Wedding Corsages – Special Flowers for the Mothers

Some people don’t like corsages because they seem old-fashioned or prom-like. However, a corsage is a lovely way to visually announce special family members at your wedding. We love when mothers of the bride get their own special style accessories, and our favorite of all of them is a corsage. It’s a big day for mothers, and a corsage makes them feel and look extra special. It’s a tradition we don’t see often enough! If you are doing the flowers for your own wedding and you want your mother to have something extra special, this could be the perfect handmade gift to give her the morning of your wedding.

Corsage tradition

The word corsage is French in origin and was strictly translated as “the bodice of a dress”. The flowers worn were called the “bouquet de corsage,” and over time, the term was shortened to simply “corsage.” In contemporary times, corsages are also worn on the wrist, held in place by beautiful wristlets or bracelets.

Corsages for mothers of bride and groom allow many different styles and ways to wear. Pin on is the traditional, but with fabrics becoming so light and sheer we can now use a magnetic pin so as not to damage Mom’s lovely dress or jacket. Another way is to have a wrist corsage. These are fun and can be worn on plain elasticized wrist bands or pearls and crystals and jewels. The choice is yours.

wedding party corsages

Who should get a wedding corsage?

There aren’t any set-in-stone traditions about who gets to wear wedding-day flowers. But here’s who most couples choose to honor: The parents and stepparents, grandparents, any other immediate family members who are not in the wedding party, ushers, and the ceremony readers. Either way, it’s up to you. We know one bride who gave small corsages to all of her sorority sisters who attended her wedding, and one couple who gave flowers to every single one of their guests. Another popular option is to give single long-stemmed blooms to honored guests (usually roses, though gerbera daisies are also a favorite). Just so long as you’re comfortable that you’ve included everyone you want to recognize (and so long as the sides are even — giving one to your sister, but not to your new sister-in-law is a fight waiting to happen), you’ll be just fine.