Prom season is just around the corner, and with it comes thoughts of tuxedoes, dresses and dancing the night away. Once you have found your date and have chosen your clothing, it’s time to shop for prom flowers. Here’s everything you need to know about the tradition of wearing flowers for prom, and which flowers you should buy for your date.
The Tradition of Prom Flowers
Presenting flowers to your date is a tradition that dates back for centuries, yet when the events of the evening include dancing and party-style entertainment, flowers that you carry simply don’t work. Corsages make the ideal prom flower, because they can be worn.
Corsages were originally worn in the most elegant of occasions – the wedding – because the herbs and flowers included in the arrangements were believed to ward off evil spirits. As the tradition evolved, in the 20th century it became a gift for the woman attending a social event. Traditionally, the man courting a woman would bring an arrangement of cut flowers to present to the family, then would pull one flower to pin to the dress of his date. Over time this tradition evolved into the selection and wearing of a corsage. Since today’s prom dresses tend to be strapless, the modern corsage is typically worn on the wrist.
How to Choose Prom Flowers
Prom is all about the lady, and the gentleman taking a girl to prom should learn the color of her dress to match the flower to the dress. If this is not possible, white, pink and peach can be chosen to match just about any gown color.
While roses are a typical choice for prom flowers, corsages can be made out of a number of flowers. Chrysanthemums, carnations, small lilies, orchids and even birds of paradise can all be used in a corsage.
Carnation Wrist and Boutonniere
Flowers for the Gentleman
It’s common for men attending prom to also wear flowers, typically a boutonnière that coordinates with the outfit as well. Couples will often purchase a coordinating set for their prom flowers to ensure their entire outfit matches and coordinates.
As you consider your options for prom flowers, remember to order early. Prom season is busy for florists, and you don’t want to end up without your first choice. Schaaf Floral has a number of coordinating boutonnière and corsage options for you to consider. Contact Schaaf Floral now to reserve your prom flowers.