What is a corsage?
A corsage is the small floral arrangement given to a girl by her prom date. It is also worn by mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom at a wedding. Corsages are generally available in two types - a pin-on corsage or a wrist-corsage affixed to (usually) a stretchy wrist-band. Corsages and boutonnieres should be worn on the left, frequently on the lapel.
Check what your would-be corsage bearers are wearing to the wedding or prom
You can color cordinate the flowers to the outfit. Send the florist a digital image, or better yet, stop by the florist shop with the dress or a scrap sample left over from dress alterations to ensure the flowers will match beautifully.
The dreaded question that many prom and wedding flower buyers ask is: To do the pin-on or a wrist strap on the corsage? Here are a few questions you may want to consider to help you decide:
Is she wearing an fashionable designer gown?
Some corsages can look outdated, especially on a young girl, or on a mother in an elegant designer gown. Be sure to choose something elegant and simple. She may refuse to pin a corsage because it will damage her expensive dress, so give her the option of wearing it on her bag, wrist or hat instead.
Is the dress strapless?
If yes, a pin-on could be a bit... awkward - a wrist corsage is probably best.
Does she have any sensitivities to adhesives or metal?
Avoid the pin if you have metal allergies. Avoid the wrist corsage if you're uncertain about having adhesives near the skin, as many florists use a dab of glue to make sure the corsage stays on the right spot on the wrist strap. She may want to remove a wrist corsage during the ceremony if it makes her wrist itchy.
Can she wear a bracelet for several hours without fussing or wanting to remove it?
Wearing a wrist corsage is a lot like wearing a (rather large) watch. If she fidgets when wearing a watch, then a wrist corsage probably won't be as comfortable as something pinned to her dress.
Attending prom as a group?
Ask a florist to do the flowers for the whole group, matching each to individual outfits but working in a simple group theme throughout, such as a bit of matching ribbon or a touch of silver accent, etc.
What's your favorite way to wear a corsage?
Or do you prefer going non-traditional with a handheld nosegay or pinning the blooms to a purse, instead? Let us know in the comments!
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