How far in advance should I order my flowers for the prom?
It is important to remember that prom season is also peak wedding season and many times also falls on Mother's Day weekend. Therefore, popular flowers such as sweetheart roses, white roses and certain orchids used to create decorative body flowers are in high demand.
Ordering at least two weeks in advance so that your florist has time to order the necessary quantities should ensure that you get what you really want.
Will my florist make my prom flowers extra special just for me? Can I choose a ribbon?
Florists know how important prom flowers are to their young customers and will be happy to work with you to make a special corsage. Florists are experts at customization. Show your dress or a swatch of the fabric from your dress to your florist and ask him or her to select an appropriate ribbon.
Or you can ask to see what ribbons he or she has on hand and choose one yourself.
Two popular styles are wrist corsages and small hand-held nosegays. Popular flowers are mini (or sweetheart) roses, standard roses, dendrobium orchids, alstroemeria lilies and other small flowers such as cornflowers and freesia.
How do I let my prom date know what type of flowers I really want?
If you have your heart set on a certain corsage style or type of flower, then there is nothing wrong with letting your date know what you would like.
You might suggest going to the florist shop together so you can order his boutonniere to match your corsage. You could also show him a few photos of flowers and ask what he would like for his boutonniere. Be sure you also have a photo of what you want.
What type of corsage goes best with a strapless prom dress?
Either a wrist corsage or a hand-held nosegay. Flowers for your hair or neck or corsages pinned to an evening bag are also great choices. Talk to your florist about the options and ask to see photos of these different styles.
My prom budget is limited. Are there less expensive flowers that won't make me look "cheap"?
Tell your florist what your budget is and ask him or her for ideas. An inexpensive flower used in a lovely corsage style can be just as beautiful as a more expensive bloom. Alstroemeria lilies are a good choice, as are mini carnations. But your florist will know what the best value is.
This depends on the flower as there are a number of drying methods. Some establishments can freeze-dry your corsage, but this can be an expensive process. Simple methods include silica pellets and powders or gel. Ask your florist for recommendations.