Corsages and boutonnieres are essential for all school dances.

What is a boutonniere?

A boutonniere, named after the French word for buttonhole, is usually a single flower or small cluster of flowers that is worn on the left lapel of a man’s formal jacket or shirt.  The flowers are often chosen to match a dress, suit the season, or fit into the color scheme.  Don’t be shy…add a little pizzazz to your boutonnieres.  It can be a great conversation piece! 

What is a corsage?

A corsage is a decorative floral arrangement similar to a boutonniere except that it is designed for female guests. A corsage is typically larger and has more flowers than a boutonniere. They may be worn on the wrist or attached to the collar, slightly below the shoulder line.  It's a prom necessity, so don't even think about showing up at her home without it.  

Popular flowers for Prom

Popular flowers for corsages and boutonnieres are mini (or sweetheart) roses, standard roses, dendrobium orchids, alstroemeria lilies, mini carnations and other small flowers such as freesia.  

Current trends for Boutonnieres and Corsages

Floral Magnets are becoming the way of the future because consumers are tired of getting poked by the traditional straight pin, having crooked flowers, and ruining their dresses and tuxedo’s at the same time.  

Where can I buy these magnets and easy pins?

We know how very important prom & dance flowers are and want to be a part of your special corsage and boutonniere.  Putting on a boutonniere or corsage should be enjoyable, not difficult.  Designs by Buddy, offers six different styles of floral magnets and pins.  They make attaching a flower easy, fast, and picture perfect everytime!  No pricked fingers and uncomfortable moments with our products.  They are strong, hassle free, and easy to use.  No wire, glue, or traditional straight pins required.  

How to fasten a corsage/boutonniere?

Simply wrap Designs by Buddy floral stick around stems of your boutonniere or corsage with floral tape.  Slide the magnet and place it under the garment.  No wire, glue, or pins required!  Best of all, you can easily move them without damage to fine fabrics.

Should my date's boutonniere match my corsage?

This is certainly becoming a popular trend but is not necessary.  You might suggest going to the Flower Shop together to pick out your flowers. Bring a picture of your dress (or a swatch of the fabric) to help match the ribbon color. 

Important Tips

It is important to remember that prom season is also peak wedding season and often 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 we have time to order the necessary quantities should ensure that you get what you really want.

To keep your flowers looking fresh, store it in your fridge.

Corsages and boutonnieres are on opposite sides so that when you dance the flowers don't touch.

Traditionally, corsages go on your right side, while boutonnieres go on the left.

How can I dry a corsage?

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, powder, gel, or a thick coat of hairspray.