Prom Is On!

April 5, 2011


At this time of year, you start seeing lots of prom dresses in shop windows and florists are gearing up for the big prom push. Prom means corsages and boutonnieres and florists all over the US are making them by the thousands. But, what to choose? Picking the right corsage and boutonniere can be confusing and even emotionally damaging (we’ve all heard the story of the poor young man who choose the wrong color and flower for his date and ended up spending his prom night alone…). So, we thought, in order to prevent any emotional scarring, we would provide you with all the information you need to pick the right corsage or boutonniere for your date.

Corsage (This is what the lady wears)

First- ask your date whether she would prefer a wrist corsage or one that is pinned to her dress. It depends on the dress, but typically, these days girls prefer wrist corsages.

Second- ask your date the color of her dress. You don’t want to pick a corsage that clashes with her dress. Sometimes, if she is a particularly organized/picky date, she will tell you exactly what color she wants.

Third- choose a flower. Roses are the most popular corsage flowers and are a pretty safe bet. Poppies are also a good corsage flower, although, they are most often seen in weddings not proms. Orchids, calla lilies, and stephanotis are also all good choices. Just make sure you include some greenery or babies breath in the corsage to create depth and add color. Ribbon is also a nice addition to a corsage.

Boutonniere (This is what the gentleman wears)

First- Ask what color your date’s jacket/vest will be. You might assume black, but many young men are opting for more colorful, unique, and individualized prom attire, so it wouldn’t  hurt to make sure. This just ensures you don’t choose a clashing color.

Second- choose a flower. Guys are typically much less interested in this part of the prom ritual but if you want your pictures to turn out well it’s probably a good idea to choose a boutonniere wisely. Roses, orchids, and calla lilies make the best boutonnieres, but if your date is a bit flashier you can choose just about any flower.

These are just a few good tips when planning your prom experience. One last tip, and this one’s for the gentlemen, if you really want to score big points bring your date a bouquet too. I promise it will start your prom night on the right foot. Happy prom!


2 Responses to “Prom Is On!”

  1. Chloe said

    Wow – the wrist corsage pictured is really beautiful.

    Just to say, I am loving your blog. Have you thought of putting a menu on your blog or using widgets more, thus enabling your reader to jump from your posts easier?

    Have a great day xx

    • Thanks! We are so glad you’re enjoying the blog. We really like the simplicity of our blog but will definitely consider adding some menus or widgets if it’s better for our readers. Thanks for the suggestions!!

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