Homecoming corsages are an important part of a fall homecoming dance. A homecoming dance is usually the main event after a high school's homecoming game, which is normally the first football game of the season. If the high school does not have a football field, then homecoming is centered around the school's most popular sport, such as basketball or ice hockey, depending on where the school is located. The corsage is an important part of homecoming. It is a small flower arrangement that is either pinned on a girl's dress, attached to her wrist, or a small bouquet that is held in her hand. Normally the girl's date, if she has one, purchases the corsage and presents it to her when he picks her up. However, in recent years girls have begun buying their own corsages. If she is going to the dance with a group of friends, or just wants to be sure she gets the perfect corsage, she can purchase her own. The corsage, no matter the style, is created to match the color of the girl's dress. If you are a teen guy buying his date a corsage, be sure you pick a color that won't clash with her dress.
Types of Homecoming Corsages
There are several different types of corsages; each has its benefits and its shortcomings. Also, boutonnieres are important for guys, though they are not as intricate as a corsage.
A wrist corsage is a small arrangement of flowers, usually three or four, which attaches to the girl's wrist. This type of corsage is one of the most popular types of corsages because it is comfortable to wear, and if the girl's dress is strapless, then it is almost a necessity. Since pin on corsages are attached to the strap of the dress, a strapless dress would not allow for the use of one.
Pin on Corsages
A pin on corsage is the traditional type of corsage, and is a nice choice if your dress is of a more classic style. However, if your dress does not have straps, then a pin on corsage is not for you. A pin on corsage attaches to the strap of the dress, so if you have no straps then you might want to look for a different type of corsage.
A nosegay corsage is a small bouquet of flowers that is held in hand throughout the night. This type of corsage is not very popular, but can give a dress a unique appearance. The reason nosegay corsages are not popular is mainly because it has to be held, as opposed to being attached to a dress or wrist. It makes it easier to lose the corsage, as well as leaving you with only one free hand. A nosegay corsage allows for a few more flowers to be added since it won't weigh down the girl's dress or wrist.
What About the Boutonniere?
Girls aren't the only ones who get to wear flowers on homecoming night. Guys normally wear a boutonniere, which is a small flower arrangement, usually one or two small flowers, which is pinned onto his left lapel. A boutonniere is crafted to match the girl's corsage, so if she is wearing a corsage with a few red roses on it, then the boutonniere would probably be a single red rose. Boutonnieres are sometimes included with the price of a corsage.
Prices and Where to Buy
Price ranges for a corsage can run anywhere from $10 to $100, depending on how elaborate it is, the type and amount of flowers and the florist's skill level. When buying a corsage, order it a couple of weeks in advance in case there are problems with the florist, and to be sure that your order will have time to be filled. If you are buying your corsage at a local flower shop, then you will probably be able to get a matching boutonniere easily. If you buy your corsage online, then be sure that if the corsage doesn't come with a boutonniere that you find one of a similar type. U.S.A Flowers.com is a good website to purchase a corsage from, or your local florist might even have their own website that you can go on to look at corsage styles.