Choosing the Type of Flower or Flowers for your Corsage

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 the bridal bouquet.  The flowers don’t need to be perfectly matched, as long as there is a common element.  Take into account what color the person is wearing and any jewelry.  Be creative!  Check out several ideas from our Corsage and Boutonniere Contest. 

Caring for Corsages

Careful composition of your corsage with long-lasting flowers will ensure a striking presentation.  Choose fresh, well-hydrated flowers and your corsage will look healthy through the entire event.  They can be kept fresh by storing them in a refrigerator before use.


How to Make a Corsage

Things You Will Need

  • Single flower, such as a Rose, Calla Lily or Carnation
  • Small piece of greenery, leaves, ferns, bear grass, or filler flowers
  • Corsage Buddy Easy Grip Magnet
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Pencil
  • ¼ Inch Satin or Silk Ribbon



Choose a healthy, fresh and well-hydrated flowers for the corsage.  Take into account the type of fabric.  A jacket can handle a larger corsage, but thin materials in a dress or blouse will need a lighter corsage.  Remove all lower leaves and any less-than-perfect outer petals.  Note: You can use a couple of small flowers to create a cluster.

  1. Cut the stem of the flowers to 1 ½ inches.
  2. Insert a 6-inch length of floral wire and thread it through the upper stem just below the bloom. Bend it in half and wrap the length of the wire with floral tape.   
  3. Select greenery that compliments the flower.  Arrange filler flowers, such as baby’s breath, leaves and ferns, and any other items for the background, and tape them to a new piece of floral wire using the same approach as was used with the focus flower.
  4. Place the focus flower on top of the background grouping, with Corsage Buddy floral magnet on the back, and tape all three pieces together.  Note:  Corsage Buddy is the easier, faster, more reliable way of attaching a corsage.  It can be moved easily, and is safe on fine fabrics.  So don’t hassle with the old fashioned straight pin, get poked, and ruin your dress. Check out Corsage Buddy!
  5. Curl the end of the wire (now covered in green floral tape) around a pencil, to make a nice finished end to your corsage.  Cut off excess wire and tape.
  6. Mist your finished  corsage with water and refrigerate.  Note:  Artificial flowers can be reused and kept as keepsakes, without the need for special preservation methods.
  7. Your corsage is now ready to attach.  Simply slide the floral magnet  off the back and place behind the dress, blouse or lapel.  Cosage Buddy is so easy to use; you can even put it on yourself.

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