A corsage is a decorative floral arrangement similar to a boutonniere except that it is designed for female guests. A corsage is typically larger and has more flowers than a boutonniere. They may be worn on the wrist or attached to the collar, slightly below the shoulder line.  A corsage may designate honored participants of a wedding, birthday, anniversary, prom, homecoming, church event, mother’s day, holiday, or other special occasions. Careful composition of your corsage with long-lasting flowers will ensure a striking presentation.  Choose fresh, well-hydrated flowers and the corsage will look lush and healthy through the entire event.  The size of the corsage should be based on the type of fabric holding it.  A lapel can handle a large corsage, whereas a blouse or dress should have a more lightweight style.

Choosing the Type of Flower

Your flowers will be one of the most photographed details of your wedding or special event, so it's important to pick flowers that truly fit your style.   For a wedding corsage, consider matching blooms from the bridal bouquet.  The flowers in a wedding corsage don’t need to be perfectly matched, as long as there is a common element.  If the bouquet is made from roses and ribbon streamers, for example, a corsage of ribbon-wrapped rosebuds is a sweet choice. 

Color and Helpful Tips

  • A corsage should complement the wearer.  Here are some helpful hints in deciding what type of flower, style, and design you would like for a corsage.
  • At a wedding, the blooms on a corsage should blend in with the rest of the wedding flowers.  Check with your florist.  They will help you with colors and longevity of the blooms.
  • This is very important because you want them to last through the entire event.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask that special someone what she is wearing, to be certain the corsage will not clash with the recipient's ensemble at a wedding or special occasion.   
  • For mothers and bridesmaids, you will most likely be able to offer fabric swatches to help the florist match flowers to dresses. Or again, let the wedding party's flowers guide you.
  • Be Creative!  Even if all the corsages in the group are made from the same flowers, the stems of each arrangement can be wrapped in a shade of ribbon to match each individual outfit.
  • You may even want to plan each corsage around its wearer's favorite flower. A diverse group of corsages will look harmonious when each is framed identically -- with a spray of tiny buds or a single impressive leaf.
  • Make the corsage fit the recipient.  For taller guests, a cascade of flowers or larger flowers may be flattering.  For petite guests, a bud or single flower simply wrapped in ribbon will be more to scale. 


Corsage Buddy Easy Grip Magnet

Ladies, are you tired of ruining your dresses and getting poked with the traditional straight pin?  Use Corsage Buddy to attach your corsage or boutonniere.  Corsage Buddy is the revolutionary new floral magnet with an EASY GRIP HANDLE.  There is nothing like it on the market!  It is the leading alternative to the traditional straight pin, and is much easier to use.  Corsage Buddy floral magnet consists of two magnetic pieces.  One piece is easily wrapped into the corsage with floral tape and the other magnet is placed behind the dress, securing the corsage.  Corsage Buddy allows you to move it easily, without any damage to fine fabrics.  It is lightweight, so it will not weigh down a dress.  The magnet is reusable, and the strength of the magnet will allow you to dance the night away with no worries. See our Corsage Buddy Magent here!

How to Attach Corsage

Prepare your corsages with Designs by Buddy Floral Magnets and Pins.  There are six patented designs to choose from…Boutonniere Buddy, Corsage Buddy, and Magnet Buddy.  They can be moved easily without any damage to dresses, shirts, or lapels.  They are lightweight, reusable, and dependable. See our Corsage Buddy Magent here!


1. Place the corsage just below the shoulder and near the collarbone.  Consider the lapel, if there is one, or any jewelry the guest is wearing.

2. Place in desired spot, and simply slide the magnet off the back and place behind the dress or lapel.  Corsage Buddy and Boutonniere Buddy are so easy to use; you can even put it on yourself!