I Wanna Do-Over: Growth of Adult Proms
Remember prom? It was a special, magical night you dreamed about for years — yearning for your chance to indulge in expensive clothes and the attention of hairstylists, manicurists and make-up artists. The chance to feel like a queen for a few hours. Only your wedding day was more special.
Well, you might get a chance to re-live prom if you live near one of an increasing number of cities hosting Adult Proms, according to the New York Times.
Adults, mainly in their 20's and 30's, but some into their 60's, are attending adult proms; complete with the crowning of a King and Queen. Many things about these proms are the same as the ones we went to in high school — a band, an elegant dinner, and everyone dressed-up in new finery. It's a chance to break up the humdrum of lives full of other people's needs and be a little self-indulgent for a change.
Some things, of course, are different. Alcohol is no longer forbidden. And the chances of getting lucky are pretty good. But, some of the bad memories from prom are also re-lived. There's the table of women sitting there hoping someone will ask them to dance, the guy who leaves his date searching for him all night, and the inevitable let-down when it's all over and you have to go back to reality.
Why are adult proms increasing in popularity? For some, an adult prom is a way to have the night you never got or to re-live that special night. Adults may look back at prom and wish they'd done things differently, so adult proms give them a chance. Others are late bloomers and feel more ready for prom now without earlier inhibitions. Plus, it's a great stress reliever to just go out and have some fun. Most raise money for charities, so it's another way to give back to your community.Continued on the next page