What flowers mean
What does the Color of the Rose Represent?
How to Buy Corsages/ Boutonnieres
How to Pin a Boutonniere
What to do if you get an ugly corsage
What flowers mean
- Rose - Love
- Orchids - Beauty
- White Daisies -
- Lilies - Purity
- Gardenias - Joy
- Lily of the Valley
does the Color of the Rose Represent?
- Red - Love,
beauty, courage and respect, romantic love, I Love You, sincere
love, respect, courage & passion
- Red (Dark) - Unconscious
- White - Purity,
innocence, silence, secrecy, reverence, youthfulness, innocence,
heavenly and charm
- Pink - grace,
perfect happiness, and admiration, happiness, gracefulness,
- Dark Pink -
Appreciation, gratitude, thank you
- Light Pink - Admiration,
sympathy, gentleness, grace, gladness, joy and sweetness
- Yellow - Joy,
gladness, friendship, delight, the promise of a new beginning,
welcome back, "I care"
- Yellow with Red Tip
- Friendship, falling in love
- Orange - Desire
- Red and White -
Given together, these signify unity
- Peach - Closing of
the deal, let's get together
- Coral - Desire
- Lavender - Love at
first sight and enhancement
- Orange -
Enthusiasm, desire and fascination
- Red Rosebud -
Symbolic of purity and loveliness
- White Rosebud - Symbolic
- Thornless Rose -
Signifies "Love at first sight"
How to Buy Corsages/ Boutonnieres (from
Corsages and boutonnieres should be simple,
elegant arrangements that match your date's color scheme
- Discuss with your date the basic colors
you both plan to wear to the prom. A prom dress may be one solid
color, or it may contain several hues. Determine the predominant
color and work from there.
- If your date is female, ask whether she
prefers a wrist or pin-on corsage. Usually, wrist corsages are
preferred because they would not damage the date's dress. All
male boutonnieres should be worn pinned to the lapel. The boys'
boutonnieres consist of a flower or bouquet worn in a suit
jacket or tuxedo buttonhole. A single large rose, usually red,
with some baby's breath or greenery behind it, is a recommended
arrangement, although some pricier boutonnieres come with
- Determine whether your date has any
favorite flowers that should be incorporated into the
- Call local florists to gauge prices and
to get a sense of flower varieties, colors and costs. Order the
flower arrangement at least two weeks before
the dance. Prices for corsages range from $15 to $30.
Bouttonniere prices range from $4.50 to $15.
- Pick up the flowers the day before, or
the day of, the dance to insure maximum freshness and perkiness.
- Your corsage can be simple or ornamented
with background greens and flowers, such as a small fern sprig.
Take your date's personal style into consideration when choosing
a corsage. An arrangement containing a single red or white rose,
surrounded by decorations and greenery, is popular. Three to
five sweetheart roses in different colors to complement the
dress, or small orchids or mini-carnations are often used as
another option. Bows and pearl accents are also common
- Take care to avoid purchasing an
oversized or gaudy corsage simply to make a statement. Keep the
flower arrangement simple and elegant.
- Make sure that the color matches the
dress. How many different shades of green are there? When
possible, use a fabric swatch. You don't want a sea-green
corsage with a forest-green dress.
How to Pin
a Boutonniere (from ehow.com)
- Hold the flower arrangement by its stem.
Have the flower facing away from your date and toward you.
- Place the boutonniere at a slight angle
on your date's lapel, approximately 4 inches in from the tip of
the left shoulder.
- Make sure that the flower is evenly
placed on the lapel before attempting to pin it.
- Take a strong and sturdy stickpin in the
hand that is not holding the flower.
- Stick the pin into the fabric at the
bottom left corner of the stem.
- Weave the pin back out from under the
fabric. Push it through about 1 inch, laying it at an angle over
the top of the stem.
- Stick the tip of the pin back into the
fabric on the other side of the stem. Insure that the stem is
tightly in place with the length of the pin pushing it down.
- Weave the pin back out of the fabric once
more. Be sure that the very tip of the pin does not stick out,
nor does it poke under the fabric and touch the skin.
- Tips: Readjust the flower's angle a bit
after pinning, if necessary. You can re-fluff any petals that
may have become matted during the pinning process.
- Warnings: When sticking the pin into the
fabric, use only the very tip and avoid digging too deeply
downward. This is where steadiness comes in handy.
do if you get an ugly corsage
- Thank them sincerely for their
- Tell them the corsage is too pretty to
wear, that in your past experiences, you've always managed to
squash them or lose most of the flowers by the end of the night.
- Tell them you prefer to keep the corsage
off when you are dancing.
- Gather your belongings and leave your
room before he has a chance to respond. If you are not yet ready
to go, continue styling your hair or whatever preparations
needed to end the topic of corsages.
~ Provided by the Class of 2005 Senior Ball Committee