High school prom is a rite of passage for American youth and for many teenagers represents the first time they buy or receive flowers from their paramour, so finding the best flowers for prom is an important decision. While the traditional rose or orchid corsage is sure to please, why not make the first time special with a unique prom corsage that will leave a lasting impression.
Traditionally, corsages have their origin in France, where the name comes from the bodice of a woman’s dress. Small clusters of flowers were often pinned there to ward off bad smells that were prevalent in times prior to modern sanitation and hygiene and came to be known as “bouquet de corsage.” The male equivalent, boutonnieres, comes from the French word for buttonhole, where these were traditionally worn. These days, high school dances and weddings are the prominent occasions for these dainty arrangements where roses have long been the prom queen, but why not march to the beat of your own drum and think a little outside the corsage box? Any small group of flowers can easily be tied together by a clever florist and turned into something that will look lovely pinned to a dress or worn around the wrist. The key is to pair flowers to personality.
Flowers in Your Inbox!
If your date is a little funky and likes a bit of flare, the celosia flower, also known as cockscomb, is a standout. Brightly colored, fuzzy and uniquely-shaped, this bloom would never dream of putting Baby in a corner.
Does your date have a bit of an edge? The pokey yet poignant sea holly (Eryngium maritimum)makes for a beautifully fascinating boutonniere.
If your date is more traditional, elegant ranunculus are the French foreign exchange student equivalent to roses. Soft petals and antique colors give this bloom a Victorian-era feel.
Is your date a lover of nature and all things green? Why not try a corsage made with small pinecones and berries? Fair trade, organic and potentially local.
If your date follows trends and memes, dahlias are retro-chic and come in an amazing assortment of colors. While fashions come and go, this bloom is always in style.
Whatever flower you choose for the big night, be sure to practice pinning it on before approaching your date. You can never be too safe on prom night:)