The Ultimate Homecoming Planning Guide/Timeline

The Ultimate Homecoming Planning Guide/Timeline

When the new school year begins and summer turns to fall, it’s time to start thinking about homecoming! Depending upon your school, homecoming traditions might vary, but to help you get the most out of these hoco traditions, we’re put together a homecoming planning guide for you! This list covers many of the basics, like how to figure out your budget and what your timeline for dress shopping should look like. Let’s get started!




Are you wondering how much homecoming will cost? Attending the hoco dance might just require you to purchase a ticket. The cost of a fancy ride, professional pictures, a homecoming dress, shoes, hairstyle, makeup, and other items can run up to several hundred dollars. Your homecoming preparation budget depends on what is most important to you (and your budget, of course!). 


The ticket and dress are the only must-haves, so start there and figure out where your priorities lie for the rest. The cost of homecoming dresses varies depending on the style and designer you’re looking for - many dresses start at least around $150+. We offer a gorgeous collection of homecoming dresses here at Michelle’s Bridal from designers like Clarisse, Amarra, and many more! 


You’ll want to consider shoes, hair, makeup, and nails for your budget as well. These are certainly optional, but it’s always fun to go the extra mile and get glammed up! Consider your transportation as well; many decide to share a fancy ride with their friends or make dinner plans for after the dance. Keep those things in mind when planning!  Have fun and create memories at your homecoming dance, no matter how simple or elaborate it is!



Don't wait until the last minute to buy your homecoming dress! When you buy your homecoming dress early, you have a better chance of getting the exact style and color you desire. When you return to school, you should start shopping for dresses right away, because homecoming events usually take place in September or early October. Is it the off-season and you can't wait until homecoming? Take a look at sales on hoco dresses if you're thinking ahead! You can score great deals on dresses when you shop in the off-season. When you purchase your dress in advance, you have plenty of time to make any necessary alterations to ensure the perfect fit, as well as to match up your shoes and accessories. It's always better to plan ahead when it comes to homecoming dress shopping. 



Following the school dress code rules is the best way to choose a homecoming dress. Make sure you check with your homecoming committee first so you don't get turned away at the door due to your fashion being too bold. To find out if you need a casual, semi-formal, or formal dress for the dance, check your homecoming flyer or ticket stub.



Your next step will be to find a dress that reflects your personal style. Do you prefer a whimsical vibe? Dress in fit-and-flare or high-low styles for a youthful look. Would you like to be the center of attention? If you wear a homecoming dress with sequins or glitter, you will sparkle under the lights. In regards to your dress' color, as far as hoco is concerned, anything goes! You can wear a sunny yellow homecoming dress, a vibrant red dress, or a crisp white dress. If you plan to dance, make sure you wear something comfortable that you'll feel comfortable in.


If you’re ready to find the perfect hoco dress with us, no appointments are required!