Before I talk about the actual event, let’s take a moment to appreciate my prom dress. I initially thought of wearing yellow but my designer said the yellow fabric he had would make me look old. He then suggested the opposite: black and gold. I was sold on the gold glitter and Swarovski crystals. And when my friends asked me to describe my prom dress i’d always reply shining, shimmering, splendid. I didn’t feel like a disco ball; I felt like a city of stars in human form. And yes, maybe it was extra but it wasn’t tacky. So who’s the man behind the masterpiece? It’s none other than Mark Bumgarner. He made me feel like a princess and I can’t thank him enough. It even scored me best dressed of the night. I guess because it was prom night, I wasn’t afraid to go all out. After all, when else in my life will I get to do something like this? It’s our closest thing to a ball (minus the waltz). To top this off, I had my hair and makeup done by Aiky Nar. He’s been my makeup artist for my recent events and always knows what matches my gowns. This time, he kept the hair simple to emphasize my dress and chose a bold red lip to complement it.
So what’s in a prom? On the morning of the much awaited event, my teacher and I had a conversation after I told her as I was nervous. She asked “Is there food? Are there drinks? Is there music?” I answered all questions with a resounding yes. She then told me there was nothing to worry about – the rest was extra. It made me realize that proms have really evolved from a simple dinner dance. It was typical to add a programme to a prom with games, awardings, performances and the like – only ours was ambitious. We had a total of twelve performers (singers and dancers), a “finish the lyric game”, additional awards, videos and the list goes on. But that’s only the programme. We also had to take care of photobooths, same day edits, dietary requirements, promotion and the guest list. I thank the entertainment heads – Alexa and Tia – for doing such a great job. If there was anyone who was busier than me on the night itself, it’s those two!
We made a wishlist of the things we wanted. Our school doesn’t allow fundraising, so I thank everyone who donated to make our night as special as it was. It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty spectacular. Our wishes came true but it came with the cost of tiny arguments, giving up lunch times/extra curriculars, staying up til 2am to make a program, going that extra mile just to post a teaser video, making a ton of graphics for promotion (sorry Maia), sending out emails (thank you Lau), ticket duties and the list goes on. A lot of people say “don’t join prom com – it’s the worst” but I say go for it. It challenges how well you and your peers work as a team, and gives you a sense of fulfillment by the end. And why is Prom different from any other event? The truth is everyone cares. It’s a highlight of one’s high school life and people want to have fun and enjoy. They want to look their best at the photo booths, they want to dance to music they like, and eat food they enjoy. Whether it’s going to prom with your best friends or your boyfriend, the goal is to have a fun night. That’s why people are so fussy about prom seating (my gosh this gave me nightmares), or really want to sing with their group of friends for the last time, or be nominated for whatever award they’re going for. That’s what I think. But then again, I might be completely wrong.
I don’t know if there’s such thing as a “fulfilled stress” but that’s pretty much my night summed up. I needed no date, no crown, no food and it has honestly been one of the best nights of my life (dang cheesy naman sorry!!) And I hope, I really really hope that everyone who came enjoyed the night as much as I did. Once again, thank you to the prom com for being the best team to work with – I still can’t believe we don’t have a prom com picture. Alexa, Tia, Sophie, Maxine, Moyca, Laura, Aleah and Maia, I’m hope you’re proud of the event as much as I am. We did it! Good luck to next years prom com – you’ve got this 🙂