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Prom corsages - everything you need to know

The expert’s advice on choosing a proms corsage

Prom season is upon us. The date is in the diary, you have your tickets, the car is hired. The hair style is planned the dress is divine and the shoes are to die for.

And don’t forget the corsage!

Proms have become a big thing in the UK, similar to American culture — a rite of passage, almost. There are so many things to consider and plan for: shopping for that one-of-a-kind dress, tux fitting, saving up for the limo, telling all of your friends where to meet. It’s so exciting, and yet hectic, it’s easy to forget about one of the most traditional and classic parts: your corsage.

Make no mistake; the corsages worn to proms have been around a whole lot longer than prom itself. The Ancient Greeks used to wear them to ward off evil spirits. As it relates to prom, the tradition began when men picked up their dates for the evening. Each man would have a bouquet they would present their date with, then take a blossom from the bouquet and pin it to her dress around the bodice or on the shoulder. As dress styles have shifted in the past years, moving toward strapless and spaghetti straps, the corsages are now more commonly worn on the wrist.

For those who are first-time corsage wearers, it might be a little confusing. What colour do you go with? How much should you pay? Who pays for it? And when should you get it?

Here are some tips from the florist experts themselves:

What colour or type of corsage should I get?

Nowadays, modern corsages come in an amazing variety of styles. The colour of your corsage should coordinate with the dress, now that can either mean to match the colour of the dress or contrast the outfit. Regardless of the colour you decide upon it should enhance the outfit.

Choosing the colour is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your corsage. The first thing to do is select how you will wear the corsage. Wrist corsages have become the most popular way to wear prom corsages, although not the only way. If you want to go for something different you could have a corsage higher up your arm, on your ankle, or to be worn as a necklace.

There are bracelets dedicated to corsages in different styles, some which are pearls of different colours to those encrusted with jewels. The variety is vast but this should be part of the overall design and not draw all the attention.

The most important part of the corsage is the flowers, your local professional florist will be able to advice you which flower will be best.

Accessories can also be incorporated; such as small sprays of jewels, feathers, bows and so much more.

While corsages may have been simplistic in the past, it’s definitely now in style to go for what ever works best for you and your outfit. No matter what your style, whether you’re into Great Gatsby classic or big purple everything, your local professional BFA florist can help you find the design perfect for you.

When should I start shopping? When should I pick up the corsage?

As mentioned before it’s important to have your dressed picked out before you decide on your corsage, since the flower arrangement will be complimenting the dress. It’s good to start shopping early, but don’t worry about going months early. It’s best to order your corsage at least a week before your prom night. Especially if you have a customised corsage, you’ll want to give the florist plenty of time to plan it and possibly order in accessories. As for picking up the corsage, this will occur the day of prom since it a live flower arrangement and you want it to be fresh.

Do I have to wear it on my wrist?

With today’s prom fashions, it’s most common to see corsages worn on the wrist. However, it’s not your only option. They can be worn in a variety of ways; it depends on what looks best with your dress. The most traditional way to wear a corsage is actually on the bodice of your dress close to your shoulder, but you’ll only want this if your dress has sleeves.

There are also corsages that you can pin to your hair. However, this depends on the style of your hair. If you do wear a hair corsage, be sure to let your hairstylist know before he or she starts to style your hair. Another option is a clutch corsage. This is for those who don’t want to wear flowers, but still want to be in on the tradition. There are corsages are attached to your clutch bag or purse.

It may be a little different to many other proms goers, still adding a touch of panache - your florist will most likely want your bag to securely fix the design in place, it will not damage the bag, but you won't be wanting to over fill the bag, just the essentials!

If you do decide to not go with a wrist corsage, you can still add accessories and extra flair regardless of where you place it.

It’s always a good idea to talk to your florist about your corsage, as we've mentioned they can advise you on the design, but also on the care of it.

You may also wish to read How to Care for your Buttonholes whilst this has been written with buttonholes/corsages to be worn on the outfit in mind, most of the information is relevant for wrist of other corsages too.

Enjoy your proms and your prom corsage!

Proms corsages
The expert’s advice on choosing a proms corsage

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