Prom Flower Tips

It’s that time of year again, when the high school dating ritual of prom becomes top of mind for so many teens. What to wear? Who to go with? Where’s the after party? Here’s a few tips to make floral choices easier:

{1} Consider your date’s personality and of course what they are wearing when ordering flower style and color. Here are some ways to infuse their personality into your choices.

  • A classic person often trends towards blue. One of the most popular color schemes we see during Prom Season is any shade of blue from light to royal and navy.  This assortment of spray rose and hydrangea on a wrist corsage can be worn with any shade of blue.

  • You know the type, who chooses Glamor and Glitz over anything else. Dresses embellished with beading and crystals are a hot ticket this season. Corsages can be customized to compliment your Prom look with beading, glitter ribbons and wire and rhinestones. This mix of alstroemeria lilies, spray roses, miniature carnations, beading and glitz wire would be perfect with any shade of purple embellished gown or a fun print.

  •  For those who wish to give a nod to Nature, there are beautiful choices. Featured here are elegant white freesia blooms accented with pussy willow and hen feathers on a wrist corsage.

  • Trend Setters, who just don’t go with the crowd are looking for something unique.  Pink spray roses accented with wax flower and glitzy ribbons make this small bouquet a stand out design.

{2} Order together as a matched set. One of the biggest trends we have seen in the last few years is prom dates coming together to order their flowers, to be sure they will have a matched set. It’s a great way to customize your look as a couple and to be sure the corsage and boutonniere will coordinate.

{3} Have pictures ready on your cell phone, a photo of your dress in natural lighting and the color accent he will be wearing as well. It’s the perfect way to share with your florist the colors you are wearing.

{4} Remember to compliment your attire with similar shades of the same color flowers or contrasting colors. Don’t try to match your dress with spray paints, etc. because you want your flowers to stand out and not blend in with your dress.

{5} For customized orders, place at least a week in advance to be sure the florist has the flowers and items you are looking for.

{6} If you need to change an order, give your Florist 72-48 hours notice, due to Seasonal Volume.

But most of all…Have Fun and Be Safe on Prom Night!!

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Hottest Spring Prom Trends

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Prom Season is upon us again, and for many it has already been months in the planning! Inspired by runway fashion, here are this season’s hottest trends for Prom.

From the red carpet to your local prom, red is the trending color this spring! Making a bold statement, red will emerge as a standout color in both classic and modern designs.

Together again are black and white!  The classic black or white dress could be eclipsed by this smart combination.

Color blocking is making the jump from casual to formal wear! From brights to pastels, beautiful combinations of color block designs are heading our way this spring.

Lacey Prom looks, also inspired by red carpet designs, are trending in Prom designs this spring.  Look for black lace overlay gowns to be the most popular, offering revealing designs with peekaboo cut outs or a quieter vintage vibe. Alternative colors in lace designs are also available in red, fuchsia and other bright color combinations.

Trending in a big way this spring are embellished gowns and dresses. Crystals, rhinestones, or appliques can be seen as trims, a complete a full bodice, or more. It’s all about the bling and in some cases more is better.

Prom Flower Tips

My former teen was constantly telling me that too “matchy, matchy” was a fashion no no.  And of course there are a million other “rules” that we’ve heard to follow with fashion.  But don’t let your prom look be limited by these conventions.  When ordering prom flowers, choose ribbons that will match or compliment dress colors.  The flowers can be similar or completely contrasting depending on your taste.  Prom is your time to shine, so try to break the mold and pick something to make your look stand out.  Here are some tips on how to:

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{1} Subtle Coordinating Colors.  Make a slight change in color from your dress to your flowers.  And with ombre a huge trend this prom season, you will definitely be in vogue.  Some examples include:

  • Light pink flowers with a hot pink dress.
  • Purple flowers with a lavender dress.

