It only happens a handful of times in a teenager’s life – the opportunity to spend a magical night at a high school dance. In the weeks leading up to homecoming and prom, girls anxiously await the question (“Will you go with me?”) while guys nervously anticipate the answer (“YES!”). Whether attending with a close friend or the boy/girl of your dreams, quite a bit of planning and preparing must take place between the invitation to the dance and those first exciting steps onto the dance floor. Although Atlanta is filled to overflowing with excellent resources for preparing for any high school dance, below is a list of five great places around town to help starry-eyed dance attendees get started.
The Avenue – East Cobb
4475 Roswell Road, Suite 1610
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 977-8916 Ext. 1
With three locations (Marietta, Snellville and Cumming) to serve would-be dance attendees, Bravura is a unique boutique that offers an enormous selection of dresses that are ideally suited for homecoming and prom. From classic to dramatic, Bravura features gowns of every style at a number of price points. Girls may want to preview Bravura’s fashions online to get a sense of where trends are leaning, which styles they like best and how their favorite dresses fit within their budget.
2166 Northlake Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30084
One of Atlanta’s most trusted salons since 1961, Siggers Hairdressers has performed gorgeous transformations on countless brides, beauty queens and eagerly awaiting prom dates over the years. Voted among the Top 10 Salons by Atlanta Magazine, this one-stop shop can handle everything from hair and makeup to nails and an airbrush tan.
1708 Powers Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30067
Shortly following his uneasy knock on the door and an enchanting descent down the stairs in all of her glory, the dance partners will have an opportunity to pin the boutonniere and corsage on one another to the glare of flashes from parental paparazzi. The award-winning Carithers Flowers offers multiple locations in Atlanta, Lawrenceville and Marietta and a slew of floral combinations to complement nearly every dress color under the rainbow. Custom-designed corsages and boutonnieres can even be delivered on the day of the dance for a nominal fee.
Blue Bird Global Chauffeured Transportation
Traveling safely to and from the dance is even more important than arriving in style. Fortunately, with fully licensed and insured Blue Bird Global Chauffeured Transportation, passengers can experience both. Boasting “first class service and competitive rates,” Blue Bird offers a fleet that includes a six-passenger limousine, a 10-passenger H3 Hummer limousine (in a lovely shade of pink!), a 14-passenger black Excursion limousine and an executive van that seats six, among others.
Ray’s on the River
6700 Powers Ferry Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30339
Atlanta has a vibrant culinary scene and choosing one destination from so many options may be among the most difficult elements of planning for the ideal evening. A landmark restaurant in Atlanta since 1984, Ray’s on the River offers a beautiful setting on the Chattahoochee River and excellent teenage-palate-friendly food all in one very romantic package. If reservations are hard to come by, Ray’s has two additional locations – Ray’s in the City in downtown Atlanta and Ray’s on the Creek in Alpharetta.
Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.