1. a small bouquet worn at the waist, on the shoulder, on the wrist, etc., by a woman.
2. the body or waist of a dress; bodice
Corsages are small bouquets that are typically given to honor certain people outside the bridal party at a wedding. Typically, corsages are given to the mother of the bride, mother of the groom, step-mothers, grandmothers of the bride and groom, and those with special roles (friends and family members doing a reading or performing a song during the ceremony, guest book attendants, ushers, etc.) Corsages can be made to fit on the wrist…Image from The Knot
or pinned to a shoulder…
Be sure to ask your moms of their preference. When in doubt, ask your florist to make them wrist corsages- they can easily be adapted to pin to a shoulder (the opposite is not always the case- it can be done, just takes a little bit more time and effort!) (psst! too PROMish for your liking? Just not your style, or mom’s? Why not have them carry a single flower, or small bouquet down the aisle as they are seated)
There is no steadfast rule of thumb as to which flowers should be used in a corsage. They need not be pint size replicas of your bouquet- instead they should complement your overall floral scheme. Your wedding planner and florist will work with you to pull this all together.
What about the men? Don’t worry guys, we haven’t forgotten about you! (Check out an older post, completely devoted to boutonnieres, HERE!)