Lebanon High School will have prom for junior and senior students on Friday, March 31.
For the first in many years, prom will be held at a Wilson County venue - the Wilson County Exposition Center.
Prom was held in 2016 at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, said IT Teacher and Faculty Prom Committee Member Kristie Davis.
The faculty prom committee is joined by a 10-student committee, who are responsible for prom theme and T-shirt design. This year's theme is "Casino Royale."
Davis said that the choice to move prom back to Lebanon was simple.
"Once the expo center was built, we saw it was a venue in our community that could accommodate prom. We want to support the local economy. It is convenient and safer than our students traveling to Murfreesboro or Nashville," she added. "Another reason was to keep the cost down for the students. We were able to lower the ticket prices this year because the Wilson County Exposition Center is more affordable than our previous venues."
Dinner at Sammy B's $50 per couple
Sammy B's owner Gina Stradley is glad the school selected a local venue. "We are local and like the fact that they are trying to keep it local," she said.
Stradley is offering a special menu for prom-goers who wish to stay in town and dine at Sammy B's before prom. The meal is paid for in advance, with tip and tax included, to make it easy for couples on their big night.
"We wanted to do something for them," she said, noting that reservations should be made as soon as possible.
The buffet-style meal is $50 per couple. Food choices include: Mixed Garden Salad, Hickory Smoked Prime Rib, Chicken Dijonaise, Roasted Potato Medley, Seasonal Vegetables, Macaroni & Cheese and an Ice Cream Bar.
Salons offer specials on hair, makeup and spray tans
"Prom is such an exciting time in a young girl's teenage years," said Beauty Boutique aesthetician and makeup artist Niki Green. "It gives them a glimpse into the dreamy world that is dressing up, having professional hair and makeup and most importantly dancing the night away."
Green said she's seeing trends like mauve lip colors and strobing with highlight on the cheekbones, bridge of nose and cupid's bow.
"Each session there's a client in my chair looking for a professional makeup service, my goal is always the same - to enhance their natural beauty that comes from within in such a way that they leave me and attend their event feeling not only poised and confident, but absolutely gorgeous," she continued.
Beauty Boutique is just one of several Lebanon salons to offer hairstyling and professional makeup application for prom.
Jennie Walpole of Asante said they have a special, where for $110 a young lady can get a formal hairstyle, makeup application and a spray tan. Down-styles with curls start at $35.
Kristi Lett of The Lett Center, with locations at Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, said special occasion makeup is $50, and all products are currently 10-percent off.
Lookers Salon and Spa Owner Angelic Gardner said they have a hair and makeup special for high school girls for $80. Specialty hair styles start at $45.
"Romance meets sophisticated elegance is what is trending for prom," she said. "We are seeing a lot of upstyles and more of the dramatic makeup - smoky eyes - or Hollywood makeup, reds and bright colors."