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Beautiful Corsages and Boutonnieres for Prom

Posted by Suzie Canale on Wed, May 24, 2017

Yes, kids…. It’s PROM SEASON!  I know so many of you are getting ready to slip on that beautiful sequin dress and snazzy tuxedo to enjoy a night on the town with that special someone.  Prom is a sacred right of passage for high school seniors, an evening that will live on in your memories for decades to come.  Some of us daydream about our experiences decades afterwards, believing it was one of the biggest highlights of our youth.  I know it was one of mine…


There will be photos galore to help capture this exciting time so you’ll want to look your best and plan on every detail to the “T”.


  1. Gown … check.
  2. Tux... check.
  3. Shoes… check.
  4. Hairstyle… check.
  5. Jewelry…. check.
  6. Handbag…check.
  7. Limousine…check.  
  8. Makeup… check.
  9. Dinner Reservations… check.
  10. Flowers….  Flowers?

So I noticed we hit a snag in our planning and may have forgot to order the corsage and boutonnière from our local florists?  Well, this is just catastrophic!  Who ever heard of not pinning a flower to the lapel of your handsome date or slipping on a stunning wristlet on the girl of your dreams?  It’s just not how things are done, people so let’s make sure step #10 is covered.  


In general, the blooms are bought according to the color palette the pair will be wearing but it doesn’t have to be this way for everyone.  Maybe she likes orchids or her favorite flower is a rose?  Select a variety that will go well with HER instead of panicking over the tint of fabric her dress is made out of.  For HIM, choose something that isn’t going to be too bulky because he’ll lose or damage the head for sure once the dancing gets started.  Think small roses, mini gerberas, mini callas or ranunculus as options and ask your florist what they advise will work well for the both of you.

Have a ball… BE SAFE and Enjoy Your Special Prom Evening!

Tags: Corsages, Prom Flowers, Traditions, Boutonnieres

Masculine Boutonnières for the Manly Man

Posted by Suzie Canale on Wed, May 25, 2016

Wedding season is a beautiful portion of the calendar when couples confirm their love for one another in front of friends and family.  In order to create this stage of bliss for the newlyweds, the process involves many people.  We know that we have to hire a band and caterer and whatever you do, don’t forget the florist, but outside the vendors, there are others who we call upon for help.  Besides the bride and groom, the matrimonial cast includes stars such as the ring bearer, the flower girl (our favorite) the bridesmaids and the groomsmen.  While the children are probably excited to have important jobs for the service and the bridesmaids are just dying to wear that orange taffeta dress you assured them looked stunning on all of them, a particular group of guys may be a bit harder to convince of their relevant roles…


Groomsmen can be tricky to orchestrate but in all honesty, they’re usually the lifesavers of the party who just want to have a good time. In general, they’re the ones who loosen everyone up and make the big problems seem pretty minor after a few trips to the bar so you’ve got to pay attention and make sure they are fashioned as well as the rest of your wedding attendants (even if they really could care less).  If you’ve managed to get them all in a blue or black tux or suit without any gag props being mentioned, then you’ve done a job well done but let us not forget the boutonnières that will be pinned to their lapels.  Boutonnières sometimes have a bad wrap with groomsmen because they are often designed too big or too feminine for their taste.  If the bride is insistent of making them wear fuchsia roses because pink is her favorite color, well then you’re just going to live with it for the next six hours but if she’s flexible, there might be hope for a “Manly Man” boutonniere.  

What is a “Manly Man” Boutonniere?

A “Manly Man” boutonnière is just as attractive as a regular floral wedding piece for a man’s suit but incorporates more of a masculine appeal by using darker colors and a more rustic texture.  Men in general appreciate this contemporary style of dressing them with flowers because the shading and size tends to be simpler, smaller and less flashy than traditional pieces.  


How Can You Request “Manly Man” Boutonnières from Your Florist?

Mentioning this term to your floral representative should be explanation enough but if you have to indulge them further, request boutonnières that utilize greens, browns, blues and white.  You can even get away with oranges and reds when the season calls for it.  Rustic lapel displays are both attractive and soothing to the eye when walking down the aisle, plus they look great in photos as well.  Try these cool “Manly Man” boutonniere ideas for your wedding day and watch your guys dance the night away!

Tags: Prom Flowers, Weddings, Wedding Flowers, Boutonnieres

Quick Tips for Ordering Prom Flowers in Boston

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, May 13, 2014

C  Users rickcanale Pictures prom1May is the height of school activities and celebrations. We celebrate graduations, achievements, academic awards and our high schoolers often attend their first prom.

So many youngsters are so busy with school, sports, theatre and friends that preparing for their prom is like taking another course. You have to order prom tickets, get a dress or tuxedo, ensure a safe ride and of course plan for an after prom party. One of the last minute items often overlooked are flowers.

C  Users rickcanale Pictures prom2Exotic Flowers design studio in Roslindale and all of our Boston floral designers have been making prom corsages and boutonnieres for a combined work knowledge of over 100 years. Our local Boston flower designers have made the traidtional to the unusual.

Most popular these days are rose boutonnieres for the gentleman and rose wrist corsages for the ladies. Whether your prom is at Catholic Memorial, West Roxbury High School or Latin Academy, the staff at Exotic Flowers wants to be a special part of your prom.

