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How to Choose Prom Corsage And Boutonniere Accessories

It’s time for PROM again! Time to find stunning prom dresses, sparkly jewelry, the perfect shoes and, of course, the right corsages and boutonnieres to bring it all together! Prom comes with some particular preparations for guys and girls. The blog concentrates on how to choose prom corsages and boutonniere, the final touch for your prom night.

Prom Corsage And Boutonniere Accessories

# Roses

Choose roses is smart, roses come in three varieties. Hybrid tea roses, the classic rose in florist shops, are uniformly shaped. Garden roses have wonderful scents and bushy, old-fashioned blossoms. Spray roses, with five or more heads per stem, have a homegrown look. Roses offer a range of color choices, one of which is sure to match the couple's outfits.

# Orchids

The orchid is an elegant, sophisticated floral option, one a teen can feel confident selecting regardless of prom ball trends. Just one orchid may be enough to make a bold floral statement. Consider the cymbidium or cattelya orchid for prom, varieties that tend to produce larger flowers.

# Carnations

Traditional and affordable, carnations come in many colors. Some carnations are a solid color, while others are bi-colored, often white with colored petal edges. These strongly fragrant flowers are a popular prom choice. As a long-lasting cut flower, carnations wear well for hours.

Pink Corsage and Boutonniere Prom

# Sweet Peas

With thin stems and frilly flowers, sweet peas add a classic, romantic look to prom attire. The sweet pea is also a good prom choice because it is in season right around prom time and lasts well as a cut flower. The sweet pea's single, double or semi-double blossoms come in a range of colors, including red, pink, lavender, navy and white. Sweet peas may be a solid color or bi-colored.

# Tulips

A happy, spring flower, the tulip comes in both vibrant and pastel colors, as well as ivory and white. The common tulip is versatile and works well with both very formal and more casual prom attire. A single-tulip boutonniere looks both smart and simple.


  1. Discuss with your date the basic colors you both plan to wear to the prom. A prom dress may be one solid color, or it may contain several hues. Determine the predominant color and work from there.
  2. If your date is female, ask whether she prefers a wrist or pin-on corsage. All male boutonnieres should be worn pinned to the lapel.
  3. Prom wrist corsage and boutonniereDetermine whether your date has any favorite flowers that should be incorporated into the arrangement.
  4. Call local florists to gauge prices and to get a sense of flower varieties, colors and costs. Order the flower arrangement at least two weeks before the dance.
  5. Pick up the flowers the day before, or the day of, the prom to insure maximum freshness and perkiness.

Tips & Warnings:

  • Corsages can be made of any flower in any color, but they usually feature carnations or roses. You'll want to match the flowers and the ribbon to the color of your date's dress. If you're not sure what will match, ask your florist for advice, or choose white.
  • If your date's dress has sleeves or straps, you'll be able to pin a corsage to it. If it's strapless, you'll be better off with a wrist corsage.
  • Your corsage can be simple or ornamented with background greens and flowers, such as a small fern sprig. Take your date’s personal style into consideration when choosing a corsage.
  • Take care to avoid purchasing an oversized or gaudy corsage & boutonniere simply to make a statement. Keep the flower arrangement simple and elegant.

So remember: Whatever style you choose for 2013 Prom season, your prom corsage should be as dazzling as you are! Also, for best (and most stylish) results, go with your date to pick out your corsage.

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