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Prom Flower Trends: What’s In and What’s Out

As prom season approaches, it’s time to talk about the latest flower trends for this special night. From classic favorites to trendy newcomers, prom flowers add that extra charm to the big evening. Let’s explore what’s hot and what’s not. Let’s get started!


The Evolution of Prom Flowers

prom flowers or corsage

Prom night, a rite of passage for many high school students, is an evening filled with glamour, excitement, and memories in the making. But beyond the sequins, tuxedos, and dance-floor anthems, flowers have been an integral part of the prom experience. The tradition of gifting and wearing flowers during prom night, much like other aspects of this celebration, has evolved over the years. Let’s take a journey through time to understand the fascinating evolution of prom flowers.


The 1920s and 1930s

The origins of prom flowers can be traced back to the early 20th century when formal dances became popular in American high schools. Corsages, derived from the French word ‘bouquet de corsage’, meaning a bouquet of the bodice, became fashionable. In these early days, roses, especially red ones, and carnations were the go-to flowers. They symbolized romance and were worn pinned to the dresses.


The 1940s and 1950s

With the world recovering from the effects of World War II, proms became more extravagant events, and the tradition of the prom court and the crowning of the prom queen became more widespread. Orchids, with their exotic appeal, became the coveted flower of choice. Corsages transitioned from being pinned to dresses to being worn on wrists, a trend that continues to this day.


The 1960s

This decade was marked by bold fashion choices and significant societal changes. Floral trends echoed the spirit of the times with brighter colors and bigger bouquets. Daisies, representative of the free spirit of the 60s, gained popularity.


The 1970s

Prom flowers in the 70s reflected the bohemian and free-spirited vibes of the era. Flower crowns, made popular by the hippie movement, found their way into prom fashion. Earthy tones and wildflowers were preferred over traditional blooms.


The 1980s

Big hair, bright colors, and excess defined the 80s, and prom flowers were no exception. Larger corsages with a mix of flowers, including baby’s breath and lace, were trendy. The boutonniere, a counterpart for the male attendees, also became a standard.


The 1990s and 2000s

There was a shift towards personalization. Teens started to opt for flowers that matched their dresses and personal style. Exotic flowers, like lilies and even tropical blooms, became popular. The idea was to stand out and be unique.


The 2010s and Beyond

The rise of social media and the growing awareness of sustainability influenced prom flower choices. Dried flowers, succulents, and eco-friendly options became trendy. There’s also a re-emergence of vintage styles, with many opting for retro-inspired corsages and boutonnieres.


Flowers for Prom Through the Decades

corsages and boutonnieres


Corsages and boutonnieres have been integral to prom nights for generations. Initially, simple roses or carnations adorned the wrists or lapels of prom attendees. As time passed, flowers began to echo the evolving fashion trends and personal expressions. Orchids, lilies, and daisies entered the scene, each decade favoring a particular bloom, thereby telling its own floral tale of changing preferences and tastes.


Prom Flower Ideas in 2024

 Here are the hottest flower trends that are captivating enthusiasts and casual admirers alike:

colorful flowers

1. Dried and Preserved Flowers

Fresh flowers are taking a back seat as dried and preserved blooms steal the show. Not only do they last longer, but they also bring a vintage vibe that’s totally in. From pampas grass to dried lavender, these muted treasures add interesting texture to any arrangement.


2. Exotic Blooms

exotic flowers

Thanks to easier travel, we’re seeing a surge in interest for flowers from far-flung places. Birds of Paradise, proteas, and orchids are the stars of the show, injecting a tropical touch and a bit of exotic flair.


3. Monochromatic Arrangements

simple prom floral designs

Less is more! Monochromatic bouquets, featuring different shades of one color, are having a moment. They’re chic, sophisticated, and create a seamless, polished look.


4. Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Choices

Everyone’s jumping on the eco-train. Florists and customers alike are going green, choosing locally grown flowers, cutting down on waste, and picking blooms grown without harmful chemicals.


5. Edible Flowers

floral design for food

Who says flowers are just for looking at? Pansies, violets, and nasturtiums are crossing over from the garden to the kitchen, adding color and flavor to dishes, drinks, and even ice cubes.


6. Wild and Foraged

We’re getting back to nature with wild, untamed arrangements. Think wildflowers and foraged finds like branches and berries, giving bouquets that freshly-picked look.


7. Vibrant Color Palettes

It’s time to amp up the color! Bold, vibrant hues like deep purples, fiery oranges, and electric blues are stealing the show, bringing energy and optimism to the party.


8. Multi-Functional Flowers

Flowers that do more than just look pretty are all the rage. Whether they purify the air, have therapeutic scents, or can be used in beauty treatments, they’re winning hearts.


