Flowers, Corsages, and Boutonnieres for Prom

I wanted to add a note about the corsage. Traditionally your date buys the flowers. I realize this is the new millennium so you may have chosen to be an independent woman and go without one, but if you are going with a date matching flowers say you are together. You have white roses - he has a white rose, you have lavender chrysanthemums – he has a lavender chrysanthemum, etc… So, if you don’t want to end up with a miss-matched corsage and dress (pastel blue lilies on a metallic green taffeta gown – and I've seen it happen!), clue your guy in to what color you’re wearing. You could also give him some hints as to which flowers you’re fond of, or even better go with him to pick them out yourself.

Many flowers have traditional meaning. Some have emotional meanings, some represent relationships, and some meanings are as simple as representations of specific months of the year. Here’s a list of some flowers that say more than just, "Hey! I’m pretty and I smell nice."

Whichever message you may want to get across there is a flower for that occasion! You may have to tell your date the special meaning behind the flower, but that might be the best part! Here are the flowers for each month:


  1. There is nothing wrong with letting your date know you have your heart set on a certain type of flower. You can even go to the florist together to pick them out. Show the florist a photo of your dress, or a swatch of the fabric. The florist can then coordinate it with the flowers.
  2. If you are wearing a strapless gown, two of the more popular styles of corsage are wrist and nosegays. Nosegays are hand held. Both styles make strapless gowns look great!
  3. Don’t feel compelled to be traditional! There are many possible ways to display your corsage! Flowers can be worn in your hair, on a velvet ribbon around your neck, pinned to an evening bag, or even tied around your ankle with pretty ribbon.
  4. Order your flowers at least 2 weeks in advance. Florist can get very busy and you want your flowers in time!
  5. Discuss your budget with your florist and ask for ideas. An inexpensive bloom can be just as beautiful as a more expensive flower. The arrangement is important and a good florist will work with you!
  6. Your date’s boutonniere doesn’t necessarily have to match your corsage.
  7. Remember to take care of your corsage and his boutonniere throughout the night. Later they can be dried for an everlasting keepsake!