When thinking about prom, you would imagine your date to be the person you are actually dating, but what if they are older and don’t go to your school? What if this means you have to go solo, go in a group, or take someone you’re not interested in?
Unfortunately for some, schools often make rules about prom that go beyond restrictions on prom dresses. You might be disappointed or even angry if you find out your school has an age limit for who can attend prom; however, they may have a good reason for doing so.
Are There Age Limits?
The short answer is it is more than likely your school has a policy about who can attend prom. This could be a straightforward rule of not allowing anyone that doesn’t attend the school to go to prom, but even if this is allowed, there is probably an age limit.
Many schools impose an age limit of 21 for attending prom. Before you jump to any conclusions about unfairness, they have good reasons for doing so. Firstly, anyone over 21 is legally allowed to purchase alcohol, increasing the possibility of students being able to sneak booze on to the premises.
Not only is it illegal to supply alcohol to minors it is also unsafe for the school to have scores of drunk teenagers running amok on the premises. If there were a strong possibility of incidences occurring that would result in potentially unsafe and illegal behavior happening, would you rather the school canceled an event or let it go ahead with some reasonable restrictions?
What You Should Focus On
Rather than worrying about not being able to take an older boyfriend or girlfriend as your date, you should focus on your own experience. Don’t get caught up being upset about policies you cannot change – bring your attention back to your prom dress, shoes, accessories and just having an amazing night you will enjoy.
Looking at prom dresses 2019 will be the year where “You will see old-school Hollywood glam make a big comeback,” says JJ’s House designer Jessica. Your dress and the pictures you take on prom night – especially in your graduating year – will be something you and your parents will treasure and look back on for a lifetime. It will be highly unlikely you will still be thinking about the date you couldn’t take to prom in 30 years!
Should You Be A Rebel?
Trying to take on your school about an age limit policy or blatantly flouting the rules will probably not end well. Some rules are questionable and arguably, should be challenged, such as not allowing same-sex dates or telling girls to cover up from head to toe. Even then, the school probably won’t budge.
The fact is, they have the power to cancel prom entirely if they feel it will not be safe for all students that attend. Keep in mind there are more likely to be younger students attending as dates of older students that the school must protect.
Keep your focus on having a fantastic night rather than trying to fight a losing battle!