The corsage was originally named after the French word for the bodice of a dress to which it was attached. Traditionally, they were worn by women on the left side of a dress or jacket, but today they are very often worn as wrist corsages. They are a beautiful fresh floral accessory sure to jazz up any outfit; and a corsage flower is used for many black tie occasions such as a wedding or school formal. (I still have one I saved from my school formal that my dear Grandfather gave to me as I was flying solo on the night!)
They consist of sometimes a single feature bloom or a cluster of flower blooms, wired individually and grouped together in a tiny arrangement or little work of art. Accented by foliage, ribbon, wire, lace or even diamantes to add a little sparkle. Depending on the intricacy of the design they can take an hour or two to make! Time to take a look at some cracking creations, including classic, modern and wrist designs.
Let’s start with the classic traditional dress corsage of white flowers framed with green foliage. They are best attached to the ladies garment with magnets as the fabric won’t be damaged with pin holes. Any flower can be used, but popular varieties that last well include a few types of roses, such as spray roses and standard roses (the David Austin rose tends to be a little delicate for this application). Plus orchids, carnations, tulips and freesia are also great choices.
Perth florist, Zinnia Flowers, shows us a classic example of white Singapore orchids and spray roses framed with camellia leaf, finished with white satin ribbon. I always recommend that the mothers and grandmothers at a wedding wear white corsages as that way it will match whatever their outfit colour choice may be.
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Wrist corsage flowers worn by bridesmaids can be a great cost-effective option instead of posy bouquets. They can be created using the same flowers and ribbon as the bridal bouquet so they match. I love this gorgeous example of white scabiosa and pink garden roses embellished with snowberry and suede foliage.
This flower image from In Bloom Floral Design shows a similar example for bridesmaids but shows how the look can change depending on the choice of flowers and colours.
This way of wearing florals is gaining popularity at school formals here in Australia, but of course they are a huge tradition in America for their school prom. So this international inspiration of a pink peony rose framed with roses and ivy leaf is so divine. It adds interest, femininity and a special touch to the outfit.
I adore floral designs that are a little unexpected. Here creativity is taken to another level with spray roses created in a full circle wrist design rather than just a little cluster spray. This is a bold design that would have a great impact, best worn with a simple dress so it can stand out as a feature.
Another great example of wedding flowers, this time from Flower Nation. Here the girl’s flowers are embellished with pearls; perfect for a formal occasion or even a themed event. (Great Gatsby anyone?)
Dress corsages can really be the statement piece of an outfit. Like Carrie in Sex in the City who made famous the oversized dress version featuring a single bloom, this large full shoulder design with multiple blooms is so pretty.
Finally the modern single bloom variety. They feature a gorgeous large bloom as a standout feature, like this pretty pastel pink dahlia.
Or the same mid-size flower, when grouped together with little or no foliage, it gives the illusion of a larger bloom with multiple petals.
So why wait until you are the mother of the bride? If you have a special occasion or event such as a milestone birthday, a hen’s night or anniversary dinner, why not embellish your outfit with a gorgeous fresh floral corsage? Talk to you local specialist florist today for something designed especially for you and your outfit.