There are a wide variety of styles and flowers to pick from, making it difficult to zero in on the perfect corsage for prom, which may be just as stressful as locating “the” dress or “the” suit. Emily Scott, the proprietor of Floriconvento Flowers in New York, was kind enough to speak with us about the trendiest corsage and floral trends of 2023, how to pick the perfect corsage, and where to place an order.
We realize how quickly the cost of prom can add up between the dress, shoes, jewelry, hair, nails, and cosmetics, so we’ve included tutorials on how to make your own corsage and boutonniere to help you save money.
How to Make a Corsage
Making your own corsage out of fresh flowers is a terrific way to save money and have fun at the same time. Making a corsage is a quick and easy craft that can be done in preparation for any formal occasion.
You’ll find all the materials for making a beautiful corsage for yourself or a loved one right here at Cascade Flowers Wholesale. Ribbon, shears, tape and wire for flowers, floral glue (or a hot glue gun), and a wristlet are all you need to get started.
1–3 perennials, 2–4 foliage varieties, 1–2 filler flowers: those are the floral essentials.
Step 1. Prep Your Flowers
Verify that the selected flowers have been properly prepared for use. For instance, before placing the flowers in water to wait to build the corsage, the guard petals and any extra greenery should be removed. Cut each sprig of foliage to a length of three inches.
Step 2. Cut and Bind
Flowers should have their stems lopped off, leaving only a half-inch to an inch of stem below the bud. Encircle the stalks with wire. Because of this, repositioning the blooms is a breeze. Floral tape should be wrapped around the stem twice, beginning at the top of the flower after the wire has been used.
Step 3. Assemble the Primary Blooms
Gather your main flowers and tape them into a single bundle. The stems of the filler flowers should then be taped together to form a separate bundle. Wrap the two groups in flowery tape once you’ve bound them together with wire and trimmed the excess.
Step 4. Attach Flowers to the Wristlet
Floral wire can be used to fasten a bouquet to a bracelet or wristlet. The flower stems should be angled so that the elbow is the focal point.
Step 5. Attach Ribbon
You can tie a bow with one large ribbon or multiple smaller ones. The bow can be secured to the bouquet of flowers with wire or adhesive. Once the bow is in place, the corsage is complete. If you want your corsage to look its best, don’t make it until the day of the ceremony. Tips for Accessorizing Your Dress with a Corsage
How to Pair Your Corsage with Your Dress
Get your corsage to match your outfit. Choose a corsage that harmonizes with your prom outfit’s color scheme. Wearing a pink dress? Complement it with other pinks and whites, pinks of varying intensities, or even purples for contrast.
Think about the substance as well. Scott suggests balancing the blingy material of the gown, like as sequins, with more delicate florals in order to capture the light that will be shining from the garment.
If your dress is made of ruffles, lace, or tulle, you can complement the dress’s movement and airiness by choosing a corsage with draping and flowing greenery.
If your dress features feathers, you may want to go for a simpler corsage. Pick a single, show-stopping flower such as a Calla lily or an Anthurium that can hold its own in a bouquet and won’t get lost in a dress with a lot going on.
How Much Do Corsages Cost?
Scott estimates that, depending on where you live, you may expect to pay between $35 and $45 for a more basic, classic corsage from a florist. Expect to pay $60–$75 for a corsage with a lot of decorations and extras. Men’s boutonnieres, the flowers that adorn the lapels of their tuxedos and suits, normally cost between $15 and $20.
The idea that fresh flowers for a wedding or prom dress must be assembled at the last minute is a frequent myth. Published author and expert Susan McLeary of Passionflower Sue has the finest advice for keeping flowers in bloom while wearing them.
You can extend the life of your wearing flowers by placing them in a “hydration chamber” with a damp paper towel and placing the container in a cool, dark place. As a result, if you keep the flowers in your boutonnieres or corsages well hydrated, you can make them a few days before the big occasion.