9. Return to Classics

Classic never goes out of style. Roses, tulips, and lilies are making a big comeback, especially when arranged in modern ways that give them a fresh twist.


10. Textured Accents

This year, it’s all about adding depth and interest. Unexpected textures like thistles, ferns, and even fruits are being thrown into the mix, making bouquets pop with personality.


What’s Out: Flower Styles to Avoid This Year

florist arranging bouquet


While the floral industry witnesses new trends blossoming, some styles are beginning to wilt away. It’s essential to be aware of what’s becoming passé, especially if you’re aiming for a modern and fresh approach. Here’s a roundup of flower styles that are losing their bloom this year:


1. Overly Manicured Bouquets

Tightly bound, symmetrical bouquets with perfectly placed flowers are being overshadowed by more relaxed, free-flowing flower arrangements. The contemporary preference leans towards an organic look that appears more natural.


2. Generic Flower Choices

Standard choices like basic daisies or generic carnations, which don’t offer much uniqueness, are on the decline. The move is towards blooms that tell a story or offer something different.


3. Overuse of Baby’s Breath

While Baby’s Breath had its renaissance moment in recent years, especially in rustic-themed weddings, its ubiquity has led to it becoming somewhat overused and clichéd.


4. Artificially Dyed Flowers

Flowers dyed in unnatural shades (think neon blue roses or bright green chrysanthemums) are fading out. The trend now emphasizes authentic beauty and natural hues.


5. Mismatched Elements

While eclectic designs have their charm, throwing together too many mismatched elements in a single arrangement now comes off as disorganized rather than avant-garde.


6. Non-Eco-Friendly Floral Foam

Environmental concerns are at the forefront of many industries, including floristry. Floral foam, which is not biodegradable and can leach harmful substances, is being shunned for more sustainable arranging methods.


7. Oversized Centerpieces

centerpieces for proms

Monumental table centerpieces that obstruct views and dominate tablescapes are being replaced by more subtle, low-profile arrangements that facilitate conversation and connection.


8. Single-Use Floral Accessories

Items like floral crowns or corsages that are designed for one-time use and lack versatility are seeing a decline in preference. The move is towards items that can be repurposed or cherished long-term.


9. Overly Thematic Arrangements

While thematic arrangements (like tropical or winter wonderland themes) can be fun, going overboard makes them appear kitschy. The current preference is for arrangements that evoke a mood or feeling without being too literal.


10. Excessively Fragrant Blooms Indoors

Strongly scented flowers, when used in indoor settings like small event spaces or homes, can be overpowering. Less fragrant options or a balanced mix is the way to go to ensure the scent doesn’t become overwhelming.


Tips on Selecting the Perfect Flower for Your Prom Look

Prom night is a significant milestone in a teenager’s life, and every detail matters—from the dress to the shoes, from the hairstyle to the accessories. One tradition that adds elegance to this memorable event is the inclusion of flowers. Here are some tips to ensure you select the perfect flower to complement your prom look:


prom flower bouquet


1. Match or Complement Your Dress Color

  • Same Shade: A corsage or boutonnière in the same color as your dress creates a cohesive look.
  • Contrasting Colors: If you’re wearing a solid color dress, consider a contrasting flower. For instance, white flowers with a red dress or deep purple blooms with a yellow gown.
  • Neutrals: If your dress has multiple colors or intricate patterns, neutral flowers like white or soft pastels can be a safe choice.


2. Consider Dress Style and Texture

A satin or silk gown might resonate better with soft, silky flowers like roses or orchids. On the other hand, a rustic or bohemian dress may pair beautifully with wildflowers or daisies.


3. Reflect Your Personal Style

Your flower choice should mirror your personality. If you’re someone who loves to stand out, opt for bold, exotic blooms. If you lean towards classic styles, timeless flowers like roses or lilies might be your go-to.


4. Think Beyond Traditional Blooms

While roses, orchids, and carnations are classic choices, don’t be afraid to consider non-traditional options. Succulents, for instance, have become a trendy and long-lasting alternative.


5. Take Allergies into Account

If you or your date have allergies, choose hypoallergenic flowers like roses, daffodils, or orchids, and avoid flowers with strong scents or pollen.


bouquet for prom


6. Keep Size in Mind

While you want your corsage or boutonnière to stand out, it shouldn’t be so large that it becomes cumbersome or overshadows the rest of your look.


7. Factor in Durability

Some flowers wilt faster than others. Opt for blooms known for their longevity, such as orchids, alstroemerias, or roses, to ensure they stay fresh throughout the night.


