Let’s face it, we do things a little differently here in Anchorage – necessarily so! While the rest of the country prepares for football games in sweater weather and balmy walks to the homecoming dance, we are bundled up against the elements – but that just means we do homecoming Alaska-style! The cold and (likely) rain aren’t daunting to us. In fact, we are just as likely to pair our short dresses with rain boots or xtratufs than with stiletto heels.
Still, some things are traditional no matter where you are, and homecoming flowers fall into that category. If you are looking for the most beautiful homecoming flowers in these parts, you need look no further than Bagoy’s Florist & Home.
But First, A Bit of History: Corsages were originally introduced in the early 1800’s, and were used as everything from personal hygiene to status symbols. But as they moved away from everyday accessories, it became customary for a young man courting a young woman to bring flowers when he picked her up for a date. Although she wore the flowers, it was her parents who has to be impressed by the offering – and if his corsage was acceptable, she would choose one flower out of the arrangement, pin it to his lapel, and they would go out for the evening. To this day, the boutonniere is still a small token that looks as if it was plucked out of the corsage.
Homecoming flowers in Anchorage are best in bright colors that belie the gray skies! In the past, corsages were often created in monochromatic arrangements perfectly matched to the shade of the dress. But we prefer beautiful variegated shades, and vivid contrasting or complimentary colors which create a striking effect. After all, you don’t want your flowers to blend into your dress – you want to make a fashion statement!
If you are looking for the perfect corsage and boutonniere, start with the dress. Elegant or whimsical, sophisticated or trendy – the style of your attire is a great basis for inspiration. Ask our designers for their recommendations for the best in-season flowers to create a unique piece just for you. They may have ideas you haven’t thought of – from exotic blooms to fun decorative accents and elements. What is your homecoming style? Here in Anchorage we definitely have a unique perspective, and we love it that way. If you are preparing for the big homecoming dance and are looking for flowers, be sure to drop by Bagoy’s Florist & Home. We’d love to add the floral beauty to your ensemble.