Prom, short for promenade, is a formal black tie dance where high school students, at the end of their junior or senior year, in the US and Canada come together for the night. No outfit is complete without matching corsages for the couple that are going to the dance together. The tradition is that the boy will get the corsages with him, and place it over the girl's wrist when he comes to pick her up.
There are two major components―real flowers and ribbons. You can find tons of beautiful colors, both in flowers and ribbon to match the outfits. Depending on the season (because carnations and roses are so outdated), you have varied choices between lavender, lilies, daisies, and orchids. Typical flower corsages have 3―4 fresh flowers with a few baby's breath and colorful ribbon.
Making the Corsage at Home
Doing so guarantees that you get authenticity because no one else can copy your idea, plus you save on a little bit of cash if you are on a budget (which generally happens when all the money is gone in buying the outfit).
- Fresh flowers―roses, carnations, and lilies
- Colorful ribbon
- Decorative wire
- Rubber band
- Baby's breath
- Corsage pin
Step #1: Hold the flowers and baby's breath together to tie around the decorative wire. Keep less than an inch of stem in the bottom and cut the rest with the scissors.
Step #2: With the ribbon (color your choice), wrap the stems in the bottom with the middle part of the ribbon and secure it with the help of a rubber band. The band will approximately an inch above the bottom.
Step #3: Wrap the rest of the ribbon to cover the band and the stems of each flower. The ribbon's end will stay dangling at the bottom (same length as the first end).
Keep the corsage in the refrigerator with clean misted water till you need to use it from the dance. Make hand corsages on the day of the event so that the flowers are fresh for the evening. Once you wear the prom corsages, peel couple of petals off the roses to make it look clean. Try not to over-mist the flowers, otherwise you'll end up with watermarks on the petals. You can also make colorful corsages for your friends, if you all are going together, and mix and match with your outfits. Have fun!