Prom Flowers – Behind the Tradition

Prom Flowers – Introduction

Prom flowers have a long and popular tradition amongst young people. Both the corsage and the boutonniere have existed for many years and are integral components of any successful prom. When planning your dress or suit, make sure to coordinate with your date so that your prom flowers match. You don’t want to show up to the prom with mismatched flowers, after all!

Prom Flowers – The Corsage

It is usually customary for the man to buy a corsage for his date. It can be either of the pin-on variety, or the type that can be worn about the wrist. You can also consider a modified nosegay that can be carried in the hand, should you so desire. It is a good idea to know what color dress your date is wearing so that the corsage you choose doesn’t clash. Keep this in mind when making your selection, although you ultimately may want the corsage to remain a surprise.

Alternatively, some couples elect to go together and choose their flowers. We recommend cool, lighter colors such as blues and pinks, although vibrant reds, oranges and purples are also worthy of consideration. Again, keep in mind the color of her dress so that she won’t end up looking like an art room disaster when she walks through the door!

Prom Flowers – The Boutonniere

Traditionally girls will buy the boutonniere for their dates. Usually it is a pin-on carnation or rose with baby’s breath to be worn traditionally on the right lapel. You may want to order this at the same time your date orders your corsage to keep things convenient. It’s possible to acquire package deals from some florists if you do this.

Prom Flowers – Recommended Varieties

Prom flowers are important, and so it’s equally important to ensure that you choose a species that will combine uniqueness with beauty and elegance. There are some traditional favorites that we recommend, and we’ve put together a short information guide about these common prom flowers. We hope that this will help influence your decision when buying prom flowers so that you can have a perfect night.

· Roses – The rose is probably the number one favorite for the corsage. Red, pink and white roses are recommended, although you can experiment with additional colors if you wish. The great thing about roses is that they look great, smell great, and act as a perfect fall-back choice if you can’t find something else. In fact, there’s often no point in looking for something else due to the rose’s perfect match with proms.

If you’re buying your girlfriend’s corsage, definitely consider the rose as one of your top choices. If you’re worried about whether or not you’ll impress her with your choice, we can assure you that you can’t go wrong with the rose. They are probably the most traditional of the prom flowers, and if tradition is important to you, this might just influence your decision.

There are more than a hundred species of wild rose, all found in the northern hemisphere and within temperate regions. The species form a group of generally prickly shrubs or climbers. The plant often reaches 2–5 m tall, and can reach upwards of twenty meters by climbing up other plants.

· Orchids – Orchids are the largest and most diverse of the flowering plant families, with over 25,000 known species across the globe. Alternative to roses, the orchid makes an excellent choice for prom flowers. Specifically for the corsage, or a nosegay, the addition of an orchid will catapult you date from “attractive” to “stunning.”

Orchids come in such a wide variety of colors that you should have no trouble at all finding one to match her dress. In fact, you may be faced with too many to choose from! Either way, you can’t go wrong with orchids as prom flowers. Again, remember that matching the corsage with boutonniere is key to a successful prom. If you have any questions, be sure you ask your florist for advice.

Prom Flowers – Conclusion

Fresh prom flowers make great gifts as well, if you’re considering chipping in to help out your son or daughter and their date. Follow our advice above in the case that you are electing to buy these arrangements, and ensure that the colors match. Embarrassing your children tends to defeat the purpose of helping them out with a gift! Prom flowers can usually also be arranged for delivery, making it easy to coordinate.

In conclusion, be sure to include arrangements of flowers that you think look best with your suit or dress. Our suggestions are good guidelines, but it’s ultimately a matter of personal taste and preference. The most important rule of prom is to have a good time and enjoy yourselves, and prom flowers are one great way to ensure that this happens.

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