How to Go to the Prom Alone

There you are--you’ve got your dress or tux, but your date just came down with last-minute mono. So how does one fly solo at the prom?


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Make sure you have the perfect prom by checking out the advice in these Howcast videos, including how to get a date for the prom (even a last-minute one); how to pick a prom dress; how to go to the prom alone; how to stand out at the prom (in a good way!); how to throw a post-prom party; and much more.

You Will Need

  • A good sense of humor
  • A fabulous dress or tux
  • The ability to talk quickly


  1. Step 1

    Commit to having a good time no matter what

    Circumstances have deemed that you won’t have a date for the prom. Time to accept the fact and commit yourself to having a good time no matter what.

  2. Step 2

    Look good

    Look good. Just because you’re going alone is no reason to give up on fashion.

  3. Step 3

    Go with a friend

    Go with your best friend who doesn’t have a date either. You can commiserate and make fun of everyone together.

  4. Step 4

    Ask your best friend for help

    If your best friend has a date, go with the two of them. Chances are you’re all pretty chummy to start with, and now you can split the cost of the limo. This is where your bff earns that second 'f.'

  5. Do not hit on your friend’s date. This is completely uncool… and could make the prom a little too memorable.

  6. Step 5

    Volunteer to help out

    If you don’t want to have to find things to do while other people are dancing or losing their virginity, you can always volunteer at the snack table.

  7. Have a good explanation for why you’re alone. If your date cancelled because of an illness, be honest. If he or she stood you up for another person or for some unknown reason, feel free to embellish.

  8. Step 6


    Dance, dance, dance… You might as well have a good time!

  9. Step 7

    Watch for prom wreckage

    Keep your eyes peeled for prom wreckage—these are the breakups that invariably happen on prom night. Some major fun can be had on the rebound.

  10. Step 8

    Sit on the side

    Sit on the side, watch the ridiculous unfold, and count all the people you’re so glad you didn’t go to the prom with.

  11. Research shows that 50% of girls spend over $400 on the prom.