Corsage Types

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Corsage Types
A wrist corsage allows you to use your hands. (wrist corsage wedding yellow flower image by Paul Retherford from Fotolia.com)

A corsage consists of a tiny flower arrangement worn to symbolise a special occasion. Mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom are given one to wear on their suit lapel or dress for the wedding ceremony, while a young girl may receive a wrist corsage for the prom. A corsage may be attached to your purse or resemble a small bouquet. Decide on the type of corsage that works best for you and have the florist prepare the one you prefer.

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Clothing Attached Corsage

Valued female members of the bridal family receive a corsage to wear as a form of respect. This corsage is attached to the dress by a pin or a magnet. If attached by the pin, insert the pin from the inside of the dress to the back of the corsage and back into the clothes again. As this may damage a delicate dress, there is a magnet option. The magnet attached corsage has the magnet built into the backing of the corsage. Place the other half of the magnet under your clothes and the magnets pull together to attach the corsage. Placement of the corsage requires that if it is close to your face it does not rub against your face and for strapless dresses, a better placement option is on the left of your waist. Do not pin a corsage near the breasts.

Wrist Corsage

Most girls receive a wrist corsage as their first corsage. Generally received for a prom or the homecoming dance, a wrist corsage contains three or four flowers artistically displayed on a ribbon wrapped around the wrist. Round flowers like roses or orchids are normally chosen for a wrist design. The advantage of a wrist corsage allows the wearer to preserve her dress from a pinhole, and also gives her the mobility and freedom to move her hands. A form of visual decoration, much like a piece of jewellery, wrist corsages may be embellished with small faux pearls or jewels.

Miscellaneous Corsage

Florists found a creative solution to pin holes in dresses from corsages. Rather than attach the corsage to a dress, there is now the option to attach the corsage to your purse. Made like the clothing-worn corsage, the only difference is the actual location. These corsages attach to the rigid section of a purse, such as the handle or main section of the handbag. A fairly new trend in corsages is the hand-held corsage. Smaller than a bouquet, yet extremely similar in design, smaller sized flowers are used to create the design. The corsage is then wrapped with ribbons and carried in one hand.

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