creating an extremely regal look for all of your Prom royalty. Start by choosing the perfect tiaras and royalty sets for your Prom Queen, King, and court members. Complete the regalia with coronation scepters, sashes, and jewelry. Don’t forget to match your royalty items to your Prom colors or your school colors. Making a big deal of your coronation is one Prom idea that is sure to be the highlight of the evening.

Prom King and Queen

Prom Photo Ops

When they’re not dancing, your students will be whipping out their phones and looking for the best Prom props and backgrounds for their photos. Be prepared for selfie-taking students by providing lots of photo ops. There are tons of options out there for photo ops, from traditional murals, balloons, columns, and arches, to reusable wire structures, light-up props, and benches. Photo ops can match your Prom theme or simply have a classic look to them. Be sure to put as much thought into this Prom idea as your overall theme decorations.

Lighted Gate Prop for Grand March

After-Prom Party

An After-Prom party is a great way to keep that “Prom night fun” going. This Prom idea also gives parents peace of mind because they will know that their kids are in a safe environment at that late hour. As students leave Prom, affix a silicone Prom wristband to every student wrist to serve as an admission ticket to the After-prom party. Wherever you have your After-prom party, the space needs to be big enough to house all prom attendees and chaperones.

Location ideas for your After-Prom party include:

• Your school

• A parent’s large house

• Movie theater

• Bowling alley

• Zoo

Planning an After-Prom party doesn’t have to be extensive; think of it as a small-scale version of an all-night Senior Party, with games, prizes, snacks, treats, and other entertainment. And it doesn’t need a lot of decorations. Check out these ideas to include at your After-prom party:

After-Prom Party Private Venue

• Movie marathon

• Bowling

• Games

• Casino games

• Karaoke

Candy buffet

• Concession stands

• Make-your-own sundae station

Prom favors

• Gift cards from local businesses

Your Prom can include one or all of the above Prom ideas and events to make Prom the best, most memorable night for you students. Check out our Online Freebies and other blog posts to find more terrific ideas for your Prom!