For many high school seniors, the prom is one of the highlights they eagerly anticipate as the school year ends. To most women, being asked to the prom is the end all and be all of their high school existence. When it seems like the guys they want are not making any move to ask them out, some girls take the initiative and extend the invitation themselves!

What these women don’t know is that for their male counterparts, the events leading up to the night of the prom can cause sleepless nights and unwarranted anxieties. Proms can be expensive. Unless a man and a woman have decided to share expenses (limo rental, etc.), the man is left to shoulder these. Another thing that most men worry about is asking the women for a date on prom night. Why is that? Well, for some men, asking the women to the prom can be challenging.

There is no secret formula when it comes to this. Nevertheless, really knowing certain things about your potential prom date would make it easier for you to come up with the perfect prom proposal. Hence, it would be a good idea if you get to know the woman first. Try spending time with her (that is, if you two aren’t involved with each other in any way yet). Being romantically involved with a woman doesn’t mean you can get away with just any sort of proposal. You still need to exert effort and tap into your creative cistern to come up with a splendid proposal.

Indeed, before you take on the mission of finding the perfect outfit among piles of prom tuxedos, you would do well to handle the task of asking someone out for the prom. One classic idea is to spell out the word P-R-O-M with tea lights inside small glasses. You can do this if you have access to the room of your potential date, or you could ask her friends or parents to help you. Of course, you need to make sure your idea is safe. The last thing you want is for her room to catch fire.

If you and your potential prom date are already a couple, you could ask her out to dinner and pop the question while you are enjoying dessert. How do you go about this? Well, you can have the waiter place a small piece of paper with the words, “Be my date on prom night” on her cake plate. By asking her when she least expects it, you’d be suspending the element of surprise.

Do you consider yourself a romantic? If you do, you might want to employ the one-word-at-a-time approach. How is this done? Well, if the woman is already your girlfriend, you could drop by her house one day with a placard bearing the words “will you.” The following day, you could slip a piece of paper in her school locker with the words “go to.” Next, stick a note with the word “the prom” on the door of her room. Finally, give her a small wrapped box with a tiny piece of paper saying “with me” tucked inside. You will not only get her to go to the prom with you but you will also be labeled the best boyfriend ever. Your girl wouldn’t fall short of bragging about you to her friends.

With these unique and creative prom proposal ideas, you will be one of the happiest men on the venue on prom night.

Claudine Donaghue is a relationship consultant. She gives out timely pieces of advice for couples on how they can make their relationships stronger. 

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