An event anticipated and enjoyed by teenagers everywhere, the prom is considered a rite of passage by many and involves traditions like the prom march, formal gowns, tuxedos, and limousines. One of the oldest traditions associated with prom and perhaps one of the most photographed by parents is the exchange of corsages and boutonnieres before the main event begins. This tradition is believed to have started in France during a time when women pinned flowers to the bodices of their gowns for good luck and protection. The custom of exchanging flowers developed further when it became polite for a man to offer a woman’s parents flowers before courting her. The gentleman would select a single flower from the bouquet for the lady to carry or wear for the rest of their evening. At Trias Flowers, Weddings & Events, our professional florists look forward to honoring this tradition by helping you select the best corsage or boutonniere for your prom date.
Before ordering a corsage for your date, it is a good idea first to ask your date what color she plans to wear and whether she would prefer a pin-on or a wrist corsage. Knowing the color of her dress and type of corsage she prefers before ordering, help you select a corsage in colors which will complement her outfit and hat she will feel comfortable wearing throughout the evening. Typically larger and more ornate than boutonnieres, corsages incorporate full sprays of flowers and/or large blooms accented by various embellishments like rhinestones, lace, ribbons, gems, feathers, and more. Corsages often feature flowers like roses, calla lilies, orchids, gerbera daisies, and carnations in almost any color imaginable.
White Spray Roses
Unlike corsages, boutonnieres are always designed to pin to the lapel of a suit or tuxedo jacket. They also usually feature more simplified designs, incorporating only one to three flowers in a less embellished arrangement. Traditional boutonnieres often use white or red flowers like roses, orchids, lilies, or carnations with greenery accents and a modest wrap. Girls, however, are not the only ones who get to have fun. If your date has a fun, exciting style, he will probably like a boutonniere with a little more pizzazz.
White Dendrobium Orchids
No matter the style of corsage or boutonniere you select for your date, be sure to order early to ensure your date receives the best flowers for prom.