8. Incorporate Meaning

Flowers have symbolic meanings. Roses symbolize love, orchids represent beauty, and daisies denote innocence. Choose a flower that resonates with the message or sentiment you want to convey.


9. Consult with a Florist

florist for prom flowers

It’s always a good idea to consult with a professional. They can provide expert advice, suggest flowers that are in season, and create a customized arrangement tailored to your preferences.


10. Order in Advance

To ensure you get the flowers you desire and give the florist ample time to craft the perfect arrangement, place your order at least a week or two in advance.


DIY Trendy Corsage or Boutonnière

personalized theme for corsage in prom

Crafting your own corsage or boutonnière can be a gratifying experience. Not only does it allow for personal expression and creativity, but it also ensures that your floral accessory is one-of-a-kind. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you create a trendy and personalized corsage or boutonnière:


Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Fresh flowers of your choice (e.g., roses, carnations, orchids, or even non-traditional blooms like succulents).
  2. Fillers like baby’s breath, ferns, or eucalyptus.
  3. Floral wire and floral tape.
  4. A ribbon or decorative lace.
  5. Scissors or pruning shears.
  6. A corsage pin or small brooch pin.
  7. (Optional) Small embellishments like pearls, decorative butterflies, or rhinestones for added flair.


Steps to Create a Corsage or Boutonnière:

1. Prep Your Flowers:

  • Start by cutting the stems, leaving about 1-2 inches.
  • Remove any wilted or extra leaves.
  • If using roses or flowers with thorns, ensure all thorns are carefully removed.

2. Design Your Layout:

  • Before securing anything, play around with your flowers and fillers to get a sense of how you’d like the final product to look.
  • Decide on the focal flower and then figure out how to accentuate it with smaller flowers or fillers.

3. Secure with Wire:

  • For larger flowers, reinforce them using floral wire. Push the wire through the base of the flower head, then fold it down along the stem and wrap it around.
  • Use the floral tape to wrap around the wire-covered stem, starting just below the flower head and working your way down to seal it neatly.

4. Assemble the Corsage or Boutonnière:

  • Start with your main flower, then add smaller flowers or fillers around it.
  • Secure each addition with floral tape, wrapping it around the stems.
  • For a boutonnière, typically one main flower with a bit of filler is enough. Corsages can be slightly more substantial and may contain 2-3 main flowers.

5. Add the Ribbon:

  • Once your flowers are secured, take your ribbon and tie it around the stems, making a bow for a decorative touch.
  • For a cleaner look, you can also wrap the ribbon around the stems, covering the floral tape completely, and then secure it with pins or a dab of hot glue.

6. Attach the Pin:

  • For a boutonnière, attach a small pin to the back.
  • For a wrist corsage, you can either tie it with ribbons or use a corsage wristlet available at craft stores.

7. Store Properly Until Use:

Keep your corsage or boutonnière in a cool place, preferably in the refrigerator, to ensure it remains fresh. Make sure it’s away from fruits and vegetables, as they can release ethylene gas, which can wilt flowers.

8. Add Final Touches:

  • Add any additional embellishments like pearls or rhinestones.
  • If you’ve used roses, consider gently spraying the petals with a bit of water for a fresh dewy look.



Choose Bourkes Florist for Your Floral Needs

For all your prom floral needs, Bourkes Florist is the ultimate choice. Whether you’re decorating your prom venue or searching for the ideal flowers for bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages, trust us to make your vision a reality. With our expertise in crafting stunning arrangements, we guarantee freshness and beauty with every delivery. Don’t wait until the last minute; place your order now.




Q: What are the traditional flowers used in prom corsages?

Historically, roses, carnations, and orchids have been the popular choices for corsages. However, with evolving trends, many other flowers are now being used.


Q: How can I ensure my flowers last the entire prom night?

Store them in a cool place until it’s time to wear them. Mist them lightly with water before wearing. Avoid crushing or pressing them, especially when taking photos or hugging friends.


Q: Is it necessary for the boutonnière to match the corsage?

While it’s a traditional choice to have matching flowers, it’s not mandatory. It’s more important that both complement the overall look and feel of each individual’s attire.


Q: What alternatives are there to traditional corsages or boutonnieres?

  • Floral crowns or hairpieces.
  • Floral arm bands or anklets.
  • Small handheld bouquets or posies.


Q: How far in advance should I order my prom flowers?

It’s advisable to place your order at least a week or two before prom to ensure availability and to give the florist ample time to craft the perfect arrangement.


Q: Can I customize my corsage or boutonnière?

Absolutely! Florists usually appreciate when customers have specific visions or ideas, as it helps in creating a unique and personalized floral piece.

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