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From the dress, the hair, the suit, the tie, the limo and the shoes, getting glammed up for your grad night can seem a mammoth task. This might also be the very first time that teens order flowers in the form of a corsage or boutonniere for their dates. Here is a run-down of everything you need to know (or to tell your date!) to order that final touch, a corsage or boutonniere.
For the ladies, this is often worn on the wrist, with the flowers attached to either an elastic or pearl bracelet. With all the strapless dress styles these days, a pin-on corsage would not work-plus that’s more your Grandma’s style of corsage anyway.
There are some hot trends right now for your flower choice. We’re doing a lot of cymbidium orchids, dendrobium orchids, spray roses or freesia. These blooms are great choices because they survive well out of water and won’t look wilted at the end of the night.
For the guys. They are called ‘boutonnieres’ because originally men would tuck a flower into the buttonhole of the lapel of their suit. (Think Nucky Thompson’s ubiquitous red carnation on HBO’S Boardwalk Empire). Now if a flamboyant red carnation isn’t your style, there are a lot of less conspicuous options out there. Why not a discreet white dendrobium bloom and some greens tucked in the back? Or a white freesia that has a nice fragrance? Guys don’t always want their flowers to stand out, but grad is a very special occasion, and a boutonniere is the perfect finishing touch to that great suit or shirt-and-tie combo. The boutonniere is pinned on the left side, over your heart, flowers facing up towards the sky.
We recommend ordering your bouts and corsages at least a week prior to your grad to give us time to make sure we have fresh selections available. You can see what they’ll look like on our website, and also order them for pick-up there too.
Have a safe and happy Grad!