[media_DIYcorsage.jpg] For many teens, prom is the first time they will order flowers, hire a limo driver or make a reservation for dinner at a fancy restaurant.According to Conde Naste publications prom expenses average $1200. Hilda Jimenez, DIY Style Diva for The LA Flower District California Flower Mallshares frequently asked questions and answers about prom flowers and cost saving ideas:
What is the hottest corsage for proms?
Two popular styles are wrist corsages and small hand-held nosegays. Popular flowers are mini (or sweetheart) roses, standard roses, dendrobium orchids, alstroemeria lilies and other small flowers such as cornflowers and freesia. Hot body flower styles include gerbera flower anklets, armbands, rings, shoes, low back dress corsages and flowers for your hair or neck.
My prom budget is limited. Are there less expensive flowers that won’t make me look “cheap”?
DIY prom flowers are hot. You can save 70-80 percent off retail prices with discount flowers from DIY friendly vendors at The LA Flower District California Flower Mall, create your own design and get the exact look, color, ribbon, bling and flower choices you want. If DIY flowers are not for you, tell your florist what your budget is and ask him or her for ideas. An inexpensive flower used in a lovely corsage style can be just as beautiful as a more expensive bloom. Alstroemeria and lilies are a good choice, so are mini carnations.
How do I let my prom date know what type of flowers I really want?
Don’t leave it up to his Mom. If you have your heart set on a certain corsage style or type of flower, then there is nothing wrong with letting your date know what you would like. You might suggest going to The LA Flower District California Flower Mall or a florist shop together so you can order his boutonniere to match your corsage. If you’re crafty and creative do it yourself with discount flowers from wholesale flower vendors. There are plenty of DIY prom flowers “How To” videos to guide you. Too much pressure?
Do your homework online www.aboutflowers.com is a good site to start with . Send him a few photos of flowers and ask what he would like for his boutonniere. Be sure you also send a photo of what you want and include ribbon colors and other specific details.
How far in advance should I plan and order my flowers for the prom?
Remember that prom season is also peak wedding season so popular flowers such as sweetheart roses, white roses and certain orchids used to create decorative body flowers are in high demand and prices tend to be higher. You can do DIY flowers on the fly a day or two before the prom, as long as you plan your DIY design, ribbon and flower selection a week before. If you are working with a florist, order at least two weeks in advance so that your florist has time to order necessary quantities and ensure you get what you really want. Show them your dress or a swatch of fabric from your dress and ask them to customize the ribbon to your dress or ask to see their ribbon selection and choose one yourself