19 Creative Ways to Ask a Girl to Prom

You're way more likely to get a "yes" if you make her feel special.

Updated March 7, 2023
Boy giving girl rose

This probably isn't news to you, but prom can be kind of a big deal. Don't settle for a 'meh' promposal for such an important event. Knowing how to ask a girl to prom in creative ways can help you make the moment memorable and meaningful (and maximize your chances of a "yes" answer at the same time).

Getting asked to prom in a unique, bold way will make anyone feel like the center of the universe. Show your potential date how psyched you are to be seen at prom with them by asking in a way they'll never forget.

Cute Ways to Ask Someone to Prom

Teen friends walking together

No matter how serious (or not serious) you are about your relationship, a lighthearted approach is always a fun choice. Whether you're asking your girlfriend, a friend, or someone you'd like to get into a relationship with, these cute ways to ask a girl to prom might help you create a sweet romantic memory.

The Windshield Approach

If you're not afraid to put your heart on public display, a good way to ask a girl to prom is to try writing your invitation on your car's rear windshield with white shoe polish.

  • Write something like, "Julie, you make my heart race. Will you be my date for prom?"
  • Offer to give her a ride home from school, but ask her to bring her backpack around to the trunk so she sees your clever invitation.

If she doesn't immediately decide to take the bus instead, mission accomplished!

Personalized Donut

This sweet way to ask a girl to prom is almost guaranteed to get a "yes." After all, who can refuse a donut?

  • Stop by the local bakery and ask them to decorate a donut with her name.
  • Get the donut put in a pretty box and attach a note to the outside that says, "Will you go to prom with me? Donut say no. Say yes instead!"
  • On the inside lid of the box put checkboxes for yes and no.
  • When you're ready to ask her, hand her the box and a pen to record her response.

Hidden Highlights

Get super cute and creative by embedding a secret promposal in your class notes. Let your potential date borrow the notes to find the hidden message.

  • Offer to takes notes for the person you want to ask or bring your notes to a study session.
  • Take a highlighter marker and highlight one letter at a time, in order, from your notes to create your message. It could be as simple as "Prom?" or include the other person's name.
  • Hand them the notes page and see if they notice the odd highlighting. If not, try to point it out subtly.

Put It on the Board

Find out what her first-period class is and ask the teacher if you could use the smart board.

  • Write something cute like, "I'll be totally board if I don't go to prom with you. Please say yes."
  • Doodle a few hearts and flowers around your invitation to make it look attractive, and don't forget to sign your name.
  • Arrange with a friend ahead of time to make sure she sees the board before class begins so you can be there to get her response.

Stuffed Animals

Tuck an adorable note into a stuffed animal and hope for a sweet response.

  • Give her a rabbit with a note that says, "Nobunny else will do. Will you go to the prom with me?"
  • Give her a Teddy bear with a note that says, "I couldn't bear it if you went to prom with anyone else."
  • Try giving her a cute, yellow chick with a note that says, "I've always thought you were eggstra special. Will you be my prom date?"
  • She'll find it hard to resist a cuddly lamb and a note that says, "Will ewe go to the prom with me?"

A Dessert Decision

Get yourself invited to your potential date's house for dinner and arrange with their parent to bring dessert ahead of time.

  • Get your bake on or place an order with a local bakery for cupcakes, cookies, or cake pops that spell out "Prom?" You can also include the person's name to make it more personal.
  • Drop the dessert off when your target isn't home and have their parents hide it.
  • After dinner, the parent will bring out dessert, and your potential date will be stunned!
Need to Know

Don't wait until the last minute to ask. It takes a while to find a dress or outfit and make all the plans, so you should ask her at least six to eight weeks before prom.

Funny Ways to Ask Someone to Prom

Young couple laughing

If you and your future prom date both have an extreme sense of humor, a funny promposal might be the way to go.

Say It With Chocolate

Buy one of those big Hershey's Kisses, and print your invite on a strip of paper inserted into the foil at the top.

  • Write something silly like, "I'd kiss the ground you walk on if you'd go with me to prom."
  • Place it on the walk that leads to her door and ring the doorbell.
  • Point to her package and ask her to open it.

Become a Walking Billboard

Turn yourself into a walking prom sign by either creating a custom screen-printed t-shirt or making a sandwich board sign to wear over your shoulders with poster board and ribbon.

  • Write your potential date's name on the front and the question "Prom?" on the back.
  • You can get more creative with a phrase like "If you can read this shirt/sign and your name is Jenny Williams, will you go to prom with me?"
  • Wear the shirt or sign around school all day and see how long it takes your target to see the message.
  • Have your potential date write their answer on the shirt/sign with marker and continue wearing it around if it's a "Yes!"

The Remote Approach

Use a bit of creative technology to get your answer.

