Prom Glossary

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  1. After-party: A gathering that occurs after the main prom event, often more casual and less formal.


  1. Boutonnière: A small flower arrangement worn on the lapel of a male’s suit jacket.
  2. Ballroom: A large room typically used for dancing, commonly the venue for prom events.


  1. Corsage: A small flower arrangement typically worn on a female’s wrist or pinned to her dress.
  2. Chaperone: An adult who supervises the event to ensure that everything is in order and everyone is safe.
  3. Crowd Control: Measures taken to manage the attendees and ensure everyone’s safety.


  1. DJ (Disc Jockey): The person responsible for playing music at the event.
  2. Dress Code: The expected level of formal attire for the event.


  1. Entrance Fee: The cost to attend the prom.


  1. Formal Wear: The type of clothing worn to a formal event, like tuxedos and ball gowns.
  2. Favors: Small gifts or mementos given to attendees, often customized for the event.


  1. Grand March: A parade-like event that often opens the prom, where attendees walk across a stage or through a designated area, typically announced and often photographed.


  1. Homecoming: A separate but related event, usually taking place in the fall, which also involves a formal dance but is generally less formal than prom.


  1. Invitation: A formal or digital card asking someone to attend the prom.


  1. Junior Prom: A prom for junior-year students, as opposed to the Senior Prom for senior-year students.


  1. King and Queen: Titles given to two students (usually a male and female) who are voted to represent the prom, often with a coronation ceremony.


  1. Limousine: A luxury vehicle often rented for transportation to and from the prom.


  1. Masquerade: A type of prom theme where attendees wear masks.
  2. Menu: The list of food items that will be served at the event, often pre-selected.


  1. Nominations: The process of selecting candidates for prom king, queen, or other titles.


  1. Open Bar: A bar setup where drinks are available for free, typically not applicable for high school proms due to age restrictions on alcohol.


  1. Photo Booth: A small area set up with a camera where attendees can take pictures with props and backdrops.
  2. Playlist: A pre-arranged list of songs to be played during the event.
  3. Prom Committee: A group of students, and sometimes teachers or parents, responsible for planning and organizing the prom.
  4. Promposal: A creative way of asking someone to attend the prom with you.


  1. RSVP: A French abbreviation meaning “Répondez s’il vous plaît,” or “please respond,” used to confirm attendance.
  2. Red Carpet: An actual red carpet laid out for attendees to walk on, often used for photographs; signifies a glamorous arrival.
  3. Rentals: Items like tuxedos or accessories that are rented rather than purchased for the event.


  1. Senior Prom: A prom for students in their final year of high school.
  2. Slow Dance: A type of dance where partners dance slowly and closely together.
  3. Stag/Stagette: Attending prom without a date.
  4. Theme: The overarching idea or concept that the prom is built around, such as “A Night Under the Stars.”


  1. Tickets: The passes purchased to gain entry to the prom.
  2. Transportation: The method of getting to and from the prom venue, often involves renting limousines or party buses.
  3. Tuxedo: A man’s formal evening jacket, typically worn with a bow tie.


  1. Venue: The location where the prom is held.


  1. Wristlet: A small decorative band worn around the wrist, often where a corsage is attached.


  1. Zero Tolerance: A policy regarding unacceptable behavior (e.g., alcohol or drug use) that will result in immediate removal from the event.
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