Prom Flowers-Corsage, Boutonniere

Prom Corsage, Prom Boutonniere

A corsage or boutonniere for your Prom date is a very important part of the Prom tradition. Flowers, for him and her, are special way of showing your respect and consideration for your partner. Flowers are special:

WHAT IS A B O U T O N N IE RE?  Customarily girls buy a boutonniere for their dates. Usually it is a pin-on carnation or rose with baby’s breath to be worn traditionally on the right lapel. You may want to order this at the same time your date orders your corsage. Some florists will make a slightly cheaper package deal if you order the two items together. A boutonniere will cost $5-$15.
The Buttonhole Flower “Boutonniere” means ” buttonhole flower” in French. Early on, beginning around the 1700’s, men’s coats became less military style and afforded a loose, open collar. This allowed for the top buttonhole to be unused and folded over to one side. Hence the free buttonhole became a perfect place to insert a decorative flower arrangement . . . and the “boutonniere” was born. Now, in the 21st century, men prefer their prom boutonniere to be “pinned” to their left lapel as a complement to their date’s prom corsage.
WHAT IS A C O R S A G E? :  It is customary for the guy to buy a corsage for his date. It can be a pin-on type, or one she can wear around her wrist. Some even buy a modified nosegay that a girl can carry in her hand. It is a good idea to know what color dress your date is wearing so that the corsage you choose doesn’t clash. Some couples like to go together and choose the flowers. Again, how much you spend on this item varies greatly and what you want determines the cost. Most people spend $25-$50 on a corsage. But I have seen as much as $150 spent. Be wise in making your choice.