A corsage is a small floral arrangement designed to wear on a lapel, collar or wrist. Typically given to honor the wearer, corsages are a festive touch for a bridal shower. Consider the party's color theme, the colors the future bride will wear to the shower, and any issues she may have with allergies. Make the corsage yourself with readily available florals and greenery and match them to the wedding's theme and the current season.
Save time agonizing over the color choices of your guest of honor's corsage. The wedding colors are a great place to start, but you don't have to use the same expensive variety of flowers they do. Save money by choosing flowers and greenery that are readily available in your area. Even if the wedding colors are black and white, there are: black pansies and tulips in the spring; black hollyhocks and petunias in the summer; and black hellebores called Onyx Odyssey in the winter. Or, use white flowers like daisies, lily of the valley, white roses, and Queen Anne's lace. Use dark foliage and black satin ribbon for contrast.
If the bridal shower is in the spring, consider tulips, hydrangea, daffodils, ranunculus and fill with lily of the valley, violas, lilacs or peonies. Play off a ribbon in the wedding color or colors and work around it. Ferns, hydrangea leaves, or variegated vinca make a beautiful backdrop for a spring corsage.
For a summer bridal shower corsage, pale pink rosebuds with rose leaves, lily grass or fern make a fresh warm-weather decoration. Add a few small sprigs of variegated ivy or blue bachelor buttons. For a beach wedding, wire in a small starfish or sand dollar.
Yellow roses, orange and yellow Tap-toe lilies, and red gerbera daisies are richly hued choices. Mix with cranberries and fragrant thyme or parsley for a harvest-themed corsage. And for the green, thrifty ones in the bunch, the corsage can be used to help make dinner the next night.
The run-of-the-mill choices for winter flower corsages are a snooze-worthy blend of red roses, pine, cedar or holly. Instead, consider a red or red-and-white amaryllis bloom paired with snowberries, nandina leaves and dried lavender sprigs for scent. Please no sharp pine cones unless you want to repel the other guests.
To make a corsage, begin by preparing two or three flower clusters. Trim the stems of the focus flower and smaller flower fillers. Bring each cluster together and insert a thin floral wire between them for support. Wrap floral tape tightly around and down the lengths of the cluster. Craft a bow by cutting a 15-inch length of 5/8-inch ribbon. Make five or six loops that are 2 inches in length. Insert floral wire in the center of the pulled-together loops and wrap one end around the center of the assembled loops. Wrap the bow's wire with floral tape. Put the two or three prepared flower clusters together around the bow pick and wrap the entire assembly in floral tape. Trim the stems to 2 inches, then insert a corsage pin for affixing to clothing.
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