Corsages have been popular throughout modern history. The name dates back to the 19th century, when a corsage was the bodice of a dress. A small bouquet of flowers was often worn in the centre of the bodice.
Our modern usage of the word comes from the French ‘bouquet de corsage’ meaning ‘bouquet of the bodice’.
Corsages have been around for much longer than their name. The ancient Greeks believed the scent of flowers would ward off evil spirits during wedding ceremonies.
The bride would carry a bouquet of flowers and herbs, while guests would each be given a flower and a sprig of herbs to keep away spirits.
Nowadays this has evolved into corsages – flowers that can be pinned on the left hand side of the dress or tied on to the left wrist for a more hands-free wedding experience.
Interflora have a range of corsages to be worn on the wrist as well as being able to create them through their Designed to Order service.
To have an expert Interflora florist design your perfect corsage just call 0870 366 6555.
Corsages in weddings are now used to identify the wedding party; the bride will have a particularly stunning corsage while the mothers of the bride and groom with also have corsages to identify who they are, as will other members of the party such as the bridesmaids.
Corsages are also given on a number of other occasions, such as a prom or on Mother’s Day. Traditionally at proms, especially in America, the boy would give a corsage to his date. The corsage would be made to match the dress of the girl.
On Mother’s Day, corsages were given to mothers to show the day was all about them. The very first Mother’s Day ceremony in the United States saw white carnations given out to mothers. To this day, across the world carnations are a popular flower for Mother’s Day corsages. They are being given less and less as Mother’s Day gifts, but corsages are still given to mothers at Mother’s Day church services.
Each flower used for corsages can mean different things. The red rose often symbolises love and desire; the pink rose symbolises magnificence and love; the yellow rose represents friendship.
Orchids are another popular choice for corsages as they symbolise love, magnificence and refinement. Lilies, carnations and chrysanthemums are the other popular choices.
Traditionally corsages are pinned to the left shoulder pointing away from the face with the stem downwards. But with dresses becoming “strappier” there’s not always room to pin the corsage to the shoulder. Instead it is pinned to the left of the waist. It is also becoming more and more common to get corsages that can be tied on to the left wrist.
The Interflora range of corsages features some stunning pieces all of which can be worn on the wrist. A beautiful corsage in the range is the dendrobium orchid corsage. This bright and exotic flower is a perfect symbol of magnificence and beauty.
For your wedding corsage maybe choose the rose corsage for a traditional symbol of love and passion.
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