A corsage is a small bouquet of flowers that is usually attached to a woman’s dress for formal events such as weddings. The corsage is worn by the mother and grandmother of the bride while the father wears the boutonniere at the wedding ceremony.
The boutonniere is a small wreath worn on the buttonhole of men’s formal wear. At school events such as homecoming or prom, a couple wearing a corsage and a similar boutonnière signifies that the couple has been paired together and sets them apart from other guests or groups.
Generally, the style of the corsage will be likened to a bridal flower bouquet. For example, if the bride and groom are holding a bouquet of honey popcorn, the chosen corsage will have an orange nuance.
History of Corsage Use
Although today the term corsage refers to a small bouquet of flowers worn by women, the tradition of wearing flowers pinned to clothing dates back to Ancient Greece. At that time fragrant flowers and plants were used at weddings to ward off evil spirits. The word corsage comes from the French “bouquet de corsage” which means a bouquet of flowers worn on the upper part of a woman’s body for weddings and funerals. In the early 19th century, corsages were considered a gift to start a relationship and were often given at dances. The man will bring flowers for his lover’s parents and then he will choose one of the flowers for his date. Then the flower will be attached to her clothes, usually on the front of the shoulders. During the 1950s, some corsages were made from fruits and also attached to hats for decoration. As women’s dress styles changed, corsages on dresses became impractical, and wrist-mounted corsages became more common.
The corsage that is used today is still the same as before, although the size has become smaller. The flowers used must match the color of the clothes. Corsages used for anniversary celebrations generally use the same flowers as the bridal bouquet used at the wedding. The ribbon used can indicate the age of marriage, namely silver for 25 years, red for 40 years, and gold for 50 years. Corsages can also be dried to be preserved as a memento of the celebration.
When attending a prom, giving a corsage to a prom couple symbolizes respect for the person who wears it. Corsages are usually worn around the wrist and can alternatively be pinned to the dress. A hand bouquet can also be included. Flower colors are usually chosen to match the dress or to add color to create a unified look.
Corsages can be made of different types of single flowers or a bunch of small flowers. Some of the main flowers commonly used are roses, orchids, carnations, calla lilies, and daisies. While the ornamental leaves that are commonly used to beautify flower arrangements are baby breath, solidago leaves, etc. Other ornaments like bracelets, ribbons, glitter can also be added.
The style and design of the corsage may vary depending on what event it is used for. The younger generation tends to wear corsages on the wrist, which can vary in style and size depending on the wearer. This style is also often confused with boutonnière, their main difference being the size and number of flowers used.
If a wrist corsage is chosen for an event, it can be made using wire, ribbon, and floral glue. The wire is recommended for pin-on corsages because the wire will support the stems and flowers. Glue can be added to hold the flowers in place if there is not enough wire and tape.
Tips for Choosing a Corsage
Choosing the right flowers for corsages and boutonnieres is not always easy. Should you go with classic flowers or something more exotic? Should you choose the same flowers for the corsage and bouquet? Pay attention to what you should pay attention to and avoid to help you make the right decision.
Everyone must have a favorite flower that they want to choose on their wedding day. If the decision is entirely up to you, choose your favorite beautiful flower because it is a once-in-a-lifetime moment. If you have budget problems, try to choose flowers that are in season, rather than imported flowers that are out of season as they will cost more.
For consistency reasons, it’s great if you can get all kinds of flowers that are suitable for bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. But if you don’t get it, there’s no need to stress. Other flowers that have characteristics, can also create unique variations. The key is to coordinate the colors. So even though the flowers are not in one type, the nuances will still look harmonious when combined.
After the marriage is over, don’t throw it away in a hurry. There are several ways to keep flowers beautifully as a keepsake for you, even to last for years. You can freeze flowers by simply placing them in a container and storing them in the refrigerator.