Prom Color Crash Course

It’s hard not to get caught up in the drama of prom season, and the last thing you want to be worrying about is how well your flowers match your dress.  At Matlack Florist, we’ve composed a list of the top prom colors for 2017 and how to compliment them best with your floral accessories.


White or Nude

If you’re attending the prom in classic white or nude, you don’t have to settle for just white flowers! This blank palette is a fun way to add pops of any color.  Try complimenting your flowers with your jewelry in tones of silver or gold, or adding bling jeweled accents to brighten up your bouquet.  A fun trend emerging again this season is the organic, flowy abundance of varying foliage to add a textured look.  For example, dusty miller is a fun type of green that has a grey, velvety tone that compliments any white dress.  Try this look with any white or nude dress and the only thing you’ll have to worry about being pale is your date when they see you all dolled up!








A big trend in color that we’re seeing this year for prom dresses is blush pink, baby blue, and lavender.  What a lot of prom-goers do not realize is when you match your dress color as closely as you can with your flowers, the blooms tend to blend in with the background of your dress.  This can be improved by choosing different tones of colors.  For example, a lavender dress looks spectacular with deep tones of plum, magenta, and violet.  This way, the flowers pop against the pastel tones of the dress.  Another way to enhance your pastel dress color is to mix a wide array of pastel colors in your bouquet.  Pale pinks, whites, yellows, purples, and greens create a watercolor rainbow, perfect for a flawless prom look.








Blue is one of those colors that doesn’t match as well with different tones, unlike pinks which can compliment light baby pink, to hot pink, and mauve with ease.  Additionally, there are not a huge selection of truly blue flowers, so choices are limited in that aspect.  Contrary to what you can find on the internet, blue roses or calla lilies do not actually grow naturally, and are spray painted or dyed.  To better your floral look with a blue dress, you have a few options.  Succulents and air plants have become trendy again this season, and can be wired into any prom bouquet for a blue tint.  Blue hydrangeas are almost always available and can add a sizeable blue base to add in complimenting colors.  Also, think about using flowers that aren’t in blue, but compliment the tone.  For example, yellows, pinks, or oranges can really give a blue dress a punch of fun color.



Traditionally, black dresses are paired with either white or red flowers, but it’s time to think outside the box!  Black provides the perfect backdrop to showcase bright jewel tones like canary yellows, cobalt blues, and hot pinks.  Try pairing your flowers with metal wiring, jewels, or beading.  A black dress will make these accents pop without taking away or distracting like it would in a more colorful dress.  One flower that does have a tone of black is the Anemone.  The black center provides that dark hue without overpowering the rest of the bouquet.  This dark tone also shows in privet berry, which is a dark navy blue and can be used as a complimenting filler with a black dress.

Whatever blooms you choose, be sure to remember that flowers are meant to compliment, not necessarily match completely.  The use of multiple hues and colors provides a beautiful and unique look that will take your prom night look to the next level.  If you still have color complimenting questions, feel free to ask us what might look best with your color dress.  You’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for here to complete the perfect prom style!




The Prom Bouquet Breakdown

Spring has sprung, and prom is in full bloom!  Together with Matlack Florist, you can make all of your floral dreams come true to complete the perfect prom look. The possibilities are endless, and we know that can be overwhelming, so we’re here to help you out. We’ve broken down a few of our prom bouquets to simplify the process for you!

For this first prom handtied bouquet, we’ve chosen to feature the “Shades of Pink” Handtied.  This bouquet is perfect for the girl in all pink, or can also compliment a dress in a variety of other colors such as navy, black, or yellow.

This handtied is available at a medium price point, around $65.  The higher end flowers included in this bouquet are the orchids and the roses, while the more affordable flowers include alstroemeria, dianthus, and waxflower.  When placed all together, the shades of pink compliment each other, creating a beautiful prom bouquet.

For a more upscale handtied bouquet, we’ve chosen to highlight the “Shades of Coral” Handtied.  You’ll notice that this bouquet appears a bit bigger than the last one.  That is because it starts at a higher price point, around $75.

