You’ve been actively planning for your prom for months now, most likely from the start of senior year—or even before! Prom is a night that has come to symbolize much morethan a high school dance. For many people, it’s the end of an era. After prom, you will graduate high school and go on to start your adult lives. This is why so many girls treat prom with such reverence.
When you’re choosing which girl is going to go to prom with you, consider that you will remember your prom date for the rest of your life. Whether it’s a perfect night or it leaves something to be desired, this momentous occasion will create a memory that will last you for many years.
There are many small gifts and tokens you can offer around when it’s prom, but none have the significance of a corsage. A corsage dates back to 20th century when young men picking up a prom date would bring a bouquet of flowers, choose one choice flower, and pin it to her dress before they left for the dance. From here, florists started to make specialized little bouquets detailed with beads, ribbons, or pins and added a ribbon so they could be tied around the wrist and not damage the fabric of the dress.
When you are buying your prom date a corsage, she you should try to match it to the color of her prom dress. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to match the color exactly (especially if you don’t know the exact color of her dress), but you should try to color coordinate it. You can do this by asking for the most prominent color and then finding a complementary color.
For example, if your date has a red prom dress, you could go with a corsage that is made with classic red roses and sprays of greenery. Or you could do a white corsage made out of white lilies, with minute red flowers to offset it. Red is complemented by green, so any greenery will help the corsage match the dress better.
You can do this with almost any color dress by using a color wheel to see what shade will best complement the dress.
Once you buy the corsage, you will want your boutonnière to match. Florists can dye most flowers to match whatever shade is needed, so you will be able to have a boutonnière that matches your date’s corsage exactly, even if you don’t have the same flowers.
If you’re struggling to match a corsage to your date’s dress because it’s multicolored, you can have the main portion of the corsage match the most prominent color, while the ribbon or accessories on the corsage can match the other colors in the dress.
Whichever way you go, your date will be honored to have you gift her with a corsage that shows how much you care about her.