Prom Flower Ideas

Wedding corsage

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There are so many ways to design a prom corsage, so some florists are helping teens narrow down their colors and style by creating a corsage bar shopping experience. Florists lay everything out on the bar: examples of flowers, ribbons, bracelets, gemstones, feathers, decorative wire, and any other accessories that help teens personalize their floral accessories. Girls can organize a fun shopping trip together, or the girl and her date can shop for a customized corsage and boutonniere.

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    Sophisticated Orchids

    Orchid corsages
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    Roses may always top the charts for prom flower choices, but orchids are an avant-garde floral selection that complements modern, sleek prom dresses. Orchids are excellent cut flowers for corsages as their waxy petals make them very long-lasting in an arrangement. Orchids also stand up to heat and are ideal for proms in hot climates.

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    Tinted Roses

    Red and black corsage
    Cindy Seigle

    Red and black color combinations really pop in a prom flower arrangement, but some teens dare to take black to the next level by incorporating black roses into their corsages. Does this pose a staining danger to a light-colored gown? Florists use a special dye technique that involves injecting the dark hue intravenously into the stem, ensuring that the dye won’t rub off. If dyes don't mesh with your natural style, consider using dark burgundy flowers that appear black.

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    Bracelet Corsage

    Bracelet corsage
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    The bracelet wrist corsage is a beautiful keepsake for teens to remember their prom night long after the flowers have faded. Flower bracelets for prom come in all price brackets from simple sparkling glass beads to more elaborate styles with sterling silver and semi-precious stones. You may consider coordinating your bracelet corsage with your other prom jewelry accessories, such as necklace, earrings, or tiara.

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    Say It With Flowers

    Girls posing with wrist corsages
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    Using the language of flowers to communicate special sentiments is a fun way to select blooms for your prom flowers. Here are some popular prom flowers and the meanings they convey:

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    Handle With Care

    White rose corsage
    Tai Gray

    White roses, along with gardenias, are among the least vigorous choices for prom corsages. The petals of these flowers tend to bruise easily and may even sport brown edges by the end of the evening. Still, teens set on white roses will not accept any substitutes, so take these steps to help your flowers last:

    • Handle the flowers as little as possible.
    • Keep the arrangement in the refrigerator until the last possible moment.
    • Ask your florist to spray the corsage with a preservative at the shop.
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    Prom Boutonniere

    Prom Boutonniere and Corsage
    Avante Gardens Florist Anaheim,

    When it comes to prom flowers for guys, most teens are content just to wear a smaller version of their date’s corsage. Order the corsage and boutonniere together to get the best price and color match. If the girl’s corsage features large blooms that seem too outrageous for a boutonniere, remember that many flowers come in smaller versions, including roses, orchids, and calla lilies. Don't forget to practice pinning the boutonniere to your date's lapel to avoid awkward pin sticks.