“Or he can just pick some and she can pin them to her hair or a bun,” Bendet said. “Hair flowers are definitely a trend right now.”
She also suggests floral arrangements attached to purses or phone cases. Gillespie will make small arrangements intended for the toe or ankle strap of a shoe, either glued or tied on with ribbon, or hang an arrangement from a rhinestone-studded necklace that ties with ribbon at the back.
“How about a flower you attach to a chain?” asks Bendet.
Mendenhall said sales of corsage alternatives for prom, also including elaborate upper-arm cuffs on wire bases, are a small percentage of Gillespie’s prom business in comparison to the wrist style. But she and Foster agree that corsages are far more elaborate, and prom planning has definitely amped up.
“Now girls, and their mothers, will spend countless hours on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram looking for prom corsage ideas, find something they like and try to find a florist who will make it happen,” Foster said.
Where does all of this leave the boys?
“I have guys coming in here with printouts of a web page, saying my girlfriend gave this to me and she wants this and here’s a picture of her dress,” Mendenhall said. “This is their biggest night of the year.”