Not sure what the deal is when it comes to buying her a corsage? Don't worry. We've got easy answers to all of your questions.
What is a corsage?
It's really quite simple: a corsage is a small arrangement of two or three flowers tied with a ribbon to match your date's dress. And it's a prom necessity -- don't even think about showing up at her home without it.
What kind should I get?
There are three different types of corsages: pin-on corsages, wrist corsages, and small, handheld nosegays. These days, most girls prefer a wrist, as the pin type isn't exactly easy to stick to a strapless dress (and you don't want to play pin the flowers on your prom date, right?). If you're not sure, ask her -- but if you want to surprise her, stick with the wrist.
When do I get it?
You'll want to go corsage shopping at least two weeks before the prom. Wait any longer and you may end up with slim pickings. Remember, this is one of your big chances to really impress your date, so don't wait until the last minute.
Which flowers should I pick?
Roses and carnations are the usual suspects, but we love more modern flowers like calla lilies or orchids. Look for a corsage with two or three flowers: Any less will make it look sparse, any more and she'll look like she's wearing a bouquet.
So that's it?
Not quite. Next you'll need to pick out a ribbon for the corsage, which should match her dress. If you're planning to surprise your date, get the scoop on her dress' color from one of her friends. It doesn't have to match exactly, but it shouldn't clash either. How much will I spend? A corsage can set you back anywhere from $10 to $75 -- and in some cases even more. It all depends on your personal budget and choice of flowers. But don't assume that more means better! You should definitely be able to find one that you like (and more importantly, that she'll like) that won't bust your prom budget.