It’s Prom season! The excitement surrounds high school guys and girls as they prepare for this formal event. The word “prom” is shortened from the word promenade. That word referred to the march that guests would make after arriving to a high society formal event. Although, the presentation or “pomp” of the original meaning has been altered to fit the modern style of announcements of arrival to an event by postings and selfies, the name remains.
Early 20th century proms were much simpler than the events. The event centered around drinking tea and socializing, and a bit of dancing. Most high school attendees wore their Sunday dress clothes.
By the 1950’s, a booming post World War II economy transformed the way proms were celebrated. They became lavish affairs, and much of the celebrating was very much over-the-top. People could afford to buy new clothing, so special shopping trips to buy formal attire were a highlight for many – especially high school girls.
The Etiquette School of Ohio explains some important details regarding prom corsage and boutonniere etiquette. A corsage is worn on the upper left side of a girl’s dress, just below the shoulder. The stem of the flower should always point down. Insert the pin on the left side, making sure that when it goes through the flowers’ holder, it is never visible at the other end. A boutonniere is also worn on the left lapel of the tuxedo or jacket with the stem side down.
Today’s popular prom dresses don’t always have a neckline for a corsage. Don’t let that bother you. There are plenty of ways to get around that. Wrist corsages are absolutely beautiful, and they are a wonderful alternative when a pinned corsage doesn’t work or if you’re unsure of your dates dress style.
Ideally, you should try to match a corsage – or boutonniere to your date’s outfit. Sometimes, however, you may not be able to find out what color they are wearing. In a situation like that, you can’t go wrong by choosing neutral colors.
Delight any date and make this an event to remember with Baby Roses & Dendrobium Orchids Cascade. This unique wristlet consists of roses, orchids, and rosettes, with a gray pearl band and cascading ribbon. Because the flowers are very neutral, you won’t have to worry about coordinating the flower color with a girl’s dress.
Baby Roses and Dendrobium Orchids Cascade
You will find this and many other classic and trendy corsages, headpieces and boutonnières, at Ah Sam Florist or visit us in San Mateo to customize your prom flowers.