Planning Your Virtual Prom

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( — April 26, 2020) — 

The COVID-19, or coronavirus pandemic, is sweeping the world, affecting hundreds of countries.  Planning a virtual prom is one way to make the most out of your time in quarantine while making unique memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

Connect With Organizers

Connect with organizers of your school, your administration, and even your class president and yearbook club to discuss potential virtual prom plans. Regularly scheduled meetings can help you to keep track of progress while ensuring that all of your senior classmates are informed of your plans and the upcoming event you intend to host.

Additionally, speaking with organizers and the administration of your school directly may provide you with additional resources or funds that were set aside for your original prom, depending on your school’s plans and current budget. You can also choose to raise funds yourself from your peers if you intend to hire musical artists, DJs, or provide raffles and other live entertainment.

Select a Relevant Hashtag

Staying connected with every one of your classmates during the COVID quarantine can quickly feel overwhelming, especially when you are in the midst of planning your virtual prom. Create a relevant hashtag that is suitable for your school based on your location, your school’s mascot, or even a well-known landmark that is relevant to your school to help your peers to track updates and event information regarding your virtual prom plans.

Ask friends and classmates to share the hashtag across various platforms including Instagram, Tiktok, Facebook, and even Twitter to help maximize your virtual prom’s online reach.

Promote Contests and Giveaways

Research brands and businesses that are most relevant to your peers as well as those in your local area. Many brands and companies are promoting the current quarantine and upcoming virtual proms by offering giveaways and hosting contests. You can help drum up interest and boost the overall engagement you receive with your virtual prom by promoting existing contests and giveaways.

Send Virtual Invites

Sending virtual invites is easier than ever with social media platforms. Using platforms such as Facebook is a quick and easy way to launch events that can be easily tracked and monitored virtually. Additionally, Facebook also allows you the option of creating an entire group, which can be set to private, only allowing school attendees and administrative personnel access. You can also use services such as Paperless Post to send digital invites with a bit of color and pizazz, depending on the look and aesthetic you are going for with your virtual prom.

Choose Your Virtual Prom Host

Choosing how to host your virtual prom will be one of the biggest decisions you make with your classmates and school officials. Determining whether hosting your prom with one live stream or with multiple video chat live streams is optimal, depending on the type of entertainment you intend to provide or the type of engagement you are seeking from your classmates.

Well-known video services such as Google Hangouts, Skype, and Zoom are available to host various types of video chats and gatherings, although you may be limited to the number of guests you can have streaming live to attendees at one given time. Spend time researching and comparing your options to find a virtual host for your prom that is right for you based on your current class size and the type of event you envision hosting this year for your senior prom.

Dress Up and Have Fun

Even though you will be at home, still get a prom dress or tuxedo. If you need your dress altered, get it done in advance. On the actual day of your virtual prom, get your hair and makeup ready so that you can show off your look to your friends and family. 

While planning a virtual prom may not have been what you envisioned at the beginning of your senior year of high school, it can still provide you with a unique and rewarding experience spent with classmates and friends. With a bit of planning, creativity, and ingenuity, you can plan the prom of a century using technology and the virtual realm.