Prom Flowers BostonQuick tips for quick ordering:

  • order early
  • know the dress color
  • corsages in the Boston area for schools like Boston Latin, Milton High School, Roxbury Latin and other Boston schools are pretty much $25
  • rose boutonnieres are $8
  • roses, roses, don't get fancy. roses photograph well, are trendy and offer no unwelcome surprises.


Tags: Corsages, Prom Flowers, Boutonnieres

Red Sox Continue to See Importance of Flowers - Yaz Statue Ceremony

Posted by Rick Canale on Mon, Sep 23, 2013

photo credit: Laurie Sparks
On Sunday September 22nd, 2013 the Boston Red Sox dedicated a statue to baseball Hall of Famer and living legend Carl Yastrzemski; a long overdue tribute to an amazing baseball player and gentleman.
At the dedication ceremony, the stage was decorated with an abundance of green and white flower arrangements featuring roses, bells of ireland, and cymbidium orchids. The Red Sox also gave red rose boutonnieres to former players like Yaz, Dwight Evans, Jim Rice and Ted Lepcio.
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The Red Sox have often seen the importance of incorporating flowers into their events. There is even record of pots filled with flowers for the opening of Fenway Park in 1912. The Red Sox hung a floral wreath over Johnny Pesky's retired #6 in Fenway Park upon his death. Hundreds of Red Sox employees wore Red rose boutonnieres on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park in 2012. 
The Red Sox even had a red rose ceremony for Pesky at Fenway Park in 2012.
While the Red Sox do not always ring up Exotic Flowers in Boston for these events, we are honored to include Red Sox players Doug Mirabelli, Mike Timlin, Mike Cameron, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Andrew Bailey, Darnell McDonald, Mike Aviles, Victor Martinez, John Olerud, Adrian Beltre, Tim Wakefield, Ted Lepcio and Jonny Gomes as past and present clients.   GOMES resized 600

Tags: Baseball, Red Sox Florist, Fenway Park, Ceremony Flowers, Red Sox, David Ortiz, Boutonnieres

Exotic Flowers and Boston's Top 20 Bachelors and Bachelorettes

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Feb 03, 2012

orchids at mistral resized 600On Monday February 6th, 2012 Exotic Flowers in Boston is proud to sponsor The Improper Bostonian's Top 20 Bachelor/ettes in Boston. The event will be held at Mistral on 223 Columbus Avenue in Boston. Along with Joseph Gann Jewelers, VisitFlorida, Equinox, Celebrity Series of Boston and St-Germain, Exotic Flowers allies itself with Boston's hottest and most captivating.

The Improper's list features the fun, the smart, the artistic and the beautiful. From the affable Chief Cheese Griller James DiSabatino of Roxy's Gourmet to the striking Julia Harte Owens of Ridgeway Philanthropy, the Improper lets Bostonians into the lives of these engaging personas. For example, meet Joselin Mane.

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Joselin attended Holderness and Northeastern, climbed the ladder at IBM and is now the Cofounder and CEO of BostonTweetUp. Joselin's Twitter stream alone is worth knowing him. He is fun, engaging and informative. Check out this shot as he digs into his goodie bag after being named a top bachelor. (ed. note the beautiful cymbidium orchid in the gift bag is courtesy of Exotic Flowers in Boston).

On the night of the event that honors these charismatic twenty, Exotic Flowers will fill the room with flowers and also create one of a kind corsages and boutonieres for these icons.

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Exotic Flowers in Boston - we are always partnering with those who share our vision statement, Reaction Guaranteed. 

Tags: Corsages, Boston Florist, Improper Bostonian, Reaction Guaranteed, Boutonnieres

Dressing Your Boston Wedding Party for Christmas by Suzie Canale

Posted by Rick Canale on Sat, Dec 17, 2011

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Christmas themed weddings on the Cape, in Boston or in Newport are all enhanced with the back drop of Christmas. There are so many ways to put the jingle in your jolly for your winter wedding in Boston. Drapes of pine roping, shimmering candles, Christmas ornament wedding favors along with a decorated Christmas tree can transform your Noel nuptial into a Boston Christmas extravaganza. Winter themed weddings are surprisingly economical and easy to design. If you really want to take the next step into North Pole Blowout bash, then recruit your wedding party to assist. Here's how to get started...

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Brides cherish choosing their ring bearers and flower girls. Dressing them up, coaching them down the aisle and prompting them to show their tiny white teeth all add to the excitement of your Cape Cod wedding.  Let's face it, these cherubs are one of the highlights of any wedding. Why not dress them to suit the season ? Instead of traditional mini tuxedoes and small angel white dresses, opt for an elf suit. Think about the children in the movie The Santa Clause.  If you do not want to go extreme, how about handing out Santa hats to all the children in attendance ?   Not only will you ignite a wonderful holiday magic for guests but create an exciting and entertaining role for all children and want to be children who are  involved.

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 The bridesmaids and groomsmen can also adjust their wardrobes. Bridesmaids can opt for a sleeky red dress and groomsmen can wear a green bow tie. Boutonnieres made of holly and mistletoe hanging from the dance floor chandelier can only enhance the event. These natural Christmas decorations can of course be provided by Exotic Flowers in Boston.  Shoes can even be altered and the bridal party can show off their dancing feet in elf structured shoes. If your bridal party is really animated, have them wear Santa hats. Sure to bring  giggles and smiles as your bridal party strolls down the aisle, you will have your entire ceremony engrossed in the magic of the season.   

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Tags: Suzie Hearl Canale, Wedding Flowers, Christmas, Holidays, Boutonnieres

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