  • Write something clever on a card like, "Is there a remote chance you'll go to the prom with me?" Don't forget to sign your name.
  • Seal it in an envelope with her name clearly written on it.
  • Tape it to the top of a remote control car.
  • Get to school early when she's hanging out at her locker and try to stay back out of direct view.
  • Send the car over to her and watch her open your card.

Meme It

Create a funny, viral meme and get the whole to school to share it.

  • Find a hilarious image online like a dog or cat making a crazy face.
  • Add a creative caption such as "Devin doesn't have a prom date! Maybe Jenna will save him and say Yes?"
  • Post the meme on social media and ask your friends to share until it reaches the person you want to invite.

Stage a Spill

Whether you do it in the hallway at school, the cafeteria, or a local snack spot, staging a fall is an easy way to get laughs.

  • Write "Prom?" on dozens of napkins in light pen or pencil or on several blank sheets of paper, then enlist a friend to record your staged spill.
  • Walk with your potential date and stage a fake fall where you let the napkins or papers you're carrying spread across the floor.
  • When your potential date starts to help you pick stuff up, they'll get the message.
  • Send the recording to your date, preferably after they say "Yes," as a keepsake.

How to Ask a Girl to Prom Over Text

Teenage boy outside sending text

While asking a girl to prom over text is a little less personal, it's a pretty good choice if you're uncertain of her response. You're still putting yourself out there - just not all the way out there.

You can still be super creative here. In fact, your chances of a "yes" answer are probably higher if you do more than just text "Want to go to prom with me?" Try one of these fun text promposal ideas.

A Series of Pictures

Send a series of images that represent your question.

  • Take individual pictures of each letter in "Prom?" and send them separately.
  • Send a picture of you, then one of her, then one of the prom poster from your school followed by a question mark.
  • Take individual pictures of the words "Will you go to prom with me?" from places around town and send each one separately.

Stage Your Own Sign Scene

You know that famous sign scene in Love Actually? Well, you can totally channel that by texting her a video to ask her to go to prom.

  • Grab a punch of posterboard and write up 4-5 posters. The first couple can be about how amazing she is, and the next few can be asking her to prom.
  • Have a friend make a video of you holding up the signs in series, just like in the movie.
  • Text her the video and wait for her response.

Rapid-Fire Questions

If you want a "yes," try sending several questions very quickly when messaging with your potential date. Ask her to respond immediately to each question.

  • Ask only questions you know she'll answer "yes" to.
  • Ask four or five questions quickly, and then throw in, "Will you go to prom with me?'
  • She'll already be in the habit of answering back "yes!"

Prom Queen

This funny prom text idea will get her saying "yes" in no time.

  • Go to a costume store and buy a tiara. Have a friend snap a photo of you holding it in your hand.
  • Text her the picture. Wait a minute to see if she responds.
  • After a minute or two, text, "I think you'll be needing this if you want to be my prom queen. Want to go to prom with me?"

Fun Promposal Ideas

Two girls hanging out in the city

Capture your dream date's attention in a way that makes you stand out from the others who may also ask him or her to prom. Your "ask" is either going to put you in the running or cut you from the pack, so you want to give it your best shot.

Decorated Locker

If you're reasonably sure you'll get a "yes," go to school early and create a memorable surprise.

  • Decorate their locker with streamers.
  • Use shoe polish to write, "Look inside!"
  • Slide a sweet card inside the locker and write a note inside of it asking them to the prom.

Make a Puzzle

Here's a fun invitation that will make your potential date work a little.

  • Write on a piece of cardstock, "Will you go to the prom with me?"
  • Cut up the card into puzzle shapes.
  • Place them in an envelope and give them to your girl.

Sports Fan Sign

If the girl you want to ask plays sports, make a fan sign to hold up at her next game or practice asking her to prom.

  • For a football player try "Let's tackle prom as a team, Cami?"
  • For a soccer player use "My goal is prom with you, Dominique!?"

Make sure to include her name on the sign so she knows it's for her.

Altered Snack

Grab a snack or drink for your girl and alter the name of it using markers or cut-out letters and tape.

  • Change "Doritos" to "Do we gos" by replacing the "ri" with the letters "we" cut from a magazine and the "t" to a "g" then add "to prom?" over the flavor name.
  • Get a Propel drink and under the brand name add the phrase "to prom with me?"
  • Change the names on a box of Mike & Ikes to your name and her name followed by the phrase "Prom 2023?"

Ask in the Way That Feels Right

What you say when you ask a girl to prom matters, but it's actually not as important as how you say it. One of the biggest prom asking tips is to make sure the method you choose feels comfortable to you. If you feel awkward, the other person is going to pick up on it right away. Be confident, not cocky, and don't wait until the last minute to ask. The surest way to get a "no" is to make the other person feel like they were your second choice.

19 Creative Ways to Ask a Girl to Prom