Here’s How to Order Prom Flowers Like A Pro
Now that prom season has arrived, we’re getting calls from people who want to order prom flowers, mostly asking general questions about specific flowers, pricing, and prom flower styles that are popular.
Here’s a short video highlighting the most popular prom flower style – the wrist corsage. If you’re the do-it-yourself type, this short video will walk you through putting together a fabulous wrist corsage, even if you’ve never tried to make one before.
If the video has inspired you to make you own prom corsage, by all means, give it a shot. If not, it’s time to call your florist to order prom flowers. They’ll be happy to help you choose the perfect flowers for this important occasion.
Here are some simple guidelines to follow that will make ordering prom flowers easy, even if it’s your first time heading to the “Big Dance”.
When to Place Your Order
“How soon should I place my order?” This is one of the most common questions we’re asked.
My answer: Don’t wait to order prom flowers until the last minute. This is the biggest mistake most people make.
Even though florists handle last minute requests routinely, your flower and color choices will likely be limited to what the shop has in stock, or is able to get.
Translation: Fewer choices and higher prices.
If you are looking for specific colors or flowers, it’s best to place your order at least two weeks before prom. That way, you will get exactly the flowers and colors you want. If changes become necessary, your florist will have ample time to contact you for your approval.
Many florists just ask for a small, non-refundable deposit, with the balance due at pick-up.
Dress color is the key detail you need when you order prom flowers, both for her and him.
In the past, most florists got this information third or fourth hand, and it was still only a guess.
It’s best if you have a few pictures of the dress, unless the dress color is either black or white. Fortunately, today’s technology makes it easy to get all the pictures your florist will need.
Knowing the actual color makes it much easier for your florist to guide you as to what would complement it best. This is especially true when a dress color doesn’t match natural flower colors.
A note for the ladies: When choosing a boutonniere, the color and print of the tie and vest should be your guide.
Although color is the key ingredient when ordering prom flowers, the style of the dress is also important.
As a rule, keep the corsage flowers more traditional for a more youthful dress, like a Cinderella-style ball gown, and a little more unusual for a contemporary-style dress, even if both dresses are the same color.
A Few Other Things to Remember
- Consider flowers that are worn or carried as jewelry. They should complement both the recipient’s personality and their outfit.
- Simple elegance is best achieved with a corsage or bouquet that is petite. The same goes for boutonnieres. Most guys don’t want to wear anything too large or fussy. Keep this in mind when you order prom flowers.
- Accents like satin ribbons, glittered and spray painted flowers and lace bouquet collars are no longer fashionable. Maybe when your parents went to prom, but not today.
- Ordering flowers for prom should not be your Mom’s job! The selection of your date’s flowers is a personal choice, which is best made by the person who knows your date the best. That person is you – not your Mom.
Your florist is ready to help you make the best choice and get the biggest bang for your buck.
And speaking of budget, be upfront with your florist. Have a budget and stick to it. When it comes to buying flowers for prom, it’s important to understand that flower costs can vary as much as dress cost.
As a rule, using more unusual flowers or a design that requires more labor will be more expensive.
Any reputable florist should be able to provide you with options that won’t break the bank.
Nosegay or corsage? Although wrist corsages are the most popular style for prom around here, it may be different in your area. No matter what’s popular, you should still select the type and style of flowers that will suit your date best.
Still need more info? Check out another article on this site about choosing a corsage for prom. You can find it here:
I’m the owner of Greenfield Flower Shop in Milwaukee, with more than 40 years of experience in the floral, wedding, and event business.