Prom – it’s supposed to be one of the best nights of your entire life; but for some, it can also be one of the most stressful. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and not as excited as you expected to be, you’re not alone. Here is a list of the top six things everyone is afraid to admit about prom, and how to deal with your concerns:

6. Not being able to dance. There’s no denying it—some people just have natural rhythm, while the rest of us aren’t so lucky. The good news is, this isn’t a dance recital – it’s your prom. You’re not expected to move like you’re one of Beyoncé’s backup dancers – and everybody will be too busy having the time of their lives to notice if you have two left feet on the dance floor. Just let loose, and pretend nobody is watching you!

5. Not being photogenic. You may be worried about being in the spotlight for most of the night – whether it be professional photos, or just selfies with some of your closest friends. Yes, pictures do play a big role at prom– but that doesn’t mean you have to look airbrush perfect. If you’re focusing on looking flawless while the flash is going off, you can be sure that the camera will show it. The key to taking a fabulous prom photo is to just relax and have a fun time with it!

4. Not having a big budget. The dress, transportation, flowers – it may seem like everything prom-related comes with a big price tag. However, by no means do you need to have a lot of money in order to have a good time. No matter how high or low your budget, there is always a way to have the prom of your dreams. Shop around for your necessities to make sure you’re getting the best deal – and the earlier you start looking the more you will save. Still worried? Try finding a part-time job for the weekends to save up even more for the big night. 

3. Not knowing what to expect afterwards. Although your actual prom will only last about a few hours, by the time it is over it will be pretty late in the night. What will you do afterwards? Go to an after-party; get out of town with your friends? You will probably have a number of options by the end of the night, and understandingly may be overwhelmed. Just remember that you don’t have to do what everybody else is doing – and you don’t even have to go out afterwards at all if you’re not up for it. Make sure that you feel comfortable with your decision, and that you’re respecting your parents’ wishes. After all, the most memorable part of the night is prom, anyway!

2. Not having a date. Sure, not finding that special someone to pose with in photos and slow dance with on your big night may seem like the end of the world – but that’s definitely not the case. Honestly, even if you do bring a date there’s no guarantee that the two of you will be glued to the hip for the entire night, anyway. There’s no written rule stating that you must have a prom date in order to have a great time – how the night plays out is totally up to you! Just remember to be confident and have an optimistic outlook—and nobody will even notice that you arrived solo.

1. Not having the “picture-perfect” prom experience. When you imagine your prom day, stretch limousines and dancing the night away might be the first things that come to mind. Although this might be the case for some, sometimes prom might not be exactly what you fantasized it to be. Party busses are expensive and high heels are a pain – but that doesn’t mean you can’t have the prom of your dreams! Make the most of your night, and remember that nobody’s prom experiences are exactly the same. As long as you’re enjoying yourself with your friends by your side, prom will definitely be a night that you will never forget!