This bouquet includes a wide variety of premium flowers, including hydrangea, spray roses, gerber daises, roses, and stock.  The more affordable blooms are the bupleurum and again the alstroemeria, pictured here in a different color than in the “Shades of Pink” Handtied.  The vibrant hues of oranges and corals in this bouquet are provided by the wide array of different flowers used, creating a dynamic and lively prom look, sure to impress.  Also, the addition of the bling jewels gives just the right amount of sparkle to this beautiful bouquet.

For the more conservative prom-goer, we have chosen to showcase the “Peachy Keen” Handtied.  Depending on your price point, this bouquet can either be petite and delicate, or bigger and more exquisite.

If you were to choose the lower price point, you might receive fewer roses or a differing filler such as alstroemeria instead of the riceflower.  You might also receive standard roses and no garden roses, as garden roses are more high end, due to their beautiful shape and fragrance.  If you choose to explore the higher end of the price point, you might find more garden roses and regular roses in your bouquet to fill out the size.  If you were to ask for a larger sized handtied at a higher price, you might also receive an extra hydrangea and more premium filler.

The look of the prom bouquet compared with its price is determined by a few factors.  Mainly, a lower priced bouquet will have fewer “focal flowers”, meaning a bigger or more prominent bloom, such as a garden rose or an orchid.  The “filler”, meaning the smaller flowers that add size to a bouquet, can also become more high end depending on a price point.  More affordable filler can include alstroemeria, baby’s breath, or solidago, depending on your color palette.  Moreover in a higher price point, filler could be substituted with more focal flowers or premium filler such as riceflower or waxflower.  Additionally, the greens used in a handtied bouquet can vary on the price point as well.  For a more flowy, organic look, a designer could use foliage such as eucalyptus or dusty miller.  Even though these greens do not have blooms, they provide a beautiful finishing touch to a high end bouquet.

Ultimately, the final look is determined by the designer to create the perfect prom accessory.  If you’re looking to add on something super unique, consider jewels, feathers, succulents, or extra ribbons.  We’re here to help, so just ask us what we think would make the ultimate look for you.  Whether it be a specific kind of greenery that matches the color of your dress or a high end garden rose that compliments your high heel shoe, Matlack Florist will always deliver glamorous and chic style to complete your perfect prom look.

Something Old, Something New

Since Matlack Florist opened in 1978, we have seen countless floral trends come and go.  It’s no doubt that we’re seeing retro styles coming back into our daily lives like high-waisted pants and suspenders, and the floral industry is no different.  We’re excited to reintroduce these trends back into our shop with updated twists for 2017.

Cascading Bouquets

The origin of the cascade look comes from the desire to have a more grandiose look for a wedding bouquet, but for a lesser amount of money.  To obtain this affordable style, florists began using a lofty amount of greenery in place of additional flowers, making a more inexpensive look for the bride.  This look started disappearing when the trend of “round” bouquets full of roses and other clusters of flowers became popular.  However, the cascade is coming back in a big way.  The appearance of a bigger bouquet supplemented with extra greenery is less apparent, and the use of more extravagant flowers like orchids, french tulips, or roses in a cascading style is more evident.

Vintage Cascading Bouquet.
Modernized Cascading Bouquet









Carnations Mixed with Complimenting Blooms

Recently, the popularity of the carnation has grown tremendously.  This bloom in previous years has been deemed unattractive due to its ability to be dyed any color, making it look cheap and unappealing.  Also, because of the carnation’s inexpensive price, it has been known to be given away at businesses for free, making it less desirable to buy at a florist.  However, the floral industry has given the carnation new life.  It is now grown in a variety of new shades and hues, making the bloom more versatile, appealing, and naturally colored.  Rich plums and burgundys make the carnation fit right in with other lavish, more sophisticated flowers, but still keeps its affordable price.  Our suggestion? Try mixing in a few of these new vibrant blooms with more high-end flowers to get a uniquely colored look.

Macrame Plant Hangers

Back in the 1970’s, macrame was all the rage with everything from wall hangers to outdoor decor to jewelry for its simple handmade appearance and versatility.  This look soon disappeared in the early 1980’s when brighter vibrant colors started becoming popular and the woven, arts and crafts style grew undesirable. However, macrame is making a comeback with a new twist.  The homemade, organic style of decor is returning, and macrame fits right in.  Plant hangers with this woven look have started to appear in home magazines and popular style websites in brighter colors and more simple styles.

Vintage Macrame in the Style of the 1970’s
Modern Macrame Plant Hanger