The word "prom," which is short for "promenade," is used to describe a formal dance held for teenagers who are in the 11th or 12th grade. The dance is sometimes located at and hosted by the students' high school, although it can be held in other locations. One of the traditions of prom is the giving of flowers. The boy is expected to get the girl a corsage, while the girl gets the boy a matching boutonniere, according to Trib Live News.
Roses are the classic choice for prom corsages. Elegant and beautiful, they traditionally signify love and passion and are best used in cases where the boy and girl are an established romantic couple. Roses can sometimes be more expensive than many other types of flowers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but the prices will vary depending on the type of rose you buy.
Carnations are popular flowers for prom corsages primarily because they are inexpensive and come in a wide variety of colors. In fact, these flowers can even be dyed by a florist to match a girl's prom dress.
Freesias are desirable for their strong, pleasing fragrance. They are also the symbol of innocence and purity, and are a great choice for prom corsages that are given from one friend to another rather than for a romantic couple. Freesias contain many blooms on one stem with little or no foliage, so they are often combined with foliage such as ferns or a filler flower such as baby's breath.
Orchids are the ultimate in sophistication. These expensive flowers are perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime prom. Orchids traditionally symbolize nobility and wealth. For that reason, orchids are a good choice for boys who really want to impress their dates. They are best worn as a single bloom in order to show off their stunning beauty rather than mixed with other flowers.
Alstroemerias are dainty, star-shaped flowers. These flowers symbolize innocence, according to the website Flowers to the People. For that reason, alstroemerias are a good choice for a prom corsage between friends. Their small size also makes them a good fit for corsages that combine several different types of flowers.