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{2} Strong Contrasting Colors.  Make a bold statement with with a contrasting body floral.  Keep in mind that flowers are just an accessory, so the contrast will be a fabulous accent and not a fashion faux pas.  Try some of these combinations:

  • Orange flowers with a purple dress.
  • Yellow flowers with an orange dress.
  • Red flowers with a white dress.
  • Hot pink flowers with a lime green dress.Z Corsage 6

{3} Expect The Unexpected.  Monochromic design is very modern, and can also be the perfect choice for someone not wanting to stay far outside the box.  Here are some pairings that will look fabulous:

  • Red flowers with a red dress.
  • Purple flowers with a peacock teal dress.Animal Print Corsage Edit

{4} Going Vintage Or Retro.  Ribbons will make the difference in going this route.  Try out some of these unique ribbon styles for a signature look:

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  • Polka dot
  • Stripes
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{5} Bling It Up.  Prom is all about the bling, and there are many specialty items available to add glitz and glamour.  Try adding these to add a little something extra to your corsage or boutonniere:

  • Rhinestones
  • Feathers
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{5} Nature Lover.  Consider botanical designs accented with rustic elements.  Try some of these add ons to achieve a natural look:

  • Burlap ribbon
  • Feathers
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Prom Design Challenge

In early March, Rockcastle Florist designers were challenged to create fashion forward, Prom 2013 looks.  Designers were encouraged to research the latest prom fashion trends to drive inspiration for their floral designs.  Designs were evaluated on many factors including: originality, use of color, cost effectiveness, time effectiveness, and teen input.  To select the winning designs our team brought in three high school students, from Odyssey, Olympia, and West Irondequoit, to score and select their favorite designs.  After all, these looks are aimed specifically for prom attendees.


As fashion trends change, so too do floral trends.  Looks are going outside the corsage and boutonnière box with designs like small bouquets and floral necklaces.  One of our High School judges, Jenna Curicio, fell in love with a small bouquet designed by Ismeta Bandulj.  “This bouquet is my favorite piece!  The color of the roses are so pretty and very trendy for this season,” Curicio said.  Prizes are awarded to the top highest scoring designers and all submissions are considered for this season’s prom offerings.


The white freesia corsage designed by Shawn in our Canandaigua location is a tribute to his love of nature. Hen feathers and pussy willow blooms accent this beautiful combination of freesia and botanical green ribbon.
prom 13 11Robin in our Greece location placed second in the competition with this vibrant mix of hot pink and lime green. Designers are encouraged to find inspiration in this Season’s Prom Fashions and here you see the gown that led to Robin’s designs. The lime feathers and decorative bead wire add exciting new touches for this Spring.
prom 13 5Ismeta will be the first to tell you that Prom designs are not her forte, but she totally “rocked” this fingertip bouquet of pink spray roses with 3-D ribbon accents. Originally from Bosnia, Ismeta also designs in the Greece location.
prom 13 7Last, but certainly not least we have the top scoring design by Jen who was inspired by this year’s popular color… turquoise. Alstromeria lilies accented with gems and 3-D ribbon; this classic design was a show stopper and the one design all 3 of our diverse teen judges agreed on with a high score! Jen has been creating beautiful arrangements in our Greece location for over 20 years!!

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2013 Prom Trends

{1} Necklines: For an unexpected touch, unique necklines are turning heads on prom dresses this year.  Whether it’s an asymmetrical strap or a high neckline with glamorous embellishments, you can still have the classic prom glitz and glamor with an updated twist.

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{2} Peplum: In the fashion world peplum is everywhere!  So of course it would be hitting the prom dress trends this year.  Add it to a short or long dress to accentuate the waistline.


{3} Gold: In glitter or metallic, gold is definitely a show stopper this year.  For an unexpected twist, pair with silver and rhinestone accessories for a full metallic look.

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{4} Vintage: Our favorite vintage looks this year are old hollywood glamour and 1920s flapper.  Go for an actual vintage dress or try a more modern vintage inspired look.


{5} Illusion: Cut out dresses have been so popular in the prom world, but now illusion dresses are taking over.  With skin tone mesh mixed with lace or sequins, this is the perfect on trend look for prom.

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And for the latest prom floral trends, check out some of this years prom corsage and boutonniere designs by Rockcastle Florist.

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Prom Throwback Contest

Prom Throwback

Who doesn’t love a good “throw back thursday”?  At Rockcastle we love seeing those old school photos so much, we wanted to throw it back all month long!  Get ready for our Prom Throwback Contest.

Time to throw it back, and we mean all the way back.  Yes that’s right, to your prom!  We are calling all parents to submit high school prom photos throughout the month of March.  Photo submissions can be made to  The best of the best will be posted on our Facebook page throughout March.  Get the most likes and win a corsage and boutonniere for your teens and 2013 prom attendees. We will choose one lucky winner from both our Greece and Canandaigua locations.  Winners will be announced in early April.

Get ready for some dated dresses, funky hair, and old school prom flowers!  First up our sales associate of approximately 20 years, Patty!