Written By: Kat Apf
Most formal occasions include flowers in some capacity. Wedding, proms and formal dinner parties normally all incorporate a variety of floral arrangements, from centerpieces to corsages to boutonnieres. The flowers can be of any variety, though there are certain flowers that are considered more formal such as roses, carnations or gardenias.
Type of arrangements
A centerpiece for each table is the norm at formal events. These can range from very simple, small arrangements to tall, elaborate ones. They can consist of only flowers or they can contain many different components such as candles, decorative stones, all kinds of greenery and a variety of containers as well as the flowers.
Centerpieces can reflect the theme of a formal event and each table can have the same centerpieces but sometimes, each one can be different which can lead to a different feel to the event. Centerpieces for formal occasions can really be made using any flowers but roses, calla lilies, gardenias and orchids will all lend a certain elegance to a formal party.
While years ago, a pinned corsage for each woman was a must at every event, these days, not so much so. A corsage has a nice, old fashioned elegance to it that can help make a formal occasion just right. Corsages are a lovely touch for a formal event. For the most part, any flower will work but roses are usually used for pinned corsages.
A corsage shouldn’t be huge and uncomfortable, though. Take into account the actual size of a the person wearing it. A huge bouquet pinned to a small child or a shorter adult will look silly. And the decorative additions to the corsage should not be uncomfortable, either. Soft ribbon and smaller embellishments are best for pinned corsages.
Wristlets are synonymous with prom. Some people mistakenly call these corsages but they’re not. A wristlet is basically a bracelet with live flowers attached to it. The key to a good wristlet is that it’s not too big and heavy. Like a pinned corsage, a giant wristlet can quickly become a nuisance to the wearer. If the wristlet has embellishments, such as ribbon, it should be soft so the wearer doesn’t chafe. Again, a variety of flowers can be used for wristlets but the common ones are roses.
A boutonniere makes a good suit look even better. Traditionally, these were almost always carnations or roses but these days, almost any flower can be used for a boutonniere. Proms and weddings are usually where a boutonniere works best but other formal occasions can call for them, too.
Types of flower for formal occasions
As stated above, roses, calla lilies and gardenias are the most popular flowers for formal occasions but don’t feel boxed in. Any flower can be used to make any of the arrangements for a formal celebration. Elegant flowers such as Persian buttercups, Oriental lilies, peonies and orchids can all be made into any arrangement and will work well. The event will most likely dictate what flowers and what types of arrangements will work. Sunflowers and Gerbera daisies will work for a hoedown but probably won’t work for a formal prom.
With the help of a florist
Matching the flowers to the event isn’t that hard to do but if it’s overwhelming, a florist can help. Deciding when corsages, boutonnieres and wristlets are an option is also something a florist can help with. Any formal event can be enhanced with the use of all kinds of floral arrangements.