For girls, prom starts in early October, but as a guy, I really didn’t start thinking about prom until my girlfriend bought her dress. I think this reigns true for all guys, and it’s not a bad thing. While our list of preparations may be shorter than the girl’s, I’m here to help go over the things every guy needs to do to look like a playa at prom.

The starting thing to do is to find a date; whether it’s just a friend or that special someone the coolest thing to do is have an over the top promposal. I’ve attached a few pictures to get the ideas flowing. Some of these ideas are from Dunbar prom-goers, while others are simply ideas found online.

The most important piece of advice I can give you to ensure a lit night is to let your date make every decision: go along with everything. Prom only happens once or twice, and it’s stupid to get overly stressed over it. The best thing to do is just be a helpful date, and take the pressure off the situation.

When it comes to getting a tux, they can be pretty expensive; make sure you ask for deals such as coupons, school codes or even if your date’s dress gets you a discount. Most guys think renting is the automatic way to go but you can also save money by wearing a friend’s, a parent’s or even asking a neighbor’s. Sometimes the cheapest option could even be buying your own tux and wearing it on multiple occasions.

Next on the agenda should be purchasing the tickets. If you want to sweep your date off her feet, you could be a gentleman and buy her ticket as well. Ticket prices go up over time, so buy early and save big. With a fly tux, two tickets and a beautiful date, it’s time to get down and turn up at prom.