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How to Ask a Girl to Prom

Get her to say yes and be your date to prom!

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A young woman at her highschool prom
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When you ask a girl to prom, you want it to be so unforgettable and charming that she just has to yes right that instant. A casual “will you go to prom with me?” in the halls might work, but if you really want to make the moment unforgettable, you’re going to have to get creative. Use any of the ideas below, or let them inspire you to come up with your own unique way of asking.

A few things to remember before you ask a girl to prom:

  • Check with her friends to make sure she’s not already going with someone else. You don’t want to go through all this effort for nothing.
  • Even if you’re already dating and you both assume you’re going to prom together, she’ll really love it if you ask her in a special way. It’ll make the whole night that much more special.
  • Take her personality into consideration. What kind of girl is she? If she’s shy, she might not want to be asked to prom in front of the entire school.
  • It’s normal to be nervous. Take a deep breath and just go for it. It’ll be worth the risk when you’re dancing to the last song together.

Unique Ways to Ask a Girl to Prom

Create a Custom Candy Bar Label
Got access to Photoshop? Create a custom wrapper for her favorite candy bar. In place of the candy’s name, write “prom with me?” Add in a photo of the two of you. Carefully remove the candy wrapper and replace it with your homemade one. Casually give it to her during lunch.

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Freeze it in Ice
Find a clear plastic storage bin in your kitchen (like Tupperware). On a piece of cloth with permanent marker write “I’d just melt if you’d go to prom with me,” then sign your name. Glue the bottom edges of the cloth to the bottom of the Tupperware. Let it dry completely. Fill the bin with water. The cloth should float. Cut off the top of a rose and put it in the water, too. Freeze it overnight, then crack it out of the Tupperware like it's an ice cube. Leave the block of ice on her doorstep early in the morning before she leaves for school so it will melt a little bit. Ring the doorbell and hide off to the side. Make your appearance when she opens the door and finds her surprise!

Ask Her in the School Newspaper
If your school circulates a regular newspaper in print or online, see if you can reserve a little banner space to ask your girl to prom. The message can be as simple as “Haley, will you go to prom with me? Love, Taylor.” Try to plan it so you’re nearby when she sees your message.

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Hide it in a Balloon
Buy a dozen balloons in her favorite colors. Put a different treat in each of the balloons- her favorite candy, a trinket, a photo of the two of you, etc. In one balloon, hide a note that asks her to prom. Stuff them in her locker or ask her parents if you can leave them in her room. Have her pop each balloon until she gets to your note!

Take Her on a Walk
If your town has a hiking trail, set up a bunch of signs along the trail, each with a different word: “Will…You…Go…To…Prom…With…Me?” The signs should be spaced pretty evenly apart so she can only see one at a time. Invite her to take a walk with you after school and casually point out the first sign. Pretend to not know what it is. Let her figure it out on the way. Have a rose waiting at the last sign. Give it to her and hopefully, she’ll say yes!

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Photo Puzzle
Take a photo of yourself holding up a sign that says “prom with me?” Get it printed on an 8x10 piece of paper, then rip it up into pieces that aren’t too big, aren’t too small. Scatter them at her doorstep or leave them on her desk. Attach a post it or a small card that asks her to put the pieces together.

Mysterious Chalk Messages
Street artists are notorious for leaving quirky messages or sayings on city sidewalks. Get some sidewalk chalk and start writing cute messages or designs on a sidewalk that you know she walks on every morning. On the fifth day write “Emily, will you go to prom with me? Love,” and sign your name.

Candles
Just after dark, get a bunch of tiny tea light candles and arrange them in her driveway to spell “Prom?” Carefully light them, then ask her to come outside. Wait for her with a single rose.

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