Win the Crown: Here's What Flowers to Use for a Homecoming Corsage April 16, 2019 05:51

Los Angeles FloristHomecoming has a fascinating history. There's actually a debate on which school started the tradition. Some say it's the University of Missouri, while others believe it's Baylor University in Texas. But no matter where the tradition started, one thing's for sure. Homecoming is an important part of the high school experience. And there are certain things you have to get right for the event.

One of those things, of course, is the homecoming corsage. Here, we'll talk a bit about its history, the best flowers to use for your corsage, as well as those for your date's boutonniere.

Homecoming Corsages: A Brief History

Flowers as part of formal wear didn't just happen in the last century or so. As far back as the Victorian Era, stylish women wore flowers on the bodice of their dress. They called it "bouquet de corsage" - a French phrase which translates to "the bouquet of the bodice."

Eventually, the term was shortened to just corsage. Corsage placement also evolved over time. From the bodice of a dress, it became more common to put a corsage on the shoulder strap. 

That was until spaghetti straps and strapless dresses became popular. From then on, it became customary for corsages to be worn on the wrist.

To this day, wrist corsages are still the preferred way to show off flowers as part of one's prom attire. But there are other ways to wear a corsage if you're going for a different look or just want a more modern take on the tradition. 

The Different Types of Homecoming Corsages

We talked about the different types of corsages in a previous post. Here, we mentioned how corsages can be worn on one's waist, dress, jacket or gown.

But which is the best way to wear a corsage for homecoming? Let's talk a bit about each type of corsage so you can decide how to wear yours and how to match it to your date's boutonniere, too.

Wrist Corsages

Wrist corsages for homecoming are not that different from those worn for a wedding. It's a small arrangement, usually consisting of 3 or 4 flowers.

But you can wear one that only has a single flower in it. A single, open rose would be a great choice for this. 

As for why wrist or wristlet corsages are popular, it has something to do with how comfortable they are to wear. With a wrist corsage, you don't need to check your dress every now and then if it's still there. Plus, there's little risk of damaging your gown, unlike pin-on types. 

Pin-On Corsages

Pin-on corsages, as the name implies, are corsages that are to be pinned on one's dress. They're a more traditional choice and perfect for gowns that have straps. 

But if you're worried they might damage your dress, you can opt for faux pin-on corsages that use magnets. They're more expensive, but certainly worth the extra investment if you're wearing couture or vintage. 

Modern Corsages

As we mentioned earlier, there are other ways to wear a corsage for homecoming. Some options to consider include ring corsages, hand corsages, and armband corsages. 

But they're not for everyone. A ring corsage, for example, isn't the best option if you want big, attention-grabbing flowers. Hand corsages or nosegay corsages are nice though carrying them all night long may be bothersome for you. 

As for armband corsages, they make for a bold look, sure. Just remember that since they're longer, they require more flowers and will cost more. Dancing with one on can also feel uncomfortable as the night goes on.

On to Flower Choices: What Are Your Best Bets?

The important thing when picking flowers for your corsage is to make sure they match your dress and your personality. But if you want something timeless, you can't go wrong with these traditional options.


Are chrysanthemums too plain for a corsage? We don't agree, especially since much of their beauty lies in their meaning. 

If you're going for the crown, you may find it interesting that chrysanthemum flowers are considered the blossom of nobility in ancient China. In Britain and the United States, chrysanthemums are associated with happiness, joy, and optimism - all very good things to remember for the big night. 

Of course, you can't forget about how chrysanthemums come in different colors or how they can add liveliness to a mixed bouquet. If you're basing your choice on versatility alone, chrysanthemums are a sure bet. Plus, they make a great match for your date's boutonniere for homecoming. 


Like chrysanthemums, carnations make great corsages and boutonnieres for homecoming. They also come in different colors and are associated with love, affection, and admiration.

One of the best things about carnation corsages is they're hardy. So if you plan to dance all night long, you can be confident they'll remain beautiful throughout and even beyond homecoming. They're also a budget-friendly option, something you might want to mention to your date if he's buying your corsage.


As we've said before, orchids represent a lot of good sentiments such as love, beauty, refinement, and charm. Any guy or girl would appreciate being associated with those sentiments, especially during homecoming. 

But beyond what they symbolize, orchids make great floral accessories for homecoming because of their gorgeous colors and shapes. Their waxy texture also makes them ideal for events in hot climates. 


What's more traditional than a rose? If you think they're too traditional though you can personalize them by adding crystals or having them dyed in your favorite color. 

Tip: If you're worried about roses bruising easily, you can ask your florist to spray your corsage with a preservative. 

Ready to Choose a Homecoming Corsage? 

If you're looking for a Los Angeles florist for your corsage and boutonniere needs, we can help. Whether you want a traditional or non-traditional homecoming corsage, Socal Petals can hook you up with the freshest and most gorgeous flowers available. 

For more information on our flowers and prices, don't hesitate to contact us