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A Combined Effort

Fairly often during prom season I (Twigs) receive inquiries about shipping corsages. 
I'm pretty nervous about shipping something so delicate and important as a prom corsage, but I have sent several of our handcrafted wire wraps and cuffs to various states. 

I received such an inquiry for this  silver wire wrap (Shooting Star) the week before Mother's Day this year. Thank goodness it wasn't needed until AFTER the holiday (whew!) 

Here it is with our floral design using hot pink dendrobium orchids
(they look purple in the photo don't they?) and wax flower accents.

We sent it off in plenty of time for her to contact a florist in her area, and arrange
for them to add the flowers to the wrap when it arrived. 

A few weeks went by without hearing anything....
then this lovely email turned up in my inbox!

Just wanted to let you know, my son's girlfriend
loved the corsage!! Attached are a few pictures,
so you can see the finished product.
Thanks again for helping us out with this.

 Sandra had contacted Bachelor Button Floral & Interior Accents to
take charge of adding the florals - didn't they do a great job?!

Look how different our design styles are... 
 I concentrate the florals on the end while  they spread theirs out along the length of the wrap. 
(hmmm.. might have to try that) 

A big thank you to Jon Grim & Mark Buczak, owners of Bachelor Button, who were 
so helpful and gracious while taking care of Sandra's very special order. 

Corsage Creations on Pinterest!

Our friends Corsage Creations from 'across the pond' have been working on 
their pinterest boards for a while.
(They were featured here on Prom Flowers last June)

This morning I was delighted to find many of their lovely corsage designs 
added to their board Prom Corsages

Here are a few..
aren't they lovely? 

Geo Flash Bracelet in hot pink  from Corsage Creations
Eye Candy in black & white from Corsage Creations
Serena bracelet with orchids from Corsage Creations
Geo Flash in Turquoise from Corsage Creations

Eye Candy in white from Corsage Creations

I'm always struck by the elegant simplicity in their designs.
A single exquisite bloom or two, and
perfect placement of flowers and accessories.

 Follow Corsage Creations on Pinterest 
for other prom and wedding ideas.
(make sure you check out their boutonnieres!) 


Hand Held VS Wrist Corsage -- My Experience

First year I went to prom I wanted to have a unique corsage! Since my dad owned a flower shop, I not only knew what was typically ordered but what was not! I decided on a phalaenopsis orchid corsage. My dad warned me that it was a more delicate flower and I would have to be careful with it 
if I wanted to save it after prom. I figured no big deal, 
how crazy is prom going to be?

Now it’s not like a high school prom is that crazy but I didn’t think about how the dance floor would be dark and although I may not be in a rush, others may be. A few minutes into prom a guy in a hurry to cut through the line for pictures brushed past me and half my orchid was gone! I was bummed and swore next time I would get something I couldn’t break!

The next year I decided on taking a ribbon wrapped calla lily. I thought this would be something I could get great pictures with but once I went out to the dance floor, I could leave the flower at the table. I loved the calla and because everyone else had corsages, I had something no one else had and got lots of compliments! It was really nice to be able to dance the night away and not worry about the flowers hanging off my wrist. It was all great until I realized on the way home that I had left my calla at prom!

Looking back, my experience was much better with the handheld flower than the wrist corsage. Even though I forgot it for saving! Really though, who still has their prom flowers 10 years later? If someone does; they are probably throwing that dusty thing away right now!

In the spirit of looking back, I wouldn’t do the hand held callas OR the orchid corsage. What is offered today is soooo much better than what was offered when I was in high school! I would have worn a keepsake bracelet with mini-carnations or daisies! Then during prom I wouldn’t worry about what happened to my flowers because that’s not what I would be saving. Instead, after prom, I would cut the corsage from the bracelet and wear the bracelet on a daily basis and would still have it today in my jewelry box!

Bauble Bath by Gillespie Florists

Mirage by Gillespie Florists

What did you choose this year, wrist corsage or hand held bouquet? 
With a keepsake bracelet or without? 
What was your experience & would you choose the same  again?

Della Gillespie
Gillespie Florists
9255 W. 10th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46234

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